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TRAVEL EXPERTS SAM BOWES RECEIVES "ANGEL OF ADOPTION" AWARD- OCT 2015
Sam Bowes from the Travel Experts Raleigh support team was recently presented with an "Angel of Adoption" award by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). The ceremony took place in D.C, and recognized Sam and his wife Robin for their extensive efforts working with the Foster Care system to permanently place 15 children with Foster Parents.
If you'd like to know more about the CCAI please visit their web site.
TRAVEL EXPERTS - NOW BY “ROYAL APPOINTMENT” - JANUARY 2015
Sharon Fake - Director of Operations for Travel Experts, attended the exclusive reopening of the Goring Hotel in London to celebrate their 105th year of operation. Only 25 travel agencies worldwide were invited. The event included a private reception and luncheon with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge! The event was full of much other “Pomp and Circumstance” - as only the British can successfully pull off! Congratulations to the Goring family on their 105th year of operation.
TRAVEL EXPERTS EXPANDS ADVISORS PARTICIPATING ON TRAVEL INDUSTRY BOARDS - MARCH 2015
Travel Experts continues to be highly sought after by the travel industry for their input and expertise. This year Travel Experts management team members hold board positions on the following:
- National Geographic *new*
- Ritz Carlton Travel Industry Inner Circle Roundtable
- Medjet TAAP, Travel Agency Advisory Panel
- Virtuoso Air, Space, Specialty Products Committee
- Virtuoso Lead Generation Innovation Team
- Starwood Luxury Advisory Board
- Virtuoso Technology Committee
TRAVEL EXPERTS PART OF “VIRTUOSO RESERVE” ADVISORY BOARD - FEBRUARY 2015
Claire Canady -Manager, North Carolina Operations is now participating in the Virtuoso Reserve ”Advisory Board”. The Virtuoso Reserve program targets an elite community of ultra-high value travelers, and offers these clients services and experiences that are “not on the menu” but are personalized for the client and exclusive only to Virtuoso Reserve.
"Having Claire participate on this Virtuoso board reflects on the close relationship between Virtuoso and Travel Experts, and gives our Virtuoso clients a direct conduit to provide feedback/suggestions to this program” Quotes Susan Ferrell -Travel Experts Owner.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR APPEARS ON TRAVEL SEGMENT OF TV MORNING SHOW - APRIL 2015
Travel Experts advisor Tom Starrett was the host on WFMZ's "Sunrise Travel Trivia" segment of their morning show. Tom tested the presenters (Karin and Bo) knowledge of planes, trains, beaches and hotels. WFMZ is based in ALLENTOWN, PA
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS CONTRIBUTE TO LEADING TRAVEL PUBLICATIONS - APRIL 2015
Two Travel Experts advisors recently contributed to leading travel publications. Trish Gastineau was featured in "Travel Pulse" - explaining how her success is related to her relationships with Travel Experts and Virtuoso. Link to Article. Eileen Schlichting penned a very informative article about the Hawaii Chef Fest (planned for October 2015) Link to Article.
Another few examples of how Travel Experts Advisors are highly sought after by the travel industry for their knowledge and expertise!
Sharon Fake - TE Director of Operations
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR CONTRIBUTES TO LEADING TRAVEL PUBLICATION - MAY 2015
Trish Mercer, one of Travel Experts advisors, recently contributed to one of the leading travel publications - Travel Weekly. Trish explains how she always brings "something extra" to her clients travel plans! Link to Article
This article shows how Travel Experts Advisors continue to be highly sought after by the travel industry for their knowledge and expertise!
TRAVEL EXPERTS SUPPORTS "TOURISIM CARES" CHARITY - MAY 2015
Heather McIntyre represented Travel Experts at the spring "Tourism Cares" event in Leesburg, VA. The site chosen for this project was The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a recently dedicated National Heritage Area that spans the distance from Gettysburg, PA., through Maryland and Harper’s Ferry, WV., down to Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. This is a 180-mile long and 75-mile wide area which, as the JTHG folks say, is “Where America Happened.” It is a collective of battlefields, Presidential homes, historic towns and 13 national parks.
One of the tasks that JTHG has taken on is to memorialize all of the soldiers lost in the Civil War. To that end, 620,000 trees will be planted over this swath of land over the next couple of decades and each tree will be designated to represent a specific soldier. Middle and high school students will be doing research to find out what happened to the fallen from their hometowns and all of that information will be put into a database. The trees will be geotagged and given codes that can be scanned so visitors can read about the people represented by each tree.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ATTEND BELMOND "BRAVISSIMO" EVENT IN BRAZIL - MAY 2015
Travel Experts recently participated in the Annual Belmond Bravissimo event in Brazil. This event recognizes the top 20 Belmond "Bravissimo" Travel Agencies from around the world. This years event was hosted at Iguazu Falls and Rio De Janeiro. Andrea Ryder represented Travel Experts at this event.
Heather McIntyre -Manager, Technology & Finance
TRAVEL EXPERTS "THE HARVARD OF TRAVEL ADVISOR HOSTS" - JUNE 2015
Susan Ferrell, the owner of Travel Experts, was featured in Travel Pulse magazine recently, explaining why Travel Experts continues to be a very successful Host Agency
“Like an Ivy League college, we’re rock solid - We didn’t just pop up and sign on thousands of agents and explode. We’re steady, solid and stable.”
VIRTUOSO HONORS TRAVEL EXPERTS AS LUXURY TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADER AT 27th ANNUAL VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK - AUGUST 2015
Virtuoso recognized Travel Experts as the winner of the Top Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth Award and the Top Virtuoso Air Production Award at its Opening Session on August 9 at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Virtuoso's selective acceptance process means that only the world's top travel professionals are part of our network," said Matthew D. Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso. "Because of that, the Virtuoso Awards are an especially valued industry recognition. Winners such as Travel Experts elevate this network and the entire luxury travel industry with their unique contributions."
TRAVEL EXPERTS ATTENDS 2015 VIRTUOSO SYPMPOSIUM IN HONG KONG - JULY 2015
Sharon Fake, Travel Experts Director of Operations, attended the annual Virtuoso International Symposium in Hong Kong.
This event brought together the top 500 executives from Virtuoso Travel Agencies, cruise lines, airlines, and tour companies to discuss the latest travel trends, technology, and destinations.
The information gained was disseminated to the Travel Experts Advisors- enabling them to keep abreast of travel industry advancements for the benefit of their clients.
"I am honored to accept these prestigious awards on behalf of Travel Experts," said Susan Ferrell, president of Travel Experts. "We applaud the entrepreneurial nature of our independent travel advisors and the demonstrated commitment of excellence of our support staff without whom these awards would be possible."
CRYSTAL EXECUTIVES SHARE NEWS OF EXCITING NEW OFFERINGS EXCLUSIVELY WITH TRAVEL EXPERTS- AUGUST 2015
At an exclusive Travel Experts Breakfast meeting during Virtuoso Travel Week 2015, Edie Rodriguez Crystal president and CEO, shared exciting news of Crystals brand new products and offerings.
Edie detailed this major expansion for Crystal, including 3 new ships, the introduction of Crystal River Boats, and the introduction of Crystal Private Planes.
Edie Rodriguez, Crystal president and CEO, together with Susan Ferrell, President of Travel Experts and Sharon Fake, Director of Operations for Travel Experts
Susan Ferrell, president of Travel Experts together with Sharon Fake Director of Operations accepting the two Virtuoso awards
CRYSTAL HONORS TRAVEL EXPERTS WITH A "TOP-PRODUCER" AWARD - AUG 2015
As one of Crystal Cruise line’s top-producing agencies, Travel Experts was honored to receive a "Top Producer" award from Crystal executives recently. Sharon Fake received this award on behalf of Travel Experts while attending the "Crystal Sales Gala" on board a sailing from Helsinki to Copenhagen.
Crystal Cruise line has been voted "World’s Best Cruise line" more than another Cruise Line in history!
This award reflects the cruising preferences for clients of Travel Experts Advisors.
Sharon Fake, Director of Operations for Travel Experts, was honored to receive an award from Crystal executives including CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR MAKES THE TRAVEL & LEISURE "A"-LIST - AUG 2015
Diane Eide was recently recognized as a "Super Agent" by T&L for her knowledge and expertise in Scandinavia and Iceland.
Diane takes extensive research trips several times each year so she can uncover the best experiences—glacier hiking in Iceland, farm stays in Norway—for all four seasons.
"I'm excited to receive this designation for 2015, as it reflects my in-depth knowledge of this area of the world" Diane was quoted
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR FEATURED IN THE PERRIN "WOW" LIST - SEPT 2015
Caroline Wood, a Travel Experts Advisor, was recently recognized on the Wendy Perrin WOW list as a"Trusted Travel Expert" on the American West.
TRAVEL WEEKLY FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR - OCT 2015
Racquel Gavel, a Travel Experts Advisor, was recently featured in Travel Weekly as a Luxury Travel agent with a "unusual repertoire" of options for her clients - Including Luxury Disney Vacations!
Sam Bowes being presented award by Becky Weichland
Sam Bowes with Senator Thom Tillis
TRAVEL EXPERTS AWARDED "BEST OF THE BEST" FROM TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS - DEC 2015
Travel Experts were recently honored by Travel Impressions as a "Best of the Best" travel agency. This honor is bestowed on a limited number of agencies and consortia partners that are considered Travel Impressions’ top performers and expert vacation planners.
Travel Experts received the award at the Travel Impressions’ 20th annual “Best of the Best” gala event, held Nov. 19 - 22, 2015 at Secrets the Vine Cancun.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of Travel Impressions’ Best of the Best travel partners,” said Susan Ferrell -President of Travel Experts. “Our strong relationship with Travel Impressions enables our Travel Advisors to offer their clients the very best vacation experience possible”
TRAVEL EXPERTS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUOSO CHAIRMANS EVENT - NOV 2015
The Virtuoso Chairman's Event is an exclusive event held annually which recognizes and rewards Virtuoso’s top Member Agencies across several categories. Travel Experts continues to be recognized in the category of top revenue producing agency as they have each year since the beginning of the program in 2004.
This years Virtuoso Chairman's Event took place in Puglia, Italy November 4-10th.
"We are extreamly pleased that Virtuoso selected Travel Experts to this exclusive event. The invitation reflects the abilities of our Travel Advisors and their vast expertise." - Sharon Fake - Director of Operations - Travel Experts
Claire Canady receiving the award for Travel Experts
TRAVEL EXPERTS ATTENDS GLOBAL VIRTUOSO FORUM IN NEW YORK - JAN 2016
Travel Experts management recently attended the newly-established Global Virtuoso Forum in New York. This event was held at the Waldorf Astoria. The Travel Experts team were excited to learn about the many new benefits on offer to Travel Experts advisors clients. This included additional benefits available on cruises.
While attending the Global Virtuoso Forum, the TE management team attended a lunch with local area Travel Experts agents hosted by the Waldorf Astoria.
VIRTUOSO LEADERSHIP TEAM VISIT TRAVEL EXPERTS HQ IN RALEIGH NC - MAR 2016
The Virtuoso Leadership team -(David Kolner, Cheryl Bunker,
and Carol Coleman) recently visited Travel Experts HQ in Raleigh NC to update the team on the latest Virtuoso news and partnerships.
This meeting continues to highlight the very strong relationship Travel Experts has with Virtuoso, and benefits the Travel Experts clients with awareness of the latest Virtuoso news and benefits.
Virtuoso Leadership Team:
David Kolner, SVP - Global Member Partnerships
Cheryl Bunker - Managing Director, USA and Canada
Carol Coleman - National Accounts Director
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR ARTICLE FEATURED IN "TRAVEL PULSE" - APR 2016
Alyssa Schulke of Schulke Travel, an affiliate of Travel Experts had an article entitled "Anything But Boring: The Wild Lives of TV and Film Shoot Travel Agents" published recently. Alyssa works with a number of production companies who create commercials, well-known Netflix series, and regular programs on the Travel Channel. She works with small shorts, independent films as well as major motion pictures with A-list stars. Read the full Travel Pulse article here
VIRTUOSO HONORS TRAVEL EXPERTS AS LUXURY TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADER AT THE
28th ANNUAL VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK - AUGUST 2016
Virtuoso recognized Travel Experts as the winner of the Top Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth Award and the Top Virtuoso Air Production Award at its opening Session on August 7th at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
"The Virtuoso Awards are an especially valued industry recognition. Winners such as Travel Experts elevate this network and the entire luxury travel industry with their unique contributions." said Matthew D. Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso
"We are once again honored to accept these prestigious awards on behalf of Travel Experts," said Sharon Fake, Director of Operations. "These awards would not be possible without the enormous efforts of our excellent travel advisor team."
CRYSTAL RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS WITH A "TOP PRODUCER" AWARD - MAY 2016
As one of Crystals top-producing agencies, Travel Experts was again honored to receive a "Top Producer" award from Crystal executives recently. Claire Canady -Manager, North Carolina Operations, accepted this award on behalf of Travel Experts while attending the "Crystal Sales Gala" on board a Crystal sailing.
Crystal has been voted "World’s Best Cruise line" -with more awards than another Cruise Line in history!
Claire Canady receiving award from Crystal Cruises CEO, Edie Rodriguez
TRAVEL EXPERTS ATTENDS 2016 VIRTUOSO SYPMPOSIUM IN CAPE TOWN - APRIL 2016
Sharon Fake, Travel Experts Director of Operations, represented Travel Experts at the annual Virtuoso International Symposium in Cape Town.
This event brought together almost 500 executives from the top Virtuoso Travel Agencies, cruise lines, airlines, and tour companies to discuss the latest travel trends, technology, and destinations.
The information gained was disseminated to the Travel Experts Advisors- enabling them to keep abreast of travel industry advancements for the benefit of their clients.
Sharon Fake - Director of Operations networking with Virtuoso attendees.
TWO TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN "TRAVEL PULSE" - MAY 2016
Travel Experts advisors continue to be featured in the leading travel publications - This reflects on their expanded breath and depth of knowledge.
Claire Canady, Sharon Fake, and Heather McIntyre Accepting the 2016 Virtuoso awards on behalf of the Travel Experts Team
TRAVEL EXPERTS ATTENDS "CHRISTENING" OF NEW REGENT SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER - JULY 2016
Travel Experts were invited to attend the exclusive christening of the new Regent Seven Seas Explorer -"The most luxurious ship ever built" . The elegant christening took place in Monaco, July 13th 2016. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is the ship’s godmother. Travel Experts management will be communicating full details of this new ship to their advisors, allowing Travel Experts clients to benefit from this new information.
Allan and Claire Canady, Sharon and Michael Fake, with Regent Seven Seas Amy Crutchfield (middle)
TWO TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN TRAVEL & LEISURE 2016 "A LIST" -SEPT 2016
T&L magazine once again honored Travel Experts advisors in their 2016 "A-List". This year two TE advisors were highlighted as the best in their speciality:
Diane Eide -Best Scandinavian Specialist: "Eide makes a point of getting to know her regions in both high and low seasons (she took a dog-sledding trip in Norway to witness the northern lights before she let a client do it). In Iceland, she gets the best guides and hotel rooms, despite the tourism boom’s strain on local infrastructure" Karen Benson - Best Spa Specialist: "Benson, who plans around 70 spa-themed trips a year, is your resource for a girls’ weekend at a spa, an intensive monthlong retreat, or blessing and healing ceremonies in places like Cambodia and Bhutan, where she can arrange private meetings with a monk"
MULTIPLE TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS LISTED IN CONDE NAST TRAVELER “TRAVEL SPECIALISTS 2016” - DEC 2016
Conde Nast Traveller recently compiled their 2016 list of the top 164 worldwide "Experience Makers". They describe these “Experience Makers” as those who can “Turn a vacation into an I’ll-tell-my-grandkids-about-this lifetime high point!”. Travel Experts are extremely proud to have 4 of these "Experience Makers" as part of their organization:
Adamarie King – Italy
Caroline Wood – the American West
Becky Veith – Caribbean
Sheri Doyle – Pacific Northwest
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2016 TRAVEL ADVISORS OF THE YEAR - JAN 2017
National Geographic Expeditions recently complied their Top 10 "Travel Advisors of the Year". Sharon Fake was awarded the title of "Travel Advisor of the Year". Also in the Top 10 was Travel Experts Josh Friedman.
Travel Experts are very proud to have these "Top Travel Advisors" as part of the Travel Experts organization.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN LOCAL COUNTRY CLUB PUBLICATION -JAN 2017
Two Travel Experts advisors, Suzanne & Gene Terry were recently featured in the Florida "Spotlight" magazine. Suzanne & Gene have been organizing travel tours for members of their country club for a number of years. Their latest organized tour featured a Tauck River cruise in Europe for almost 30 guests and proved very popular!
CLASSIC VACATIONS AWARDS TWO TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS WITH "STAR PERFORMER OF 2016" STATUS - FEB 2017
Classic Vacations awarded Travel Experts advisors Lisa Hall and Sandi Favre with the "Star Performer for 2016" Status. Classic Vacations "Star Performers" are a very limited group of top producing Travel Agents in the United States.
This award reinforces the abilities of Travel Experts advisors to focus on the individual needs of their clients.
"TRAVEL WEEKLY" FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR -FEB 2017
Travel Weekly recently featured one of Travel Experts advisors -Jane Borman, in an article on the power of "WOW". "I want to create something you didn't know about, surprise you with something you didn't know existed," Jane said. Link to full article
PROMPERU AWARDS TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR WITH TOP PRODUCER AWARD - FEB 2017
PromPeru (A Government agency responsible for the Promotion of Peru tourism) just awarded Travel Expert Advisor, Pam Walker with a "Top Producer" award. This award reflects the specific knowledge the Pam has of Peru and shares with her clients.
FOUR SEASONS RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR SALES VOLUME - FEB 2017
Four Seasons Hotels recognized Jeff Traugot -a Travel Experts advisor, with a "Top Producer" award based on his client bookings. The enhanced Travel Experts relationship with Four Seasons Hotels allows Jeff to offer his clients additional hotel Amenities only available to select travel companies.
"TRAVEL-PULSE" FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR IN CUSTOM TRAVEL ARTICLE - FEB 2017
Travel-Pulse recently featured Travel Experts advisor Andy Lunt with an article titled "A Travel Agent Specializing in Senior Travel" This Article gives great advice on a specific travel demographic not widely covered by many travel advisors. Link to full Article
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN "FAVORITE TRAVEL ITEMS" ARTICLE - MAR 2017
"SOUTHERN EXPOSURE " FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR IN TRAVEL ARTICLE - MAR 2017
Travel Experts advisor, Leslie Horn was recently featured in "Southern Exposure" Magazine. Leslie details her background, explains how she got into the travel industry, and details the benefits of using a travel advisor in this digital age! Link to full Article
"VIRTUOSO LIFE" FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR IN "WORLD CITIES" ARTICLE - MAR 2017
Aaron Nir, a Travel Experts advisor, was interviewed by Virtuoso recently for an article appearing in the March/April edition of "Virtuoso Life" on Tokyo. "Tokyo is glamerous and exhilarating, but spiritual as well" says Aaron. Link to article.
CRYSTAL CRUISES AWARDS TRAVEL EXPERTS WITH "TOP PRODUCER" AWARD - APRIL 2017
As one of Crystals top-producing agencies, Travel Experts was again honored to receive a 2017 "Top Producer" award from Edie Rodriguez, Crystal CEO. Sharon Fake -Director of Operations, accepted this award on behalf of Travel Experts while attending the 26th annual "Crystal Sales Gala" on board the brand new Crystal "Mozart".
Crystal has been voted "World’s Best Cruise line" -with more awards than another Cruise Line in history!
TRAVEL EXPERTS MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBER EARNS MBA - MAY 2017
Heather McIntyre -Travel Experts Manager of Technology & Finance- recently earned a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University.
Heathers efforts in gaining this MBA, while continuing to give Travel Experts 110% of her time and focus, shows the determination and drive Heather put into this great achievement!
The entire Travel Experts management are so proud to have Heather as part of the TE management team!
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR TRAVELING THE WORLD FOR A YEAR! - JUNE 2017
Travel Experts Advisor, Susan Butler is using 2017 to travel the world - and leveraging the experience to enhance her knowledge and share this with her clients! When she is done traveling, she doesn’t have a home to come back to - since Susan gave up her place in Houston, Texas, downsized her belongings and put everything but her clothes and computers into storage so
that she could travel as much as possible this year.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADDS "ADVISOR AMBASSADOR" TO CORPORATE STAFF - JULY 2017
Valarie Johnson has been named as TE "Advisor Ambassador" in a newly-created position specifically focussed on TE Advisors. Valarie will be responsible for strengthening existing advisor training programs as well as developing new training curriculums.
“Our Advisor Ambassador serves as Travel Experts lead education and training representative to our network of luxury travel advisors” said Susan Ferrell, president of Travel Experts. Read more details here
VIRTUOSO RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS AT VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK - AUG 2017
On the opening day of the 2017 Virtuoso Travel week, Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, presented Travel Experts with the award for Virtuoso’s Top Air Producer. Accepting the award on behalf of Travel Experts was Sharon Fake, Travel Experts’ Director of Operations. “We're very pleased with the continued performance of our Independent Travel Advisors," noted Sharon.
Travel Experts has seen a significant increase in revenue this year, and has also welcomed over 25 new Travel Advisors to the team. Click here for a message from Travel Expert’s CEO and Founder, Susan Ferrell.
Sharon Fake Receiving the "Highest Virtuoso Air Revenue" award on behalf of the Travel Experts Independent Advisor Team,
TRAVEL EXPERTS HAVE 4 ADVISORS ON 2017 TRAVEL & LEISURE "A" LIST - AUG 2017
Travel & Leisure Magazine recently announced their "Worlds Best Travel Advisors for 2017" - We're very proud to announce that Travel Experts have 4 advisors on that exclusive list! Ellen LeCompte for the UK, Michelle Murré for Napa Valley and Sonoma
The 4 TE advisors were part of only 139 advisors worldwide selected for their exceptional destination skills.
"VACATION AGENT" PUBLICATION FEATURES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS - SEP 2017
The travel publication "Vacation Agent" featured a very interesting article titled "Clients and Travel Warnings" written by Judy Nidetz - a Travel Experts advisor. The article discusses how she and other Travel Experts advisors address client concerns about Travel Warnings. "I always tell my clients to be mindful of their surroundings - no matter where they are" says Judy. Read the complete article here
TWO TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN TRAVEL ADVISOR "WOW" LIST - OCT 2017
Caroline and Sheri, both experienced Travel Experts advisors, were selected for Wendy Perrin's 2017 WOW List- This list is a collection of the best travel planners around the world, whom Wendy has tested and vetted based on her experience as a traveler and journalist, and based on feedback from her readers. Click here for the details.
PRIVATE LUXURY FORUMS RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR - OCT 2017
One of our Travel Experts advisors, Birgit Allen, recently attended a PRIVATE Luxury Forums event in Jamaica. Birgit represented Travel Experts, and was awarded "Most Valuable Buyer" by the PLF management team. Congratulations Birgit!
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN VIRTUOSO LIFE - NOV 2017
A few of our Travel Experts advisors, Michelle Murre and Adamarie King were quoted/referenced in the latest edition of Virtuoso Life. Michelle for the story about her clients in the article "Why I Travel", and Ada for her sage advice on travel to Italy (Venice in particular). Travel Experts advisors are some of the most knowledgeable in the industry- and their expertise being quoted in industry press reflects this.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR NAMED " TOP 25 TRAVEL ALL-STAR" - DEC 2017
Travel Agent Magazine recently recognised Margot Kong, a Travel Experts affiliate, as one of the 2017/2018 "Top 25 Travel Advisor All Stars". This award recognizes the most experienced advisors who always go "above and beyond" for their clients.
As the owner of Journeys Unparalleled, affiliated with Travel Experts, Margot describes herself as a “Personal Travel Shopper.” and built her client base from scratch. To Read the full article - Click here
CONDE NAST TRAVELER NAMES THREE TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS AS "THE TOP TRAVEL SPECIALISTS WE TRUST" - DEC 2017
Conde Nast Traveler recently compiled their 2017 list of the "Top Travel Specialists We Trust". These “Experience Makers will intuit your desires before you even know what they are—then they’ll make them happen” states the publication.
"We are very proud to have these top advisors as part of the Travel Experts Team" says Susan Ferrell, President of Travel Experts.
Adamarie King for Italy
Sheri Doyle for the Pacific Northwest
Caroline Wood for the American West
TRAVEL EXPERTS MANAGEMENT TEAM TRAVELS TO KENYA TO VISIT CHILDREN SPONSORED WITH "AMERICASHARE" - JAN 2018
The Travel Experts management team recently traveled to Kenya to visit the children they had sponsored with AmericaShare. They utilized the services of Micato Safaris and also enjoyed several days at Angama Mara
CLASSIC VACATIONS AWARDS TWO TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS WITH "STAR PERFORMER OF 2017" STATUS - MAR 2018
Classic Vacations once again awarded Travel Experts advisors Lisa Hall and Sandi Favre with the "Star Performer" Status. Classic Vacations "Star Performers" are a very limited group of top producing Travel Agents (over $500,000 in revenue) in the United States. Being recognized with this award for a second year reflects the consistent efforts of both Sandi and Lisa.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR FEATURED IN TV TRAVEL SEGMENT - APRIL 2018
Cynthia Madsen - President of Bach Travels (A Travel Expert affiliate) was recently featured in a Live TV travel segment. Cynthia was discussing how to stay safe when renting apartments/houses online. With her extensive travel knowledge, Cynthia will also be featured on future TV Travel segments.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR AWARDED "TOP VIRTUOSO AIR PRODUCER" - APRIL 2018
Peggy Purtell -A Travel Experts affiliate was recently recognized for being the "Top 2017 Virtuoso Air Sales by Advisor" in Las Vegas. The award was presented by David Kolner - Senior Vice President -Global Member Partnerships, Cheryl Cheney Bunker - Managing Director, Member Development, and Kristi Green -Regional Director -Southeast.
Peggy Receiving Award
From Virtuoso Senior Management
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISORS FEATURED IN TRAVEL PRESS - APRIL 2018
Travel Experts Advisors are the most experienced in the industry, and are always requested to share their extensive knowledge in the Travel industry media. This month,Trish Gastineau and Christopher Koch, affiliates of Travel Experts, were recently quoted for their knowledge of river cruising. Click here to read the TravelPulse article.
ADVISOR AFFILIATED WITH TRAVEL EXPERTS RECOGNIZED "BY VILLAS OF DISTINCTION" - MAY 2018
Leslie Horn from Nashville Luxury Travel - a Travel Experts Affiliate, was recently awarded "Top Revenue Producer 2017" by Villas of Distinction. The award recognizes Leslies strong relationship with Villas of Distinction, and reflects the influence she can utilize for her clients.
MARRIOTT LUXURY BRANDS AWARDS TRAVEL EXPERTS AFFILIATES "STARS CELESTIAL CLUB" MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017-2018 - JULY 2018
Marriott International Luxury Brands awards their top 50 revenue-producing advisors every year with "Starts Celestial Club" status. This year, two Travel Experts affiliates made this exclusive list -Lisa Prosser and Suzanne Terry. This award recognizes their expertise and sales volume with Marriott Luxury Brand Properties, and reflects the very strong relationships that Travel Experts affiliates continue have with the worlds leading travel suppliers - relationships that directly benefit the Travel Experts affiliates clients.
CLASSIC VACATIONS RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS AFFILIATES AS A "STAR PERFORMERS" FOR 2018 - JUNE 2018
Travel Experts affiliates Lisa Hall and Sandi Favre were recently awarded 2018 "Star Performers" by Classic Vacations. "Star Performers" are a very limited group of top producing Travel Advisors in the United States. The award event was held at the new UNICO resort in Riviera Maya.
This award reinforces the strong relationships with Travel Experts affliliates and the leading travel suppliers - for the benefit of Lisa and Sandi's clients.
VIRTUOSO RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS AT VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK - AUG 2018
At the 2018 Virtuoso Travel week conference, Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, presented Travel Experts with the award for Virtuoso’s Top Air Producer. Accepting the award on behalf of the Travel Experts advisors were the management team - Sharon Fake, Claire Canady, Heather McIntyre, and Kristi Green.
“We're so proud of our Travel Experts Advisors for their continued performance in making this award possible" noted Sharon.
TRAVEL & LEISURE RECOGNIZES TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR FOR EXPERTIZE - AUG 2018
T&L magazine recently published its "A list" of top travel advisors. This year Travel Experts Ellen LeCompte was highlighted for her expertise with the UK and Ireland. Ellen is a Virginia-based travel advisor—and lives part-time in a 17th-century cottage in the Cotswolds.
For more details about Ellens speciality -click here.
TRAVEL EXPERTS HOLDS FIRST EVER "TE SUMMIT" ABOARD THE NCL BLISS - OCT 2018
Travel Experts recently held their first ever advisor-focused 5-day "Travel Summit" aboard the NCL Bliss. Over 40 top travel suppliers participated, along with over 100 Travel Experts advisors. The summit gave advisors the opportunity to educate themselves on the latest information from the suppliers, attend personal development sessions, and develop stronger relationships with senior supplier staff. The event was a great success, from both the supplier and advisor standpoints. Travel Experts plan to organize another TE summit in 2020.
TRAVEL EXPERTS ADVISOR FEATURED IN "TRAVEL AGE WEST" PUBLICATION - JAN 2019
Susan Kelly of Luxury Adventure Trips, an Independent Affiliate of Travel Experts, was recently featured in an interview with "Travel Age West", discussing some exciting new luxury adventure travel trends for 2019. One of her recommendations is truffle hunting in Italy! Susans complete interview can be found here.