Travel Leaders Group Donates to Australian Bushfire Relief

Left to right: Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion Travel Group and president, Family Bonds Foundation; Chris Allison, head of commercial partnerships, The Americas, Tourism Australia; Awilda Gonzalez, senior vice president of Tzell Travel Group; Michele Capaccio, chief operating officer of Protravel International; and Lisa Wheeler, senior vice president, operations, ALTOUR (Photo by Adam Leposa)

At its recent 2020 Outlook event, Travel Leaders Group announced that its nonprofit foundations, The Altour Foundation, Family Bonds Foundation and the Tzell and Protravel Foundation will all contribute funds to the Australian Red Cross to assist with the bushfire relief efforts in Australia

“We are truly devastated by the deep losses our friends, partners and everyone across Australia are facing due to the dire situation caused by these bushfires,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO J.D. O’Hara. “It will take a tremendous effort for them to continue to fight these fires as well as to rebuild, and it is our intention to have these financial gifts help feed, clothe and provide shelter to those in need.”

Funds from the Family Bonds Foundation consist of donations collected from travel advisors and employees across Travel Leaders Group, and they are distributed to support families, their children and communities experiencing hardships. The Tzell and Protravel Foundation, which originally formed in 2012 to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, now provides funds, support and assistance to people and communities in need worldwide. Through its Altour Goes Green initiative, Altour supports charitable organizations working to combat climate change and otherwise improve the environment. 

Australia was named the top-ranking, most-desired international destination to visit in 2020 in a Travel Leaders Group survey of North American consumers conducted in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

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