CHICAGO, July 1, 2015 — BCD M&I and BCD Travel Groups have integrated their two organizations to create a new global operating unit branded as BCD Meetings & Events, the company announced today. Former BCD M&I Global President Scott Graf now heads the new organization with more than 700 employees and operations in over 40 countries.
While BCDs group travel and meetings units already worked hand in hand, the formal integration of the two eliminates duplication in some products and services that had been offered separately by each organization. In addition, the new organizational structure streamlines service delivery, increases leverage with suppliers and creates a combined talent pool of meeting and event experts within a single operating unit.
The time was right to integrate these two operational units, Graf said. While we found great success in meeting market needs with separate meetings and group travel organizations, the new configuration positions us better for future growth and scalability. The meetings and events business is booming around the world, and our shareholder is committed to seeking out investment opportunities in the meetings and events space. The new brand positions us for growth.
A pioneer of the strategic meetings management concept, BCD M&I provided comprehensive meeting and event management solutions globally for nearly three decades. The company offered select and full service support for single meeting and event opportunities, incentive travel and full strategic meetings management programs (SMMPs). They also provided multiple ancillary solutions such as attendee management, sourcing, onsite staffing and reporting to enhance the meeting experience. BCD M&I was consistently recognized as a global leader in the industry.
BCD Travel Groups provided in-country services for meetings, incentives, events and group travel, including management of air, rail, hotel and local ground transportation for conferences, congresses, governmental groups, trade missions, sports travel and more. The organization was particularly strong in Europe and Latin America.