For nearly 30 years, our founders have been building travel businesses and technologies that enable companies and organizations around the world to drive sales and boost loyalty. Our combined industry expertise, technology capabilities, and extensive relationship network provide companies with the ability to offer a comprehensive set of elite members-only travel and lifestyle benefits to their customers through one easy-to-use platform. Above all, our goal is to help our customers build, deploy, and operate successful travel membership programs that increase retention, loyalty, and, ultimately, revenues.
ABOUT CUSTOM TRAVEL SOLUTIONS
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Mike started his career with a single travel agency almost three decades ago, which he grew into one of the largest privately held travel agencies in the American Southeast. Since then, Mike has acquired an in-depth knowledge of nearly every facet of the Travel industry. In 1995, he founded one of the 1st online travel sties, 11thHourVacations.com and built it into one of the largest online sellers of complex travel. Mike’s last role was as the president of Rovia, LLC where he developed the company into a global competitor, earning the World Travel Award for the World’s Leading On-line Travel Agency. Mike’s understanding of e- commerce, travel distribution, and executive coaching make him uniquely skilled at working without boundaries of size and scope.
Paul Kitching is responsible for distribution and technology, international procurement, operations and customer service at Custom Travel Solutions. He has nearly 20 years of experience in Travel Operations & Distribution. Paul was previously the VP, Operations at Rovia, LLC where he was instrumental in building all components of a global OTA and traditional agency, serving multi-location operation and product development.
Mike began his career in the lodging industry with Consulting, Sales Management, and Operations roles with the Hotel Managers, ITT Sheraton, Westin, and Starwood. Mike received his MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Mike started in the online travel world when he joined Expedia in 2001 where he served as Vice President and General Manager of five business lines including Distribution, Strategic Accounts, Global Car Rental, Travel Insurance, and Classic Vacations. Mike recently completed a successful CEO engagement with Rovia, LLC, a privately held travel $250 million membership company. Through the unique combination of proprietary travel products, technology and community Rovia created a unique travel platform. Previously, Mike served as CEO of America’s for Car Trawler, a high growth European based Technology Company focused on the global car rental space.
From their unique vantage point at the front lines of travel technology, the founders of Custom Travel Solutions observed the evolution of consumers’ travel habits and the inherent attractiveness and aspirational nature of elite travel benefits. They recognized an immense need and an unconventional opportunity – the ability for companies across every industry to easily offer a compelling array of travel and lifestyle benefits to their customers that would drive additional revenue, improve loyalty, and enable them to differentiate their offerings. This simply did not exist – thus Custom Travel Solutions was born.
By combining technological expertise with the industry relationships needed to source and package an inventory of members-only travel and lifestyle benefits, Custom Travel Solutions was able to graft a “travel club” concept onto a customizable, enterprise-friendly loyalty and revenue generation framework. No longer would the mystique and romance of travel be the exclusive purview of luxury resorts and marketing-savvy booking agents… now, any company could offer elite membership-based travel benefits to its customer base.
Custom Travel Solutions also realized that the breadth and quality of the travel benefits matter to the end consumer – as does exceptional customer service – and therefore increase adoption. So, they built in an array of perks into their core travel benefit solution, including not only special members-only pricing on lodging, but also lifestyle benefits such as personal concierge, reassuring features such as emergency private medical jet evacuation, and a high-touch frontline customer service program that adheres to client branding.
These innovations have made Custom Travel Solutions the world leader in travel benefit-based loyalty and revenue generation. They have taken the personal, emotional and inspirational aspects of travel and transformed them into an opportunity for enterprises to deepen their relationships with their customers.
WHO WE ARE
Custom Travel Solutions is the world’s leading provider of elite membership-based travel and lifestyle benefits. Through its platform-as-a-service delivery model, Custom Travel Solutions enables companies and organizations to offer a vast array of high-value benefits at exclusive membership prices, generating new revenue and boosting brand loyalty. Custom Travel Solutions also provides travel benefit programs, white label booking engines, aggregated travel APIs, travel fulfillment, travel licensing, travel customer service, closed user group inventory and a full array of consultative services. In addition to its global client roster, Custom Travel Solutions is also a strategic partner of Amadeus, providing technical and fulfillment services to the leading international global distribution system (GDS).
HOW WE HELP COMPANIES
We help organizations like yours boost revenue and build brand loyalty by providing high-value, members-only travel and lifestyle benefits to your customers. Our decades of industry experience and deep relationships throughout the travel ecosystem allow us to create a vast network of high-value travel and lifestyle perks at exclusive membership prices. We deliver these products and services through an integrated, customizable platform that matches the end-user experience to your brand, and offers high-touch customer service while fully automating all membership management and travel fulfillment functionality.
Combining all of this functionality means we are able to marry a “travel club” concept with a customizable, enterprise-friendly loyalty and revenue generation platform, allowing your brand to harness the mystique and romance of travel to achieve your business objectives. We know you may not have previously considered a travel club concept as a way to boost your bottom line or increase your customers’ affinity toward your brand – few outside of the travel industry do – but this is an approach that has demonstrable benefits with minimal investment and development required on your part.
WHY CHOOSE US
We are dedicated to providing exceptional service and maintaining long-term customer satisfaction – building enduring relationships is at the center of who we are. We embrace each client’s vision for their business, then design and deliver the smartest, highest quality travel solutions to make that vision real.
At Custom Travel Solutions, We:
- Strive hard to exceed our customers’ expectations.
- Are dedicated to provide total customer satisfaction.
- Are passionate about our products & services.
- Conduct our business with a high degree of integrity.
- Treat customers and associates with utmost respect.
- Add value to the communities where we work and live.