Now "the 3rd largest travel agency in the world" according to its president, Egencia, the business subsidiary of the Expedia group, wants to boost its activity in France in 2018.
Asked on the sidelines of the Partner Conference, annual grand mass of the Expedia group that takes place on December 6 and 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Rob Greyber, president of Egencia, told us to make France its "next priority".
"We are already very strong in the UK, and in Germany," he says. "Now, the next natural step is to bet everything on the French market, our new growth ground."
"Even if France is already part of our biggest markets after the United States, we have a large room for improvement".
For this purpose, the subsidiary of Expedia had installed, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, its new offices in the heart of the Euroméditerrannée district of Marseille. This site has become Egencia's largest service center in Europe, with nearly 200 employees and 750 managed enterprise accounts. Soon after, a new DG France was named in the person of Bruno Arbonel.
One way to put pressure on competing TMCs in France, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which this year closed offices and threatens jobs in France (Nantes, Toulon, Saint-Etienne).
Nevertheless, the American group still refuses to communicate the figures concerning the French market. "We are constantly growing," said Mark Hollyhead, chief operations officer for the world, who was in Marseilles in October for the inauguration of Egencia's new offices. "The progression is double-digit," he said.
The company is present in France in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Tourcoing, and employs nearly 800 people.