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CWT acquires AC Events in Ireland
Amsterdam | August 23, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that it has acquired AC Events International Limited (AC Events) through its UK subsidiary, Carlson Wagonlit UK Limited. AC Events, based in Dublin, Ireland has provided meetings and events management services to corporations since 2005 and has been working in association with CWT since 2008.
As a result of this acquisition, CWT further expands its meetings and events activities and strengthens its business presence in the Irish market. AC Events will be fully integrated into CWT Ireland’s operations. Aine Corrigan, former owner of AC Events, will remain in the company as director CWT Meeting & Events Ireland under the leadership of Lisa Whelan, country director, CWT Ireland. “This acquisition will strengthen CWT’s presence in Ireland and will help to broaden CWT’s offering to its Irish customers. Aine Corrigan’s strong experience in the meetings and events business will allow her to bring additional insight and help further drive our meetings and events activities,” said Whelan.
“The meetings and events market represents a significant growth opportunity for CWT. With the acquisition of AC Events, CWT continues to reinforce its footprint in this key business and to provide the highest level of service to clients worldwide,” commented Thierry Duguet, vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa, CWT Meetings & Events. Integration of AC Events has begun and will continue over the coming months. Throughout the transition, CWT and AC Events will remain focused on delivering the strong service their customers have come to expect, while ensuring a seamless integration.
CWT Meetings & Events is a global leader in events and meetings management. With an international reach of 1,600 event specialists extending across 75 countries worldwide, it delivers over 35,000 events each year for its customers – industries ranging from pharmaceutical and healthcare, to technology, financial services, telecommunications, energy, automotive and government. Leveraging Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s global expertise and network, CWT Meetings & Events creates a customized, holistic approach that delivers excellent results to clients.
About Carlson Wagonlit Travel CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. CWT services and solutions comprise Traveler & Transaction Services, Program Optimization, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2011, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$28.0 billion. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com.
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