Mr. Batt Now Eligible for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program
New York, NY (June 28, 2017) – EY announced that Travel Leaders Group Founder and Chairman Michael Batt won the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award for Services in the New York program. The award was presented at a special gala event at the New York Marriott Marquis. The award recognized Mr. Batt for his work building Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) into one of North America’s largest travel companies. Mr. Batt was selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders.
As a regional award winner, Mr. Batt is now eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017.
“It was a great honor to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Travel Leaders Group, including the tens of thousands of travel agent advisors who are part of our organization,” said Mr. Batt. “Our driving force has been to continuously provide innovative technology and programs that allow our travel agencies to thrive. In turn, our travel experts deliver immense value, as well as peace of mind, to corporate, leisure and luxury clients around the world. This award is a testament to the leading role that travel agents play within the travel distribution channel.”
A true entrepreneur in the travel industry, Mr. Batt is Founder and Chairman of Travel Leaders Group, a North American travel company that generates gross travel sales of approximately $21 billion annually and directly employs nearly 2,000 staff managing operations of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and affiliated travel agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Today, Travel Leaders Group has over 40,000 travel agents working directly for the organization or under one of its brands.
Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, thanks to its diverse travel agency networks – including the flagship brands of Travel Leaders and Travel Leaders Corporate, along with specialist luxury travel agencies such as Tzell Travel, Protravel International, Andrew Harper, and Cruise Specialists.
Entrepreneur of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, and it’s the only competitive awards program for leaders of high-growth companies. To be eligible, nominees must be the manager or owner of a private or public company and be primarily responsible for the company’s recent performance. Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
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About Travel Leaders Group
Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travelers, Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands, including All Aboard Travel, Andrew Harper Travel, Colletts Travel, Cruise Specialists, Nexion, Protravel International, SinglesCruise.com, Travel Leaders Corporate, Travel Leaders Network and Tzell Travel. With annual sales of approximately $21 billion through over 7,000 locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry’s largest traditional travel agency companies.
About Entrepreneur of The Year®
Entrepreneur of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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