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ARTICLE IN TRAVEL WEEKLY REPORTS CREDIBILITY OF NEW WHITE HOUSE TRAVEL AGENCY

 NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The swirl of controversy surrounding the temporary appointment of a Little Rock, Ark., travel agency to handle White House travel was tempered today by an article in Travel Weekly, the travel industry's leading newspaper.
 According to Travel Weekly, the agency, World Wide Travel, has 30 locations and an annual volume of $158 million -- most of which is generated by corporate travel. It is also one of the largest agencies in the U.S. to be run by a woman.
 Fran Golden, Travel Weekly's Boston bureau chief, who reported on World Wide Travel in a story last September before the presidential election, says that, "The agency is very reputable, with a large volume and a large presence on the national scene."
 In her report, Ms. Golden spoke at length with Betta Carney, the agency's owner. Says Ms. Golden, "Betta Carney has owned the agency since 1979, and one of its major accounts is Walmart."
 According to Ms. Golden, travel agencies across the U.S. have been handling large pieces of complicated corporate travel business for many years, and recently, this trend seems to have grown as both corporations and government agencies look to travel agencies to provide travel management.
 "They award their accounts to travel agencies to save money and to have a source for consolidated management," Golden notes.
 Jeff Eller, a White House spokesman, said that by using an agency to handle travel, the White House hopes to attain negotiated air and hotel rates, according to Travel Weekly.
 World Wide Travel is the first travel agency to service the White House and had previously arranged travel for Clinton's presidential campaign staff. In a previous Travel Weekly article, Clinton campaign officials noted that aside from service and saving money, the agency brought the intangible factor of its commitment to their candidate.
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