Global Connections, Inc. is unique in the vacation industry as it is both a resort developer and a membership travel club. In 2015, Global Connections reports that it increased sales distributorships by 50% and it expects to exceed that in 2016.
Tom Lyons, President and CEO, says that the business model of combining resort development and travel club provider allows Global Connections to meet the growing travel demands of nearly 75,000 active members.
“In 2016, we plan to expand outside of our ‘direct-to-consumer’ model with exit programs for vacation ownership companies and an employee vacation and benefit package for other sectors outside the industry,” stated Tom Lyons. “We’re proud to say that year after year Global Connections continues to evolve and offer the most comprehensive travel solutions by one provider in the US and abroad.”
Global Connections opened for business in 1996 primarily as a Buying Service, which its travel club, Global Discovery Vacations, still makes available to thousands of members as part of their membership. The travel club membership offers travel services including weeklong stays at countless vacation condominiums, cruise and tour vacations, a concierge program and more.
In 2004, in an effort to provide superior services to its members, Global Connections began developing its own resorts. The company now owns five resorts located in Florida, Tennessee, Colorado and California. Global Connections also owns and leases multiple resort condominium units throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.
Global Connections employs more than 200 team members who work in the home office in Overland Park, Kansas, plus Clearwater, Florida-based travel fulfillment center, property management divisions in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida and on-site at the company’s resort properties.