Area(s) of expertise: Air travel, Airlines, Airline Industry
Summary of expertise:
Peter Vlitas serves as the Senior Vice President of Airline Relations for Travel Leaders Group, a North American travel company that generates gross travel sales approaching $21 billion annually. Travel Leaders Group directly employs over 1,000 staff managing operations of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and affiliated travel agencies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland and Australia.
Peter benefits all business divisions within Travel Leaders Group by managing the relationships with airlines to maximize the marketing and sales of their products to all 40,000 travel agents.
Prior to joining the leadership team, Peter served for over 17 years as Senior Vice President of Airline Sales & Marketing of Travel Leaders Group’s Protravel International division. He was responsible for managing the many aspects of its airline programs, including industry relationships, airline contract negotiations and corporate travel. While Protravel agents relied on his depth of knowledge, advice and counsel to ensure that their clients were receiving the same excellent service in the air as they do on the ground, he also oversaw the team responsible for revenue management, rates, costs containment and adherence to contractual parameters. Overall, Peter, who started as a travel agent at age 18, has held various positions within the travel industry over the past 35 years.
Today, Peter sits on several airline advisory boards and is involved with numerous philanthropic activities within the Greek-American community.
Peter’s travel tip: “Learn travel by calling your agent, not being an agent. A travel agent is your solution to value, service and a pleasant experience.”
Prior media experience:
Peter has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Travel Weekly, Fortune, the New York Times, and CNN.
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