July 11, 2012 13:46 ET

ALTOUR Expands Georgia Presence With Acquisition of Top Atlanta Agency: Age of Travel

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2012) - Age of Travel, a well-known provider of high-level services for corporate and leisure travel, has joined ALTOUR, a respected leader in worldwide luxury travel and one of the largest independent travel management companies in the United States. Led by owner Shirley Blaine, Age of Travel combines diversity, experience, creativity, technology, outstanding customer service and attention to detail to help individuals, and companies, both large and small, take control of their travel. 

Established in 1973, Age of Travel is a full-service, woman-owned travel management company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Perennially ranked among "Atlanta's Top 10 Travel Agencies" (by revenue) as well as "Atlanta's Top 25 Women-Owned Firms" (by revenue) by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Age of Travel is one of Atlanta's most prominent travel companies. Age of Travel provides a high level of personal attention to clients, drawing from a very experienced base of corporate and leisure agents.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Age of Travel," said Alexandre Chemla, ALTOUR's founder and owner. "Like ALTOUR, the agency has a superb staff and a history of service to the community. Shirley Blaine is well-known in the Atlanta area, and in the travel industry as an exceptional individual who leads by example." Chemla added: "Age of Travel's philosophy and values are very much in harmony with our own. We are very pleased to welcome the agency to ALTOUR."

Age of Travel specializes in: corporate travel management, helping companies both large and small; full-service group meetings and incentive travel (through Monumental Meetings a subsidiary); and creating customized vacation travel experiences and fulfilling dreams (through Blaine Travel, Age of Travel's leisure division).

ABOUT ALTOUR: Established in 1991, by industry leader Alexandre Chemla, ALTOUR has become one of the most respected global leaders in the travel world with a workforce of 1,100 professionals in fifty-seven offices on three continents and $1.3 billion turnover in 2011. The company's core remains its renowned business travel management capabilities, though ALTOUR has divisions dedicated to leisure travel, performance improvement, sports travel, entertainment travel and has been named to the "CMI 25" as one of Corporate Meetings & Incentives' best in the industry. ALTOUR has sister companies providing private air charter and limousine services.