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Omega World Travel Gains National Recognition


Omega World Travel Named among Nation's Top 500
FAIRFAX, VA – March 22, 2005- In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations' leading multicultural B2B online portal, recently named Omega World Travel as one of the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the United States. Gloria Bohan, President, CEO and Founder of Omega World Travel, was also recipient of the American Society of Travel Agents' (ASTA) Travel Agent of the Year Award 2004.

The Div500 is the 5th annual listing of the Nation's top 500 diversity-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $12 million to over $1.8 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the Nation's top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a diversity-owned business is small or insignificant.

The Power of Diversity Business
It is no longer just "the right thing" to do business with diversity suppliers. Affected by recent economic and demographic trends and changes, corporations throughout the country are realizing that diversity in suppliers positively impacts their business. Diversity-owned businesses contribute over $1.4 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy.

"Diversity businesses are a growing force in the U.S. economy, and a force to be reckoned with," said Kenton Clarke, CEO of Computer Consulting Associates International, the company that built DiversityBusiness.com. "It's no longer only about the Fortune 5000, or the Fortune 5000. This is a whole business segment that can carry its own, that provides jobs and valuable products and services, and generates wealth for their communities. These are the new leaders of American business."

"I believe that recognizing entrepreneurs and champions of women is extremely important," said Ms. Bohan. "Omega is committed to diversity and pleased to be recognized by DiversityBusiness.com and to be in such prestigious company among other award recipients".

The Div500
The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned (women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other minority groups) businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Large organizational buyers throughout the country that do business with multicultural and women-owned businesses use the list. The Div500 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers.

The winning companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com's 5th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 30,31 & April 1, 2005 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

"The Div500 companies are the heroes of diversity-owned business in America," said Kenton Clarke. "While Fortune magazine lists the best companies for minorities to work for, we list the top businesses owned by minorities. These are the people that have conquered the hurdles and made the sacrifices, building and strengthening their communities, providing jobs and helping to keep the fabric of the U.S. economy together."

"I want to share this award with my many employees who have helped to make it possible. I also thank my very creative husband, Daniel, who is a great inspiration for many and who is my biggest cheerleader," Ms. Bohan.

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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 DiversityBusiness.com
Launched in 1999, with over 25,000 members DiversityBusiness.com is the largest organization of diversity-owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and colleges and universities. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. CCA was founded in 1980 by CEO Kenton Clarke.
 

 
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