Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Travel Services wouldn't be who they are today without the efforts of former owner Eric Shuman. Last night he entertained members with stories of how he started the travel club and all the challenges he faced. Shuman, a rather funny speaker, at one point, had everyone rolling with laughter. He said, "In this industry, you're either laughing or crying. I've done a lot of crying."
Having been in the Travel Business and Timeshare Industry for over 21 years, Eric's expertise and passion for vacations was unsurpassed. Now, a year after he's done, he reflects back to September 2012, when Eric sold his Travel Club to a group of private investors for 36 million dollars.
A native of Philadelphia, Eric grew up wanting to travel the world. Yet every time he shared this dream with others, he was told that "only rich people travel." To which Eric would then say, "Then I guess I have to do something about that as well." And he did.
In a span of over 13 years, Eric opened up Travel Club offices in over 20 different cities nationwide including Napa, CA., Fresno, CA., Las Vegas, NV., Miami Beach, FL., Austin, TX., Philadelphia PA. , San Francisco, CA., Scottsdale, AZ., and Valencia, CA.
Eric Shuman's Travel Club had over 100,000 members. They get amazing discounts on any and all travel, with the exception of airfare. The airlines are so competitive that margins are small; there's just not a lot of savings to get. "We're a full service travel agent. We'll do all the research, book you an amazing vacation, and save you a ton of money," Eric says. "I like to think we're old school. Remember when all the travel agents were in the malls? They were professionals we'd all look up to with respect. Now everyone thinks they can do it themselves, on the internet. Unfortunately, they end up with lousy vacations, spending way too much on their accommodations, and have no money left over to have fun, go out to nice restaurants, and buy something fun to remember their trip. But not our members, they're spoiled, and I wouldn't have it any other way."
Eric spoke at a member dinner, "My belief was that too many kids were growing up without ever going on a vacation. And with the economy, many people just can't afford them. Some of my best memories in life were going on vacation with my parents. I'll never forget them as long as I live. And yet I hear too many people say that they just quit vacationing, that it's a luxury that they just can't afford. After I heard that, that's when I said, I had to do something about it."