Friendly Planet Travel
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|Founded 📆||1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Jenkintown, Pennsylvania|
Area served 🗺️
|Peggy Goldman, Founder and President |
Ilan Fink, Vice President
Number of employees
Friendly Planet Travel is an international tour operator offering small group tours to Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia, the South Pacific and Cuba. In addition to scheduled small group tours, Friendly Planet Travel also offers independent vacation packages, as well as custom tour packages for individuals and private groups of any size.
The company was founded by Peggy Goldman, who at the time was a schoolteacher and single parent of two small children. After taking a job at a local travel agency and organizing a journey to Israel for 200 Holocaust survivors, she founded Great Touring Adventures in 1981 which became Friendly Planet Travel in 1995. The company is based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. It serves travelers throughout the United States and Canada. Friendly Planet is owned and managed by Peggy Goldman and her husband, Ilan Fink, the former General Manager of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Together, Peggy and Ilan have decades of experience in the travel industry.
Friendly Planet is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN).
In 2011, Friendly Planet was among the first US-based tour companies to receive a People-to-People license from OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control). This license allowed Friendly Planet to operate educational exchange programs for American travelers wishing to visit Cuba. Friendly Planet Travel offers four different scheduled Cuba packages plus customized programs for individuals and groups.
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