Aer Travel, a San Diego area independent agency, has joined forces with ALTOUR, according to Alexandre Chemla, founder and owner of ALTOUR. In joining ALTOUR, Aer Travel gains access to the benefits available through ALTOUR’s recent signing of a joint program with American Express Travel. The agreement is designed to strengthen and expand services for American Express U.S. Representative Travel Network and ALTOUR’s travelers around the globe.
“We are very pleased to have Aer Travel join ALTOUR because the synergy created by the two of us working together will strengthen both entities’ brands within the growing San Diego travel market,” Chemla said. “We have utmost respect for the company and its president, Gil Saidy. We look forward to doing great things together.”
“ALTOUR offers excellent support with its many branded services,” said Saidy. “We know this move will increase our competitive edge in the San Diego market. We’re excited about the potential for growth.”
Aer Travel was founded in 1983 and serves the corporate, leisure and entertainment markets in the greater San Diego area. Noteworthy is its following by the San Diego Chargers football team and its fans. The agency has handled the team’s travel arrangements for more than 10 years, and has organized road trips for fans the past several years, including over 300 fans and Chargers staff to their game in London last year. “We have road trips to all games planned in 2009,” Saidy said, “including marquis games in Pittsburgh, New York and Dallas.”
Established in 1991 by Chemla, ALTOUR has grown to an agency with a travel volume of over $500 million, ALTOUR is among the largest agencies serving the luxury and mid-market travel niches today with 21 offices and more than 700 travel professionals throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Complementing its core travel management business, ALTOUR has developed a family of companies including Altour Limousine, Altour Air, Altour Travel Master, Altour Incentive Management, and Altour Management Technology. ALTOUR is ranked in the top two travel agencies in Los Angeles County by th Los Angeles Business Journal.