Host Agency: Protravel International Chicago
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. His accomplishments working with United’s high profile corporate and TMC accounts led him to a management opportunity with Royal Caribbean International that spanned 5 years, where in 2015, he earned the Chairman’s Award for top sales performance. He also served as the Board Manager for the New York City chapter of Young Travel Professionals.
Favorite destinations: the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.
Expertise: Cruise Vacations
Next stops in 2018: The islands of Bequia, Grenada, and Puerto Rico
I love travel because… there are so many amazing people in this world, and I wish to experience the world they live in, and make as much of it my own as I can.
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Thank you for finding Travel Hub 365, and showing interest in our cruise program. My role here is to be a cruise expert and provide our clients with a high touch, and efficient planning experience that presents tailored options that will meet and exceed your expectations. Additionally, our affiliation with Virtuoso provides us with extended amenities that the client will not be able to receive if they booked it themselves.
The Millennial Movement – Changing the Face of Travel One Booking at a Time
Millennials. The love to hate age group known for their mostly contradictory behavior. The dichotomy between searching for instant-gratification through incessant need for change and the constant seeking of advice and guidance through any and all outlets seems to sum up where their heads are at. While many employers attribute these various “faults”, per-se, to a downfall in the workforce, the travel industry is only benefitting from them. Over the last few years, the travel and tourism industry has been on a steady upward trend, with millennials being a main driving factor for this growth. But what exactly is driving this new itch for adventure, and how can the travel industry keep up, continuing to curate and personalize trips that meet millennials’ needs?
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