12 Jan Luxury Travel Veteran Becky Powell Appointed to Lead Protravel International
Travel Leaders Group taps former head at Andrew Harper to run Protravel daily operations.
New York, NY (Jan. 12, 2018) — Protravel International announced today that Becky Powell has been appointed General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Protravel is a leading luxury travel brand in the travel marketplace, owned by Travel Leaders Group. Powell will oversee daily operations at Protravel and report to Gail Grimmett, President of Travel Leaders Luxury Brands.
“We are pleased to welcome Becky Powell to Protravel. Her extensive leadership experience in luxury travel will help to further our standing as the leading luxury brand in the travel marketplace,” said Gail Grimmett, President of Travel Leaders Luxury Brands. “Becky’s knowledge of the market is unparalleled and her connections in the industry are extensive. She will be a tremendous resource to Protravel’s agents as we continue to support their business growth.”
Prior to joining Protravel, Becky’s career has spanned more than 30 years in various aspects of travel operations and sales, focused on luxury travel, with more than nine years of experience at Virtuoso in executive positions including Senior Vice President, Global Member Partnership; Vice President Member Sales and Service; and Managing Director, National Accounts. While at Virtuoso she opened Virtuoso Europe for agency membership, initiated “innovation teams” to create new products and solutions for its members, and launched an industry-lauded certification program for Virtuoso travel advisors. She previously worked at Brendan Worldwide Vacations in Chatsworth, Calif., AAA National in Heathrow, Fla., and Trans World Airlines in St. Louis, Mo. More recently, Becky has been leading another Travel Leaders Group luxury brand, Andrew Harper Travel, as a Senior Vice President where she managed all operational and sales aspects for the brand, converted the staff to Sabre GDS and implemented a mobile itinerary management tool.
Travel Leaders Luxury Brands, formerly known as Travel Leaders Elite, provide white-glove concierge-level care to discerning, high-profile clients spanning the worlds of entertainment, sports and luxury leisure. The brands include Andrew Harper Travel, Colletts Travel, R. Crusoe & Son, All Star Travel Group, Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.
About Protravel International, LLC:
Protravel International, LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International, LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents in all corners of the U.S. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organization. Our expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.
About Travel Leaders Group
Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients through 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. With over 7,000 agency locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry’s largest traditional travel agency companies.