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  Travel Express LA
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Harlan Godes, an entrepreneur and veteran travel agent, is known as one of the true pioneers in the gay and lesbian travel industry. Almost twenty years ago, Harlan founded Travel Express, a leading travel agency internationally known for serving the Gay & Lesbian community. Today, as CEO of Travel Express LA, Inc., he continues his commitment to gay and lesbian travel; and extends his services to corporate and entertainment clientele. Mr. Godes started out with a BS Degree from the University of Massachusetts with a Major in Environmental Design and a minor in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Certificate in Accounting from Bentley College. Prior to venturing into the travel industry, Harlan worked for 10 years in financial management in Construction and Import/Export business and then spent 10 years as Corporate Controller/CFO for TFE a multi-million dollar food brokerage company. Harlan relocated to Los Angeles in 1988, and decided to purchase his own business where he could use his expertise, provide a service and participate actively within the Gay and Lesbian community. Harlan chose the travel industry because he recognized the need for personalized and specialized travel services for gay and lesbian clientele. He acquired a small retail travel agency, Travel Express, and tripled its volume in only 5 years time. Mr. Godes' years of success is due to his philosophy, which is to provide first class, professional travel management services to individuals as well as small and mid-size businesses with hands-on personalized representation with great respect of all clients' budgets for their business, leisure and vacation needs. Some of Harlan's career highlights include such feats as moving over 200 people to Sacramento for the AB101 Demonstration in 1991 in less than 4 days to moving 5000 people to DC for the now historic, largest Gay and Lesbian March on Washington in 2003, in just over 4 months. Travel Express has also been named the official travel agency for various organizations like the March on Washington 2003, Labor Day LA and the Outfest Film Festival. Travel Express was one of the first travel agencies to launch a Gay and Lesbian website. Having been a member of IGLTA for over 15 years now, Harlan has helped that organization to grow from 300 members to over 1200 members worldwide. Throughout Mr. Godes' career he has journeyed to 5 out of 7 continents worldwide and has traveled extensively through Europe, Australia and the United States including Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. He has also visited many of the world's most popular gay and lesbian destinations and has been recognize as a Certified Travel Specialist in Australia, Netherlands and Great Britain. About ten years ago, Travel Express LA became affiliated with CTS Travel Services Worldwide. On Jan 1, 2008, Travel Express LA was incorporated to form Travel Express LA, Inc. Aside from Harlan's love of travel, he is passionate about helping to promote equality, acceptance and understanding of gays and lesbians worldwide. Throughout the past 15 years Harlan has served on boards and committees for such events as Labor Day LA and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center's Black Tie Gala. Currently Harlan is working with Lambda Legal's Board for their 2004 Lambda Liberty Awards and Outfest 2004's Auctions. Mr. Godes has also arranged travel services for GLAAD and Lavendar Laws's annual conference in West Hollywood. Mr Godes frequently gives personal time to many organizations including Project Angel Food, APLA, Caring for Babies with AIDS and has served on the Board of Safe Place for Pediatric AIDS. Mr. Godes, in his spare time has written several articles published in various publications about 'How To Choose a Travel Agent'. Harlan also enjoys a love of reading biographies and fiction and writing .
Business category  SERVICES -- Travel Agencies
SERVICES -- Traveling
SERVICES -- Vacation Specialists
Address  9200 Sunset Blvd, Suite 320
City/State/ZIP/Country  Los Angeles, California, 90069 United States
Phone/Fax  Ph: 310-728-1831 - Fax: 310-728-1881
Map URL  Click here
Contact Name  Harlan
email  harlan@travelexpressla.com
Web Site  www.travelexpressla.com/

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