Tourism agencies supplying air tickets and accommodation to MPs have been accused of collusion by the Competition Commission in a tender that is worth almost R100m, says a Cape Argus report.

Tourvest Holdings and Trigon Travel are accused of colluding when bidding for the tender in 2015. The winning bidder would have to process an estimated 28 000 transactions for an annual spend of R100m during the contracting period.

The commission claims that the relationship between Tourvest and Trigon created an incentive for them to co-ordinate their bids in respect of the tender.

The commission said there was no other reasonable inference that could be drawn, other than that the companies submitted the same bid as a result of collusion.

The companies’ legal representatives delivered closing arguments before the tribunal yesterday.

Tourvest chief executive Morne Du Preez strongly disputed all the allegations. ‘There are no facts on the case and our stance is that we have done nothing wrong and we maintain that. ‘The commission has a very weak case and nothing further has come to light,’ Du Preez said.

No date for a decision was made by late yesterday afternoon when closing arguments were done, says the report.

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