Toronto-based Merit Travel has been named as the official travel partner of Rugby Canada.
Merit Travel will provide a full-service travel programme to all of Canada's national rugby union teams in a deal that will run until the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.
"Ensuring that our athletes arrive at their destination in the safest and most efficient manner means that they, and our management team will be able to focus on the training and competitive aspects of their tours," said Rugby Canada director of commercial operations Nick Taylor. "The number of fans we have encountered in such far away destinations as Las Vegas, Hong Kong or London and New Zealand is growing all the time. This new relationship with Merit Travel will allow us to begin to cater more to these supporters and offer them a turn-key experience when it comes to their sport and leisure travel."
Merit Travel executive vice president and co-owner Louise deGranpre added, "We were delighted to get the nod from the leadership at Rugby Canada. As long-standing Rugby Canada supporters, our experienced team with the support from our 50 offices and more than 500 travel professionals across Canada are thrilled to have been called-up for the opportunity to serve this world class organisation."
Rugby Canada – Merit Travel