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Travel Leaders Franchise Group Launches Its Luxury Center of Excellence

Luxury Leader Perry Lungmus, CTC, Named as Vice President

Las Vegas, NV Travel Leaders – America’s leading franchised travel agency brand – is launching its “Luxury Center of Excellence” for its member agencies focused on the most discriminating travelers. Travel Leaders’ newly announced Center of Excellence will be led by longtime luxury travel leader Perry Lungmus, CTC. Travel Leaders Franchise Group President Roger E. Block, CTC, delivered the dual announcement during today’s General Session of Travel Leaders’ 2011 National Meeting in Las Vegas.

“Over the past three years, Travel Leaders has staked out a truly industry-leading position with our Business Center of Excellence, Envision and Envision Plus. With Travel Leaders proudly serving as an extension of our business-oriented agencies, Envision has enabled Travel Leaders Associates to win and maintain literally hundreds of millions of dollars of business travel accounts,” Block noted. “Now we aim to replicate our success in the luxury space. Because of the significant growth we’re experiencing in serving the affluent traveler, it became apparent that we needed to further bolster the scope and breadth of the programs, services and education, as well as enhancing our supplier roster, to equip our Travel Leaders with a foundation that they can use to more effectively serve this vital segment of their clientele. With Perry Lungmus at the helm, Travel Leaders’ Luxury Center of Excellence promises to accomplish these goals while also making Travel Leaders Franchise Group an extension of our luxury-oriented Associates’ offices.”

Lungmus comes to Travel Leaders in the midst of a distinguished career spanning nearly 25 years with some of the travel industry’s foremost names in luxury, including Virtuoso, Abercrombie & Kent, and since 2008 with Travcoa. As Travcoa’s Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Lungmus led all aspects of international sales growth for the highly regarded luxury adventure travel brand with particular focus on integrated marketing communications, new product development and growth of strategic alliance partnerships. Among other roles prior to Travcoa, Lungmus served as Virtuoso’s Executive Vice President of Marketing for nearly 10 years, and as Abercrombie & Kent’s Director of Sales for another eight.

“Through our new Luxury Center of Excellence, Travel Leaders will actively cultivate relationships with more of the leading suppliers in the luxury space. By increasing those numbers, we’ll develop and market more unique offerings and expanded amenities,” explained Lungmus. “At the very heart of our concentrated luxury initiative, Travel Leaders will engage our specialized travel agents through comprehensive training that will not only ensure that they’re completely confident in selling luxury travel, but also know how to exceed the expectations of the luxury traveler, whether in serving their distinct needs or simply in marketing to those needs.”

To learn more about how Travel Leaders Franchise Group’s Luxury or Business Centers of Excellence can benefit your agency, call 866-225-9026. Travel Leaders – when your journey includes us, you travel better. To find the Travel Leaders location nearest you, go to www.travelleaders.com or call 888-206-TRIP (8747).

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