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LMG boosts stake in Middle East rewards company to 60%

LONDON - Loyalty Management Group has spent £5.3m to boost its stake in the Gulf-based loyalty marketing company, Rewards Management Middle East, to 60%.

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Rewards Management Middle East, which operates travel reward programmes in Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is 40% owned by HSBC Holdings.

It was founded in 2000 by LMG, HSBC and Al-Seer, the Dubai-based owners of the local Spinney's supermarket chain. LMG acquired the additional stake in the business from Al-Seer.

LMG was itself acquired by Canadian firm Aeroplan in December for a reported £368m.

LMG said its Air Miles Middle East programme was currently receiving 15,000 new applications a month, and that increasing its stake in Rewards Management Middle East would help extend the reach of its global loyalty programme.

Alex Moorhead, chief executive officer at LMG, said: "LMG looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with HSBC and working more closely with the RMME management team to consolidate its loyalty leadership position in this fast-growing region."

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