Bonvo, FGC Ink Asia Pacific Travel Deal

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Bonvo Travel is set to expand its foothold in the corporate travel business here, after inking a deal with Fleming Gulf Conferences (FGC) to be its official travel partner in the Asia Pacific region.

The deal will see us managing the land and air travel arrangements for over 1,200 senior-level delegates from the Asia Pacific who will attend eight major FGC-organised conferences in the region in the next 12 months.

Bonvo Travel is set to expand its foothold in the corporate travel business here, after inking a deal with Fleming Gulf Conferences (FGC) to be its official travel partner in the Asia Pacific region.

Bonvo General Manager, Andy Michaels Lim, said for a start, the company will provide FGC with corporate travel management and related services covering flight arrangements, accommodations and leisure programmes.

“The deal will see us managing the land and air travel arrangements for over 1,200 senior-level delegates from the Asia Pacific who will attend eight major FGC-organised conferences in the region in the next 12 months.

“As these delegates come from Fortune 500 companies in blue-chip sectors such as Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas, Human Resources, Transport, Investment and Healthcare, they naturally expect an exceptional level of service which we are well experienced to provide,” he said.

Lim said the Meetings Incentives Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) industry has also played an instrumental role in attracting international visitors to the region, and this has further helped to grow Bonvo’s business.

Quoting statistics from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), he said the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies welcomed over 40% of all international arrivals in 2010, while preliminary figures for 2011 show a year-on-year increase of 5%.

“In Singapore, international visitor arrivals reached 3.12 million in the first quarter of 2011 alone, resulting in a 15.7% year-on-year growth, according to figures from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

“All these augur well for our tourist travel business. And now that we are increasing our profile in the corporate travel sector as well, we have no doubt that Bonvo’s business will grow at a greater pace,” Lim said.

He said the Bonvo-FGC deal will kick off with the 2nd Annual Asia Islamic Banking Conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur this July 4 and 5, followed by the Asia Pacific HSE Forum in Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals from Sept 20 to 22 also in Kuala Lumpur.

FGC’s proprietary conferences cover topics ranging from aviation, defense, banking and finance, oil and gas, life sciences, energy, transportation, telecommunications and construction.

About Bonvo Travel

Bonvo Travel (Singapore) Pte Ltd is a corporate travel management organisation that specialises in meetings and incentives experiences, corporate and lifestyle travel, and bespoke employee rewards programmes. It is managed by a team of travel and hospitality experts who have more than a hundred years of experience between them. The team works with a network of global partners to hone the best travel services for clients.

Bonvo is the authorised ticketing authority for major international airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia Airways, Israel Airlines, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippines Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines. It also works with supplier partners in 170 countries, and with approximately 35,000 hotels. Bonvo has access to over 35,000 properties worldwide, more than 5000 private and shared transfers, and over 5000 sightseeing tours.

Bonvo is a fully accredited IATA agent, and a member of both the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) and Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA). It is also an associate member of the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) and was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certification on 27 April 2010 for the provision of travel related services as well as management of meetings, incentives, conferences and events. The latter is a rare distinction in the industry with only a handful of companies having achieved it.

About Fleming Gulf

In the last decade, Fleming Group became the conference organizer of choice for most of the Fortune 500 companies across the globe. Serving over 53.000 Finance, Life Science, Telecoms, Defence, Energy and Oil & Gas executives since 2003 proves that we are recognized for delivering quality and high level of both speakers and attendees.

With offices in Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Dubai (U.A.E.), Bangalore, Pune (India) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) we are able to cover the globe and bring industry experts together at any location. Business leaders are meeting in London, Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam, Vienna, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait or Singapore under the Fleming Group flag. Over three hundred employees dedicated to linking business with intelligence work hard every day on reaching our goal – to deliver the best possible platform for B2B knowledge sharing.

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