ORLANDO, Fla. – March 25, 2014 – Tourico Holidays, the international travel wholesaler, announces a new business entity focusing on group sales. Hiring 6 experienced travel professionals in 2013, Tourico Holidays laid the foundation for revitalizing its group travel business. These new leaders are tasked with expanding group travel to make up 10% of Tourico Holidays’ total revenue. To grow 150% in year one, Tourico will focus on destinations in North America and select European cities and clients from Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Tourico Holidays has set up a self-sustained department that will handle all aspects of group travel, including contractors, accounting, sales, etc. They will offer every kind of group travel, from ad-hoc and series to coach, cruise, and MICE travel. The company is also heavily investing in technology and will soon launch a cutting-edge group travel bidding engine.
Tourico Holidays began as a group travel provider. During its 20-year history, the company shifted its focus to the prosperous individual tourism sector (FIT – Free Independent Travelers), earning $1B dollars in sales. “It’s fitting that in our 20th year, we are revisiting our roots as a group travel organization,” states Ofir Cohen, VP of Strategic Product Development. “We hired industry veterans who will use Tourico’s technical resources and global reach to offer partners fast response time, quality service and precision operations.”
Federico Fava is the new Director of Sales for Groups in the EUMEA Region. Fava is an Italian native and highly specialized in international trade, and brings 8 years of experience in the tourism industry to the team.
Michael Gough is the new Director of Tour Series and Packages. He brings over 12 years of valuable experience in group travel to the team.
Dean Leggett is the newest member of the London Group Operation Team. Has had led the EUME Group Operations since December 9, 2013. He began his career in 1999 at GTA/Kuoni, where he worked his way up from Operations Manager to Operations Executive.
Yves Fore joins Tourico as the new Director of Product – Groups. He brings over 20 years of experience in both tour operations and the hotel industry.
Simona Fargnoli-McGrover is the new Director Group Operation for the Orlando team and will focus on the Americas. During her 22-year career in the travel industry, she specialized herself in international inbound markets, mostly from Europe.
Meet the Tourico Group Department at IPW 2014 in Chicago at booth 1154 & 1155.
About Tourico Holidays
Tourico Holidays, a subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, cruise lines, attractions, ground transportation, and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,600 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology. Global business is served by headquarters in Orlando, and over 27 local locations with over 500 employees spread out across 5 continents.
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