February 2, 2018 Blog

Imagine that somebody offered you the opportunity to travel across the Pacific Ocean to experience the absolute BEST of what Hawaii has to offer – and you would be doing it with 9 more members of your host agency family, a supplier rep who truly supports you, and the one-of-a-kind director of the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau!  That dream has just come true for 10 of Gifted Travel Network’s finest independent contractors.  Because of our deep and supportive relationship with both Pleasant Holidays/Journese and the Hawaii Visitors’ Bureau, we are excited to be able to offer a very rare GTN-EXCLUSIVE Oahu Master Specialist Certification experience to our network March 14-20!

The 10 outstanding agents who were selected are:
Shannon LeBlanc                       Paradise Vacation Escapes
LuAnn Haygood                         Watercolor Boutique Travel
Amy Pearson-Jensen                 Smitten Honeymoons
Terri Glenn                                  Seven Wonders Club Travel
Shannon Pickens                        Boots to Journeys Travel
Elaine Peluso                               Legendary Family Travel
Miranda Beyer                            Big City Lights Travel
Terrie Cassidy                             Terrie’s Travelers
Alexandra (Alex) Donahue      Mint Travel
Narmada Ramakrishnan          Spectacular Odysseys

Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island and is sometimes referred to as the “Gathering Place” because of it’s hugely diverse population – a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people.  Oahu is home to Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and the famous Waikiki Beach, but there is so much more to see and experience all over the island and our group will have the chance to really explore and immerse in the varied locations that make it so incredibly special.  All the while, gathering first-hand knowledge that they can share with their clients and fellow agents upon returning home – hopefully full of new ideas AND the Aloha Spirit!

Our 10 agents will be led by Kainoa Daines, the Director of Sales for the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau and a Native Hawaiian descendant.  Kainoa really brings to life the history, mysticism, traditions and language of his culture and is a true gem and wealth of knowledge (he’s one of the funniest guys around as well!). Also accompanying the group is Krystyna Sanson, Gifted Travel Network’s uber-supportive business development manager from Pleasant Holidays/Journese who has arranged for everyone to sample a great selection of amazing hotel and resort properties during the 6-night event. Shannon LeBlanc, Chief Romance Officer of Paradise Vacation Escapes, will be acting as the official Gifted Travel Network “host” on the trip and will share her incredible knowledge of romance travel and social media skills with the other attendees.

We don’t just offer “fam trips” here at Gifted Travel Network. We really try to uplevel the fam to a true “immersive experience” and the group will have a pre-trip webinar to prepare for the journey, along with “homework” from the Visitors’ Bureau and a follow-up conference call after returning home to discuss ways to use their new knowledge to increase sales to the island of Oahu and through Pleasant Holidays/Journese.

So, send our lucky 10 off with a huge “ALOHA”!  And remember that, here at Gifted Travel Network, Your Vision is Our Mission.

By Lisa Fletcher