UK-based travel technology outfit Comtec took a reasonably brave step in 2008 when it committed itself to expanding into the North American marketplace.
An injection of capital a few months before as a result of a management buyout led by chief executive Simon Powell gave the company a warchest of sorts to open an office in Alexandria, Virginia, led by ex-Sabre hand Denise Womble.
Twelve months on and Comtec is strengthening its team in another North American office. The Toronto branch of Comtec was created when it acquired Canadian business Comnet in December 2008.
The Canadian push for Comtec coincides with its decision to join the Association of Canadian Travel Agents.
Spearheading the Wales-headquartered company’s assault on North America will be Paul Durrant, a Comtec veteran of seven years who will become director of international development for the region.
Durrant will be team member number seven based in Toronto.