Stephanie Abrams honored in Travel Agent Magazine 100 most powerful women in travel issue Sep-20-2000


Englewood Cliffs, NJ (September 18, 2000) –Stephanie Abrams, Executive Vice President,, Inc., has again been named on the list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel,” published by Travel Agent Magazine (August 31, 2000) in recognition of her contributions to the travel industry.

Honorees must meet certain criteria for inclusion which include holding a top executive position, and helping their company, or the travel industry as a whole, achieve a major goal.

“Stephanie’s vision and leadership have contributed to much of the success and the progress we have made as a travel agency franchisor and as a technology company,” said Michael Brent, President and Chief Executive Officer of, (Nasdaq [otcbb]: ETVT), the company whose unique patent-pending technologies include ReZconnect and HaggleWithUs. “Her dynamic style of leadership and her focus on achieving goals are evidenced in the growth and development of our company.”

In the past, Travel Agent Magazine honored the 200 top female executives but this year decided to narrow the focus to the most exceptional women in this category and limited the number to one hundred honorees spanning every segment of travel including airlines, cruises, tour operators, car rental companies, and tourist board destinations among others.

“I am truly honored to be recognized in this special way,” Abrams states. “It is especially incredible considering that the travel industry is the Number One employer in the world, with one out of every 9 people on the planet employed in travel.”

Abrams joined the company in 1986 when it was exclusively Travel Network, the franchisor of travel agencies. Abrams has established an outstanding record in the travel industry with a range of experience in travel agency operations, hotel sales and marketing, and wholesale/tour operator travel experience. Her achievements in marketing and franchise leadership have earned her numerous awards and recognition for her achievements. She has served on the advisory boards of ASTA, the ASTA Council of Travel Marketing Organizations, System One and AMADEUS Airline Computer Systems, the Hong Kong Tourism, Association, and the Advisory Board of Dollar Rent-A-Car., Inc., became a public company in 1999 to expand its unique technologies and to further develop its “brick and mortar” chain. The company is a leading franchisor of travel agencies based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and operates the brands Travel Network, Global Travel Network internationally, and Travel Network Vacation Central located inside Walmart Supercenters as well as operating its e-commerce division. The company, rated first among all of the franchisors in North America by Income Opportunities Magazine (April, 1999), has provided franchisees with a competitive edge and with award winning marketing and customer loyalty programs worldwide since its inception in 1982. Its marketing presence was expanded with its website development providing interactive travel booking capabilities and special savings resulting from its enormous buying power. The company has differentiated its Internet presence by providing the opportunity for the web consumer to click into one of its retail travel agency locations for personal attention from a travel consultant as well as through its patent-pending technology which runs its ReZconnect and HaggleWithUs programs. The concept of “Log on, walk in, phone in,” offers travel clients the opportunity to purchase travel packages through the most convenient means. The company’s quality was exemplified when it was featured on Lifetime Television’s, “The Things We Do For Love,” series which resulted from Abrams’ efforts.

The company has a major focus on B2B development as an Application Service Provider of its unique technologies to hotels, tour operators, cruiselines, car rental, air consolidators, and through private labeled websites for companies in various industries who would like to expand their