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MORRIS BECOMES AMERICAN EXPRESS NETWORK AGENCY

Morris Travel said it has joined the American Express Network as a representative travel agency of Amex's Travel Related Services Co..

Previously affiliated with Carlson Travel Network, Salt Lake-based Morris said it will complete the transition to American Express by May 15.Morris is ranked among the top 25 agencies nationally with more than $130 million in annual sales and 23 offices throughout Utah and Idaho. The American Express Network has 1,700 owned and representative agencies worldwide.

"The affiliation of Morris Travel with American Express supports our goal of providing our travelers with the highest levels of service both at home and abroad. Morris and American Express have a great deal of synergy," said Steve Alesio, general manager of the American Express Network.

Randy Hunt, executive vice president of Morris Travel, said the company is excited about the new relationship.

American Express also operates a Travelers Cheque division in Salt Lake City that employs 2,500. James F. Welch, senior vice president of operations and systems said Morris has an outstanding reputation and is "personally delighted" to have them join the company.

"Morris will provide us with increased opportunities for high quality customer service in our Travelers Cheque business," said Welch.

Morris is owned and operated separately from Morris Air Service, a scheduled air charter operator based in Utah.