Montreal, Qc, Canada, June 22, 2005
Transat A.T. Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition, through its Vacances Transat (France) subsidiary, of 100% of the shares of Bennett Voyages, a French outgoing tour operator specialized in packages and tours to Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“Bennett Voyages is a leader in the markets it serves, thanks to the excellent reputation of its brand and high quality of its products and its personnel,” declared Jean-Marc Eustache, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “We are pleased to know we can now count on the Bennett Voyages team to contribute to our growth in their current markets and to join us in developing new European destinations.”
Jean-Marc Roze, General Manager of Bennett Voyages, added: “We are well aware of Transat’s solid presence in France, and we see great growth potential in this new partnership between our two companies.”
Bennett Voyages' has some 30 employees and sales of approximately 20 million euros. Based in Paris, Bennett Voyages had been owned by its current management since 1994. Bennett Voyages will benefit from Transat’s support for its financial, strategic and operational development, namely with regards to distribution.
Transat A.T. Inc. with its head office in Montreal is an integrated company specializing in the organization, marketing, and distribution of holiday travel. The core of its business consists of tour operators in Canada and France. Transat is also involved in air transportation, value-added services at travel destinations, as well as in distribution through travel agency networks. Transat is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:TRZ.B; TRZ.RV.A).