CTM expands footprint – Russia joins CTM Global Partner Network

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) continues to expand its global footprint having signed a partnership agreement with Unifest Travel, one of the top ten travel management companies in Russia.

Headquartered in Moscow, Unifest additionally has fully-owned offices in regional hubs such as St Petersburg, Ekatyerinburg, Ufa, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Novosibirsk. The company employs 206 staff and its turnover in 2015 was in excess of US$163.5M.

Unifest manages some of the largest corporate travel accounts in the region, including implants at Inter RAO, the largest Russian public energy company, and Rostelecom, the largest national telecommunications operator in Russia. Unifest is also renowned for its pioneering approach to e-commerce in Russia and was the first travel management company (TMC) to launch an online booking portal in the Russian Federation.

“We are delighted that Unifest has decided to join our global partnership network. The Russian market is a key strategic area for us with a population of over 140 Million and a large number of international companies based in the region. Finding a strong, local partner, such as Unifest is essential in ensuring complete service coverage for CTM across the Eurozone,” said Debbie Carling, CEO Europe, and Corporate Travel Management. “Unifest has a long history within Russia, understanding local needs and delivering great service to both international and domestic clients matched with an ethos and way of working that echoes our own.”

Valery Rogatch, General Manager, Unifest commented: “This world is becoming a small place to live and operate as our clients expect us to stay in touch with them in the remotest corners of the world. At the same time as one of the leading TMC’s in the Russian market we aim to keep abreast of technology innovations in travel industry. Our mission is seen by us as providing seamless travel management solutions to make the booking process and customers’ life-on-the-road smooth and hassle-free enabling them to focus on their core duties.

“Stepping into partnership with Corporate Travel Management marks a milestone in our evolution,” he added. “We are not only looking forward to sharing with network partners our local expertise accumulated over almost 20  years of operating in the complex Russian corporate travel market. We are also hopeful to emulate the best practices applied by the like-minded alliance partners and capitalise on the resulting synergy”.