Travel Leaders announced that its wholly-owned and associate (franchised) locations won over $83.7 million in new business during the third quarter of 2009. Since the start of the year, the reported amount of new business travel accounts is a robust $243.9 million. An improving economy and aggressive marketing to new corporate and small business accounts are seen as driving the gains.
“We have been able to put together a tremendous team and our combined efforts throughout Travel Leaders to focus on the ever-changing needs of business travel clients and business travel managers is paying off,” stated Travel Leaders Corporate President David Holyoke. “This is just the start. We are keenly aware that one size does not fit all and we are structured in a way that allows our organization to tailor innovative travel solutions and proprietary technology to fit the precise needs of a multitude of unique companies like a glove.”
“Our franchised and wholly-owned Travel Leaders are meeting the challenges of today’s marketplace,” added Travel Leaders Franchise Group President Roger E. Block. “In addition to the ongoing spirit of cooperation that exists with Travel Leaders Corporate, our Envision and Envision Plus programs provide our Associates with an extensive suite of products, services and resources specifically designed to assist them in attracting and retaining business accounts. Our latest figures for new accounts indicate our agencies are taking full advantage of what Travel Leaders offers and we are proud to be a major player in the business travel arena.”
Earlier this year, parent company Travel Leaders Group was ranked number one among American travel management companies in Business Travel News’ Business Travel Survey 2009, an annual compendium, without even counting overall sales of Travel Leaders’ franchised units.