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Martha Meade
Public Relations Manager, VA

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Morgan Dean
Senior Specialist, Public and Government Affairs, VA
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Roanoke, Virginia, (Friday, February 5, 2021) - Local travel agency, Martin Travel, a stand-alone subsidiary of AAA Mid-Atlantic transitioned its corporate travel clients to AAA’s expanded corporate travel management division as of January 1, 2021. AAA Corporate Travel’s enhanced service platform will benefit not only current, but future corporate travel customers in the area, as they navigate the complex issues of cost management, including reducing travel costs for consumers via negotiated rates, ensuring travel policy compliance and insurance coverage, protecting the health and wellness of travelers and establishing ongoing communications between travelers and company contacts via sophisticated technology platforms.

Martin Travel was acquired in 2008 by AAA Mid-Atlantic and retained its brand identity, operating as Martin Travel Agency, LLC and will continue to do so.  The partnership with AAA Corporate Travel is providing enhanced services for corporate travel customers who will be serviced by former Martin Travel agents, now employed by AAA and who have access to the full complement of AAA Corporate Travel’s service. 

“AAA is honored to extend all benefits of AAA Corporate Travel’s management program and its full suite of services and solutions designed around corporate travel policies and needs to Martin Travel clients,” said Stacie Schmahl, VP of AAA Corporate Travel. “Martin Travel is a valuable and trusted brand and cares about travelers the way we do. It has become even more critical for travel agents to have as much support and as many resources as possible to better serve their travel clients.”

Kelly Fitzgerald, Key Account Manager at Martin, also embraced the transition. “AAA Corporate Travel offers  a comprehensive program that provides not only the traditional vital business components but also allows for customized on-line booking tools, an interactive traveler map, notifications to potentially impacted travelers as indicated and much more. We know that our valued clients will be in great hands,” Fitzgerald said. 

Martin Travel will maintain its status as a respected leisure travel agency and the only Virtuoso agency in western Virginia, giving the team access to numerous highly exclusive, once-in-a lifetime travel opportunities.  Virtuoso is an organization of 355 of the top travel agencies, travel providers and destinations worldwide which represent more than 25 countries.  The close to 9,000 travel consultants in the group’s network have arranged private after-hours tours of the Louvre, private chauffeur driving tours of Ireland, private tours to Normandy, and private dinners in a wine cellar and tours of Cartier's hidden atelier, to name a few.

About Martin Travel

Martin Travel was founded in 1978 in Salem, Virginia, by Dr. Tom Martin, then Athletic Director at Roanoke College.  The agency was established strictly for business travel planning but soon added cruises and other leisure travel planning to its service offerings.  Over past 42 years the company developed into the largest supplier of leisure travel booking and planning in western Virginia. Martin Travel is the official travel agency of Virginia Tech Athletics and Virginia Tech Sports Properties/Learfield IMG College.  Travel agents, averaging nearly 32 years of experience with domestic and international travel, service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region from Martin Travel offices in Roanoke and Blacksburg.

AAA Corporate Travel

AAA Corporate Travel has built its reputation on being one of the most trusted brands in the world. AAA Corporate Travel earns that reputation every day by being more than a great travel management company, but by working and acting as a true extension of their client’s commitment to their people and their organization. From providing the tools and technologies their clients need to simplify travel, to analyzing and optimizing every step in the process, AAA Corporate Travel finds innovative ways to effectively manage business travel. For more than 50 years, AAA Corporate Travel knows what it means to be a true partner to the nearly 400 clients they serve by investing in relationships, taking charge, anticipating needs and providing a reliable network of support, guidance, and expertise that clients can count on.

AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 57 million members nationwide and more than one million members in Virginia.  AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years.  The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
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