A Brief History of George’s International Tours

The founder, George Garabedian, was born in the Armenian Compound in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1910. At a very early age he showed a great interest in the fascinating world of tourism. He began his career in 1925 with Cox & Kings, the renowned British shipping agents and travel tycoons. In 1931, George established his own travel office catering to the needs of Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. He soon mastered the travel business and became an expert in his field.
Our founder George Garabedian, his son Garo, and Katherine Hepburn meeting in Jerusalem during the filming of Lawrence of Arabia.

The local arrangements for this classic film production were handled by us.

The 1948 war cost George everything and he started all over from scratch. In 1951, he founded George Garabedian & Co. and thus became one of the founders of the modern travel industry in Jordan. As a good earner of foreign currency to the newly born kingdom, George became a close friend of the late King Hussein and a personal advisor to His Majesty on matters relating to tourism. For the services rendered to the Catholic Philippine flow of pilgrims to the Holy Land in 1959, he was named the Honorary Consul of the Philippines. He also received the keys to the cities of Detroit, Houston and Charlotte, among other awards.

George passed away in 1988 and his footsteps were followed by his son Garo, the former president of George's International Tours, whose leadership helped expand our company’s operations into new destinations beyond the Holy Land. A third generation of the family is now continuing the work started by George and Garo and helping to maintain the high level of service our clients have come to expect from George’s International Tours.
Garo Garabedian, the former president of George's International Tours, being knighted in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.
The company has provided travel services to thousands of groups and pilgrimages visiting the Holy Land, the Middle East and Europe. Our portfolio includes tours and pilgrimages organized by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the Knights of St. Lazarus, the Knights of Malta, the priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the priests of the North American College in Rome, the late Norman Vincent Peale, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to name a few. The company has also had the exclusive honor of handling the travel arrangements for some of the most reputable foreign organizations based in the Holy Land including the World Bank, IMF, UNDP, Catholic Relief Services, Bethlehem Caritas, Save the Children, Worldvision, Pecdar, and every major Christian organization.
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