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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (Nov. 21, 2012) – THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY, a leisure division of ALTOUR (, in Jeffersonville, IN, has been recognized by American Express Vacations ( with a "Best of the Best Globe Award" – an honor bestowed on a limited number of agencies and consortia partners that are considered American Express Vacations’ top performers.
The Travel Authority received the award at American Express Vacations’ 17th annual “Best of the Best” gala event, held Nov. 14 – 17, 2012 at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen, La Perla, in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

"We are honored to receive the American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award," said Lee Thomas. “Working closely with American Express Vacations enables us to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction and provide our clients with the very best vacation experience.”

In attendance at the “Best of the Best” four-day event from The Travel Authority were Lee Thomas and Linda Dean. On-site activities included presentations by senior American Express Vacations leadership on social media, digital marketing and web optimization, a private tradeshow and networking sessions with a broad group of key supplier partners, local excursions and other celebratory events.

The welcome dinner was hosted by the Cancún Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office, and included an appearance by the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge Angulo who spoke about the impressive and sustained growth of tourism in his state and its vital importance to the region. Other sponsored events included a dinner reception by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, a gala cocktail reception hosted by the Mexico Tourism Board, a golf tournament at Playacar Golf Club and spa pampering at YHI Spa.
On the final night of the “Best of the Best” event, guests were entertained at the gala celebration by Grammy®-nominated recording artist Taylor Dayne, famous for her singles “Tell It to My Heart”, “Prove Your Love” and “Love Will Lead You Back”, among many others.
American Express Vacations

American Express Vacations (AEV) provides premium, customized leisure vacation experiences to over 200 destinations and more than 2,800 resorts and hotels worldwide, including the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, China, Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Islands of Tahiti, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and the Continental U.S. Vacation packages include concierge-style, pre-trip arrangements for dining, golf tee times, spa appointments and other activities, free international cell phone rentals, discounts on luggage delivery and passport expediting, and much more. AEV travelers are also eligible for alumni and friends & family awards for future travel with American Express Vacations.

American Express Vacations is managed and operated by Travel Impressions, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Express Travel Services, Inc. Travel Impressions has received multiple industry awards for outstanding customer service, best overall operations, best technology, most knowledgeable reservations staff and leading marketing materials – all dedicated to better serving travel agents and their clients.

American Express Vacations packages can be booked through any American Express Travel Office or Representative agency.

The Travel Authority
ABOUT THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY: Acquired by ALTOUR in 2009, The Travel Authority was founded in 1970 where it was originally based in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the next 35 years, the company expanded throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, and Minnesota. The Travel Authority joined the American Express Consumer Travel Network in 2005. Today, The Travel Authority offers a full array of services including corporate travel management, online travel, vacation travel stores, meeting and incentives, and 24/7/365 travel support center. For more information, please visit or call 812-206-5100.

ABOUT ALTOUR: Established in 1991, by seasoned industry leader Alexandre Chemla, ALTOUR has grown to become one of the most sophisticated and highly respected global leaders in the travel world today. With a travel volume of over $1.3 billion, ALTOUR is one of the largest agencies serving the luxury and mid-market travel niches today. It has 57 offices and more than 1,100 travel professionals throughout the United States, Europe and in Africa. ALTOUR is ranked within Travel Weekly’s Top Travel Agencies in the United States and ranked #13 on the 2011 Power List and also ranked #1 travel agency in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Business Journal, where the company is also cited as one of the “2010 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.” ALTOUR is also among the Top Travel Agencies in the UK by Buying Business Travel. For more information, please visit