GLOBAL EXPANSION FOR TRAVEL LEADERS

Travel Leaders Network, North America’s largest travel agency organisation, in partnership with sister company Travel Leaders Corporate, has embarked upon a large-scale international expansion programme.

To date, 40 major travel agencies from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia have become new members of Travel Leaders Network, and many more agencies are expected to join over the coming months.

“We are creating a network of agencies that will serve as connective tissue enabling us to respond to larger opportunities both regionally and internationally,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network (pictured above left). “These agencies, now backed by the scale, technology and tools available through Travel Leaders, are positioned to provide an even more customized, personalized and superior level of service to existing and new clients within their respective geographies.”

New members, some of which are among the largest corporate travel agencies in their countries, join several existing international members of Travel Leaders Network. Combined, the network now has agency representation in nearly 50 countries. Additionally, Travel Leaders Group agencies across the U.S., Canada, the UK and Mexico, inclusive of CTS (Corporate Travel Services), will play a significant role in the international expansion.”Our plan is to sign one exclusive Travel Leaders representative in key countries around the globe. We are engaging partners who can offer a full portfolio of corporate, leisure and events services and are recognized in their country and by their peers as service-oriented, successful agencies,” said Block.

The newly-joined international members will have access to Travel Leaders’ comprehensive suite of resources. Those include online booking tools, a wide variety of marketing programs, the company’s extensive hotel program, including its highly curated SELECT Hotels & Resorts Program, international destination company (DMC) network and access to a vast array of education and training resources.

Additionally, members will be able to support both international accounts and local customers through Travel Leaders’ end-to-end technology suite that provides profile management, online trip authorization, data consolidation and analytics, meetings technology and customer reporting tools. International partners will also have access to some of the marquee leisure programs offered by Travel Leaders Network.”This expansion program is transforming both Travel Leaders Network and Travel Leaders Corporate into more robust international players with stronger abilities and reach enabling true multi-national account management based upon a highly personalized service model on an international scale,” said Gabe Rizzi, President of Travel Leaders Corporate (pictured above right).

“Clients will be serviced by local agencies who are leaders in their markets providing premium corporate travel services supported by a vast array of technology. These innovative agencies are now backed by one of the largest travel agency networks in the world. We’re not a call center operation and neither are they. That’s our sweet spot and our competitive difference.”Member support will be provided on a regional basis with key positions located in each region, including Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Asia Pacific. “We have hired regional sales professionals in the areas of sales, operations, technology and account management to create a more localized support structure to best serve the needs of our international members,” Rizzi added.

Angeles Yugdar, Senior Vice President of International Markets for Travel Leaders Group, is leading the expansion efforts and overseeing the new regional team members. Kevin Brown, Vice President of International Sales for Travel Leaders Corporate, is also serving in a key role.

New regional team members include:

  • Carina Fernandez Grenno, Regional Partner Management Director, Latin America
  • Susan Lancaster, Regional Partner Management Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Pat Siow, Regional Partner Management Director, Asia Pacific

New international agency members include:

Armenia                     

Global Travel Club LLC

Brazil                     

Travel Leaders Brazil

Bulgaria                    

Jamadvice

Burma                 

Supported by Vietnam

Cambodia                   

Supported by Vietnam

China                          

Travelux Limited

Colombia                   

Trafalgar Tours SAS

Costa Rica                 

Rutas Aereas S.A.

Croatia                     

Supported by Serbia

Egypt                    

Travel Leaders Egypt

France                      

Marietton Development SAS (Havas Voyages / Ailleurs Business)

Greece                     

Kyvernitis Travel

Guatemala               

Grupo Travel

Hong Kong             

Travel Leaders Hong Kong

Indonesia                

Travel Leaders Indonesia

Israel                        

Lachish Tours

Japan                         

Toppan Travel Service Corp.

Jordan                      

Dakkak Travel Agency (DTA)

Kuwait                      

KAPICO Travels and Tourism Co. WLL

Laos                       

Supported by Vietnam

Latvia                

TAS Baltics Ltd.

Lithuania              

JSC Vestekspress

Luxembourg           

Select Travel S.A.

Madagascar           

Arcadia Travel

Malaysia                 

Travel Biz & Tours

Mauritius                  

Arcadia Travel

Montenegro              

Supported by Serbia

Netherlands            

Business + Travel Group

Panama                 

International Meetings and Conventions Panama Inc.

Paraguay               

Compania de Desarrollo Turistico SRL – Comdetur

Peru                          

Promotora De Viajes Nuevo Mundo

Romania                

Aerotravel

Russia                     

IBC Corporate Travel International Business Centre Ltd.

Serbia                      

Travel Leaders Serbia

Switzerland                

STC Travel Swiss SARL (Havas Voyages)

Thailand                     

Travel Leaders Thailand

Ukraine                    

Sky Travel Holdings Limited (Ukraine)

Uruguay                   

Travel Leaders Uruguay

Venezuela                

Molina Agencia De Viajes C.A.

Vietnam                  

HG Group

The above agencies join Travel Leaders Network’s existing international members which include:

Bahrain                       

Cozmo Travel

India                           

Greaves Travel Pvt Ltd and Orchid Voyages Pvt Ltd

Ireland                        

Travel Management International

Qatar                          

Cozmo Travel

Saudi Arabia             

Cozmo Travel

United Arab Emirates

Cozmo Travel