Portman and Clarity merger leads to record turnover

The recent merger of travel management companies Portman and Clarity created one of the largest events divisions in the UK, and the newly posted combined MICE turnover has hit a record £20m, according to the company.

The new merged division, under the leadership of director of sales and account management Paul Casement (pictured), provides a full service event organisation – from meetings and executive hospitality, to outdoor festivals and group travel.

The division now embraces 20 experienced specialists, with new clients for 2016 including John Lewis and Waltham Forest Council.

Casement said: “Our combined size now makes us a significant player in the MICE sector and we are ambitious to drive this specialist business even further.

“We offer a comprehensive service to clients in a number of sectors including pharma, retail and local government… we offer a one stop shop to clients who do not want to use multiple agencies for their events.”

The two merged companies overall are now headed by ex-Clarity CEO Pat McDonagh who said he planned to grow the new company “aggressively”.

In TMC rankings, Portman placed 10th in the UK with sales of £250m, while Clarity posted a total of £135m.

Portman was taken over late last year by Clarity’s holding company Mawasem Travel and Tourism.

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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