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WorldStrides, WorldPass Travel merge

By From page B1 | April 24, 2013

WorldPass Travel Group LLC of El Dorado Hills was acquired this month by WorldStrides, the largest accredited educational travel organization in the United States. WorldStrides specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to more than 200,000 students annually.

WorldPass Travel President Bruce Bitnoff said that none of his company’s 46 jobs are affected by the acquisition and said the acquisition might lead to continued growth. “WorldStrides is one of the largest providers of student tours to Sacramento already, so the addition of our tours only strengthens their commitment to student travel in our area.”

WorldPass Travel, founded in 1976, offers group travel programs and services focused on education, leadership, sports, music, dance, and celebration events. WorldPass Travel Group, through its divisions USA Student Travel, MusicAmerica, GET Travel Sports and Adventures America, provides travel programs to more than 1.5 million students domestically and abroad. Combined, WorldPass and WorldStrides have over 70 years of travel experience and serve more than 6 million travelers worldwide.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome WorldPass to the WorldStrides family of brands. The union of these two outstanding companies will enhance the experience of current and future travelers and offer an even broader range of educational travel opportunities to teachers and students,” said Jim Hall, president and CEO of WorldStrides.

Bitnoff added, “Our companies have long shared a common mission to provide life-enriching travel experiences to students, and our new partnership will give us the opportunity to make an even bigger impact.” WorldPass will maintain its offices in El Dorado Hills, with founders Rip Hunter (CEO) and Bruce Bitnoff (president/CFO) continuing to manage and direct their current staff and brands.

WorldStrides was founded by a middle school teacher in 1967 and is today the largest accredited educational travel organization in the United States. It specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to more than 200,000 students annually. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with offices throughout the U.S. and overseas, more than 5,000 elementary, middle and high schools and more than 150 universities choose WorldStrides to provide inspiring lessons beyond the classroom.

For more information about WorldStrides and employment opportunities, visit worldstrides.org.

John Poimiroo

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