Diversity Travel celebrates nearly £13m of new business

Christopher Airey

Specialist travel management firm Diversity Travel has announced major growth in the last financial year, bringing in £12.9m worth of new business following a number of key client wins, contract renewals and strategic appointments.

Notable customer wins and contract renewals recently secured include the University of Bradford, the University of Salford and the University of Hull.

Manchester-headquartered Diversity Travel, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, has seen overall revenue increase to £63.2m, up 12% on the previous year.

The firm has also expanded its board with the addition of Przemek Koszka, who has been appointed director of technology following the significant growth of Diversity Travel’s tech team.

Christopher Airey, managing director of Diversity Travel, said: “These results demonstrate the great strides we are continuing to make as a leading travel management company. Over the last year we have grown our academic client base, strengthened our position as one of the largest providers of travel services to charities in the UK, and increased the number of charities we continue to work with globally.”

Diversity Travel specialises in UK and international air travel, accommodation, and rail travel for the in the charity, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

It develops cost effective travel arrangements for more than 2,000 clients across the globe, including the Salvation Army, ActionAid, Wellcome Trust, Save the Children International and the London School of Economics.

The company’s growth follows confirmation of an unprecedented period of expansion for the firm’s technology team, which has grown from three to 16 full-time staff in the past three years.

Meanwhile the company’s achievements have also brought a number of recent accolades, including the Account Management Team of the Year Award at The People Awards, the highly-respected industry awards that recognise outstanding individuals and teams within and across corporate business travel management.

Additionally, for the second year running, company founder Harish Sodha has been listed in the UPstanding100 Executive Power List which celebrates the work of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) business leaders across the UK, US and Ireland.

Airey continues: “We have introduced a number of innovations over the last year, including the IQ Hotels system which provides customers with a comprehensive view of new aggregated hotel content in one place, saving them time and money – this alone has helped hotel revenue increase, providing Diversity’s customers with the benefit of the TMC’s increased bargaining power over negotiated room rates.

“This is just one way in which we are leading the way in adding real value, increasing efficiency and streamlining customer experience for our clients, and we look forward to developing this even further.”