On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Admiral Travel International hosted a series of events marking its 25th year in business.  Founded by Malaka Hilton in Sarasota in 1997, ATI, as the globally renowned firm is known to its clients, quickly emerged as Sarasota’s most trusted travel advisory firm.  Today, ATI is trusted by thousands of travelers each year who are affectionately referred to as ATInsiders who enjoy inside access and epic experiences in the world’s most exceptional destinations. 


To mark the special occasion, ATI hosted a daytime luxury travel showcase event in the Restaurant at Michael’s On Easy, an afternoon champagne reception with top clients in Michael’s Wine Cellar, and an evening celebration in the Ballroom at Michael’s On East, where 300+ clients and community members gathered to toast to past travel memories made and to all the adventures yet to come. 


This spring, Admiral Travel International was again recognized as a top travel advisory by the industry’s leading publications, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. “To reach the quarter-century mark as a business in 2022 is absolutely an achievement to be celebrated, considering all that small businesses have endured over the past two years in particular. We consider the 25th anniversary of Admiral Travel not only a milestone, but a legitimate triumph as a travel agency in the wake of the global pandemic that devastated so many in our industry. It’s all thanks to the loyalty of our wonderful clients, the resilience of our global partners, and the creativity and dedication of our team that we’re emerging stronger than ever,” noted Malaka Hilton, ATI Founder and co-owner with her husband Ryan Hilton. 


The party featured music by local funk band Dirty Byrd, a half-dozen internationally-themed food stations, and endlessly flowing libations. ATInsiders were also offered the opportunity to engage with their favorite luxury travel brands like One&Only, Regent, Oceania, Singita, Red Carnation, and even new brands to the marketplace like Explora.  Attendees who signed in at each brand’s table throughout the day were entered to win incredible prizes and booking bonuses from our preferred global partners. To view the list of lucky ATInsiders selected to win, please click here.


Also announced at the event were the 2023-2024 collection of ATI Journeys: special departures escorted by Admiral Travel’s founders and team of advisors. Highlights of the upcoming series include ATI’s third biennial charter of the world’s largest private jet, this time round-trip from Sarasota to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; cruises in the Mediterranean, Portugal and the Azores, Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, Japan during cherry blossom season, and the Danube; land programs to the Norwegian Fjords and Northern Lights, Brasil’s Pantanal region for jaguar trekking, primate trekking in Rwanda; and a train journey from Istanbul to London aboard the iconic Orient Express. 

Were you among the attendees at the ATI25 events last month? 

Check to see if you were spotted by our photographers!  To view Cliff Roles’ photographs from the VIPlane Cocktail Reception, please click here.  For Nancy Guth’s photographs from the ATI25 Celebration, please click here.  And click here to enjoy the photographs from the Hello Gorgeous Photobooth!