He demonstrates not only essential qualities of an entrepreneur; but also, the steadfastness and business sense that will make him an important contributor to the strength of our industry in the future.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2017
Travefy CEO David Chait was named the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year at the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in San Diego on August 28th.
Chait was selected for Travefy, which is a next generation itinerary management and client communication platform for travel professionals. With Travefy, travel agents and other industry professionals can save time and impress clients.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was established by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation to “promote entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit in the travel and hospitality industry.” Three finalists were selected to participate in a “Shark Tank”-style competition at the ASTA Global Convention in San Diego on August 28th with a $10,000 cash prize. At the event expert Judges included Marc Casto (President & CEO, Casto Travel), Tammy Levent (Founder, Elite Travel Management Group), and Denise Jackson (President & CEO, Balboa Travel)
“Travel Agents are an integral part of our country’s growing travel economy and I’m so grateful to ASTA for the important role it plays in supporting Agents and our industry at large as well as the commitment of the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation,” notes Chait. “For Travefy to be recognized by the ASTA community is an unbelievable honor.”
Travefy allows travel professionals, including travel agents, to build dynamic travel quotes and itineraries all in their brand that can be delivered via mobile app, responsive web page, or PDF. Travefy’s dynamic builder helps agent’s shine with intuitive tools to efficiently build trip plans including an integrated worldwide database of millions of points of interest, hotels, restaurants, flights and cruises. Travefy can further boost productivity and personalization through private content and event libraries, and booking confirmation email import tools. Key third party integrations including Sabre’s ClientBase and Virtuoso amenities among others allow seamless flow between an agent’s existing CRMs and suppliers. Additionally, Travefy provides rich communication tools, allowing professionals to provide next-level client service.
“Congratulations to David who topped the list of many creative applicants and top finalists in this year's Entrepreneur of the Year program,” notes Gloria Bohan, the President and CEO of Omega World Travel and founder of the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation. “He demonstrates not only essential qualities of an entrepreneur; but also, the steadfastness and business sense that will make him an important contributor to the strength of our industry in the future. I look forward to following his growth and that of the other 2017 applicants. It is a pleasure to be part of such a dynamic industry that furthers creativity and entrepreneurial zeal.”
Travefy builds delightful itinerary management and client collaboration software for travel professionals and companies. Travefy powers over 2,500 paid travel businesses ranging from small, independent travel advisors to the largest travel organizations like Travel and Transport and the Gifted Travel Network (GTN).
Travefy has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes among other publications and has won numerous innovation awards including the Brand USA Marketing Innovation Award at Phocuswright 2015 and the 2017 ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism.