(Boston, MA – April 6, 2017) Romance Travel Forum, an exclusive program for top-performing travel sellers, has announced the election of Kim Goldstein, Manager & Travel Consultant at Journeys Inc.; and Jenni Parks, Owner, Paradise Travel Chick as the final additions to its 2017 Advisory Board. Both Goldstein and Parks were hand-selected by the current members of the Board, through a unique Shark Tank themed search, from a pool of submissions from the previous year’s delegate base. The election was announced via Facebook Live from the Travel Agent Forum Las Vegas, a sister event of the Romance Travel Forum.
The Advisory Board will collaborate with the Romance Travel Forum Management team to develop content, special engagements and other particulars that will impact the overall event experience. In addition to Goldstein and Parks, the 2017 Board members include: Shalene Dudley, Owner/Lead Travel Designer of Latitude Concierge Travels; Sharon Campbell Little, President/Owner, Wedding and Honeymoon Travel Group; Tom Varghese, Chancellor of Travel and Owner, Travel Tom; and Andrea Williams, Owner and Certified Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Travel Consultant, Exquisite Vacations, Inc.
“Our intention was to have the Board select one final member, but after receiving so many inspiring entries it was difficult to narrow it down to one person. Both Kim and Jenni really stood out – providing thoughtful, impressive entries that emphasized their passion for what they do, the professionalism they bring to the table, and equally important, the excitement to be a part of the Board and contribute to their peers’ success. Their energy is amazing and they exemplify exactly what the Board was looking for in a fellow member. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with everyone on our 2017 Board!”, said Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President Events & Content, Specialty Travel Forums.
Goldstein joined Journeys Inc, in 2006 as a travel consultant specializing in Disney Destinations. Her extensive knowledge of Disney has come from annual trips to Walt Disney World with her family along with many vacations on Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and Adventures by Disney. Her knowledge of Disney destinations assisted Journeys in gaining the distinguished title of Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She is also a 2006 graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge, a graduate of Disney’s Agent Education Program at Disney World & Disney Cruise Line. She was selected to serve on the EarMarked Travel Agent Advisory Council, which is a distinguished committee representing the EarMarked Disney travel agencies. She has been featured in a national travel magazine, as an expert on Disney Destinations on several occasions.
In addition to her love of Disney, her other passion is tropical travel. Nothing makes her happier than to be on a beach with crystal clear blue water! She is a Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist and attended the extensive Sandals and Beaches WeddingMoon Certification Program. Goldstein also took the Hard Rock WOW Wedding Specialist Certification in 2015. Sandals Resorts International invited her to join the exclusive Chairman’s Royal Club. In keeping with the company’s longstanding tradition of support and recognition of its travel agent partners, a select group of top travel agents who have continuously produced results and showcased loyalty to the resort brand have been invited into the Chairman’s Royal Club. She is the only travel agent in the Richmond area to achieve this top honor and is excited to represent Sandals and Beaches as a Chairman’s Royal Club member.
Goldstein was named as one of the “Top 25 Travel Agents in 2015” by Travel Agent Magazine. She recently won the 2013 Top Sales Performer Award, 2014 Rising Star, 2014 Chairman’s Outstanding Sales Achievement, 2015 Best of the Best awards at the Sandals & Beaches STAR Awards. Journeys won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards for the last three years because her honeymoon clients rated her in the top 5% of local wedding professionals from the Wedding Wire network. She is a Certified Platinum Sandals & Beaches Specialist and has visited all of the Sandals and Beaches resorts, along with many other destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. She wants to assist you in planning the vacation of a lifetime every time!
Parks is the owner of Paradise Travel Chick, specializing in Destination Weddings and Romance Travel in the Caribbean, which she began in 2014. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2011, she worked for the Department of Defense (Northrop Grumman) for just over 3 years. It was then that she realized that working for someone else was not the future she envisioned for herself. Jenni decided to take a leap of faith and entered the travel industry, and knew right away that she had found her niche, one that she is very passionate about to this day.
She has dedicated much of her time to teaching other agents and romance specialists all that she has learned, and helps them grow in their profession. Parks has been recognized as a Rising Star for Destination Weddings Travel Group in 2015, as a top seller for Barcelo Resorts in 2016, a Karisma Diamond in 2016, a Certified Sandals Silver Specialist in 2016, was awarded as a DestiDiamond, top 10 selling Specialist for Destination Weddings Travel Group in 2016, and has been selected as an Ambassador for GTM West in 2017. Parks makes time to personally visit resorts and countries that she specializes in. it is very important for her to know what she is selling, to build relationships with the resorts, the wedding planners, and tour operators to ensure her clients are receiving the best product and services.
For more on the 2017 Romance Travel Forum Board members, visit: https://www.romancetravelforum.com/our-advisory-board/
Now entering its fourth year, the 2017 Romance Travel Forum will take place at the Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from June 19 – 23, and is the industry’s leading event for the North American romance vacation market, focused on destination weddings, honeymoons and other romantic occasions celebrated with travel. All travel agent positions filled on a stringent multi-tiered qualification process. Supplier representation will comprise 85 companies including global destinations, commissionable romance vacation options and key resources for the romance vacation specialist.
ABOUT SPECIALTY TRAVEL FORUMS
Romance Travel Forum is produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group (TravelSMG), an independent event organizer who caters exclusively to the North American travel agent community. The Specialty Travel Forums division offers innovative programming and content to support the professional growth of travel agents eager to cultivate their business and expertise through specialization. Comprised of a series of exclusive independent programs in key destinations, each is focused on individual niche markets providing in-depth training, brand certification, intimate networking, supplier relations, product knowledge and more. These exclusive programs offer limited space, allowing delegates to gain focused niche training while experiencing a full familiarization of the host destination to increase the breadth of their specialty offerings. The TravelSMG team has a proven track record in producing some of the most acclaimed leisure travel trade shows and events, working collaboratively with the industry’s leading organizations and experts, to provide top-notch education, networking and supplier engagement. For more information on TravelSMG visit www.TravelSMG.com
Travel agents interested in learning more or wish to apply for one of the coveted Romance Travel Forum positions can apply here: https://www.romancetravelforum.com/2017-attendee-application/
Suppliers interested in learning more or exhibiting should contact Jennifer Fernandez, VP Events & Content via telephone at (718) 979-1952 or email Jennifer@SpecialtyTravelForums.com.