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Millennial Travel Forum Los Angeles: Meet the Agents Attending

With less than a week away, TravelPulse reveals the names of the 14 agents who will be traveling to Los Angeles for the United States debut of travAlliancemedia's Millennial Travel Forum. To follow their journey, we have included a short bio of each travel advisor and their social media handles.

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

A recent segment on NBC's Today show touting the benefits of booking travel through Costco is drawing fire from the American Society of Travel Advisors, A recent Today Show segment touting Costco Travel is riling ASTA, as are Four Seasons ads on Facebook promising perks for direct bookings.

Best of the Best - February/March 2019 - Virtuoso Traveler Magazine

page 30 - Saint Lucia - Workout Or Barely Move? Featured Advisor Stephen Scott

Selling Elegant Hotels' Barbados Resorts to Millennials

Nicole King, director of sales for North America for the Elegant Hotels Group, told TravelPulse that her company is always looking for ways to keep its hotel products up to standard for the millennial client. Well, we put her and Elegant Hotels to the test.

2019 Survival Guide

Many challenges advisors had to deal with in 2018 are still lingering and some new ones are looming as the travel industry starts a new year. Here is what you need to know to overcome them and stay successful in 2019.

Highlights from the Inaugural Millennial Travel Forum in Barbados

Barbados dominated the social media pages of some of the top Millennial agents in the field this past weekend as the first-ever Millennial Travel Forum (MTF) was hosted on the luxurious Caribbean island from December 12 - 16.

Top 30 Luxury Travel Youtube Channels To Follow

Luxury Travel Youtube Channels List. The Best Luxury Travel Youtube Channels from thousands of Luxury Travel Youtube Channels in our index using search and social metrics. Subscribe to these youtubers because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their audience with frequent updates and high-quality videos.

Barbados to Host First Millennial Travel Forum

Barbados will become the first destination to host the Millennial Travel Forum (MTF) when it kicks off MTF: Barbados in just under two weeks. The event, taking place December 12 - 16, features 15 successful Millennial agents who were invited by travAlliancemedia and ultimately selected by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Travel Agents: Legalizing Marijuana in Mexico Is a Smart Idea

Mexico is beginning to look like it could be the next major tourist destination to legalize marijuana and travel experts think it can not only boost tourism, but also make the destination even safer.

What Agents are Saying About the Latest ALG, Mark Travel Merger Effects

Last week, Apple Leisure Group (ALG) announced that it will be ending its relationship with Playa Hotels and Resorts, representing the latest domino effect following the company's acquisition of The Mark Travel Corporation (TMTC) earlier this year. The chips began to fall in May when Funjet Vacations cut ties with Lomas Travel and Sandals Resorts International cut ties with Funjet Vacations.

Tour Operator Roundtable: A Roaring Start to 2018

Travel Agent magazine hosted a roundtable in New York earlier this year. We invited top tour operators and travel advisors in to get a pulse on how 2018 was faring thus far. We found out very quickly that business is booming, with consumers willing to spend more.

Agents in America: Selling Travel in America Today

TravelPulse recently spoke to some top travel advisors from around the United States about the best advice they can offer to prevent today's tense political environment from getting in the way of a sale. Here's what they had to say.

Upcoming Puerto Rico All-Inclusive Facing 'Significant Delay'

After years of waiting for Puerto Rico to open its first all-inclusive resort, it appears as though the traveling public will have to wait a little longer. AMResort's planned Dreams Resorts & Spas property that was supposed to open sometime this year in Puerto Rico joins the long list of hotels to suffer a setback due to last year's hurricane season.

Luxury Residential Projects Now Offer Everything Hotels Do... and Sometimes More

While this new iteration is more home than hotel, with 121 residences in two Richard Meier-designed towers and just 77 hotel rooms, both owners and guests have access to the five-star amenities, including beachside butler service, a full-service pet concierge, and dining opportunities at two celebrity-chef helmed restaurants, manned by Italian chef Antonio Sersale, known for Le Sirenuse in Positano, and Thomas Keller, of French Laundry and Per Se fame.

Meet Stephen Scott of Travel Hub 365

Today we'd like to introduce you to Stephen Scott. A native of Chicago, Stephen grew up in the travel industry as his parents owned and operated a travel agency for 7 years. After studying sales and marketing at DeVry University, Stephen began his career in corporate sales at United Airlines.

Just Back: Slovenia, Europe's Best-Kept Secret

After a recent private fam with Luxury Slovenia DMC, I can honestly say it's Europe's best-kept secret. Over five action-packed days, my colleague Stephen Scott and I savored the wine country, explored caves and castles, discovered medieval port towns, strolled along the Riviera, and glided over some of the most beautiful Alpine lakes ever.

Follow along on our social media channels March 5th - March 12th while our CEO Stephen Scott joins the Wine To Water Organization down in Haiti. He has been invited to support community efforts for entrepreneurship, tourism, and their core clean water innitiatives. 

About Wine To Water: 

The Dominican Republic is home to the Wine To Water ceramic water filter factory, which produces innovative clean water solutions for local communities. Despite the thriving tourist market, much of the population still lives in poverty, a situation that was worsened by the 2010 Haiti earthquake that left many thousands displaced. Without clean water, many families on the island suffer from water-related illnesses that take the lives of 1,300 Dominicans and 5,700 Haitians each year, many of them children.

Ceramic water filters remove 99.99% of organic contaminates and last 6-10 years for a family of five. In conjunction with WaSH education and training, they are changing the water landscape in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. More than 121,000 individuals have gained access to clean water through the efforts of the Wine To Water community. In the coming year, Wine To Water will produce 4,000 ceramic water filters that will benefit an estimated 20,000 people.

Full Details on the global program can be found at 

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On the red carpet with Chance TV in Beverly Hills, CA

Travel Agent Takes on Costco Travel at Its Own Game

If there's one thing that seems to be topping the New Year's Resolution list for travel agents in 2018, it's charging fees. But the models they plan to use are as varied as their business models - from a simple deposit to be applied to the booking, all the way up to a membership club modeled after Costco and Amazon.

For Immediate Release: October 2nd, 2017 

Stephen Scott 

Travel Hub 365, Inc. 


Travel Hub 365 Inc. Opens Chicago Office at The WeWork National Building 

Corporate and Entertainment Travel Agency Expects to Change Competitive Dynamic In City 


Chicago, IL.: Today Travel Hub 365 Inc., a dynamic travel agency that provides expert planning services, exclusive amenities, and the latest travel technology to corporate, entertainment, sports, and leisure travelers around the world has expanded from New York City, to the Chicago Market.  


After generating sales growth of 347% through acquiring business from music studios, law offices, and leisure customers, and a social media following of over 10,000 people the team is taking on the opportunity to use their competitive advantage to build market share in the third largest city in America.  

Of the company's recent success, Travel Hub 365 CEO Stephen Scott said, "In my 14 years of sales and support experiences in the Travel Industry I have always been a part of Fortune 500 Organizations that built alliances, and competitive advantages in the market. This is the evolution of that premise, with extensions into fashion, media, and advertising to deliver partnerships that enhance the consumer experience." On why Chicago and WeWork is on tap?  "Chicago is a solid next step for us to find the companies that need the best in travel services, and building this within the WeWork culture and environment will accelerate our growth, and give our customers a great place to talk travel with our Luxury Travel Advisors." 


About Travel Hub 365 Inc.; Travel Hub 365 delivers the combination of experience, energy, and buying power of being an affiliate of the luxury agency First in Service Travel, a branch of Tzell Travel Group and Travel Leaders which places them in the largest and most celebrated network of professional travel agents in North America. Wherever you want to go, however you want to get there, whatever you want to do there are advantages and value being delivered to our clients.   

Travel Advisors Sound Off on Trump's Reported Plans to Reverse Cuba Policies

Whether you support President Donald Trump or not, most Caribbean specialists we spoke with agree that undoing the progress the U.S. has made with Cuba in the last two years would be devastating for tourism.

Guide To Luxury Travel

Check out this guide to Luxury Travel that our CEO Stephen Scott was mentioned in. Travel Hub 365 and Trvl Porter partnered on this exciting viral social media campaign that you should hear about. Contest - ENTER The Ultimate Giveaway with Royal Caribbean and a "pre-styled" wardrobe that will be waiting for you on board.

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New Herald Square Ad Campaign from Travel Hub 365 Impresses Passersby with Stunning Visuals
Luxury Travel Planning Agency Uses Bold Ad to Appeal to Stressed Professionals

March 17, 2017 New York, New York Luxury travel brand Travel Hub 365 has launched a new ad campaign in Herald Square, NYC, placing a gorgeous, interactive ad on a digital billboard on the side of Macy’s on 34th street.
A Bold Ad Campaign Appeals to Stressed Professionals
The ad, running once an hour, every hour until April, is branded to appeal to travelers who may not be thinking about a vacation. This is achieved by using tropical imagery to contrast with the chilly NYC early spring weather. The contrast of the ad tempts passersby into visiting the Travel Hub 365 website to make use of their trip planning services on a vacation to de-stress and decompress from their everyday lives.
Specifically, the billboard, produced by media, marketing and promotions agency, Blue Vista 725, makes use of a unique tagline, “procrasti-vacation”, which refers to the act of putting off a vacation because of the stress of planning.  Travel Hub 365 eliminates this stress entirely. Those interested can pick from a wide range of luxurious, pre-planned vacations. 

Smart ad placement, great design, and convincing copywriting combine for a bold ad campaign that is sure to help Travel Hub 365 boost sales, especially among business professionals who don’t have time to plan their own vacations.
“This brand campaign excites me because it captures the feeling and emotions from our vacations. Our single travel brand can deliver it all to them, whereas booking directly means managing a minimum of 3 different travel companies. We bring it all together in one Hub and customize it to their benefits, and needs, so they can spend less time searching and more time preparing”, says Stephen Scott, Founder, and CEO of Travel Hub 365.
In conjunction with this campaign, Travel Hub 365 along with Outlier PR will launch a social media giveaway for a chance to win a travel prize. To enter, the requirements are to snap a picture of the ad and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #TH365Macys. The giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Macy’s or Instagram. To be announced March 20th. 

About Travel Hub 365: Travel Hub 365 is a purpose-built luxury travel brand that provides the very best experiences in corporate and leisure travel in a globally-connected world, offering fully-integrated, pre-planned vacation packages as well as customized trips. The agency is an independent contractor of First In Service Travel, a branch of Tzell Travel Group.

Press Contact: 
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Phone: +1 407 221 9234

Our first nationally broadcast TV commercial will be on CBS April 1st on Laura McKenzie's Traveler. Check your local listings at and visit for details. #CBS #TravelHub365 #Travel

Luxury Residential Projects Now Offer Everything Hotels Do... and Sometimes More

While this new iteration is more home than hotel, with 121 residences in two Richard Meier-designed towers and just 77 hotel rooms, both owners and guests have access to the five-star amenities, including beachside butler service, a full-service pet concierge, and dining opportunities at two celebrity-chef helmed restaurants, manned by Italian chef Antonio Sersale, known for Le Sirenuse in Positano, and Thomas Keller, of French Laundry and Per Se fame.

Travel Agents Resolve To Make New Year Exceptional

by Richard D’Ambrosio / December 21, 2016

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Travel agents survived a tumultuous 2016, with the Zika virus and terrorism disrupting travel patterns, hotels going direct to their frequent guest program members, and an economy that forced them to work harder to produce modest travel sales growth.
But travel professionals still thrived as everyone-from Millennials to Baby Boomers, from the consumer media to key travel suppliers-seemed to once again recognizing the value of travel agents.

Looking forward, they say, 2017 could be a breakout year.

Since this is the time of year many people make personal and professional resolutions to help them achieve goals, Travel Market Report reached out to agents and other industry representatives across North America to see what they are focused on for 2017.

The big picture
Norman Payne, an Ottawa travel agent, has resolved to advocate for a Canadian 'Travellers Bill of Rights' in 2017.

'Throughout my career clients and agents have expressed disappointment with what airlines, tour operators, cruise lines and car rental companies have gotten away with' in how they treat consumers, Payne said.

Canadian Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau in November announced the Canadian government will introduce new guidelines and compensation rules regarding airline passenger complaints like lost or damaged luggage, and being bumped off flights. And while past efforts have failed to produce any kind of rules or legislation, Payne remains resolute. 'I know from experience that if you have the right attitude you are guaranteed to reach the right altitude!' he said.

Get organized and get in touch with clients
Many agents told TMR they are tackling that perennial resolution favorite: getting organized.

Stephen Scott, director of cruise sales at First in Service Travel in New York said 'one key thing I will be doing is to organize my key vendor contacts, and regularly communicate with them on the consumer outreach initiatives that I am working on.

'My goal is to ensure we are all seamlessly and consistently working together as a holistic unit to grow sales, build relationships and support the needs of our growing client list. Our supplier partners should not find out after the fact that we had an event, speaking engagement, or customer promotion.'

Scott is making a supplier list and checking it twice, to see which 'are our most used, which suppliers are seeing strong growth, and which are showing the effort to work with us to grow sales activities, or become easier to do business with. Then I will set up an introductory meeting to talk about what to expect, and then schedule a regular communication for those key vendors. I'm confident that it will be a positive move for us all.'

Sandy Westerman at Sanders Travel Centre in Fort Worth, TX, is determined to meet with every client personally or by phone this year to try to help each one come up with a travel wish list. 'I'm focused on keeping up with my client's needs and trying to plan more in conjunction with them on future travel,' Westerman said. 'I think it's important to look at your client's whole travel picture, not just the one vacation they may be inquiring about. Knowing their wish list is important; we can help our clients plan better and use their time, money and even points to their advantage.'

Jacob Marek, who launched IntroverTravels in 2016, said he is focused on growing his client list. 'To me, this is the most important thing, because as I get my business going, being able to communicate with my contact list is how I will get people to know, like and trust me-and ultimately, book a trip through me. Rather than chasing sales, I'd like to beef up my list so that I can nurture authentic relationships with people, which I think will be a better long-term strategy (and help me keep my sanity).'

To that end, he said, 'I'll continue blogging and guest-blogging frequently, creating content that my ideal clients will want to devour, as well as using social media and some Facebook ads to reach a wider audience.'

Pris Phillips, vacation specialist with Dream Vacations in Columbia, SC, is resolving to 'plan to more consistently reach out to my clients following their trip, and with a more personal touch. Our CEO, Brad Tolkin, recently shared a story about one of our travel partners who sent a photo to him following their annual golf outing. If my clients post a photo during their trip on social media or share it with me, I will print out this photo and send it to them with my thank-you note. I think it's a great personal touch to show how much I appreciate their business.'

Entering new markets and staying up to date
Jack Fingerman, independent vacation specialist with Cruises Inc., Mount Laurel, NJ, said entering the luxury/river cruise market is his most important resolution for 2017. 'This will not only increase our sales, but enable us to bring exotic destinations closer to our clients.'

His agency plans to visit wine/liquor shops, country clubs, high end restaurants and similar businesses to 'develop a relationship with the owner/manager of the establishment. Once we have a rapport and relationship, we will suggest doing a co-op. We will advertise and publish news releases/articles with photos in the establishments' newsletter. I want to have a presence at golf outings and other events in the community. I also will suggest a luxury/river cruise to clients who have booked suites with us.'

Other agents, like Valarie Contrino, certified travel advisor at Contrino Travel, Inc., in Staten Island, NY, will be trying to keep up with the fast-paced change of travel. 'With so many changes within the industry happening daily, it sometimes can be difficult to focus on these changes,' she said. 'As travel professionals, we have to be 10 steps ahead of our clients. After all, they have access to the Internet and sometimes know more about a particular product than we do!'

Contrino is going to 'take the time to read the daily 'tickers' that provide updates within the industry' and 'to network with other travel professionals--great minds think alike!'

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Biz Travel Agency Finds Big Success In Leisure

by Richard D'Ambrosio / October 25, 2016 / Travel Market Report

Photo:    First in Service Travel   /Facebook

Photo: First in Service Travel/Facebook

Biz Travel Agency Finds Big Success In Leisure

by Richard D'Ambrosio / October 25, 2016


New York-based First in Service Travel (F1S) knows that for its corporate customers, all work and no play isn't good for anyone. That's why the travel management company this month is adding a cruise desk to its growing multimillion dollar leisure travel business, broadening its mix of services to meet the needs of a successful corporate trade.

For 25 years, First in Service has been managing business travel for a high-profile international clientele in finance, luxury goods, entertainment, media and technology. About four years ago, the company realized that although it was regularly booking vacations for its clients, it didn't really have the expertise or dedicated staff to target leisure sales to that base.

'Our luxury leisure division was an organic extension of our corporate and entertainment offerings,' said F1S CEO and co-founder Fernando Gonzalez. 'We work with so many high-profile executives, entertainers and models, who didn't realize we could handle all of their travel needs-regardless of whether it was a world tour or a private island getaway. Once we made the division official, it took off.'

Today, the leisure division has 15 dedicated full-time agents. It has grown from $5 million, or 5% of total annual gross sales, to about $25 million in gross annual sales, or 20% of the agency's total, and is 'steadily growing' today, Gonzalez said.

Focusing on cruise
The more F1S sold vacations to its clientele, the more it became apparent to Gonzalez that his company needed to specialize in cruises. 'It's the fastest-growing segment in the leisure industry, and our clients are telling us they want to cruise,' he said.

So now F1S Cruises is working with 31 ocean and river cruise lines. F1S Cruises is being run by industry veteran and former Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines sales manager Stephen Scott. Scott will help market the cruise desk to clients and train 90 to 100 independent contractors on how to sell cruises.

'We're here to guide [our agents] through what can seem like an overwhelming amount of options for all lifestyles,' Gonzalez said.

F1S already was one of the top three cruise producers in the New York region before launching the division, Gonzalez said. He hopes to 'move the needle to the top with Stephen on board.'

'Stephen was an award-winning sales executive at one of the leading cruise lines in the world. His knowledge and contacts are outstanding,' Gonzalez said. 'He's convinced us all that our next trip will be a cruise.'

More growth opportunities
Gonzalez sees F1S growing its business in a number of other areas as well.

'We will continue to further specialize and really shine in areas like travel to South America. In our opinion, that's an underdeveloped market that will be rising fast with more and more luxury hotels launching, strong value for the U.S. dollar, and lack of terrorism fears,' he said.

'Many of our specialists are Latin American and fluent Spanish and Portuguese speakers. Furthermore, our team is growing; we're opening more international offices. It has all snowballed into a very exciting future in an industry that is poised for tremendous change.'

Gonzalez founded F1S with his sister Erika Reategui in 1991. The company, a branch of Tzell Travel Group and a Virtuoso member, has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Madrid, London and Bogota. It has dedicated corporate, luxury leisure, cruise, entertainment and events divisions.

F1S is advertising its new cruise division with a fall campaign in magazine, an upscale women's monthly distributed in New York and Los Angeles. The campaign also included event sponsorship during New York Fashion Week with Paris Hilton and the celebrity launch of the magazine in Los Angeles.

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Note - Stephen Scott is also the CEO of Travel Hub 365, an independent contractor of First In Service Travel. 

Our CEO Stephen Scott was interviewed by Celebrity Page TV while in Beverly Hills on September 16th, 2016. He talked about why he launched this travel brand last year, and what we can offer. It will air in a few days. Check for your local listings at and

Our CEO Stephen Scott was interviewed by Celebrity Page TV while in Beverly Hills on September 16th, 2016. He talked about why he launched this travel brand last year, and what we can offer. It will air in a few days. Check for your local listings at and


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Travel Hub 365 In The News.....

Includes recent articles that our team has been quoted in as travel experts. 

Recently Single, Still-Married Clients Drive Gen-X Travel

Generation X is often called the "Lost Generation" - caught between Baby Boomers, who view using a travel agent as a given, and Millennials, who often turn to social media. Travel Agent spoke with expert agents, many Gen-Xers themselves, for this Special Report on what makes these travelers tick.

But that’s no reason to call off your trip, says travel adviser Stephen Scott, founder and CEO of Manhattan-based Travel Hub 365. “There are still beautiful beaches, luxurious spas and interesting cities, both in the United States and outside of the country, where couples can find romance and relaxation, without worrying about the Zika virus,” Scott says.

10 Zika-free babymoon spots

It's become a rite of passage for expecting couples everywhere: the babymoon, a relaxing last-hurrah vacation taken at that lovely point in a woman's pregnancy when she's feeling good and still able to travel.


November 13, 2015

Travel Hub 365, Inc. partners with  New York-based First in Service Travel.

New York City, November 13, 2015 -- Building on a successful launch in 2015, New York City based agency Travel Hub 365 with a goal of providing excellent service and travel options for corporate and leisure clientele has partnered with First in Service  a design house of travel, with clientele in fashion, media, technology and entertainment to extend it's global reach, and luxury travel resources to help accelerate available offerings and capabilities. 

First in Service built a team in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, and Bogota and is a member of Virtuoso, the world's leading luxury travel network. First in Service Travel is also a branch of Tzell Travel Group a $2 Billion powerhouse.  Learn more about First in Service Travel at

Travel Hub 365 travelers will now have access to exclusive Virtuoso amenities, and benefits only found with a small set of exclusive brands, properties, and tour experiences around the world. Travel Hub 365 CEO and Founder Stephen Scott brings expertise from both corporate and leisure travel companies at Royal Caribbean Cruises and United Airlines. He is also the Board Manager for the New York City Chapter of the Young Travel Professionals (YTP) which is a collection of Young Leaders who are fostering the future of the travel industry. Learn more about YTP at

Learn more about Travel Hub 365, Inc. at

Travel Hub 365, Inc. 

An Independent Contractor of First In Service Travel

Address: 130 W 42nd St #401, New York, NY 10036

Phone: (646-747-0984)

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