Kuoni strengthens ME presence
KUONI Destination Management (KDM) will be represented by their respective major DMC’s at this year’s ATM, where their main mission will be to create awareness among agents in the GCC and Middle East that they are not just offering products from Europe only, but also focus on other regions including South Africa, Asia, USA, Europe and the GCC.
Tour operators from all the major feeder markets of the GCC are being invited during the ATM to visit the representatives of these respective regions to get first hand information of the product and negotiate the best deals that Kuoni has to offer, especially for the coming summer.
Kuoni offers comprehensive and all inclusive travel and event services for groups and individuals around the world. Kuoni Destination Management boasts it has “a century of experience and tradition in assisting the travel trade and tour operators in developing and handling their client’s travel programmes - even making an 'impossible' itinerary realistic and feasible at competitive conditions,” said a spokesperson from the DMC.
The Kuoni Travel group was established in 1906 and employs more than 8,000 staff worldwide and generates an annual turnover of over $4.5 billion.
Kuoni Destination Management is a strategic business unit of the Kuoni Group and manages, with roughly 1,300 employees, over 500,000 travellers to Europe, 450,000 to North America, 38,000 to Africa and 145,000 to the Indian sub-continent every year. The bulk of Kuoni customers come from Europe, Japan and other Asian countries, as well as from North America, South America, the Middle East and India.
The vice president of the Middle East and India, Yasser Noman, recently announced the appointment of Clive Wilkins, as general manager, Middle East sales, and is confident that his 21 years of experience in the tourism industry and his knowledge of the Middle East market, will help in further developing the business for Kuoni Destination Management and help improve relationships with all supportive agents in the Middle East.
According to Noman, Kuoni Destination Management will also be represented by a professional team from Incoming – Arabia, offering special deals to trade buyers worldwide. This division was established in Dubai in 2006 and since has grown to become one of the major DMC for the GCC market. This division handles FITs as well as leisure groups and MICE businesses.
All Middle East agents/trade buyers are invited to Kuoni stand No TT420 Hall 1 at the travel and technology zone.