ifa travel & tourism signs jv agreement with wings corporate travel

Published August 24th, 2008 - 09:22 GMT

Dubai- IFA Travel & Tourism (IFA TT), a subsidiary of IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR), a leading travel and tourism company, announced its joint venture partnership with Wings Corporate Travel (Wings) for the Middle East and North Africa.

The JV partnership will fully-integrate and standardize the corporate travel market with particular emphasis on the Oil & Gas sector, a specialized division for Wings, a South African-based travel management company.

“We are delighted with our new travel management partner and their introduction to the region. Wings has made a well respected name for itself over the last decade in Africa, the US and UK, particularly in Oil & Gas related corporate travel, an area which the company has dominated and excelled in,” said Werner Burger, President and COO, IFA HR.

“The strategic decision for Wings to enter the region at this time comes as no surprise, particularly as Dubai offers an unparalleled opportunity for Wings to capitalize on the region’s Oil & Gas industry,” added Burger.

Wings was founded in 1992 as a corporate travel management company and has since become recognised for providing a high level of personalised and professional service for the corporate sector, whilst aggressively leveraging technology to advance innovative and customised solutions. 

“This is a significant step forward for Wings as our corporate brand will be enhanced through our association with the IFA Hotels & Resorts group.  You need only look at the IFA Hotels & Resorts’ positioning and you will quickly see the tremendous value of being partnered with a company with such a premier portfolio of assets, and who have rapidly established themselves as a major international player in the premier tourism segment,” said Tony Sofianos, CEO, Wings.

“Our clients are global multinational companies, and in order to service these clients effectively, we realized we needed to expand our position, aligned with our strategy of providing clients with a seamless 24/7 service, 365 days a year. 

“Dubai represents a logical entry point into the region given its growth over the years, and the establishment of frameworks that encourage companies to set up their businesses.  Furthermore, almost all of our existing Oil & Gas clients have significant operations based out of Dubai.

In addition, our joint venture partnership provides us with a further opportunity to a deliver standardized and fully integrated travel solutions to our clients in the Middle East.  One of the unique value propositions for the joint venture partnership is that we operate as ‘one company’, with seamless integration across all its operations,” explained Sofianos.

IFA TT specialises in corporate  and leisure travel management; providing a wide range of business and leisure service solutions ranging from personal travel consultancy to air chartering services, events, meetings and corporate incentive arrangements and exclusive corporate offers.

“Our clients and partners are also seeking out more effective corporate travel solutions. This newly formed partnership will certainly enhance our high-end travel and leisure offerings and expand our business in Africa and the Indian Ocean region,” said Emad Jabr, General Manager, IFA TT.

IFA TT also provides its clients with unique concierge tourism services, catering to the group’s partners and customers by providing a range of world-class services including:  Access to private jets, luxury yachts, or tailor-creating a travel experience based on a client’s particular interest from a hunting and safari excursion, to theme park and adventure holidays.

The JV further compliments IFA HR’s already well-established luxury services in the tourism sector building on the company’s portfolio of luxury branded residences, hotels, resorts and lifestyle membership clubs.




IFA Hotels & Resorts is a leader in the development of premier integrated and mixed-use hotel and tourism resort projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, the Indian Ocean Region and North America.

IFA Hotels & Resorts’ activity in resort development began in the mid 80s with the acquisition and development of Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve, Portugal, through United Investments Portugal, which is part of the IFA Consortium.

The grandeur of Pine Cliffs provided the ideal environment for investment in the real estate sector as well as residential homes and resort living, and thus the consortium’s link with the hospitality sector developed. Today, IFA Hotels & Resorts sets the international benchmark for the development of world class integrated real estate development.

A specialist in resort development, IFA Hotels & Resorts enjoys close links to premier hospitality operators such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, appointed to manage resort developments around the world.

IFA Hotels & Resorts listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange in January 2006, with a market capitalisation of over US$ 1 billion. The company also listed on the South African JSE Limited (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) during 2006 with plans to list on other major exchanges in the future. In January 2007, the company invested in listed Thai developer Raimon Land.

Globally, IFA Hotels & Resorts has entered into strategic alliances and joint venture partnerships with leading companies such as Kingdom Hotel Investment Group (Saudi Arabia), Nakheel (UAE), United Investments Portugal, YOTEL (UK), a strategic alliance with RCI (part of the Cendant’s Group), Tongaat Hulett Developments (South Africa), Boschendal Ltd (South Africa), Raimon Land (Thailand), Ohlthaver & List (Namibia), Indian Ocean Resorts (Seychelles)and most recently Related (United States).

IFA Hotels & Resorts is currently present in Kuwait, Dubai, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, South Africa, Kenya, Zanzibar, Namibia, Seychelles, Thailand, Caribbean and New York, with plans to link its resorts to new parts of the globe. This will offer investors and tourists access to world class facilities through a network of hotels, residential resorts, vacation and residence club destinations.

IFA Hotels & Resorts’ programme of brand acquisition and developer partnerships will continue into the future, illustrated by the ever growing strength of its product range: lifestyle membership clubs, vacation clubs, fractional ownership, hotel ownership, residences, yacht ownership clubs and jet ownership clubs.

This unique product range enables IFA Hotels & Resorts to continuously anticipate and deliver to the varying property investment and leisure requirements across the globe.


About Wings Corporate Travel

Wings Corporate Travel is committed to becoming the benchmark in global travel management through excellence, innovation, strategic partnerships and the recruitment and retention of exceptional people.

Wings Corporate Travel is a technology focused business travel management company providing exceptional services through the use of high-end technological solutions. Through its core values of integrity beyond reproach, pioneering innovation, uncompromising quality and exceptional people, Wings Corporate Travel has grown into a leader in its field, with operational coverage across three continents.

Global coverage across the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Africa, places Wings in the strategic position to service demanding global industries such as Oil & Gas, Marine and the Corporate sectors and enables Wings to provide more effective airfare and inventory sourcing, as well as local representation, all of which assist travellers through sophisticated global technological integration.

Technological innovations that provide clients with indispensable products and services to facilitate and enhance their entire travel programme, give Wings clients a distinct advantage. In conjunction with this, Wings Corporate Travel makes use of one central data hub, providing a single standardised global platform from which all branches operate through identical operating systems, meaning all passenger information can instantly be accessed and updated from anywhere on the globe, instantly enhancing travel simplicity and service quality.
Quality which noticeably exceeds industry standards, is continuously maintained through world class technology and our fully automated Quality Management System which is overseen by our Quality Assurance Department. This, along with our ISO 9001:2000 accreditation, means that our services are continually governed and monitored to facilitate constant improvement.

Wings Corporate Travel has developed a reputation for outstanding personalised and professional service, whilst aggressively leveraging technology to advance innovative and customised best-in-class technology solutions for our diverse range of clients, all the while maintaining the highest levels of quality and safety.


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