Achieving Business Leadership in the Travel Industry

Mango Tours' helmsman and the driving force behind the company's success, Mr. Juan "Johnny" Francisco, has added another notch to his illustrious career by being named by VIA Times News Magazine to its Chicago Hall of Fame list for his exemplary business acumen.

Likewise, as further proof of Mr. Francisco's committment to his customers and clients, he has ensured their confidence on Mango Tour's products and services as a registered member of the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, providing them security from any transaction they have entered into.

Below is an excerpt of the article in the said newsmagazine:

"A very well-known and established Filipino businessman in the travel industry, both here in the United States and abroad, is Juan (Johnny) Francisco, Jr. He founded Travelfast International, Inc. in 1978 in San Francisco, which became the only Filipino-operated airline consolidator for Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and the Philippine Airlines servicing major airports of origins from the US to key Philippine cities and most of Asian city destinations. This travel business is the only Filipino accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism and Philippine Tour Operators Association in the Philippines. It maintains and operates its own dynamic booking engine for both air and hotel segments of the travel. It also powers the Philippine DOT's website among others.

Born with entrepreneurial talent, Johnny started his stint as a management trainee at the San Miguel Corporation in 1975. He stayed with the company briefly, did resign, and founded the St. John Traders in Makati City in 1976. This company exported abaca wall covering to the USA. In the midst of unpalatable political and economic conditions in the Philippines at that time, Johnny moved to the US in 1978 and started his own travel business. Within a short period of time, Johnny was able to gain an appointment of an airline consolidator from several US-based airline companies that service the US-Manila traffic.

With the success of Travelfast International, Johnny organized Mango Tours, Inc. as a tour operator that sells outbound tours to the Philippines. In 2002, Mango Tours Philippines became the arms that supplement the tour operation of the travel business. A TFI Call Center and a Team of Information Systems and Development experts were created to provide support in sustaining the operation and the overwhelming volume of inbound calls. At this time, Travelfast International maintains various websites for its clients:,,,,, among others.

Johnny's success in business is centered in his philosophical belief, which he states, " doing your best to succeed, and designing your own product can only take you so far. In business and in life, what is most important is building your credibility in the community and honesty to yourself.""

You can find the full-article at the VIA Times website here.