September 27, 2022

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Navigatr inks deal to acquire travel agency consortium Ensemble: Travel Weekly

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Pending shareholder approval, Ensemble Journey Team has entered into an arrangement to be acquired by non-public investment company Navigatr Group.

If Ensemble’s shareholders approve the transaction, Ensemble would operate as a standalone entity inside Navigatr and continue on its functions in the U.S. and Canada.

Recent CEO David Harris would grow to be Ensemble’s chairman, and Navigatr’s Michael Johnson would grow to be its president. Johnson is the former president of host agency Travel Edge, a organization in the Navigatr portfolio.

Ensemble operates as member-owned cooperative, with agency proprietors as its shareholders. It has extra than 600 members in the U.S. and Canada. Ensemble said shareholders have been advised of the potential transaction, and a particular shareholder conference will be held April 14. Further aspects about the potential acquisition, and particulars on the voting system, will be shared at that meeting.

“Although the pandemic has absolutely brought a lot of difficulties to our marketplace, it has also give us the possibility to examine new tips and relationships,” Harris stated in a statement. “Although it is up to the shareholders to choose on the future of Ensemble, this is an enjoyable chance that would few Ensemble’s parts of experience and sturdy company network with Navigatr’s terrific depth of assets that we know will make a powerful benefit proposition within the consortia house.”

Navigatr invests in vacation firms. It reported its brands signify more than $1 billion in once-a-year transactions. Those people manufacturers include Kensington Tours, Travel Edge (No. 20 on Travel Weekly’s 2021 Ability Listing) and TripArc.

In a joint announcement, Ensemble and Navigatr mentioned the acquisition would provide “quite a few gains” for stakeholders. For instance, the corporations reported, Ensemble’s strengths in cruise, tour, promoting and details monetization could be leveraged with Navigatr’s know-how in offering technologies. Organizations could provide extra efficiently by bundling services into a single-selling price transaction, they said.

Navigatr had been thinking of launching its very own consortium, Johnson said. The firm was attracted by the price proposition made available by Ensemble.

“This partnership is a key instance of where by the complete would be bigger than the sum of its areas delivering substantial benefits to users and suppliers alike,” he reported.

Ensemble and Navigatr have been working on a changeover plan to make certain easy operations if the acquisition is accepted.
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Correction: Journey Edge reported Michael Johnson is its previous president. A prior version of this report reported Johnson was Vacation Edge’s existing president.

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