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  • Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo opened the same year as Goway
  • Goway's first logo. The flying "G" is still used today
  • Goway staff and industry friends party in Sydney in 2010
  • Goway started in the #1 apartment in the above building in Toronto
  • Goway staff celebrate Australia winning the America's Cup
Goway gave away hundreds of CDs celebrating 40th anniversary
Goway gave away hundreds of CDs celebrating 40th anniversary

Also see A Brief History: Goway's Early Days and The World of Travel in 1970

1970

  • Bruce Hodge immigrates to Canada and starts Goway Travel in an apartment (shared by three others) in Toronto. Company promotes European Camping Tours for 18-30's; Adventures in Australia & Overland expeditions across Asia and Africa

1971

  • Shares downtown office space with another travel company
  • Installs a telex machine to replace telegram reservations
  • First brochure - one colour on a Tourism Board shell folder

1972

  • Pioneer and first operator of overland camping tours in Canada & America. The first "Canada-USA" trip was in a station wagon
  • Occupies own office wholly
FIRST MAJOR BROCHURE
FIRST MAJOR BROCHURE

Young Adult Adventures was the brand we used in the 70's to attract Globetrotting travellers. The caption read, "the most exciting trips in the world geared to the young and adventurous."

1975

  • Ontario Travel Industry Act requires industry to be licensed & contribute to a compensation fund 1974
  • Obtains IATA (International Air Transport Association) accreditation to be able to issue airline tickets

1976

  • First two colour brochure (orange & black) - "Young Adult Adventures" worldwide
  • Starts South American overland tours with bus imported from Britain

1980

  • First full colour brochures- Goway's "AMERICAS" & "Young Adult Adventures"

1981

  • Opens office in Vancouver

1983

  • Operates first fully escorted tour to Fiji, New Zealand & Australia. This evolved into Goway's exclusive Holidays of a Lifetime
  • First DOWNUNDER brochure with the distinctive upside down DOWNUNDER trademark
Barbara Norton
Barbara Norton

Goway's first female tour guide in 1984. She now runs the company's GroupsOnly division

1984

  • Hires first female tour leader for "Young Adult Adventures"
  • Purchases first computers and signs on for a GDS system to make computerized air reservations

1985

  • Installs fax machine to modernize reservations & communications

1986

  • Opens office in Sydney Australia
  • Winds down South American operation
  • Merges Canada-USA program with competitor. As "AmeriCanAdventures" operates 55 mini buses throughout Alaska, Canada, USA & Mexico
  • GowayGroups, (now GROUPSOnly by Goway), established to specialize exclusively in designing and operating group travel arrangements
In 1986 Goway stops operating 3 month journey through South America
In 1986 Goway stops operating 3 month journey through South America

1988

  • Goway benefits as Australia celebrates bi-centenary enhancing it as a travel destination

1989

  • First Orient-Asia only brochure created (in middle of Tian An Men Square revolt)

1991

  • Air consolidating division GowayAir created to sell "special airfares" for leading airlines

1992

  • Purchases "strata" title to half our floor in downtown Sydney office building
Goway buys head office building in 1994
Goway buys head office building in 1994

1994

  • Purchases own office building in Toronto
  • Joins U.S.T.O.A. (United States Tour Operators Association) with requirement to post a $1 million bond

1997

  • Goway.com created

1998

  • First Africa only brochure printed

1999

  • Opens USA office in Los Angeles
  • IslandsEscapes created to specialize in idyllic escape packages to the world's most exotic islands

2000

  • Olympics in Sydney boosts Goway's profile as a specialist Australian tour operator and wholesaler
  • Goway celebrates 30th anniversary with a spectacular gala event
The first edition of Globetrotting Magazine
The first edition of Globetrotting Magazine

2001

  • September 11, 2001 shakes world & the travel industry

2002

  • AFRICAExperts created to specifically concentrate only on travel to Africa

2003

  • Globetrotting by Goway magazine first edition printed for winter 2003-2004
  • Purchases "strata" title to remaining half of 8th floor in Sydney office

2005

  • Company makes its biggest ever investment in technology
  • Goway purchases boutique worldwide adventure specialist AdventuresIncorporated

2007

  • The Great Recession begins and lingers for years

2008

  • Launch of new company reservation system
  • Company makes major investment in upgrading telephone system to VOIP

2009

  • Special Events by Goway opens
  • Completes another full circle by opening Latin America Experts division
In 2010 Goway gives away 40 fabulous trips for 2
In 2010 Goway gives away 40 fabulous trips for 2

2010

  • Goway celebrates 40th anniversary with big parties in Toronto, Vancouver & Sydney
  • In celebration Goway gives away 40 trips for two worth over US$250,000 over 40 weeks
  • Latin America Experts becomes the newest specialist long-haul division

2011

  • Inspite of the effects of the Great Recession Goway continues to invest heavily in technology

2013

  • Unofficially launches "New" www.goway.com

2014

  • Ebola causes major decline in Africa business. Some staff and resources are redeployed to develop destination Europe products.

2015

 

 

 

 

 


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