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SmartFlyer Completes Acquisition of Explorations Travel

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NEW YORK, December 16, 2013 — New York City-based SmartFlyer announced that it has completed an acquisition of the Atlanta-based boutique luxury travel company, Explorations. The acquisition firmly establishes SmartFlyer’s presence in Atlanta and the Southeast.

“We chose SmartFlyer because we wanted a partner that understands and complements Explorations’ culture. Our new relationship with SmartFlyer will allow our consultants to offer more access to their clients which will ultimately enhance the client experience,” said Jean Pickard, Owner of Explorations.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Explorations team into the SmartFlyer family,” said Michael Holtz, Owner and CEO of SmartFlyer. “Jean Pickard is a well-regarded figure in our industry, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to have her be a part of our team in Atlanta.

Lead by Jennifer Campbell and Jean Pickard, the twenty-five year old Explorations is widely considered as one of the best travel agencies in Atlanta. Jean Pickard was named Virtuoso’s Most Innovative Travel Advisor in 2011 and Jennifer Campbell is one of 47 travel advisors in North America certified to sell Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. For more information about Explorations, please visit www.explorationsltd.com.

Jean Pickard will stay on to anchor the Explorations team, while Jennifer Campbell has transitioned to Virtuoso as Director of Agency Services . SmartFlyer will retain the existing Explorations Atlanta office at which SmartFlyer’s current local consultants will be based.

About The Smart Flyer Inc.:
SmartFlyer is a twenty-three year old luxury travel company based in New York City that generates over $70 million in annual sales through its Leisure, Corporate, and Air divisions. SmartFlyer has been owned and managed by CEO and Founder, Michael Holtz since 1990. SmartFlyer is a member of Virtuoso, the exclusive, by-invitation-only consortia of travel professionals worldwide. SmartFlyer is a preferred partner of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Orient-Express, Dorchester Collection, Rocco Forte Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Jumeirah Hotels, Langham Hotels, and Peninsula Hotels. For more information regarding SmartFlyer, please visit www.smartflyer.com.


Erina Pindar
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