Travel Business on the Move from New Wood Dale Locale

By Gutowski, Christy | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 21, 1997 | Go to article overview

Travel Business on the Move from New Wood Dale Locale


Gutowski, Christy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Christy Gutowski Daily Herald Staff Writer

An international travel company has found a way to buck the downsizing trend in corporate America by cornering its own market.

Gant Travel Management last month poured its Itasca and Arlington Heights offices into one large office in Wood Dale's Chancellory Business Park. The move for more space was necessary after the corporate travel provider took over Travelmasters Inc. in Arlington Heights last summer.

The acquisition was the latest in a series by the company to make its presence known in the Chicago area. Previously, Gant took over United American Travel in Itasca and Beemack World Travel in 1995.

It now boasts being the 14th-largest corporate travel agency in Illinois with about $37 million in annual sales in suburban and downtown areas and $60 million throughout the world.

"If anything drives our operating philosophy, it's to continually improve and find a better way tomorrow," said Todd Taranto, president of Gant's Chicago-area operations.

The company chose the 9,700-square-foot building in Wood Dale because of its convenient location for both its customers and 60 employees.

"This is probably the largest air travel market in the United States," said Taranto, referring to American and United airlines using O'Hare International Airport as their hub.

The area, he said, also offers a growing market of businesses that fall into the company's niche.

Gant targets small- to medium-size firms that spend $150,000 to $700,000 on air travel annually, though it has some clients that generate about $1 million in sales. …

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