September 29, 2011 10:06 ET

ALTOUR Named to Fifth Annual "CMI 25" List by Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - ALTOUR was recognized as one of the CMI 25, an exclusive directory of the largest and most influential full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the $145 billion corporate meetings and events industry. Now in its fifth year, the CMI 25 has named ALTOUR to the list every year since its inception. The CMI 25 is compiled by Corporate Meetings & Incentives, the leading information source for the industry.

"Being recognized as one of the CMI 25 is a tribute to the creativity and drive of our staff," said Mary Sue Leathers, President of ALTOUR's Meetings & Events, and Performance Improvement Divisions. "Having just completed our first year as part of the ALTOUR Group, we look forward to bigger and better things as a result of the many new doors that have opened up to us."

In 2009 and 2010, many organizations were reluctant to conduct meetings out of a fear that they would be perceived negatively in an economic environment characterized by cost cutting. The emergence of new technologies also saw some companies abandoning traditional business processes. Now, businesses are rediscovering the importance of face-to-face meetings when it comes to revenue generation.

"Meetings are how business gets done in virtually every state, city and town in America," according to Karen Kotowski, Executive Director of the Convention Industry Council. "They are the very definition of working together and are essential to help win our future."

Clients seeking a business partner to help with their meetings can look to ALTOUR for a full range of meeting management services. ALTOUR has experience in every aspect of meeting planning and execution in addition to the relationships and buying power to deliver serious cost savings.

The ALTOUR group is a global travel and services organization with a workforce of more than 1,000 professionals in sixty-eight offices spread across three continents. With a $1.2 billion turnover in 2010, ALTOUR is a recognized as an international industry leader providing essential travel and service solutions the world over. The company's core remains its renowned business travel capabilities, though ALTOUR has divisions dedicated to such diverse fields as leisure travel, performance improvement, sports travel, entertainment travel, as well as meetings and events services. ALTOUR's principal divisions are complemented by flexible sister companies providing private charter jet and limousine services. ALTOUR is 12th on Travel Weekly's 2010 "Power List" of the best travel agencies in the United States, and is included in the "Top Travel Agencies in the UK" by Buying Business Travel. The Los Angeles Business Journal ranks ALTOUR as one of the best two travel agencies in Los Angeles County, and also recognizes the company as one of the "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles" for 2010. For more information or to learn how to contact an agent, please visit