What in the World has Destination Partners been up to?

 

It’s been a busy year as we continue to imagine and create the travel management company best designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

 

Here are four things to know about us as you consider your travel partner:

Enhancing Our Partner Network


Our strength derives in part from the strong relationships formed over the years with a network of outstanding local partner offices throughout the world. We actively source, cultivate and train these partners to ensure a consistent level of high-quality programming and service across all aspects of our operations. Towards this end:

  • Our team members fanned out around the globe this past year, visiting local offices and conducting inspections in over a dozen countries, from Spain to Uganda to Japan. 

  • Further, Account Exec Audra Nielsen and Commercial Manager Joanna Faltys also both attended the IMEX show in Frankfurt, while Operations Manager Sara Navarro is off to Quito and TMLA in September

Expanding Our Team


Our team is the “secret sauce” that makes Destination Partners special. Their dedication to delivering the highest quality product and service is what makes your programs so successful. We are happy to introduce you to three new team members:

  • In our Brazil satellite office, we welcome two Account Executives, who combined have over 30 years of rigorous client and operational experience: Luciana D’Andrea and Luca Belfort

  • Joining us as our Office Manage and Bookkeeper is Toni Herbert whose experience in a variety of office and field positions is making our back office admin tighter than ever

 

Growing Our Segments Served


Destination Partners continues to expand into the Executive MBA segment, building on our core strengths of destination knowledge, our deeply collaborative approach to program development and our excellence in on the ground operations. Commercial Director Julie Sivertson attended the EMBAC Conference in Madrid last year and will also attend the upcoming conference in Orlando. Commercial Manager Joanna Faltys will represent DP at the West Coast Regional Conference at Sonoma State this June, and we will have a presence at the Eastern Regional Conference at UConn as well.

 

Beyond the university world, we also continue to make strides in the corporate meeting and event segment, building relationships with important companies in key sectors of the economy.

 Creating A Vision Of Happiness
 For A 21st Century Enterprise

Last but certainly not least, Destination Partners is now proudly a leader in incorporating positive psychology and the principles of “Happiness” into our company’s growth, both for the benefit of our team members and for our clients. 

 

Our Director and co-Founder Maria Luisa Carter recently competed a rigorous course in “Happiness in the Hospitality and Tourism industry”, certifying her as the first “Chief Happiness Officer” of a major travel management company!

 

Yes, there is actually a “science” of Happiness, instituted at Harvard by Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. Far from being an abstract concept, “Happiness” is a discipline that can be built into not only everyday life, but into a company’s own structure to enhance outcomes for staff and clients. It’s akin to Bhutan’s famous decision to substitute GNP (Gross National Product) with GNH (Gross National Happiness) as a better metric to measure success. Stay tuned for more details on how this approach will be applied to enhance outcomes for you and your travelers

   

 

How Can we Help?

 It’s never too early to start planning…

 

Please drop us a line to discuss your upcoming group travel needs.

Or if you have a specific idea in mind, go right to our request form to

outline your requirements and we’ll get working on a no-obligation

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 DESTINATION PARTNERS nEW TEAM

Luciana DÁndrea

Account Executive

Luciana Belfort

Account Executive

Pericles DeSouza (Peri)

Field Operations Manager

Toni Herbert
Office Manager & Bookkeeper6

  • In our Brazil satellite office, we welcome two Account Executives, who combined have over 30 years of rigorous client and operational experience: Luciana D’Andrea and Luca Belfort
     

  • And our capacity in Europe is enhanced with the addition of Pericles DeSouza as our European Field Operations Manager, who will oversee large group movements
     

  • Joining us as our Office Manager and Bookkeeper is Toni Herbert whose experience in a variety of office and field positions is making our back office admin tighter than ever

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