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Direct Travel Continues Powerful Growth Mode with Acquisition of Hobson Travel

DENVER, CO, May 14, 2015 – Direct Travel, one of the nation’s leading travel management companies, announced today that it has just acquired Hobson Travel of Naperville, Illinois.

In keeping with its aggressive business strategy and operational plan to expand through acquisition and organic growth, this move marks Direct Travel’s ninth acquisition in the past year.

Founded in 1983, Hobson Travel is a highly-respected leader in the premium and luxury leisure travel market. With a focus on luxury, white glove service, the addition of Hobson Travel to Direct Travel’s portfolio ensures that Direct Travel has strong leisure and group representation in each of its major Eastern, Central and Western regions.

Nancy Staples, founder and former President of Hobson, comments, “I’m so proud to align Hobson Travel with the Direct Travel family. It’s the ultimate outcome for the next generation of Hobson Travel.”

Dianne Staples-Hively, President of Hobson Travel adds, “We’ve partnered with the best travel management solution colleague for our clients and employees in this ever-changing and rapidly evolving industry. We are aligned with Direct Travel to enable us to continue to service our clients with the same passion and dedication that Hobson Travel has been committed to for the past 30 years.”

Lisa Buckner, Direct Travel President comments, “Hobson Travel has developed wonderful client and supplier relationships due to their longevity, seasoned and knowledgeable staff. We‘re looking forward to the contributions that the team brings to the Direct Travel family.”

About Hobson Travel

Hobson Travel is a full-service travel agency and professional services firm dedicated to creating the best travel experience for their clients worldwide. Consistently ranked as one of the top travel agencies in the US, Hobson Travel has three dedicated departments that specialize in corporate, leisure, and groups/meetings/incentives. Founded in 1983, Hobson Travel is a Chicago-based business. They take a customized approach to travel planning and employ state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best possible solutions for their clients’ travel needs. Hobson Travel is a Virtuoso member; the leading luxury travel network with global members admitted by invitation only.

About Direct Travel, Inc.

Direct Travel, Inc. is a privately held corporation with the ultimate goal to create a best-in-class TMC through acquisition and organic growth. Direct Travel has been providing travel management services for over 40 years; by working with clients to develop highly customized travel programs. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and innovative solutions, Direct Travel helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of superior service, internet-based technologies, and significant cost savings. Direct Travel has offices in 39 locations across the US, and is ranked among the top US corporate travel management companies. For more information about Direct Travel, please visit our website at


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