Northstar Travel Group Acquires AXUS, the Leading Travel Planning App

Northstar Travel Group Acquires AXUS, the Leading Travel Planning App

SECAUCUS, NJ (October 2, 2017) – SECAUCUS, NJ – Northstar Travel Group (“Northstar”) has acquired AXUS Travel App (“AXUS”), the preeminent itinerary management software for travel advisors and tour operators.

Founded in 2014, AXUS automates the creation of trip proposals and itineraries for travel managers and seamlessly delivers all booking confirmations and custom travel details to the traveler through a unique URL and dynamic mobile app.

The cutting-edge platform streamlines the way travel advisors and tour operators communicate with clients from the initial planning process all the way through the in-destination experience, leveraging integrations with major wholesalers and back end systems, parsing engines and multi-party collaboration.

Key features of AXUS currently include flight notifications, driving directions, destination guides, the ability to generate PDF itineraries, access to supporting documents, and in-app messaging – all accessible to travelers anytime from anywhere.

“The addition of the AXUS planning tool and mobile application is an important strategic enhancement to our suite of subscription workflow and content tools for travel professionals,” said Thomas Kemp, CEO & Chairman of Northstar Travel Group.

“This ideal union with Northstar combines the resources of a large, diverse and highly respected travel heavyweight with the agility, customer intimacy and industry insight which have made AXUS the itinerary management app of choice for travel planners,” said Julia Douglas, the founder and CEO of AXUS. “Together, we look forward to bringing our valued customers an even richer feature set, broader integrations and deeper content to further elevate their offerings.”

Julia Douglas and her team will continue with AXUS as it becomes part of Northstar, working with Sheila Rice, VP of Northstar’s Information Products Group.

“We are excited about working with Julia and her team to provide a one-stop solution to our customers with travel42 and the AXUS planning tool and itinerary app,” said Sheila Rice, VP of Northstar’s Information Products Group.

About AXUS Travel App

AXUS Travel App automates itinerary creation and delivers a content-rich, interactive mobile itinerary so travel advisors and tour operators can devote more time to selling travel and building stronger relationships with clients. Learn more at axustravelapp.com

About Northstar Travel Group

Northstar is the owner of well-known brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Travel Weekly China, Incentive, M&C China, and Web in Travel. The company produces more than 75 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, sports travel, and the meetings industry. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, business intelligence, and event producer serving the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, online travel distribution. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software, CRM database marketing and predictive analytics business serving the mountain destination, activities, and specialty destination travel markets.

Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company has offices in New York, NY; Stowe, VT; Denver, CO; Edwards, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Costa Mesa, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Glen Ellyn, IL; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.

About EagleTree Capital

EagleTree Capital, formerly Wasserstein Partners, is a leading independent private equity and investment firm, focused primarily on leveraged buyout investments and related investment activities. EagleTree manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors. The firm is focused on investments primarily in the media and communications, consumer products, and water and industrial sectors. EagleTree is located in New York. For more information, visit www.eagletree.com.