LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading global travel service provider Group has been named one of the Top Travel Buyers in the U.S. at the recent U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA's IPW Travel Writer Awards.

Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, Rich Sun, GM for the Americas of Group, Christopher Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA

The awards honor the world's highest volume tour operators and travel buyers of US travel and hospitality services with honorees nominated by members of the U.S. Travel Association's Chairman's Circle which includes some of the largest U.S. Travel companies and top U.S. destinations.

As one of his first official pieces of business, Rich Sun, Group's newly appointed General Manager for the Americas, picked up the award on behalf of the group.

Rich Sun was recently announced as the new GM for the Americas and will lead the Group's ambitious 'Local Focus, Global Vision' business approach in the region.

With a long career in the U.S. travel and tourism sector, he has taken on a broad scope of work spanning across key Group business units in the region.

He will also lead the management and development of the Vacations, Hotel and International business lines, including the platform, in key target markets in the region.

Rich Sun, Group General Manager for the Americas, said: "It is an honor for Group to earn this award and gain recognition for the scope of our business here in the U.S.

"I am excited to be joining Group to continue to drive the growth of the business in the Americas as we pursue our ambitious program of global expansion in key markets around the world.

 "I have always been impressed by the company's customer-centric approach and values and will always hold them dear to my heart.

"As the GM for the Americas, I, together with my team, will devote ourselves to creating the perfect customer travel experience for each and every journey to ensure is the first choice for travelers."

Prior to joining Group, Mr. Sun was the founder and CEO of Universal Vision Corporation, one of the largest tour operators and wholesale travel agencies in North America.

He established Universal Vision Holdings Corporation in 2013 and grew the company to become one of a few tour operation organizations in the U.S. providing a comprehensive product offering and full range of services.

In 2016, Universal Vision was acquired by Group as a part of the travel group's global expansion plan, securing a key player in the attractions supplier space with a vast network and strong resourcing in key target markets.

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