GTA, one of the world’s biggest wholesalers for fully independent travel (FIT) has been awarded for its continuing excellence in promoting travel to the United States and the sheer amount of business it sends to US shores.

gtaNigel Horne, Senior Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing received the recognition alongside Sean Bayliss, Vice President for Americas Sourcing, at the second Chairman’s Circle Honors, which took place last night at John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.

As Nigel says: “This is fantastic recognition from U.S. Travel and Brand USA for GTA’s role in sending well over a million visitors to America’s shores every year. The power of our people, our global presence in mature and emerging source markets, and the reliable performance of our technology together drive business for hoteliers, service providers, attractions and experiences throughout America. Our success would not be possible without the retail and wholesale travel agents and tour operators worldwide who rely on us every day.”

Held during IPW 2014, the awards event commended GTA among an exclusive selection of international companies for their contributions to the U.S. travel industry. The world’s highest volume tour operators and buyers of American travel product received the award from members of the U.S. Travel Association’s Chairman’s Circle level, which includes some of the largest US travel companies and top destinations.

“The Chairman’s Circle Honors provides a special opportunity to recognise the international companies that are leading the way in driving visitation to the U.S.,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. “These high-performing buyers exemplify the power of travel. IPW, the event during where so much of that business is conducted, is the perfect occasion to honour and thank them.”

"We are thrilled to collectively pay tribute to America’s top international travel buyers," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA. "These organisations provide critical support for the U.S. travel and tourism industry. As the national marketing entity, Brand USA invites the world to discover America and we deeply appreciate how the buyers help transform that vision into reality."