Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Travel Agent Magazine’s annual “Top 25 All Stars” issue named our Pat Walker one of the best advisors in the country. With a team of 11 advisors in her Beverly Hills office, the 30-year travel industry veteran, who began as a flight attendant, has built her career servicing the entertainment industry.
Pat attributes her success to “sticking with the basics” and being “well versed…in every capacity of travel.” She also shares her optimism about the industry in the November 20th issue, adding that “travelers are coming back to agents instead of using online travel sites. They appreciate that the value of having someone advocate for them is more important than a low-priced deal with no support.”
Pat’s recent award doesn’t surprise our CEO Fernando Gonzalez, who applauds her skill, work ethic and reputation. He cites a recent example of a trip to St. Tropez for the CEO of a top cosmetic brand and 20 beauty influencers from around the world.
“Pat and her team handled everything… and made it look easy,” says Fernando.