Tourvest merges DMCs

Tourvest Destination Management (TDM) has merged Welcome Tourism Services, Your Africa, SST and Focus Tours to form Tourvest DMC, with the goal of becoming the leading inbound tour operator in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

This union follows a long legacy of combining forces through consolidating market-specific travel trade brands and forming greater operating capacity in more markets including Italy, North America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Scandinavia and other European German-speaking countries (such as Switzerland and Austria).

The merge serves to consolidate the four independent brands and their many moving parts into one entity, simplifying both the relationship and operating procedures into one synergistic business.

Says TDM CEO, Martin Wiest: “The TDM inbound business pillars Welcome Tourism Services; Your Africa; SST and Focus Tours have, over the years, developed distinctive core strengths. Learnings, cultural variations and knowledge. Combined, they give us an eclectic mix of unbeatable strengths. While this will undoubtedly make us a better business, more importantly, it will directly benefit or suppliers and clients in the classical synergistic fashion.”

The sales and marketing directors across the brands, Alessandra Allemann, Suzanne Benadie and Simona Battani, share the same view: “We have continually evolved to support the growing demands of our international client base. We recognise the need to constantly adapt to our dynamic travel trade industry and make every effort to understand changes in our clients’ needs. We will continue to ensure that expectations are met at every touchpoint, in both a technological and human-to-human capacity.”

The new consolidated brand will commence operation from the 1st of September 2017. The internal changes will be the core focus leading up to the official launch date. Specifics in terms of company structure, including key executives, account managers, administrative and support teams will be communicated in due course.