Travelbyus Sheds More Divisions

Travelbyus, the Reno, Nev.-based travel marketing firm that rapidly acquired a number of agency groups after launching in 1999, appears to be shedding them just as quickly.


Travelbyus, the Reno, Nev.-based travel marketing firm that rapidly acquired a number of agency groups after launching in 1999, appears to be shedding them just as quickly.

After two years under the Travelbyus umbrella, the assets of cruise-oriented consortium Cruise Shoppes Operations, a division of Travelbyus.com Ltd., were foreclosed on by its main creditor, Chicago-based Aberdeen, and sold to a newly formed company, Cruise and Vacation Shoppes, according to Shawn Tubman, Cruise Shoppes president and chief executive.

Several days later, Ron Blaylock, former president of Travelbyus acquisition International Tours, announced that he and a group of investors had taken over management of “certain travel agency-related assets” from Travelbyus, including his former company, GalaxSea Cruises and BTS Travel Network, along with more than 50 independent agencies affiliated with Travelbyus.

Blaylock told TravelAge West that 961 agency locations were represented in the networks acquired from Travelbyus by the new investors. The investment group is composed of creditors of Travelbyus, Blaylock said, adding that the group will seek additional funding “to make available whatever resources are necessary to re-establish the networks.”

Blaylock also will join the group as an owner and will report to a board of directors yet to be named.

He added that International Tours reached an agreement with Cruise Shoppes whereby all International Tours agencies can still access Cruise Shoppes’ cruise-center services and blocked space on sailings.

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