28 July 2015
Vliegtickets.nl and WTC.nl join forces
Amsterdam/ Haarlem, 05 december 2013 – Two large Dutch travel companies announce that they are forming a combination. Vliegtickets.nl and WTC.nl (World Ticket Center) are joining forces from today, and will continue their journey of growth under the new travel group OTRAVO.
Vliegtickets.nl and WTC.nl are established names in the Dutch (online) travel world. “Together, we form a very strong travel group, with a solid position in the Benelux. Together, we will expand our national and international activities, as well as our product range”, state Bob Rus and Phillippe de Knijff on behalf of the board of the travel group named OTRAVO.
Vliegtickets.nl has been market leader in the Netherlands for some time, in the sales of worldwide flight tickets via internet, and expanded its activities to Belgium in 2011.
WTC.nl has also been successful in the online travel world for many years, with a wide range of travel products. WTC is a multi-channel organisation, which in addition to plane tickets, is also very strong in dynamic packaging, such as sun holidays, tailor-made trips, and city trips. The companies complement each other in many areas, which means that together, they form a full range travel company with serious clout. The travel company will continue to operate under the brands Vliegtickets.nl and WTC.nl. Management remains in the hands of the current management.
The new travel group will operate from its existing offices in Haarlem and Amsterdam, where it will prepare its (inter)national expansion. Jointly, the companies will launch a state of the art IT platform in order to serve travellers’ needs even more effectively. The new travel group has 150 employees and an annual turnover of over 180 million euros.
Vliegtickets.nl is one of the biggest websites for booking plane tickets to worldwide
destinations. The website offers tickets from the full range of worldwide airlines,
including low-cost carriers. All trips can be booked via the internet, or the contact
center. In addition to plane tickets, Vliegtickets.nl offers products such as travel
insurance, cancellation cover, airline ticket insurance, car hire and hotels.
Vliegtickets.nl was launched in 2005 as part of the Haarlem-based travel company
Montys Travel Group, which was founded in 1987. www.vliegtickets.nl is a member of
ANVR, SGR, IATA and Thuiswinkel Waarborg [consumer protection organisation,
part of E-commerce Europe].
WTC.nl (World Ticket Center) is one of the largest independent travel organisations
in the Netherlands, and has been one of the market leaders in the area of plane
travel since 1983. In addition to worldwide plane tickets, WTC.nl offers hotels, car
hire and complete sun holidays across many destinations. WTC.nl is the specialist in
the Netherlands in the area of round-the-world trips and long distance destinations,
and is a member of ANVR, SGR, IATA, PATA and ASTA. With an average of 25,000
visitors a day, www.wtc.nl is one of the biggest travel websites of the Netherlands.
Otravo (Online Travel Organisation) is the new holding company above the operating
companies of Vliegtickets.nl and WTC.nl and the name of the new travel group.