Scottish destination management company Experience Scotland has been acquired by European groups specialist Tour Partner Group.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will see Experience Scotland join Hotels & More, the B2B groups specialist for Great Britain and Ireland; Irish Welcome Tours, one of Ireland’s leading inbound operators; Authentic Vacations, a US tailor-made specialist and Trans Nordic Tours, an operator for the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Experience Scotland was founded by Yves Lemarchand in 1992.

Comprising a multilingual team of Scotland specialists, the company provides the full complement of destination management services.

The acquisition continues Tour Partner Group’s strategy of embracing proven ‘in destination’ experience and capability to offer increasingly globally-based clients authentic travel experiences.

Tour Partner Group employs more than 200 destination experts, providing Group, FIT and MICE services across 14 European countries to clients in more than 60 source markets.

Company CEO Paul Maine said: “With our Scottish business experiencing significant growth year over year, Scotland is an incredibly exciting destination to offer to our clients.

“TPG gains a physical presence within the destination for the first time, enabling us to benefit from greater access to product, strengthen our standing in the region and pass on added value to our clients.

“I am thrilled to welcome Yves and the whole Experience Scotland team to the TPG family.”

Lemarchand added: “I am delighted to be part of the new and international family that the TPG group is becoming.

“This will allow Experience Scotland to grow and consolidate its position as a leading DMC in Scotland.”