SOURCE: OpenWorldJourneys

April 26, 2005 21:38 ET

Ron Simms Takes the Chair at OpenWorldJourneys, an Innovative and Vital Tour Operator Recently Launched in Vancouver, BC

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2005 -- Paul Neale, General Manager of OpenWorldJourneys is delighted to welcome Ron Simms, with whom he worked at Virgin Holidays. "In his position as Chair, Ron's background as a leading force behind the success of Virgin UK will contribute strongly to our efforts to bring affordable new products and an innovative package selection to the Canadian market," says Paul.

Ron feels this is a great opportunity to build a company around a fresh brand and approach to selling travel. "Similar to our experience with the Virgin brand, OpenWorldJourneys is looking at how people relate to the decision making process of choosing a holiday," says Ron. "The independent traveler wants to return with expanded personal knowledge gained through a broader journey."

OpenWorldJourneys is designed to provide "multi-faceted" destination-based holiday experiences.

"We are delighted to partner with companies that offer an authentic face-to-face meeting with the sights and sounds of the destination. Our product is growing daily," Paul explains. "Following on the heels of our exclusive offerings of the Hidden Turkey journeys to Canadian travelers, we have negotiated a partnership with Wendy Wu Tours for a marvelous selection of journeys through the 'real' China, as well as comprehensive highlights for visitors to China who have time constraints."

Closer to home, OpenWorldJourneys offers a selection of delightful BC Coastal discovery cruises and land tours featuring grizzlies, orca and wilderness beauty. An online hotel collection from around the world, at great rates and a wide range of accommodation types is also available.

OpenWorldJourneys will be offering preferential travel agent status across Canada. More information can be obtained by emailing patricia.fraser@openworldjourneys.com.

Paul and his colleagues, all veterans of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays, have designed this vital tour operator to fill a void in the Canadian travel market. "We're pleased to offer safe, but not sanitized, travel for families or the solo traveler," says Paul.

OpenWorldJourneys is based in North Vancouver and in association with the Canadian Travel Team (a registered, bonded travel company) will serve all gateways in Canada. The company plans a European expansion during Summer 2005.

For more information, or to book your journey, please go to their website, www.openworldjourneys.com, or telephone them on 866-673-6967.

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