Penn State University Partners with Anthony Travel to Handle Athletic and University Business Travel Services


Anthony Travel, the nationally recognized and award-winning leader in university travel management, has announced a new multi-year partnership with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State University as its travel solutions provider.

Anthony Travel will be responsible for comprehensive travel services for the athletic department and University business travel, including scheduled air, charter air, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, international team tours, and other services as requested. As part of the partnership, both Penn State Athletics and the University business travel will benefit from account managers dedicated exclusively to the Nittany Lions travel service needs.

“We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Anthony Travel,” said Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics. “Anthony Travel is the industry leader in collegiate sports travel solutions and our teams will benefit from their vast experience and expertise in providing excellent travel services.”

“We are thrilled to be adding the services of Anthony Travel to our portfolio and anticipate a seamless transition for faculty and staff, since travel can still be booked through the Travel OnLion system,” said Duane Elmore, director of Penn State Procurement Services. “They will bring some exciting new benefits to our travelers, including full-service booking with an Anthony Travel representative, 24/7 after-hours support by experienced travel agents, and access to deeper discounts through their vast international network of travel-industry partners.”

Anthony Travel will provide comprehensive travel-booking services for the University, including air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and other services as requested. As part of the partnership, both Intercollegiate Athletics and University business travelers will benefit from account managers dedicated exclusively to Penn State. Anthony Travel will also provide access to an after-hours service so travelers can quickly resolve issues when on the road outside of normal business hours.

In addition, University travelers will incur no booking fees when they use Anthony Travel.

Anthony Travel previously partnered with Intercollegiate Athletics and the Penn State Alumni Association to provide travel services for the 2014 Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland.

“We got to know the Penn State people and their commitment to success through our work with them for their 2014 football game in Ireland. Ever since, we have looked forward to broadening our relationship to manage all of their travel needs,” said John Anthony, President and CEO of Anthony Travel. “We are thrilled to undertake this responsibility and will proudly serve all Nittany Lions.”

Anthony Travel is the year-round travel partner for more than 75 collegiate athletic departments and 19 university clients nationwide. In addition to Penn State Athletics, Anthony Travel serves as the official travel partner for eight other university athletic departments in the Big Ten Conference: Indiana University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Wisconsin.



Anthony Travel is the nation’s largest provider of sports travel management services. With 40 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel partners with over 75 of the nation’s most prestigious universities, along with leading amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide comprehensive travel solutions and unforgettable experiences to teams, alumni and fans at more than 300 domestic and international events annually. Anthony Travel is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports Capital, 32 Equity (the entity that oversees the NFL’s venture capital initiatives) and Jon Bon Jovi.  The integration with On Location Experiences forms an unmatched vertical offering of hospitality, experiential and travel management services. For more information, visit AnthonyTravel.com.



Penn State has one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, featuring 800 student-athletes across 31 varsity programs (16 men’s, 15 women’s). Penn State student-athletes have an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 89 percent. The Nittany Lions rank No. 4 among all Division I schools with 198 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time, including five this year. A school record 114 Nittany Lion students graduated in May, bringing the 2016-17 total to 142 graduates.

The Nittany Lions’ 49 NCAA Championships all-time (77 national championships overall) rank No. 5 among all NCAA Division I programs and are the highest total of any college or university east of the Mississippi River. Penn State’s 30 NCAA titles since 1992-93 leads all Big Ten Conference institutions. The Nittany Lions have won 104 Big Ten Championships since capturing their first crown in 1992-93, including seven in 2016-17, to rank No. 3 in Big Ten titles among all conference institutions over the past 25 years.

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