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WorldStrides Excel Programs

International Soccer Tours

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Professional Memberships

National Tour Association

WorldStrides Excel Programs is a member of the National Tour Association. The National Tour Association is the premier association for travel professionals who have a keen interest in the packaged travel sector of the industry. The association, which is made up of nearly 4,000 members, brings together those who package travel – group as well as individual trips – with suppliers and destinations who represent the various components of a trip. Although based in North America, the membership spans the globe.

What does our National Tour Association membership mean to you?

By belonging to The National Tour Association, WorldStrides Excel Programs is part of an elite group of travel professionals who take pride in being the very best. NTA members must meet some of the highest standards in the industry, including…

  • Employ, in a senior management position, an individual who has been actively engaged in the business of packaged travel for at least three years
  • At least $1 million in errors and omissions, professional liability insurance
  • Financial viability
  • Adherence to a code of ethics

The bottom line is that the NTA designation is your mark of confidence.

WorldStrides Excel Programs is well connected with thousands of other NTA members, including hotels, attractions, restaurants, airlines, and destinations. These partnerships mean that we are able to offer each and every one of our customers the best in choice, quality and value. The NTA helps us to make it happen for you.

Excel has been highlighted three times in The Courier, the magazine of the National Tour Association (NTA).  Read the first article here, the second article here and the third article here.

International Air Transport Association

WorldStrides Excel Programs is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA # 21525560). IATA’s mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful and impartial business standards, and to provide cost-effective products, services and educational programs. IATA has members in over 120 countries providing a vast network of travel professionals.

WorldStrides Excel Programs’ membership in IATA benefits our clients in many ways. With such a vast network at our disposal we have the contacts to offer you hundreds of travel options. Being a member of IATA allows us to book group flights directly through the airlines, allowing us to provide you with more.

IATA is a highly respected organization in the travel industry. IATA insures that the airline and airport are complying with safety regulations, they are making the environment a priority by striving to reduce airline’s CO2 emissions and they are working to make the ticketing, check-in, baggage and boarding processes simpler, more effective and quicker.

 

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WorldStrides Excel Programs is a member of American Society of Travel Agents. American Society of Travel Agents is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the travelling public. The mission of ASTA is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA and its affiliates now comprise the world’s largest and most influential travel trade association with members in 140 countries. Being a part of the world’s largest travel trade association our work encompasses every aspect of the travel experience.

What does our American Society of Travel Agents mean to you?

By belonging to ASTA, WorldStrides Excel Programs is part of an elite group of travel professionals who take pride in being the very best:

Travelers depend on travel agencies and others affiliated with ASTA to guide them honestly and competently. All ASTA members pledge to conduct their business activities in a manner that promotes the idea of integrity in travel and agree to act in accordance with the ASA Code of Ethics.

 

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WorldStrides Excel Programs is a member of Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) which is a leading technology solutions company providing the US based travel industry with world-class business products, travel agency accreditation services, process and financials management tools, and powerful data analytics. ARC settles financial ticket transactions between airlines and travel agencies and the travel management companies that sell their products to the United States.

ARC has become the financial backbone of travel distribution and is the leading source of data collection for global airline ticket transactions. ARC serves the needs of airline carriers, travel agencies, corporate travel departments, by providing stellar products, tools and services.

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WorldStrides Excel Programs is a member of International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). IATAN has been serving the US Travel Professionals for over 25 years. IATAN offers you global recognition and global reach, which no other accreditation program can. IATAN’s mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful and impartial business standards, and provide cost-effective products and services that benefit the travel industry. IATAN provides a vital link between the supplier community and the US travel distribution network.

Testimonials

“Our trip to Manchester, England with Excel was fantastic! It was a perfect combination of outstanding soccer, beautiful sightseeing and incredible fun for everyone! Was truly a lifetime experience with memories we will cherish forever. Thank you Excel!”

Teresa Heitzmann, Chaperone, Maryland State ODP, England
“The Whittier College Women's Soccer program took part in a 10 day tour to the UK. Excel Sports matched all of our needs, organizing competitive soccer games with local opponents. We also utilized much of our free time to visit various parts of England/Scotland- while enjoying the culture, the food and the people! Two visits to professional games was the icing on the cake! Without a doubt, we will be using Excel Sports for any future foreign travel...They are the absolute best!”

Monica Gerardo, Head Coach, Whittier Women’s Soccer, England
"Our entire team and coaching staff had an amazing 8-day tour to Barcelona, Spain this past spring. The trip was the perfect mix of competitive games against local professional teams, some fantastic sightseeing and cultural experiences in and around Barcelona and the opportunity to watch close-up a number of professional games and training sessions. Thank you to Excel Sports for making this happen!"

Luke Wildy, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, George Washington University, Barcelona
“This trip was so great. On the coaching end, we progressed everyday as a team. The competition allowed them to see where they need to be individually and where the USA needs to be at the youth level. I honestly feel the major part of our progression was the players actually seeing the difference of play.”

Megan Schmidt, Coach, Maryland State Girls ODP, Denmark
“Our trip to Germany and Holland with Excel was a fantastic experience for our team. Although we had a small group, the trip was worth it. Playing overseas was a great experience for my team and all came back with an enthusiastic attitude for the upcoming season. Our tour guide, Stephanie was a great leader and her knowledge and work ethic made the trip a success. Highlights of the trip were casual dinners we enjoyed with other teams in Germany. This showed us how people live around the world.”

John Plevyak, Head Coach, Stevenson University, Germany & Holland
“WorldStrides Excel Sports was there for our Knox Men's Soccer program from Day 1. They worked closely with me and listened to me. This was the first international trip for our athletic program. I'd call the experience "User Friendly." From the president, to the representatives in Costa Rica; everyone was professional but made us feel like part of a larger family. In the end, when our amazing 9 days concluded, our program was undoubtedly better from the experience. We can't thank them enough!”

Tyler Sheikh, Knox College, Costa Rica
“I strongly recommend Excel to any team looking to explore a new country. With our tour guide Paul's help, our team was able to experience the culture of two major cities. Our team was able to see all Barcelona and Madrid had to offer. He also shared some great local food and shopping spots. This trip had something for everyone, but I enjoyed the chance to train at incredible facilities and play really talented clubs the most. This was a trip of a lifetime and it was all possible with Excel.”

Claire Woolley, McDaniel Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach
“The cultural experience traveling to Scotland with our boys was absolutely fantastic. WorldStrides Excel Sports crafted an itinerary perfectly balancing matches, training and sightseeing. The boys were constantly upbeat when exploring historical sites, stepping out the tunnel at Celtic Park and even on the bus as we drove through the countryside. I recommend this trip to anyone from a first time traveler to an experienced adventurer, a soccer tour is a totally unique way to explore the world.”

Conor Prachar, MSYSA Boys, Scotland
“The trip was fantastic. It was a trip that allowed me to share an incredible first visit to Europe with my two son's. The memories are for a lifetime. I miss Robin "Woody" Woods, our tour guide and now friend, already!”

Bob Viti, (Dad) – Hood College – Manchester/Stirling
“Working with WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs has been a pleasure for me and our state association. From the planning, actual trip adventures and post debriefings, I have always felt that our relationship with WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs has been an awesome experience in every facet of world travel. I'm always exited for the kids traveling to the European destinations and coming back with a lifetime of soccer memories.”

Mark Cantor, President, MSYSA
“Our team recently took a trip to England. Excel did a great job integrating requests for our overall experience. As the coordinator, I appreciated Excel's responsiveness during planning. Excel handled all logistical requests and the itinerary was a reflection of their experience and our requests. It was reassuring to know we'd have tour guides through the entire trip. It was a trip of a lifetime. I'm thankful we worked with Excel and look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Angela Schichner, Three Lions United, London and Manchester
"Our England trip with Excel was a top quality experience for our program. The training facilities we used were excellent and for our players to face the reserve teams of three top EPL teams was a great opportunity for them. Our players also toured Old Trafford Stadium and attended the Manchester United v Liverpool and Spurs v Arsenal games. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players."

Sasho Cirovski, University of Maryland, Head Men's Soccer Coach, London
“I highly recommend Eric McAleer and Excel Sports to anyone thinking about international travel with a youth sports team. We took a U12 boys team to England to play in a tournament and it was fantastic. Eric and his staff have lots of experience so any challenge that arose was quickly solved. The professionalism was outstanding but the attention paid to us set them apart. Eric and Excel were always cheerful and fun. They made every participant important and made good trip become really great.”

Terri Spurgeon, FC America, Liverpool
"Our trip was spectacular from start to finish. The opportunity to train, play, and experience Barcelona is something that will not soon be forgotten. The cultural influences we encountered will be lasting and the memories will last a lifetime."

Mark Biagi – AZ ODP Boys, Spain
“WorldStrides Excel Sports Programs provided a trip of a lifetime for this group! Thank you so much for all you did to set everything up including great hotel, food, tour director, games, and the Barcelona v Sampdoria game.”

Graeme Millar, Stevenson University Women’s Soccer
“You cannot and will not find a better company to deal with and handle all of your needs as a group to travel to any country. I have had the pleasure of using this company and participating in over 8 trips and not one wasn’t a ten and I mean that. They are professional, quick on their feet and use the best guides you can imagine. You will not go wrong using them.”

Herb Gainey, Maryland ODP Girls Head Coach and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Head Men’s Soccer Coach