Leader in the travel and tourism sector, Gruppo Uvet joins the Fundación Alberto Contador project. The Italian firm based in Milano joins as a new sponsor of its different sports structures, with the continental Kometa Cycling Team at the forefront. An agreement that was unveiled this Wednesday during the BizTravelForum 2018, the reference event in Italy on everything related to mobility and tourism that has been organized by Uvet Group for sixteen years.
Created in 1950 by Francesco Patanè, Uvet is one of the leading providers of services and solutions for business travel, congress organisation and mobility plans. Open Travel Network, Settemari, Last Minute Tour, Ufleet-TKT or Uvet Global Business Travel are some of the companies that form part of this transalpine business conglomerate that employs more than a thousand people and that in 2017 had a turnover of more than 2,900 million euros.
Since December 2017, Uvet has owned 100% of the Italian Blue Panorama, an airline with a strong presence in the Italian, Albanian and Greek markets that also operates routes to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Antigua, Cape Verde, Tanzania and Kenya.
“The first time I met Dr. Patanè, two years ago, I had the impression that I was in front of a brilliant person, with a very clear vision of the future, of the evolution of society and of the world itself,” says Ivan Basso, sports manager of Kometa Cycling Team. “At that time he already liked what was then a mere cycling project, without the concreteness he has now. In these two years this harmony has been consolidated and with a view to 2019 has decided to enter a very prominent in the team. One of the most beautiful things about this joint venture is that everyone in their field, in business and sports, we share this vision of the future. He is more than a sponsor”.
“It is a pleasure for us to announce our arrival at the Kometa Cycling Team project. First of all because we share many values. But also for the fact of working with a person of the human quality of Ivan Basso, with whom I maintain a great relationship and share a passion for this sport,” says Luca Patanè, president of Gruppo Uvet.
“The incorporation of Gruppo Uvet reinforces the solidity of this project and will allow us to continue progressing in the path of growth that we would like to one day end up taking us to the continental professional category,” says Francisco Javier Contador, general manager of the Foundation.
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