Corporate Merger: Rennies joins BCD Group


South Africa’s retail travel brand, Rennies Travel, has joined the BCD Travel global network.

Rennies was previously aligned with the Hogg Robinson Group (HRG). In July last year, American Express Global Business Travel completed its acquisition of HRG. Tourvest Travel Services operates the Amex brand in the South African market.

BCD will continue to operate its current South African joint venture, BCD Travel South Africa, separately from Rennies, while both brands fall within the Bidvest group.

It’s “business as usual”, Marco Cristofoli, CEO of BCD Travel South Africa, told Travel & Meetings Buyer. “Rennies Travel is a strong brand in the South African market. This partnership will give Rennies reach from a product and technology point of view,” he says.

“We chose BCD Travel as our partner because of its global reach, its consistent delivery of and roadmap for innovation, their global data consolidation expertise and their service orientation across all markets around the world,” says Bronwyn Philipps, CEO of Rennies Travel.

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Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people and enjoying their food and culture. She enjoys tackling complex strategic challenges in the passion-to-entrepreneurship pipeline, particularly focused on the implications of 4th Industrial Revolution and workforce automation on Africa's travel and tourism industry. Miriro is currently the Managing Editor of Nomad Africa magazine.

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