"As dnata’s travel business continues to grow, we look for opportunities to build our expertise, and strengthen our offering to customers, and Stella Travel Services does both,” said Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President of dnata’s travel business. “Stella, and its leadership team, have a deep understanding of the local market and will support the continued growth of the long-haul travel out of the UK.”
Based in Chester, UK, Stella Travel Services and its brands cover key segments of the UK-travel market with its retail, franchise, wholesale, online and call centre capabilities. Last year, the UAE was the company’s most popular selling destination. The partnership with dnata—and Stella’s experience driving business and leisure travel to the UAE—will boost the tourism industry in the region, and improve dnata’s total purchasing power.
“Though dnata has grown into a global company, our roots are firmly based in Dubai,” added Andrew. “Stella Travel Services is a significant contributor to inbound tourism to the UAE and the partnership between the two companies will help build both Dubai and the region’s reputation as a premier travel destination.”
The acquisition is effective from 14th October 2014, with no interruption to the services offered by Stella Travel Services. The business will continue under the Stella Travel Services branding.
 Stella Travel Services is the trading name for Stella Global UK Limited, STS UK Holdco II Limited and a number of associated subsidiaries.
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.
dnata's Travel Business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year our travel advisors handle more than 2.9 million bookings, 5.5 million bed nights, and 2 million airline tickets. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel.
Internationally, dnata owns and operates Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group, Mindpearl Group, and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors.