• Renamed Directravel (
formerly VTS Travel).
• Member of Hickory Travel
• Privately held.
CONSORTIA BY NUMBER OF LOCATIONS, 2006
2006 Sales: $291 million
Looking Ahead Employees: 230
• All U.S. call centers will have Previous Ranking: 32
new phone systems that will
enable the agency to move calls 702 N. Shore Drive, Suite 300
based on demand or weather. Jeffersonville, IN 47130
T (812) 206-5200
29F (812) 206-5400
TRAVEL PRESIDENT/CEO: Tom
MANAGEMENT Lumley EXECUTIVE VP: Lee Thom-
SENIOR VP, SALES: Doug
2006 Sales: $300 million Payne Sr.
(not certified; figure pub- SENIOR VP, RETAIL OPERA-
lished by company) TIONS: Debbie Myers
Employees: 156 SENIOR VP, CORPORATE
Previous Ranking: 31 OPERATIONS: Alan Busse
3725 National Drive, Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27612
T (919) 782-3810
F (919) 782-3595
• ARC sales of $188.2 million.
• 65% of sales from business,
25% leisure, 10% meetings,
group incentives and sports
event packages via Champion
Sports Tours, a company division.
• Continued growth of Swift-Trip, the company’s self-book-
NEST 405 $200M+
Signature Travel Network 310 $2.5B
Cruise Shoppes 250 $100M
MAST Vacation Partners 150 $505M
WESTA 150 $450M
Cruise & Vacation Specialists 119 $80M
* Roughly 10% or more are non-U.S. locations, to as high as 50% Canadian in the case of
** Number includes Nexion (as one location) which by year end 2006 was host to 2,200 mostly
PRESIDENT/CEO: John Lew-
EXECU TIVE VP/ COO: Wan-
• In-house, 24-hour traveler
support center expanded to
support more travel agency
subscribers as well as corporate
• Enhanced Employee Travel
Club, a program available to
corporate clients and their
employees for assistance with
leisure travel. Participation ensures discounts that are available to Travel Authority and
other American Express affiliates.
• Agency acquisitions added
more than $25 million in sales
and added several new venues
for retail and corporate divisions.
450 E. 22nd St.
Lombard, IL 60148
T (630) 691-9100
F (630) 691-1088
OWNER/CEO: Bonnie Lor-efice
PRESIDENT: Jane Batio
EXECU TIVE VP: Jim Wasson
SENIOR VP: Lisa Donavan
• 70 outside travel sellers. 2006 Developments
• Owns Swift Trip, a self-book- • ARC sales of $179 million.
ing tool. 80% of sales from business,
Owns Champion Sports 15% from meeting/group
Tours, a sports fan/team travel travel for corporate clients, 5%
tour company with an annual leisure.
sales volume of $6 million. Received first-ever Lumi- • • American Express affiliate. nary award from Get There for • Privately held. 136% increase in online book-
ing transactions in 2006.
• Continued agency acquisi- Company Facts
tions, expansion of Swift Trip • Affiliated with GlobalStar
and retail sales growth. Travel Management.
• Member of ABC, Travelsav-
• Privately held.
• Will grow global travel alert
2006 Sales: $283 million
Previous Ranking: 33