Corporate Travel Management’s (CTM) global agency network, Radius Travel, announced an expansion of its ongoing relationship with ITL World across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, significantly extending its customer servicing capabilities in the Middle East. ITL World is a travel management company with a presence in the Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar markets, offering more than three decades of expertise in corporate travel, meetings and event management.

Business travel in the Middle East is forecast to rise by 32% in 2022, according to a recent report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The report found that business travel spending in the Middle East throughout 2021 increased by 49%, the highest of all global regions, followed by Europe and Africa (36%), pointing to a robust outlook for business travel in the region.

Nicole Wilcock, CTM & Radius Travel’s vice president global agency partners, said the extension of the ITL World partnership was particularly welcomed by customers in the energy, renewables and marine sectors in which CTM, Radius Travel and ITL World have “world-class capabilities.” Rafeeq Mohammed, CEO of ITL World, said the extension of its partnership with CTM and the Radius Travel global partner network aligns with its company values to strengthen the Middle East’s position within the corporate travel industry. He said the expectations of corporate travelers and organizations have fundamentally changed since the pandemic, and the demand for differentiated experiences and bespoke solutions designed for specific travelers’ requirements is likely to be more pronounced. The strategic partnership with CTM in the GCC region, he said, “is rooted in the common beliefs we share; to unlock value for all businesses and business travelers through exceptional service and local market expertise, and supported by intuitive, integrated technologies.”