Friday, August 01 11:34:16
The new State travel management contract has been awarded to Club Travel after a tender process.
The contract covers air, rail, ferry and hotel bookings and was awarded following an EU tendering process. It will come into effect from today.
The new contract, put in place by the Office of Government Procurement, is expected to deliver the State significant cost reductions in terms of management/booking fees and reduced administration. In addition, it includes a demanding 2-hour turn-around to ensure bookings are timely and cost-effective. The extension of this central contract beyond the civil service to the wider public sector is envisaged to add to the savings arising from improved terms, Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State responsible for Public Procurement, said today.
Liam Lonergan, Managing Director Club Travel HRG, said: "The tender process enabled us to demonstrate our willingness, passion and capability to deliver a tailored travel service to the Irish Government and Framework Clients. We look forward to working to deliver a quality travel service at the best possible price to the Irish taxpayer."
The new one year contract, renewable annually for up to three years to 2017, will allow Club Travel to grow its business and employ another 5 people immediately, with potential for additional recruitment.
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