Ocean Holidays has become the official travel supplier for West Ham United in a three-year deal.
The agreement comes a week after Florida tourism authority Experience Kissimmee was named as the Premier League team’s first destination partner.
The partnership unveiled today forms part of Essex-based Ocean Holidays’ strategy to broaden its reach.
As part of the agreement, Ocean Holidays will be screening Ocean Florida’s debut TV advertisement on the team’s former Olympic stadium’s two huge indoor digital screens. The group also has access to exclusive hospitality at home games.
The partnership also means the operator will offer exclusive travel deals to supporters, players and staff across social media channels, via the West Ham website, match-day programmes and the its website.
Ocean Holidays is run by two sets of brothers, Daniel and David Ox, and Harry and George Hastings, and employs more than 150 people at its head-office in central Romford.
Co-chief executive, Daniel Ox, said: “This is a landmark partnership for Ocean Holidays, one that we are confident will allow us to take the business to the next level, proving that businesses like ours are still investing post-Brexit.”
West Ham vice-chairman, Karren Brady, said: “At a time when the club is growing its international portfolio, it is all the more important that we remain true to our rich heritage and so it is particularly pleasing to have joined forces with a prominent local business.
“On behalf of all at West Ham United, I would like to welcome Ocean Holidays on board and I hope this is the start of a very successful relationship over the coming three years.”
Ocean Holidays’ brands, Ocean Florida, Ocean California and luxury division Winged Boots, specialise in tailor-made travel.
David Ox, managing director of Winged Boots, said: “We started out 14 years ago by organising bespoke trips for footballers and discerning city workers, and so this deal is a perfect fit for us.
“We’re looking forward to entertaining key contacts, customers and suppliers at this fabulous new ground.
“The team at Winged Boots will also be taking care of the travel arrangements for the team for overseas pre-season friendly matches, and mid-season warm weather training.”
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