dnata continues European growth with acquisition of UK-based Stella Travel Services
Thursday, September 4, 2014 —
dnata announced today it has signed an agreement to purchase the entire issued share capital of Stella Travel Services.
Stella Travel Services is one of the UK’s leading travel businesses and includes five brands: TravelBag, Travel2, Sunmaster, Global Travel Group and Triton Rooms.
"The addition of Stella Travel Services to the dnata portfolio enhances our offering to customers and the travel trade, strengthening our position as a global company,” said Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President of dnata’s travel business.
“The partnership between Stella Travel Services and dnata will accelerate the growth of two global brands,” said Andrew Botterill, Chief Executive Officer, Stella Travel Services. “dnata is a growing, diverse group, able to support our long-term ambitions. Destinations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean have driven our strong growth for our company in recent years. dnata's expertise in these regions will help continue this trend for years to come.”
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 its experience in the country—will support continued tourism growth for the region, and improves dnata’s total purchasing power.
“The combined strength of Stella Travel Services, its brands and our group will deliver considerable benefits for our customers and suppliers,” added Iain.
Completion of the acquisition remains subject to merger control clearance. dnata and Stella Travel Services will continue to operate independently pending completion.
 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.