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PARSONS JOINS FESTIVE ROAD IN OUTSOURCING EXPANSION

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nikki Parsons to our global travel and meetings management consultancy as an outsourced travel manager for new FESTIVE ROAD client Arcadis, the leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets.

Nikki joins after a period of time as the head of global travel and meetings at AIG, where she was responsible for globalizing the travel and meetings programme. Prior to this she held travel management roles at Merrill Lynch, Standard Bank in the UK and Citi in Singapore.

She was appointed to the Arcadis project, the latest in an increasing number of outsourced travel management roles FESTIVE ROAD has taken on recently, to manage the roll out of a revised strategy after the company appointed Festive Road to carry out a strategic review of the travel programme.

Speaking about the project and appointment, Martin Silvester, Global Director for Workplace at Arcadis, said, ”We needed someone to both benchmark and re-think how we managed our travel programme globally. The result of FESTIVE ROAD’s work is a really well thought through and right-size approach for our business.  A number of the approaches they have taken in travel have been so well received within the business that we’ve applied them to other categories too. To then get access to talent like that of Nikki to manage the rollout has been fantastic and we’re on track to achieve our objectives and have significantly raised the profile of the travel programme within the company at the same time.”

Speaking about her move to FESTIVE ROAD and the Arcadis project, Nikki said, “It was a great opportunity to join FESTIVE ROAD and go straight into such an interesting project like the Arcadis outsourced travel programme.  To be able to put my experience to good use and have the type of positive client/Roader relationship we have is really refreshing.”

FESTIVE ROAD’s Outsourced Travel Management Programme started three years ago and combines excellence in operational delivery with an overlay of strategic review and consulting support.

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About FESTIVE ROAD

FESTIVE ROAD is on a mission for better business travel and meetings management. Headed by business travel thought leaders Paul Tilstone and Caroline Strachan, together with their network of international Roaders, they provide strategy, sourcing and delivery services to the buyer community and strategy, marketing and delivery services to the supplier community. The FESTIVE ROAD team has been recognised multiple times in prominent industry leader lists and industry awards as leading lights in the global business travel market since 2007.

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