Job Spotlight Series: Luxury Travel Advisor

April 22, 2015 |

Taking a look at various job opportunities within the travel industry.

There are two words in the travel industry that have been misunderstood in recent years: travel agent. This job title is thought of as outdated and the job itself is assumed to be on the verge of extinction thanks to an abundance of online travel booking sites. This perception is incorrect however, and travel management companies are continually faced with changing the view associated with travel agents.

One way they have met this challenge is by evolving the travel agent position into that of a travel advisor, someone who is there to meet the needs of modern travelers. What is the difference between a travel agent and a travel advisor? Both book travel and work one-on-one with you, but an advisor goes above and beyond to provide a key advantage in your travel planning process. They deliver the advice, information and experience it would take someone hours of research to find on the Internet.

According to Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, who was recently quoted in an article from Yahoo! Travel, “Travel advisors manage your most valuable, non-renewable asset: your leisure time.”

Another position that can evolve out of having travel advisor experience is that of the luxury travel advisor. Luxury travel advisors take your leisure time to the next level by specializing in sending clients to unique and extravagant locations. They personally have firsthand experience with traveling to exotic destinations so you can sit back and relax while they plan every aspect of your trip. Whether you want to trek to Machu Picchu, sail the Mediterranean, or experience a safari in South Africa, luxury travel advisors should be your main point of contact.

Travel and Transport partners exclusively with Virtuoso, one of the top industry networks for luxury travel. Through Virtuoso, our luxury travel advisors receive extensive training as well as the opportunity to offer clients special amenities and discounts not available to the majority of other travel agencies. Our advisors are also able to take advantage of special vendor discounts ranging from cruise lines to resorts in order to experience the product they sell clients first-hand.

Lisa Salloum, a Travel and Transport Luxury Travel Advisor, enjoys her job because of the personal touch she is able to provide clients. “As a Luxury Travel Advisor, I am planning extraordinary experiences for my clients, not just vacations. From hot air ballooning in Napa Valley to manning the helm of a ship for a three and a half hour sailing experience on the open waters of the San Francisco Bay…these are just a few of the experiences I’ve planned,” said Lisa.

Do you have travel advisor experience and have an interest in becoming a luxury travel advisor? Start with a local travel agency first, such as Travel and Transport. Check out our job openings page to discover available job opportunities.

Are you simply looking to book an unforgettable vacation? Contact one of our luxury travel advisors today!