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dnata acquires stake in Asian DMC Destination Asia


dnata announced today it has reached an agreement to purchase a stake in the Destination Asia Group – a leading Destination Management Company (DMC) in Asia. This acquisition marks dnata’s first foray into Asia’s inbound travel market.

Destination Asia is an integrated destination management company (DMC) located in 11 major countries in Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. The company was formed in October 1996 in Thailand and Vietnam and has progressively expanded to cover all of the major markets in Asia.

Destination Asia will become part of dnata’s family of travel businesses, which includes Stella Travel Services, Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, and additional investments in Hogg Robinson Group. The stake in Destination Asia follows other recent high-profile transactions by dnata in travel, including a majority stake in Imagine Cruising in 2015.

“Our stake in Destination Asia opens the door to business opportunities in new markets, and will strengthen dnata’s position as a global player in travel,” said Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President of dnata’s travel business. “Already a valued partner to dnata, the Destination Asia Group has an impressive track record, in-depth regional expertise and a strong network.  In Destination Asia, we have found a great partner who shares our passion for excellence, and we are confident that we will reap success from this relationship.”

“We are very honoured to be joining the dnata family,” said James Reed, the CEO of the Destination Asia Group. ”Our 11 country network with 33 operating offices perfectly complements dnata’s expansion plans. Our 700 plus award-winning staff are highly regarded in the industry and deliver the same high standards of service as dnata, every day of the year. Our diverse, multi-market segment expertise, and our international market distribution systems will enable Destination Asia to continue to deliver creative and cutting edge travel experiences in Asia. With dnata as our partner, we are confident that the Destination Asia Group will achieve even greater success in the future.”

About dnata Travel
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.
dnata’s Travel Business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year our travel advisors handle more than 3.5 million bookings, 7 million bed nights, and 7 million passengers. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel.
Internationally, dnata owns and operates Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, Stella Travel Services, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors.

About Destination Asia
Destination Asia provides a broad spectrum of services for the leisure, cruise and conference and events market segments. The company works with a global portfolio of customers – including tour wholesalers /tour operators – to provide tailored Individual travel experiences and creative solutions for meetings professionals, including support for Incentive trips, conferences and exhibitions at key centres across Asia.
Cruise Asia@Destination Asia, the company’s cruise brand is the region’s leading provider of shore-side services operating at more than 100 ports from Japan to Indonesia and Hong Kong to Burma. This includes shore excursions, turnaround services and itinerary consulting for cruise lines from throughout the world.

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