Founder & President
Gloria Bohan founded Omega World Travel in 1972 and has transformed it into a global travel management company with annual sales revenues of over $1 billion. Omega is the largest woman-owned and operated travel management company. Gloria has built an organizational reputation for expertise, quality service, and innovative technology in the corporate, government, meetings, cruise, and leisure markets. As a result, Gloria has been frequently recognized for her work.
Her list of accolades includes the Washington Business Hall of Fame, American Society of Travel Agents’ Travel Agent of the Year Award, ASTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, listed as one of the 25 Most Influential Leaders in the Travel Industry by Tour and Travel News and one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, and Doctor of Laws from Marymount Manhattan College. Gloria serves as a board member for multiple organizations, including the World Affairs Council and Enterprising Women Foundation. She is a member of The WPO Zenith Group, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She is active in various civic groups, and is a sponsor of Junior Achievement.
Gloria is a pioneer in Government travel and is a co-founder of Space Adventures, which sent the first tourists into space. Cruise.com and TravTech were started in 1997; today, Cruise.com is one of the internet's largest online cruise agencies and TravTech is a leader in online technology services. Omega’s MICE division is recognized for its expertise on meetings, incentives, conference planning, and events. Gloria, a former teacher, decided to change careers after honeymoon and anniversary cruises aboard the QE2. Through the years, cruises have become her passion, and Gloria serves as Godmother of Windstar Cruises “MV Star Legend” and Riviera River Cruises “MS Robert Burns.”
She is grateful for a career that rewards her for innovation and creativity, and believes in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. “Thinking like an entrepreneur, and being one, has been the high point of my life.” The Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation fosters entrepreneurship within travel and other industries. ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year program is sponsored by the Foundation.
Omega celebrated their 46th anniversary in 2018, and plans to keep counting!
Omega World Travel is a woman-owned, diversity supplier, and one of the largest travel management companies (TMCs) in the US. With worldwide headquarters in Fairfax, VA, Omega serves corporate, government, meeting, and leisure clients throughout the US. Since 1972, we have been providing travel services to businesses and consumers around the world. With the power of our brands, such as Cruise.com, and our industry-leading software, we help our clients safely navigate the globe, provide them with the latest in travel technology, and ensure they take advantage of every cost-savings opportunity. On average, around 70% of our volume is in business travel, and 40% of our total volume is international in scope. Omega World Travel also owns Cruise.com, one of the largest sellers of cruises on the Internet, and TravTech, a software development company and Omega Meetings and Conference services.