Donovan Travel Join Travel Leaders from Throughout U.S. for Major Travel Convention in Atlanta

EAST GREENWICH, RI — Today it was announced that four top travel experts from Donovan Travel just returned from one of the most highly-anticipated travel industry conventions of the year – the Travel Leaders National Meeting, which convened at the recently renovated, sparkling Hyatt Regency Atlanta November 14-16. The exclusive invitation-only event in Atlanta drew close to 700 of the industry’s best travel agents and leadership from all travel segments. Owner Judy Clappin, Business Development Director Thomas Mieczynski, Operations Manager Leslie Parenteau, and agent Martha McNeile represented Rhode Island’s Travel Leaders at the convention.

 “Our RI-based clients are by far the biggest beneficiaries of our representation at the Travel Leaders National Meeting, largely because of the wealth of knowledge we’re able to share and contribute, ultimately allowing them to ‘Travel Better,’” noted Judy Clappin who serves as the owner and President of Travel Leaders/Donovan Travel. “Not only did the Travel Leaders National Meeting afford the opportunity to learn the very latest innovations within the travel industry – including from the best airlines, cruise lines, hoteliers, tour operators and car rental companies – but it enabled us to get up close and personal with one of America’s most visited cities: Atlanta. Everything learned while on the ground in Atlanta only helps us serve Rhode Island residents even better.”

This marks the first time the major travel industry convention has convened in Atlanta since its meeting in late 2001. Atlanta is currently ranked as the 17th most popular domestic destination that Travel Leaders travel agents nationally are booking for 2013 – ahead of such popular destinations as Boston, Dallas, New Orleans, Seattle and San Diego.

“Considering the vast number of Rhode Island residents who fly through Atlanta by virtue of its status as ‘World’s Busiest Airport’ and hub for Delta Air Lines, along with all our customers who make the city a destination for a mix of business and leisure travel, it is essential that we remain knowledgeable about this world-class city and its immense airport,” Clappin explained. “Our favorite experience while in Atlanta was visiting the largest aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium. We would strongly recommend it to our clients whose travels include Atlanta.”

Donovan Travel is affiliated with the national travel powerhouse, Travel Leaders Group – which had sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012.  Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, and it consistently ranks as one of the top travel companies nationwide. “Travel Better” by visiting the experienced travel agent experts at the Donovan Travel in three convenient locations in East Greenwich (401-882-3500), Woonsocket (401-769-1720) and Cranston (401-942-7700) or online at

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