A travel agency named after a sacred site in Peru that has been lost for more than half a century is celebrating 20 years of existence with its first birthday party on Sunday.
The Maya City and Travel Agency of America (MCA) in California celebrated its 20 years in business on Saturday and will be celebrating its fifth birthday next year.
It was established by the family of one of the founders of MCA in 1992.
The MCA is a major hub for international travelers in the US, with more than 100 offices in cities and towns across the country.MCA president and chief executive officer Scott Ruggles says the company is now focused on expanding its business in the Asia-Pacific region and making its clients more aware of the site.
“In the Asia Pacific, people from all over the world are coming here to get away from the pressures of the world and to enjoy a beautiful, quiet place to unwind,” he said.
“Our focus now is on helping them find and enjoy this place.”
The Maya city and travel agency was established in 1992 by Ruggs and his wife, Anna.
Its first major customer was the US government and it was awarded a US government designation in 2006.
Ruggles said the company had a turnover of about $3.4 million in its first 20 years and the company now has over $50 million in annual revenue.
It is a symbol of the success of a travel agent in the United States, which was hit hard by the economic downturn in the late 2000s and early 2011.MTA now has branches in Asia-Pac and Mexico and will expand its footprint in the Americas.
It is currently in talks with China and Japan.