ADVISOR SHOUTOUTS

MARCH 2021

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Grace Shpiz

The Devoted Traveler

Larchmont, NY

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

I love the travel industry because it allows one to discover, explore, and grow. Traveling connects us through shared adventures, foods, and experiences. It teaches us to have compassion and understanding for all cultures and religions. 

 

Destinations you specialize in: 
I specialize in family travel to destinations around the globe.

 

Highlight a Bennett + Mercado Hospitality hotel or destination, or share why you enjoy working with our team:
The B+M team creates opportunities for advisors to connect directly with GMs and Sales Managers.  This helps us foster wonderful relationships and bring added value to our clients’ experiences.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

Planning travel is what we love and the anticipation of a trip is what brings us happiness.  Simply “looking forward to a trip” can help create positivity and bring a sense of normalcy. 

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Leslie Wahlgren

Plaza Travel - FROSCH

Woodland Hills, CA

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
Traveling around the world is the best education I have ever received.  For me, it's not about how much I see on a trip, it's about who I meet along the way and what I can learn from them.  

 

Destinations you specialize in: 
Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia and South America

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

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is wonderful example of understated elegance. The staff always goes above and beyond to make both agents and clients receive the best service possible.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

We are the fairy godmother's and godfather's in travel moving forward! Let's make those dreams come true for our clients! 

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Jeff Torres

Bruvion Travel

Portland, OR

Why do you love being a travel advisor?
For me, being able to indulge in a diversity of knowledge is key. Our industry, the product we sell, and the world at large are constantly changing so I love that 20+ years in, I’m still learning and discovering.

 

Destinations you specialize in:

Most of my clients are in the entertainment or creative industries and our bookings jump from market segment to market segment. So I purposely have to keep my pulse on the whole globe. Personally, I always get a little more excited though when it’s Europe, Central or South America.

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

I love that the Bennett + Mercado portfolio is so diverse and that each property projects a unique, singular vision. This diversity and vision also carries over to the team. Bennett + Mercado has always had a clear sense of purpose, whether it’s proudly championing inclusion or being an advocate for the travel agency community. While it’s hard to pick a favorite Bennett + Mercado hotel or destination, Nayara Gardens will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s where my sister got married. This also goes back to having a vision as this was before Nayara Springs or Nayara Tented Camp. So it’s just amazing to me to see what they’ve accomplished since.

 

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

This is a painful moment for our industry but also a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity for us to pause, learn, regroup, streamline, and innovate our business. Stay nimble and perceptive so you can take advantage of changes in the competitive landscape. There are two things I know to be true from past experience: the travel industry is resilient and it’s also very cyclical in nature. So, yes, I have a lot of faith in the long-term outlook of our industry.

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Sarah W Lee

TraveLee // Brownell

Las Vegas, NV

Why do you love being a travel advisor?

I get to do what I love (travel around the world), experience cool places (with my family - shoutout to @modernfamilytravels, run by my partner, focusing on family and pet travel!) and then share it with all of my clients who I consider friends.

 

Destinations you specialize in: 

Anywhere with luxury hotels. I've been on all 7 continents multiple times.

 

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

I love all of them as they seem to genuinely care at doing the right thing for clients. For example, my latest B+M booking was Viceroy Los Cabos. The team proactively waited a day until their Black Friday Sale opened to book my clients into a reduced rate which neither myself nor client knew about beforehand.

Any words of encouragement for the travel industry community? 

Revenge travel is real. Things will pick up!