Meeting management firm acquires tour company


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Grand Rapids-based Grand Connection, a corporate meeting management firm, said it has acquired Gail Andrus Travel, a group tour and event transportation company.

This acquisition will provide clients of both companies a unified meeting management, group tour and event transportation company.

GAT was founded in 1999 and transports thousands of people throughout Michigan and the U.S. each year, the company said.

Grand Connection acquired Gail Andrus Travel’s assets and staff on Nov. 30. GAL will continue operating under the same brand name.

GAL’s transportation services go hand-in-hand with Grand Connection’s meeting services, since corporate clients need transportation whenever they travel to a new location, the companies said. This merger enables clients of both companies to gain access to a wider range of services while attending conferences, group tours and other work events.

Gail Andrus-Hendges, founder of Gail Andrus Travel, said, “I will remain active in the business to support Grand Connection and our clients. We will make sure this is as smooth of a transition as possible for everyone.”

“This merger could not have happened at a better time,” stated Tracy VanderMeer, founder, Grand Connection. “We’ve recently undergone an internal restructure to better position our company for growth, and the opportunity to continue Gail Andrus Travel’s 37-year legacy was an opportunity we could not pass up.”

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