Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announced the acquisition of Ormès, an agency specialized in corporate meetings and events. By bringing together CWT Meetings & Events and Ormès, CWT confirms its ambitious strategy in the meetings and events market and creates a leading organization in corporate events.
With Ormès growing 20 percent between 2013 and 2014, the acquisition strengthens CWT’s offer to clients by combining CWT’s large international meetings and events network with a strong local footprint.
Floyd Widener, senior vice president, CWT Meetings & Events global, commented: “This acquisition demonstrates CWT’s commitment to the market and positions us well for future growth. Clients of both companies will benefit from our strong creative culture, combined with consistent account management across the business.”
He continued, “Today, events are a priority for brands, and we have the global experience and expertise, creativity and financial discipline to positively impact clients’ meetings and events programs.”
Michel Dutertre, chairman, Ormès, has been appointed to lead the integration of the two companies. He commented, “Ormès and CWT have always shared a common market vision, and our size, areas of expertise and corporate values have naturally brought us together. The loyalty and trust which customers place in our team is our most valuable asset, and this, combined with the enthusiasm of our teams, is the best guarantee of success."
As a leader in the French corporate meetings and events industry with 150 employees, the organization will continue to offer all areas of event creation and production and Strategic Meetings Management, ranging from small meetings to large, high value events.
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2014, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$27.3 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.
About CWT Meetings & Events CWT Meetings & Events is the meetings & events division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel business portfolio, the world’s leading business travel and meetings management company.
CWT Meetings & Events is where ideas meet results. We are a global, full-service meetings and events agency with unparalleled experience, providing innovative, effective end-to-end strategic meetings and event management. With over 1,400 event specialists across over 68 countries, our expert local knowledge is backed up by our global resources.
We are driving industry-leading innovation in strategic meetings management and delivering over 35,000 creative, high-quality events for customers from all industry sectors each year. Our creative know-how helps us to deliver events with creative and innovative venue sourcing, while with our logistics expertise, we help clients with group travel, compliance, logistics, and at the same time save them money.
For more information about CWT Meetings & Events, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter.
As a key player on the market of corporate event communications in France for 40 years, Ormès has built its reputation on its operational response capability, financial strength and client proximity. Present in Paris, Lyon, Nice and Toulouse, the agency defends the vision of a strategic and responsible event within the communication mix of corporations and organizations’ communication mix.