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 September 10, 2014
Signature Welcomes New Members

 Signature Travel Network welcomes the year's new members at its annual Owners' Meeting. Special receptions for new members include a welcome luncheon today, Wednesday, September 10, and a new member forum Thursday, September 11.

Nine new members have joined in 2014, including:

Divine Destination Weddings and Honeymoons -- Granite Bay, CA
Conlin Travel -- Ann Arbor, MI
Legacy Travel -- Plano, TX
Global Escapes -- Athens, GA
Fox World Travel -- Oshkosh, WI
Cruise Vacation Outlet -- Orlando, FL
Trase Miller -- Oak Brook, IL
Seven Lands & Seas Travel -- Alexandria, VA
Bon Voyage World Travel Experts -- Waterford, WI

Kimberly Waters, Signature's vice president, national sales & member engagement, says, "I'm excited about the variety of agencies that have become members this year as well as the number of recent inquiries from potential new members. I think it's a positive reflection of the state of the industry; it shows agency owners' optimism about the future and the importance of aligning themselves with a member-focused, member-owned organization like Signature."

"The best thing about joining Signature is seeing how excited my team is," states owner of Legacy Travel, Philip Banks. "When they discover a new Signature tool, or a Signature preferred supplier helps them close a challenging trip, my agents are quick to announce it to the entire office. Before joining, I believed that Signature performed a better job than the typical consortia did, but I had no idea what a fantastic organization it is. The marketing, technology, destination specialists, and staff give member agencies a competitive advantage. We are all very excited about what the future holds."

Bob Miller, owner of Seven Lands & Seas Travel, states, "Cutting edge technology, depth of resources, spectacular client amenities across a broad spectrum of cruises, and world-class hotels and resorts. These are some of the attributes that define Signature, and they are the tools that will enhance our ability to deliver to our clients amazing vacation experiences. They also are the reasons we are thrilled to become a Signature member."

"One of Signature's greatest strengths is the diversity of the membership, and this year's list of new members represents an exceptional range of successful companies from across the country. It's wonderful that they are all able to attend the Owners' Meeting, so they can experience the incomparable camaraderie that exists within Signature," states Alex Sharpe, Signature's president and CEO.

Divine Destination Weddings and Honeymoons in Granite Bay, California, has specialized in making destination wedding and honeymoon dreams come true since 2005. Founding travel consultant, April Schmitt and her team are dedicated to the romantic details that make each destination wedding and honeymoon unique and memorable.

Conlin Travel is the largest private travel management company in the state of Michigan with over $100 million in sales and has grown to a position of leadership in the travel community, encompassing numerous travel-related companies. Conlin Travel believes in creating long term, lasting relationships with clients by delivering measurable value while inspiring travelers' enthusiasm with innovation, energy, and commitment.

Legacy Travel is an $8 million leisure-only travel agency with a main office in Plano, Texas, and a branch office in Chicago. Legacy Travel only hires people with sales aptitude who are new to the travel industry. Consequently, while Legacy Travel's president, Philip Banks, is in his 50s, the rest of the team members are younger, with the majority being in their 20s.

Global Escapes was founded over 25 years ago by Ella Grondahl. Her daughter Tiffany Hines realized after graduating from college that she also had a passion for travel and partnered with her mother, becoming president of the agency. The consultants of Global Escapes enjoy giving the personal service that helps their clients create wonderful memories. Many of the agency's clients began using its services while they were students at the University of Georgia, and they have continued to work with Global Escapes for all of their travel needs throughout their lives.

Fox World Travel ranked 37th in the 2014 Travel Weekly Power List and is the largest vacation travel agency in Wisconsin with 11 retail locations. Harold Juedes established Fox Valley Travel in 1960. Harold's son, David, joined the company in 1973 and purchased the business in 1979. Known throughout Wisconsin for its professional commitment to the traveler, Fox World Travel is proud of its 50+ year history of stability, attention to detail, repeat clientele, experienced personnel, and excellent industry image.

Cruise Vacation Outlet, a mid-sized call center agency in Orlando, Florida, was founded in 2002 by Todd Elliott. The company has 35 employees, and its focus is 99% cruise vacations. It has been recognized as a top account with Princess, Holland America, Oceania, NCL, Viking River, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.

Trase Miller provides premium contact center fulfillment solutions to major travel brands and its loyalty programs. Since 1994, Trase Miller has handled complex transactions, customer care calls, and online support for some of the most respected brands in travel.

Seven Lands & Seas Travel of Alexandria, Virginia, began in 2005, and in nine short years, the company developed a loyal client base that spreads across the Unites States, Canada, and numerous countries worldwide. With its tailored approach, the company strives to deliver each of its clients a vacation experience of a lifetime -- one that encompasses unique cultural, historical, and culinary opportunities that are enjoyable, memorable, and worthy of conversation for years to come.

Bon Voyage World Travel Experts have been exceeding customer's expectations for more than a decade. Bon Voyage staffs both full-time and part-time experienced consultants with a client mix of 15% corporate and 85% leisure. Sales have more than doubled since 2010. As the company strives for equal growth over the next four years, the owners believe the right partnerships will be critical to its continued success.

Signature Travel Network

Signature Travel Network is a member-owned, travel cooperative, headquartered in Marina del Rey, California, with a regional office in New York City. The network was established in 1956 and today includes 195 member agencies with 442 retail locations throughout USA and Canada. Collectively, Signature members generate $6 billion in annual travel sales.