London, UK; Seattle, Washington—2 November 2021 American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), the world’s leading business partner for managed travel, has successfully completed the acquisition of Egencia, the leading digital travel management platform. As part of the transaction, Expedia Group has become a shareholder in GBT. Expedia has also entered into a long-term agreement to provide accommodation supply to GBT.
GBT will accelerate investment in the Egencia brand, its people and technology. Togther, GBT and Egencia will offer leading solutions across every segment of business travel. Teaming Egencia with GBT’s Supply Marketplace—one of the most comprehensive sources for content and experiences in business travel—provides customers with more value and choice and offers suppliers enhanced access to business travellers.
Paul Abbott, GBT’s CEO, said: ‘Bringing GBT and Egencia together will create a winning formula that will define the future of travel. We will provide unrivalled value, choice and experiences to customers. Unrivalled value because, together, we’ll have the best content and deliver the best savings. Unrivalled choice because no one comes close to the breadth and depth of solutions we will offer. And unrivalled experiences because we have the best people and technology in the industry’.
Mark Hollyhead, President of Egencia, said: ‘Today is a significant moment in realising the next important chapter for Egencia. Becoming part of an organisation totally focused on business travel will accelerate Egencia’s growth and amplify what we do best—offer technology-driven solutions that address the ever-evolving needs of business travel and its many stakeholders’.
Ariane Gorin, President, Expedia for Business, added: ‘We are pleased to see Egencia grow with this new opportunity, especially as business travel comes back. At Expedia Group, we empower thousands of partners around the world with our best-in-class technology and vast inventory. Closing this deal, including our long-term agreement to provide lodging supply to GBT, is an important step forward in our ambition to strengthen the entire travel ecosystem and help all of our partners achieve their aims’.
With the close of the transaction, Mark Hollyhead, President of Egencia, will continue to lead the Egencia business reporting directly to GBT CEO, Paul Abbott, and will join GBT’s executive leadership team.
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About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and their employees prosper by making sure travellers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of travel professionals in over 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organise meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.
About Expedia Group
Expedia Group, Inc. companies power travel for everyone, everywhere, through our global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travellers. Our organisation is made up of four pillars: Expedia Services, focused on the group’s platform and technical strategy; Expedia Marketplace, centred on product and technology offerings across the organisation; Expedia Brands, housing all our consumer brands; and Expedia for Business, business-to-business solutions and relationships across the travel ecosystem. The Expedia Group family of brands includes: Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Vrbo®, trivago®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Hotwire®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, Expedia Local Expert®, CarRentals.com™ and Expedia Cruises™.