The genesis of Columbus Travel occurred back in 1995 when successful travel executives Mark Faldmo and Larry Gelwix sold their interest in Morris Travel, a $150M super regional agency, and began a travel club, reaching thousands of travelers around the country. Once a restrictive non-compete agreement was completed, Faldmo and Gelwix officially formed Columbus Travel in 2001 and have experienced double digit growth annually since then.
Columbus has also overcome many obstacles that were out of its control since that time - including the negative effects of 9/11, SARS, wars, economic downturns, airline comission cuts, and terrorist-based unrest in general.
Today Utah based - Columbus Travel ranks among the top travel companies in the country with several reputable vendors (cruise lines, airlines, hotel chains, etc.) As Mark and Larry (NOTE: Larry is known regionally on TV and radio as "The Getaway Guru") have assessed the primary factors behind this successful growth, they attribute them to their ability to negotiate extraordinary deals with travel suppliers and efficiently marketing them to their clients. They also have staffed the company with experienced agents averaging over 15 years in the industry, and maintain a very low employee turn over rate.
Other success factors include the development of its proprietary on-line event management technology, day to day owner involvement with customers and operations, innovative marketing through radio and TV travel shows, low overhead resulting in savings and cost avoidance to its customers, and good old fashion personal service for each client.Next >