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Omega World Travel is Number One Woman-Owned Business in
America; Travel Management Company Honored for Diversity

FAIRFAX, VA - Feb. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Travel management company Omega World Travel heads the latest Top 500 Diversity- Owned Business chart -- known as the "Div500" -- as the number one woman-owned business in the U.S., representing the nation's top multicultural earners.

According to Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com, the source of the list and the largest organization of diversity- owned businesses, "The Div500 companies (like Omega World Travel) are the heroes of diversity-owned business in America."

"We're pleased to accept accolades from DiversityBusiness.com as a reinforcement of an effective corporate philosophy centered on the value of a diverse workforce," said Gloria Bohan, president, CEO, and Owner of Omega World Travel. "We look forward to continuing our successful path as a diversity employer."

Omega World Travel will be honored at an awards ceremony at the DiversityBusiness.com Sixth Annual Multicultural Business Conference, beginning March 29, at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas.

The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the U.S., in trade sectors such as technology, manufacturing, and professional services. Many corporations and government agencies throughout the country that do business with women-owned businesses use the list, most recently featured in Professional Woman's Magazine.

In a recent article in The Chief Executive: "Reaping the Rewards of a Diverse Company," Gloria Bohan spoke of the value of diversity and how it relates to the market. "One of the ways to think about diversity is to look at the customer base you're trying to reach and how it's changing," she said. "Our work force should reflect that."

Along with many other business awards throughout her illustrious career, Bohan has been relatedly recognized as "Business Woman of the Year" by Diversity Best Practices, an organization involved in uniting, networking, and promoting nearly 8 million business women.

Considered an industry trendsetter, Omega World Travel was one of the first private businesses to provide official government travel. The organization's diversity qualifications include certifications as a women-owned business enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and National Minority Business Council, and designation by the National Women Business Owners Corporation as a private and public sector contractor and supplier.

"It is no longer just 'the right thing' to do business with diversity suppliers," said Clarke. "Major corporations are realizing that having a diverse supplier base positively impacts their business revenue."

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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.


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