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Chima Travel History

Our family-owned travel agency has grown a lot since 1918.

4 generations later we're excited to share that history with you.


In 1904 Peter Chima sailed to the US from Romania at the age of 19 and settled in Newark, Ohio.

He was the first generation of Chima Travel.

Peter and Mary Chima - Chima Travel 1st generation

In 1912 Peter returned to Romania and married 14-year-old Mary Lancea.
Unfortunately, we don’t know who the dog is.

Between 1912 and 1917 Peter and Mary helped their Romanian friends by expanding into foreign exchange and selling steamship tickets.

Technically 2020 could've been Chima Travel's 108th year in business.

In 1916 the Chimas earned their U.S. citizenship.

Chima Travel Bureau South Main Street

In 1918 the Chima family moved to Akron, Ohio.

They set up shop at 1132 S. Main Street, where they would remain until 1967.

Chima Travel 2nd generation with Grandpa Lancea in Romania

Peter and Mary had 6 children - Cornel, Nick, Virgil, George, Mary, and Helen.

This photo was taken in 1926 during the family's first vacation to Romania on a steamship.

Here is everyone, except Cornel, with Grandpa Lancea. (Guess where Lance got his name.)

Chima Travel 2nd generation sons in military

Cornel, Nick, and Virgil joined the Air Force, and George joined the Infantry. Virgil was killed in action and George was wounded in Germany.

Peter worked on the Selective Service board for 7 years. There was no travel so he added insurance and real estate to his business.

Chima Travel 1st and 2nd Generation

Mary, Helen, Cornel, and George joined the family business as the second generation of Chima Travel. All but Helen married and started having children of their own.

Chima Travel ASTA Award

George’s wife Jean decorated the windows and won a third place prize of $50 in an ASTA contest.

Chima Travel partnership with University of Akron

During the second generation of Chima Travel the agency began a long-lasting partnership with the University of Akron.

Chima Travel New York Theatre Tour Akron Beacon Journal

In 1960 the first New York Thanksgiving Theatre Tour was co-sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal. The tour ran for 44 consecutive years.

Chima Travel New York World's Fair

Every weekend George ran buses to the 1964 / 1965 New York World's Fair.

Some weekends he had 5 full buses.

Chima Travel W. Market Street

In 1967, after 49 years on S. Main Street, Chima Travel moved to the Wallhaven Building at

1650 W. Market Street.

Peter and Mary Chima in Hawaii

When Peter and Mary finally traveled somewhere other than Romania, they chose Hawaii.

Chima Travel's second generation hobnobbing with celebrities in NYC.