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Ovation Travel Group Acquires Commonwealth

July 19, 2010 By: George Dooley

Ovation Travel Group, based in New York City and one of the top 10 travel management firms in the United States, has acquired Commonwealth Travel Advisors (CTA), a privately held regional travel management company based in Boston. The move expands Ovation’s operations into New England.

John P. Sullivan, executive officer of CTA as well as its management team and staff will be joining Ovation. Sullivan described the deal as “Today we gain for our clients the added cost savings and technological benefits of an industry leading travel management company with customer service values we greatly respect,” Sullivan said. “At the same time, CTA will continue to provide the local, personalized service our clients have come to enjoy and expect.”

Paul Metselaar, chairman and CEO of Ovation Travel Group, added, “This business combination will complement our organic growth and should resonate well with professional service firms and other service-oriented businesses throughout the greater Boston area.”

Commonwealth Travel Advisors was established in 1994 and has grown to be a leading travel company in the region, with offices in Boston and Westborough, MA. CTA services include corporate travel management, meetings and events, and leisure travel services.

Ovation Travel Group is a $500 million corporate travel management company. It provides comprehensive travel solutions to over 450 leading professional services firms and corporations, representing over 200,000 travelers.

Ovation’s travel management solutions include corporate travel spending analysis and travel policy development; customized reporting; vendor negotiations; air, hotel, train and car reservations; risk management; online bookings; leisure travel; and meeting and special events planning.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in New York, Ovation Travel Group includes Ovation Corporate Travel, The Lawyers’ Travel Service, and Ovation Vacations. Ovation is a shareholder in the global travel company RADIUS and operates in over 80 countries.


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