The steady, consistent rise of Atlas Travel is largely due to its success in the business travel arena. Since 1986, when Elaine Osgood purchased a Uniglobe franchise and opened her first office in Milford, MA, she recognized that the repeat nature of corporate travel would be the foundation of the agency. She immediately set about to make her business known to the local area. The agency signed its first customer and matured one customer at a time quickly adding vacation services to assist both corporate customers and the general public.
In 1997, after achieving every honor the franchiser had to bestow including but not limited to Chairman's Circle, President's Award and Owner of the Year, Osgood independently expanded her corporation.
In 1998, as one of an elite group of leading independent agencies, Atlas Travel became a BCD Travel affiliate enabling us to provide global consolidation and services to our customers. BCD Travel is among the largest global travel organizations in the world expanding global reach to more than 110 countries. Osgood sits on the BCD Advisory Board and helps shape the BCD Travel global affiliate vision.
In 2001, Atlas acquired Global Odysseys with a creative director passionate about meeting and incentive travel. The division has grown and is now branded as Atlas Travel Meetings & Incentives. Atlas Travel Meetings & Incentives also offers a signature reward and recognition program, "Great Escape Awards".
In 2012, we began the evolution of our platform and began working with a third party travel technology software development company to deliver a new and enhanced content management system and traveler profile repository, Atlas Travel Gateway. Gateway is developed using agile methodology (SCRUM) where iterations of functionality will continuously be updated to meet the needs of our customers and changes in the marketplace. This will allow our travelers to have one constant self-service touch point to all our services. Gateway was rolled out to our customer base in 2013.
Also in 2013, Osgood launched Atlas Travel & Technology Group, Inc., a new company bringing corporate travel management leader Atlas Travel and technology innovator Prime Numbers Technology under one umbrella.
Atlas Travel & Technology Group is organized around an entirely new structure with a C-level management team presiding over both companies under this umbrella group. Atlas Travel will continue to operate under its current leadership team and deliver services as the Global Travel Management, Vacations & Cruises and Meetings & Incentives divisions.
The company has acquired other smaller entities over the years and is ranked by Business Travel News in North America each year. Osgood has won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and has been distinguished by Travel Agent magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Travel. In 2014, Atlas opened an office branch in the UK - Atlas Travel & Technolology LTD, to better serve the ever-growing international market and expand our global footprint.
Atlas Travel is once again distinguished as one of the "50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies" in North America, as company President and CEO, Elaine Osgood has been listed on the prestigious ranking for the fourth straight year by the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO). Osgood placed 32nd on the annual list, which honors businesses led by women.
Our perseverance, innovation and unyielding dedication to customer service have catapulted Atlas Travel into an award-winning corporation with a sophisticated network of virtual offices and a long list of satisfied customers.