Travel Agent Magazine
Eric Friedheim, former owner and retired Editor-in-Chief of
Travel Agent magazine, was inducted into the National
Tourism Foundation’s Hall of Fame during the National Tour
Association’s Annual Convention in Houston Nov. 9-13, 2001.
Friedheim, a graduate of American University in Washington,
D.C., started his writing career as the Washington
correspondent for the International News Service from 1931
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, starting a long
career of journalistic military service. He remained in the
Air Force Reserve until age 60, retiring with the rank of
Colonel. Friedheim was awarded the Air Medal for his
participation in combat missions while on active duty.
In civilian life, Friedheim served as the promotion and
publicity officer for the National Aircraft Show staged by
the aviation industry in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. He also
worked as advance representative for the National Freedom
Train, which toured the United States from 1947-1949.
In 1950, Friedheim worked as editor of Globe, the first
weekly trade paper devoted to the U.S. travel industry. One
year later, he became editor of and subsequently acquired
Travel Agent magazine. He sold Travel Agent in 1978 but
remained on as Editor-in-Chief until 1999. He wrote a
regular industry editorial column for Travel Agent and
served as Editor Emeritus until his death in June, 2002.
Friedheim won several trade industry awards, including
induction into the Travel Industry Hall of Fame. He has
written three books: Fighters Up: The Official History of
American Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Europe; Travel
Agents: From Caravans and Clippers to Concorde; and Agents
of Change, The Story of vacation.com.