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Omega World Travel Teams with Memphis CVB for
Housing at Big Events


FAIRFAX, VA - October 18, 2005– Premier travel management provider Omega World Travel is partnering with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau to offer meeting planners comprehensive housing assistance—an online solution that can lead to a cost effective, successful group travel experience—for large-scale conventions, shows, and sporting events.

"In an effort to add to the growing success of meetings, conventions, and trade shows held in Memphis, we are expanding our capabilities and collaborating with one of the premier housing bureaus, Omega World Travel's Mega Housing Management," said John Oros, Executive Vice President and COO of the Memphis CVB. The Memphis CVB markets the city and Shelby County as a convention site, with over 330,000 delegates in 2003 spending about $310 million locally.

"The added strengths of Omega World Travel's industry experience and progressive technology will help us create new business opportunities and expand on our success in luring visitors to Memphis," explained Oros.

Omega World Travel is the only national travel company operating its own housing bureau, Mega Housing Management (MHM); a centralized Web-based housing accommodations solution, as well as program and logistics management support from travel industry veterans experienced in large-scale citywide events.

"Mega Housing Management's unique combination of a housing bureau and full-service travel agency offers a level of service and range of program options unmatched by our competition," said Diane Bozicevich, Vice President of MHM. "Our housing solution sets itself apart from a typical travel agency's program in a number of ways: complete program management; Web-based, real-time accommodation reservations, live inventory management, and a single information source for all participants."

From the blues to barbecue, Memphis has always been a popular tourist mecca—more than nine million visitors a year—and is now becoming known as a meetings destination. The city on the banks of the Mississippi River has been named "one of the top ten emerging convention destinations of the new millennium," by trade publication Successful Meetings.

"Businesses and organizations are recognizing why Memphis is a great destination for their meetings," said Oros. "Our new alliance with Omega World Travel adds important value-added services, like on-site logistics management, pre- and post- tour development and promotion, and U.S. and European call centers to our increasingly first-class convention support program."

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About Omega World Travel
Omega World Travel is a woman-owned, diversity supplier, and one of the largest travel management companies in the US. With worldwide headquarters in Fairfax, VA, Omega serves corporate, government, meeting, and leisure clients throughout the US., Europe, and the Middle East. Omega World Travel also owns Cruise.com, one of the largest sellers of cruises on the Internet, and TravTech, a software development company and Omega Meetings and Conference services.


About Mega Housing Management (MHM)
With a well-earned reputation for managing large-scale groups and events, MHM is a division of Omega World Travel and specializes in citywide housing programs. Featuring proprietary Web-based meetings management software, along with an experienced team of travel industry veterans, MHM offers group housing, registration, and travel solutions for the meetings and convention industry. MHM is located at Omega World Travel's Midwest regional headquarters in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

About the Memphis CVB
The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.memphistravel.com) is a private, non-profit subscriber corporation responsible for marketing Memphis and Shelby County as a convention site and visitor destination. Its purpose is to bring visitor dollars to the local community for both the short and the long term. Visitors to West Tennessee have an estimated impact of $2.3 billion annually, generating more than $166 million in local and state taxes, and providing 51,000 jobs with an estimated $1.6 billion payroll.
 

 
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