Citizens Bank Re-Launches Travel Program

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BATESVILLE – January 6, 2016 – Citizens Bank today announced the introduction of a new Travel Club for bank customers and their guests, representing an exciting renewal of a very popular program the bank had previously offered.
The inaugural meeting of the Travel Club will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the Citizens Bank Community Room at 285 College Street in Batesville.
The Travel Club will meet each month to either travel to interesting destinations, or to discuss potential travel opportunities, review and critique just-concluded trips, and exchange information on other topics of interest to club members.
“Our customers have been asking us for a long time to revive our travel program,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.  “In response to their requests, we have been researching travel and entertainment concepts to appeal to a broad audience.”
The club is expected to offer at least one premium international trip and one premium domestic trip each year.  The first major trip will be “Shades of Ireland,” a 10-day excursion to Ireland that is scheduled for next fall. 
Other activities will include periodic social receptions; one- or two-day trips to enjoy plays, concerts and other attractions in Memphis, Little Rock or other locales; museum exhibitions across the region; and other events that interest club members.  A series of seminars on topics of current importance is also being scheduled.
“The Travel Club will be directed to our customers and guests, and we will be very responsive to their suggestions about where they want to go and what they want to do,” Baldwin said.  “Working with experienced travel organizations, we will plan trips and activities that are designed to exceed club members’ expectations.”
The hosts for club will be veteran explorers Chuck and Sarah Jones, who have traveled extensively in the U.S. and in a virtual alphabet soup of foreign countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine. 
Chuck Jones is Senior Vice President, Emerging Financial Services, for Citizens Bank.  Sarah Jones is a former educator who currently volunteers as an adult tutor with the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project.
“We are excited by the opportunity to make new friends as we experience and enjoy exhilarating travel and entertainment adventures,” said Chuck Jones. 
About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank was founded in 1953 by business and civic leaders to serve the financial needs of middle income families and small businesses.  Citizens Bank works to improve the quality of life for all community residents by promoting educational opportunities, economic growth and innovative civic partnerships.

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