ADVISOR SHOUTOUTS

JUNE 2021

LGBTQ+ Edition for Pride

Ron Jackson

Mansour Travel

Beverly Hills, CA

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

The best part of traveling is the enlightenment one receives by experiencing different cultures, countries and meeting the people and sharing our stories.     

 

Destinations you specialize in: Europe, Caribbean, Africa, Japan, Caribbean and the South Pacific

 

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:

One of my favorite hotels represented by Bennett + Mercado is the Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios, it is a magical place where one can totally relax in a  serene environment while lounging on the beach to the sounds of palms swaying in the breeze and lapping of the waves. Kyle Mais the General manager is friendly and personable so is the hotel ambassador “Shadow’ the black lab.

 

I have known and worked with The Bennett + Mercado Team for years, they have always been very supportive and helpful by going the extra mile for me and my fellow travel advisors making our job easier. 

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community as we continue to ramp back up? 

This has been a challenging year for us all. Speaking for myself, I don’t know if I could have made it through without the support and connections we maintained throughout with our travel industry colleagues via the many zoominars, emails and phone calls. Talking with other agents we have seen business steadily increasing in the last month and I’m confident that when travel restrictions are lifted especially for Europe, we will see bookings soar and numbers exceeding those pre-pandemic. We survived this long and will continue to thrive as we are a unique and diverse community, let’s all continue to work together and support each other post-pandemic.

Michelle Gross

First In Service Travel

Beverly Hills, CA

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

I enjoy working in an industry where no day is the same.  

 

Destinations you specialize in:

Western Europe, South and Central America, South Pacific, Maldives, UAE, Mexico 

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:

I enjoy working with the B+M team because they are always quick to respond! They have great relationships with their properties and destinations so anything booked through them will get the white glove service my clients love. I particularly love L’Ermitage Beverly Hills! I think it’s by far the best hotel in the Beverly Hills area. 

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community as we continue to ramp back up? 

Brace brace!! Travel is coming back in full force and we’ll be busier than ever! 

 

Iris and Claudia Pascua 

Emmadonna Travel

Santa Barbara, CA

and Las Vegas, NV

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

We enjoy the travel industry because it brings people together and enriches our life by allowing us to immerse ourselves in the culture, food, and environment. Travel is transformative. When you travel, you don't come back the same as when you left. 

 

Destinations you specialize in:

Greece, Spain, Croatia, South Pacific, South Korea, Thailand

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:

Last year we did a stay-cation with our fur baby at the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, Southern California's only Relais & Chateaux property.

The Mediterranean-inspired resort is synonymous with luxury but also committed to sustainable practices. The property is absolutely stunning - surrounded by lush gardens, it felt like a little oasis. Our home away from home. Our casita was very spacious and we enjoyed our morning dog walks surrounded by nature without all the distractions of the "city" life.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community as we continue to ramp back up? 

Travel is therapy and when travelers are ready to get their recommended dose of Vitamin Sea, we will be ready to curate their perfect trip!

 

Kasra Esteghamat

Eden For Your World

Long Beach, CA

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

I love being a travel advisor, because I feel it gives me the opportunity to share what I believe to be beautiful about the world with my clients. 

 

Destinations you specialize in:

South Pacific, Mexico, Italy, SE Asia

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:

I'd like to give a shout out to Rancho Valencia. Though its "local" for us and most of our clients, it's a destination onto itself. Somehow as you wind through and enter in tho the driveway, you're transported to a haven in the middle San Diego County. It's understated elegance, and intimate vibe make it the perfect place for a quick getaway to relax and treat yourself to an awesome spa experience, eat well or kill it on the tennis courts. It's so easy, we forget how lucky we are to have it sometimes. Oh, and the morning OJ is edenfyw! 

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community as we continue to ramp back up? 

This was a tough year and a half for all of us. We're all planners and the uncertainty played with our heads and emotions. I think I'd tell my industry community to remember how resilient and invaluable they are!