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IN 2003, NOBODY HAD HEARD OF CLICK TRAVEL, AMBER ROAD, BLUE CUBE OR FELLO


feature. West End Travel staffers have an astounding average of 23 years’ length of service between them. In all, 23 of the Leading 50 TMCs boast an average length of service of ten years or more. TMCs themselves come and go, although mostly as a result of mergers and acquisitions rather than anything more unfortunate. Rosenbluth, Ayscough, Seaforths, Bath Business Travel, Fleet Street Travel, and many more, are off the radar, but the likes of Clarity and Applehouse are just new names for long-established companies. There is a lot of new blood, too. In 2003, nobody had heard of Click Travel, Amber Road, Blue Cube or Fello, and there plenty of others. But to go back to the beginning… In case you’d forgotten, Manchester City won this year’s FA Cup Final; I neither know nor care who is currently topping the singles charts; and the Papworth offspring have long since flown the nest. I no longer sift through the post (there isn’t any), but instead trawl through emails making good use of the greatest technological advance in my lifetime – the “delete” button. Looking ahead, technology is a subject we’ll no doubt be covering in the 200th issue of BBT in 2035. And many of the TMCs and their employees will still be standing tall.


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THEN AND NOW


How did the top 20 of the Leading 50 TMCs look at the time of BBT’s launch, and how does that list compare today?


RANK COMPANY NAME 1


BTI UK


2 3 4 5 6 7


Carlson Wagonlit Travel Rosenbluth International The Travel Company Portman Travel


TQ3 Travel Solutions ATP International


8 P&O Business Travel 9


10 11


12


Hillgate Travel Lonsdale Travel Trailfinders


Reed & Mackay


13 Uniglobe 14


Fleet Street Travel


15 Navigant International 16 Business Travel Management (BTM) 17 18 19


The Appointment Group


Travel Management Group plc Fair’s Fare Ltd


20 Ian Allan Travel ISSUE 1 IN 2003


RANK COMPANY NAME 1


2 3 4 5 6 7


8 9


10 11


ISSUE 100 IN 2019


American Express Global Business Travel CWT


FCM Travel Solutions BCD Travel


Corporate Travel Management Capita Travel and Events Egencia


Travel Leaders Group Reed & Mackay Clarity ATPI


12 Uniglobe 13 14 15


Click Travel TAG


Travel and Transport Statesman


16 Gray Dawes Group 17


Travel Counsellors for Business


18 Key Travel 19 Business Travel Direct 20 Wings Travel Management


2019 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 61


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