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The AC Group acquires MW Tours and French Travel Partners

Firm expects turnover boost of £8m with two specialist acquisitions

Pictured: joint MD Malcolm Lindop

The AC Group expects to boost its annual turnover by £8 million in 2017/18 with the acquisition of MW Tours and Paris-based French Travel Partners (FTP).

The AC Group, which provides independent travel, incentive group travel and organised tours worldwide, now has offices in London and Kent, Paris and New York, and expects to see a group turnover of £25 million in the next financial year.

Founded in 1999, The AC Group consists of three brands: AC Tours, AC Online and AC Luxe.
FTP Tours becomes the fourth brand under The AC Group umbrella, while MW Tours merges with AC Luxe. As part of the expansion plans the company has also launched its own office in New York.

Malcolm Lindop, joint MD of The AC Group said: "The New York office will not only enhance existing inbound business opportunities, it provides the perfect platform to develop new overseas opportunities. The launch of the new office creates a local approach and greater efficiencies to our US outbound clients ensuring AC Group secures the best hotel rates and availability.

“MW Tours excels in a niche that is very complimentary to our brand AC Luxe, and the teams’ combined expertise ensures we’ll continue to excel in a highly selective market.

“Our central London hub provides a UK command centre, and our acquisition of French Travel Partners, with their Paris headquarters, enables us to cover our guests in France more effectively. We’re now providing hands on support to our travellers in the market and can offer locally-based contracting and sales experts to ensure we secure the best hotel rates and availability.

“With these two acquisitions, The AC Group continues its sustainable growth, ensuring a robust future for all our brands, and the delivery of outstanding experiences and service for discerning travellers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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