Boston, MA — Smart Destinations Inc., the fastest growing travel company on the Inc. 500, today announced Terry Jones has joined its Board of Directors. The Travelocity Founder and Internet luminary brings decades of travel experience, deep technical understanding, and unique expertise… [Read More]
February 2, 2009
Boston, MA — Smart Destinations Inc., the fastest growing travel company on the Inc. 500, today announced Terry Jones has joined its Board of Directors. The Travelocity Founder and Internet luminary brings decades of travel experience, deep technical understanding, and unique expertise on the confluence of travel and the Internet consumer.
“You would be hard pressed to find a better addition to an already strong Board,” said Kevin McLaughlin, co-founder and CEO of Smart Destinations. “Terry doesn’t just have a combination of travel and technology experience, he was one of the driving forces behind the application of the Internet to the travel industry.”
Jones, currently managing principal of consulting firm Essential Ideas, founded Travelocity and led the company as president and CEO from its launch until 2002. An experienced board member, Jones has served on the boards of Travelocity, Overture Services, Vendare, Inc and Entrust, Inc, and now serves on the boards of directors of EarthLink Inc., Rearden Commerce, Inc., and is chairman of Kayak.com. Before Travelocity, Jones served as CIO at Sabre Inc. and prior to that was a division president at American Airlines.
“The impact of technology on travel has been a big component of my career,” said Jones. “In Smart Destinations I see one of those companies that is using technology not for its own sake, but in a way that creates value for their customers and partners. They are enabling the kind of change that always accompanies meaningful technical innovation: a reduction of costs coupled with an increase in convenience.”
Headquartered in Boston, MA with locations throughout North America, Smart Destinations is the premier provider of unlimited admission attraction passes in 15 major North American travel destinations from Oahu to New York City. Smart Destinations’ Go Cards and Explorer Passes offer pre-paid access to over 425 museums, attractions, and tours for one fixed price. The combination of savings and convenience has resulted in 94% customer satisfaction as measured by 3rd party research and helped the company rank 78 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies. Distributed through major travel services in 25 countries, corporate HR departments and their vendors, as well as on the Web, Smart Destinations’ products are a “trusted companion” for the best a destination has to offer at an unbeatable price point.