Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announced the acquisition of Ormès, an agency specialized in corporate meetings and events. By bringing together CWT Meetings & Events and Ormès, CWT confirms its ambitious strategy in the meetings and events market and creates a leading organization in corporate events.
With Ormès growing 20 percent between 2013 and 2014, the acquisition strengthens CWT’s offer to clients by combining CWT’s large international meetings and events network with a strong local footprint.
Floyd Widener, senior vice president, CWT Meetings & Events global, commented: “This acquisition demonstrates CWT’s commitment to the market and positions us well for future growth. Clients of both companies will benefit from our strong creative culture, combined with consistent account management across the business.”
He continued, “Today, events are a priority for brands, and we have the global experience and expertise, creativity and financial discipline to positively impact clients’ meetings and events programs.”
Michel Dutertre, chairman, Ormès, has been appointed to lead the integration of the two companies. He commented, “Ormès and CWT have always shared a common market vision, and our size, areas of expertise and corporate values have naturally brought us together. The loyalty and trust which customers place in our team is our most valuable asset, and this, combined with the enthusiasm of our teams, is the best guarantee of success.”
As a leader in the French corporate meetings and events industry with 150 employees, the organization will continue to offer all areas of event creation and production and Strategic Meetings Management, ranging from small meetings to large, high value events.