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Little Rock's World Wide Travel Service Inc. Is Largest In State, 28th Largest In Nation

World Wide Travel Service Inc. of Little Rock, with 200 employees and more than $90 million in 1990 revenues, is the largest travel agency in Arkansas.

World Wide also has made its mark nationally. It ranks 28th out of more than 33,000 U.S. agencies in annual revenues.

World Wide operates 25 offices in four states and is looking to expand.

The agency focuses on corporate travel. Its growth has coincided with the growth of Arkansas-based clients such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, Systematics Information Services Inc. of Little Rock and Acxiom Corp. of Conway.

The second-largest travel agency in the state, ranked by number of employees and 1990 revenues, is Dillard Travel Inc., a subsidiary of Little Rock-based Dillard Department Stores Inc.

In October, Dillard Travel added 11 branches for a total of 46. Dillard adds an average of five to 10 branches per year, according to Judy Womack, its advertising manager.

While World Wide focuses on corporate travel, Dillard focuses on leisure travel.

Several Arkansas travel agencies have multiple locations. They include:

* World Wide with 25 locations in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Ohio.

* Dillard and Little Rock subsidiary Executive Travel with 46 locations in Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana and Arizona.

* Poe Travel/Carlson Travel Network of Little Rock with branch locations in North Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

* James F. Goodwin Travel Inc. of Little Rock with a branch office in North Little Rock.

* Sue Smith Travel Centers of North Little Rock with a branch office at Hot Springs Village.

* AAA Travel Agency of Little Rock, headquartered at St. Louis, with branch offices at Fort Smith and Springdale.

* World Travel Inc. of Searcy with a branch office at Heber Springs and a Newport subsidiary, United Travel & Tours.

Almost Made The List

This week's Arkansas Business list covers the state's 16 largest travel agencies, ranked by number of employees.

Five agencies just missed the list. This is a list of travel agencies with five employees that responded to an Arkansas Business survey.
Agency Employees
City Travel Agents
Around The World Travel 5
Springdale 5
Small World Travel Service Inc. 5
Arkadelphia 5
Travel Fair 5
Fayetteville 4
The Travel Place 5
Carriage Travel 5
Little Rock 5
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Title Annotation:World Wide Travel Service Inc. is ranked largest in Arkansas and 28th nationwide
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Nov 11, 1991
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