Gloria Bohan founded Omega World Travel in 1972, with just one employee, and it has since become the largest woman-owned travel management company in the U.S. with annual sales revenue over $1 billion. Omega is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, and has key offices abroad; including the United Kingdom and India, with a global network in over 85 countries. Omega has expanded to 486 employees and keeps offices worldwide. Gloria has built an organizational reputation for expertise, quality service, and innovative technology in the corporate, government, meetings, cruise and leisure markets.
Gloria is a pioneer in Government travel and also co-founded 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 (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events), is recognized for its expertise on meetings, events, and more.Gloria, a former teacher, decided to change careers after her honeymoon and subsequent anniversary cruise on the QE2. Through the years, cruises have become her passion, and Gloria currently serves as Godmother of Windstar Cruises “MV Star Legend” and Riviera River Cruises, “MS Robert Burns”.
With such a momentous career, Gloria is frequently recognized for her work. Her list of accolades includes “Executive Leader of the Year” Awarded by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2019.She was recognized as a “Woman Who Rocks” or a WBE Who Rocks, by MBE Magazine in 2019. She was inducted into the Business Travel News’ (BTN) Hall of Fame in 2018. The Washington Business Hall of Fame, American Society of Travel Agents’ (ASTA) Travel Agent of the Year Award, ASTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, listed as one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, and Doctor of Laws from Marymount Manhattan College.Furthermore, Gloria serves as a board member for multiple organizations, including the World Affairs Council and Enterprising Women Foundation. She is a member of WPO Zenith Group, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Omega believes in a strong commitment to our community and supports Junior Achievement, the Economic Club, and Artemis House. The Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation fosters entrepreneurship within travel and other industries.ASTA’s Entrepreneur of the Year program is sponsored by the Foundation.
Omega celebrated their 48th anniversary in 2020 and plans to keep counting!