Shari Kavalin, Elegant Escapes Travel
Shari’s bookings started on her first day back in the office from GTM 2016 with Fiesta Americana Live Aqua. Then came a short-notice Italy package booked through Europe Express, which left her wondering, “Where have they been all my life?” She’s also rekindled a relationship with Travel Impressions after not having booked with them for a number of years. It was at GTM that she learned a lot has changed at TI. Because of the wonders of the GTM Connection Concierge, Shari was able to meet with JoAnne Bundock of Edible Destinations and the two cooked up a trip to the Italian Alba White Truffle Festival. Oh, and you’ll want to check out her Facebook page, because she’s now signed up for Passport Online’s ESP’s social posting service and it netted her two bookings in one day!
Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld 2016
In November 2016, members of the GTM Advisory Board led peer-to-peer sessions at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld. Donna Alkarmi, Lisa Fletcher, Ginny Mariano, and Geoff Millar shared their expertise on topics such as cultivating supplier relationships; selling romance, all-inclusive, and luxury; generating referrals, bringing on ICs and defining a niche.
Donna Carlin, Stepping Out Travel
Since attending GTM in August 2016, Donna’s agency has sure been busy. Her sales with The Mark Travel Corporation have escalated and her agency is now GIVC certified. She began selling Beds Online, made Europe Express a preferred supplier, established a relationship with Barceló and added Shore Trips to the company website. Group sales rose, including a band group of 35 rooms and counting. Possibly the most exciting of all is the new division of Stepping Out Travel which launched in February 2017, thanks to the networking and brainstorming that happened with her fellow #GTMElite.
Twelve lucky GTMers participated in the very first “GTM-only” FAM trip to Maui in December 2016. Jacquie Hurst had the “challenging” job of escorting these advisors as they experienced all that Maui, Molokai and Lanai have to offer their clients, including hula dancing, ukulele lessons, Maui wine tasting and a truly breathtaking charter flight to Molokai where they discovered the island’s incredible history. The MVCB and HVCB organizers all agreed this was the most professional group they have ever hosted. We could have told them that!
Donna Alkarmi, Lone Star Travel
Congratulations to GTM Advisory Board member Donna Parent Alkarmi and her agency Lone Star Travel for taking home the Playa Awards for Top Wedding Agency USA and Top Seller Overall USA! We're so proud of you, Donna!
Melissa Varela, Modern Romance Travel
Melissa was awarded a 2016 Trendsetter Award at TravelAge West's WAVE Awards. Congrats, Melissa!
Sally Black, Vacation Kids
The GTM Team would like to extend our sincere congratulations to past attendee Sally Black, who was named a G Adventures Ambassador of Change. Way to go, Sally!
Connie Risse, Ships and Trips Travel
Connie's agency was recognized by Princess Cruises for Sales Excellence. Great job, Connie!