Diethelm Travel Group has acquired leading Thailand-based DMC, Travel Center Asia (TCA), to strengthen its in-destination operations and regional DMC ambitions.
The new acquisition, which follows Diethelm’s earlier consolidation with Tourasia in 2017, will see the merger of the two companies to continue operations under the Diethelm Travel branding as of November 1, 2018.
Diethelm expects to “secure even more access to key European markets, in which TCA is a specialist”, the company said in a statement.
In particular, TCA’s strengths in customised high-end tours and services as well as unique special interest products, such as exclusive cycling tours and large group incentive experiences, will align well with Diethelm Travel Group’s emphasis on highly unique and tailor-made programmes.
“TCA has long been a prominent DMC, particularly for Thailand travel,” said Stephan Roemer, CEO of Diethelm Travel Group. “Combining the brand’s excellent relationships within Thailand as well as their key accounts in various European markets and Canada, this new acquisition is an excellent complement to Diethelm Travel’s existing Thailand operations, and further highlights our ambitions to continue strengthening our position as a leading regional DMC partner in Asia.”
TCA’s owner, Thomas Maurer, will stay on during the transition as the current TCA team continues routine operations under the Diethelm Travel brand. All key members of TCA will move to become part of the new team ensuring a seamless transition while maintaining the highest servicing standards for all tour operator partners and their guests.
“I’m confident that the acquisition is a smart move for both entities as each is committed to providing unparalleled on-the-ground service, excellent rates and unique Asia travel products throughout the region,” said Maurer. “I look forward to seeing how the two companies come together and continue to grow.”
Meanwhile, Diethelm Travel’s Bangkok headquarters will move to upgraded offices on Silom Road. The company expects to complete its relocation and continue operations as usual from December 1, 2018.