Connex Travel, BCD Travel’s South Africa Partner, to Merge With Rennies Travel
By Harvey Chipkin
BCD Travel announced that its longtime joint-venture partner in South Africa, Connex Travel, is merging with Rennies Travel, another South Africa TMC. The union will result in a total workforce of 737 employees, with offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Stellenbosch and Richard’s Bay, as well as Namibia. The news follows BCD’s announcement last January that Rennies Travel, owned by Bidvest, had joined BCD’s Global Network. Previously operating as BCD Travel South Africa, Connex Travel has been a BCD Global Network partner since 2009. The merged agency will operate as Rennies BCD Travel. It will be led by Bronwyn Philipps, who previously served as CEO of Rennies Travel. Former Connex Travel CEO Marco Cristofoli will remain a member of the senior leadership team.