Anthony Travel Crowned North America's Leading Travel Agency

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Sports Travel Experts Win Title Again At World Travel Awards™

Making a grand march around the globe, the World Travel Awards™ journeys to seven different regions and declares the travel industry's 'best of the best'. On Monday, the Awards unveiled Anthony Travel, Inc. (ATI) as North America's Leading Travel Agency during the North and Central America Gala Ceremony held at the Hacienda Tres Ríos in the Riviera Maya area of Yucatan, Mexico.

Anthony Travel, a nationally recognized leader in university and sports travel management services, regains the World Travel Awards™ crown after also being named North America's Leading Travel Agency in 2007.

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the "Travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars", the World Travel Awards™ are the most comprehensive and prestigious awards program in the global travel industry. The World Travel Awards™ were established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world's travel and tourism industries. With thousands of votes cast by travel professionals from more than 183,000 travel agencies in over 160 countries across the globe, winning a World Travel Award™ has become one of the highest accolades a travel provider can receive.

"Winning this award a second time is even more overwhelming than the first," said John Anthony, President and CEO of Anthony Travel. "Being able to celebrate this honor during these difficult economic times is especially humbling. We owe thanks for this award to all of our associates who are so committed to providing extraordinary service and creative travel solutions. And, we are grateful for the incredible support we receive from the universities and athletic organizations around the world who rely on us as true partners. We are blessed."

With more than 20 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel provides travel services to many leading universities across America, such as the University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University and other premier Athletic Departments. Emerging at the head of the industry, ATI has added several new clients in the past year, including Baylor University, Duke University, University of Kansas, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas System.

"University of Texas Athletics congratulates Anthony Travel for this prestigious and clearly earned award," said Christine Plonsky, Director of Women's Athletics and Sr. Associate Athletic Director at the University of Texas. "In a challenging economy, the company continues to provide excellent customized service to our constituents while being sensitive and conscientious regarding the need for financially prudent travel decisions."

Anthony Travel also serves as the Official Travel Partner for leading sports organizations around the country including Disney Sports Attractions, ESPN Regional Television, the New York Road Runners, U.S. Soccer Federation, U.S. Youth Soccer, World Triathlon Corporation and other top sports organizations. In addition to providing support for daily staff travel, the company administers full event travel services for major events.

ATI proudly ranks in the top tier of producers for many major global travel and hospitality providers including Hilton Hotels and Southwest Airlines.

"Anthony Travel lives what it preaches; they 'treat others as they want to be treated'", said Mike Hill, Director of Sales for Hilton Hotels Worldwide. "As a result, we are proud to be associated with them. An outstanding producer for our sports vertical market and our business as a whole, Anthony Travel provides excellent service that makes it a pleasure to partner with them on events."

"Southwest Airlines prides itself on great service, low fares, as well as great partnerships," said Rishi Mehta, Marketing Products Manager for Southwest Airlines. "Anthony Travel is a great partner to Southwest Airlines, and a significant part of our strategic planning for future group travel growth. They show their commitment to the success of our mutual customers by providing cost savings coupled with exceptionally professional service. We congratulate them on their achievement and are proud to be associated with their success."

By providing extraordinary service, excellent prices and creative travel solutions, the company has established a strong client base and excellent platform for growth. Anthony Travel offers comprehensive travel solutions that save clients time and money, while providing unforgettable travel experiences.


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