ADVISOR SHOUTOUTS

FEBRUARY 2021

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Alexandra Mendelson-Tennant

InLuxuria

Los Angeles, CA

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
Travel is the magic sauce for broadening your perspective and expanding your understanding of the world and others. It is pure life force!

 

Destinations you specialize in: 
Inluxuria designs multi-generational luxury leisure travel world wide! Our major destinations include Hawaii, UK, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and beyond!

 

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:
Bennett + Mercado walk the talk when it comes to beautiful, unique destinations. Not only do they provide white-glove level service while planning (an advisor’s dream come true), their portfolio reflects  some of the most magnificent properties in the world. My time at Viceroy Los Cabos comes to mind when I think of a Bennett + Mercado experience. Stunning location, bespoke service, and the most luxurious accommodations.  

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

Adding value for our clients will be increasingly aimed at intuitive, imaginative, and authentic experiences. By shifting our focus to supporting and empowering communities in domestic and international locations, the luxury travel industry can not only enhance the client experience, but also create lasting change for local communities  on a global level.

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Stephen Scott

Travel Hub 365

Chicago, IL

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
I love the travel industry because globally we are collectively connecting the people of the world in our own unique ways.

 

Destinations you specialize in: 
Caribbean, Middle East, and South America

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:
My favorite Bennett + Mercado Hospitality Hotel is the Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun. It’s just so beautiful in one of those suites and the service is impeccable.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

Find your pivot, but don’t forget why you got into travel in the first place. Let that love for what you have been doing continue to be the flame that lights the way. 

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Cathy Brooks-Oliver

Make Time for Travel

Las Vegas, NV

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
I consider myself a citizen of the world without borders. My interest in exploring other cities, countries, cultures, landscapes and people is so much bigger than any desire I could ever imagine. Helping others see the world from a different lens is exciting and incredibly satisfying. 

 

Destinations you specialize in: 
South Africa, East Africa, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, French Polynesia, United States

 

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

Bennett + Mercado represent brands that offer my clients the luxury experience they seek. Working with them gives me access needed to shine with my clients. VIP services, additional amenities, inside information to make each stay memorable, and most importantly – a relationship that feels more like friendship is why I love working with Bennett + Mercado. They understand the unique needs of a diverse travel community.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

While 2020 was a challenging year, it delivered multiple opportunities for all travel brands to rethink what is possible. Multiple improvements have been made that actually serve to elevate the traveler experience. Safer travel - including heightened sanitation standards, flexible terms, more inclusive services (testing, automated apps, etc) to make travel more convenient, and numerous opportunities to virtually visit destinations for travel inspiration. As the world continues to transition to a ‘new normal’ all forecasts are positive that travel will resume in a big way and the world will be excited to welcome us to all corners of the world.

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Kamala Cummings

In The Know Experiences

Troy, MI

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
The travel industry has afforded me the opportunity to create magical moments for families and couples alike. Our time away in different settings, countries and atmospheres are what gives us balance and an acute awareness of others. It's all in love!

 

Destinations you specialize in: Caribbean, Florida (Miami) and entertainment tours (US and abroad)

 

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

Working with Bennett + Mercado Hospitality and the brands they represent is heavenly. But the thing I value most is their professionalism, attention to detail and provide all the information I need to help guide my clients on the best vacation choices.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

We've all been hit and experienced loss in ways we could never have imagined. The travel industry will rebound and we all now have an appreciation for "togetherness", learning new destinations and cultures and collectively (through love) show the need for travel even more. This is also a great time to establish a relationship with a trusted travel advisor to help navigate your travel plans safely.  Even with a year like 2020, I couldn't imagine myself in any other industry...it's what I was born to do!