Four corporate travel agencies have become founding members of Hogg Robinson Group's new North America affiliates program.

The founding HRG affiliates are: Austin Travel of Melville, N.Y.; Avia International Travel of Houston; Casto Travel of Santa Clara, Calif.; and Short's Travel Management of Overland Park, Kan.

HRG said its affiliates program will enable regional corporate agencies to secure the resources they need to be competitive with larger competitors that have a global presence. HRG said its worldwide network will "provide the affiliates with access to a range of products and proven international expertise as well as the opportunity to bid on large national, regional and international accounts not previously accessible to them." 

In addition to expanding the HRG network and extending the regional capabilities of the affiliates, HRG said the program provides additional account management staff to support global accounts and proprietary technology for shared global customers.

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