Corporate Travel Management (CTM)’s host agency business — 1000 Mile Group — is launching into the US market and expanding operations in the UK. The TMC said the move is in response to strong small- and medium-size enterprise (SME) travel management demand. CTM acquired 1000 Mile Travel Group in July.

The acquisition, according to the announcement, presents CTM with “an exciting opportunity” to leverage both a growing cohort of independent travel advisors and increasing demands for specialist travel management solutions by SMEs — a traditionally unmanaged segment in corporate travel.

Founded in Australia in 2015, 1000 Mile Travel Group, according to the announcement, is a network of experienced independent travel advisors offering high-touch, flexible travel management services to small businesses. The corporate host agency business model, designed specifically to meet the needs of independent corporate travel agents, supports a growing workforce of experienced travel advisors seeking to manage their own client portfolio on their own terms and from anywhere they want.

Jamie Pherous, managing director of CTM, said 1000 Mile Travel Group delivers a unique and flexible travel management model for servicing small and growing businesses while offering all the benefits of CTM’s global buying power and enterprise-grade travel technology, including its proprietary online booking tool, Lightning.

Nicola Veltman and Ben Ross, founders and co-CEOs of 1000 Mile Travel Group, have relocated to Denver to focus on establishing the brand in North America.

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