Press Release - July 5, 2018
Groupit Travel Host Agency, based in Raleigh, North Carolina has announced that Lorraine Simpson of Concierge Travel Group in Canada has joined its team as Executive Vice President.
Simpson has 25 years of experience within the travel industry and previously managed The Wedding Holiday from the time it was launched 12 years ago. The Wedding Holiday was one of the first companies to specialize in the destination wedding field and was a multiple award winner, including several awards as a top producer for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. Simpson now owns a group of companies that are each based on a niche specialty and believes niche travel specialties are the future safeguard for travel agents. Simpson recently was the recipient of the prestigious Gold Magellan Award for innovation for her Wine and Food group travel division, www.wineclubconcierge.com
Groupit Travel Host Agency, owned by Stacey Ray, Founder and CEO, is the only host agency in the country to specialize in group travel and niche specializations. Stacey is a group travel and logistical expert with over two decades of experience in customizing, designing, planning, and facilitating meetings, conventions, incentive travel, events, and group travel for both corporate and leisure groups. She is the creator and administrator of Group Travel Best Practices, a Facebook group of over 2,000 aspiring and experienced group travel specialists.
“We are extremely pleased to have Lorraine join us, and we are excited about the future collaboration between US and Canadian agents, the first of its kind in the industry. We will be providing a unique service to travel agents in Canada and the USA by offering destination wedding and group travel expertise through a network of home-based agents which will span both countries,” said Ray. “Most important, we will provide comprehensive training to our combined 78 hosted niche travel agents, building upon Lorraine's extensive knowledge in the area of destination wedding and both my and Lorraine’s expertise in group travel planning. We look forward to welcoming more travel agents who desire this type of expertise and host agency support into our family.”
As an insured Tour Operator, Groupit Travel and Lorraine Simpson will work with experienced agents who wish to excel in the profitability of net groups. Groupit Experiences will be a new specialty division offering North American agents the opportunity to sell into existing specialty groups as well as to have custom groups and itineraries created for their clients at net.
Simpson has recently built an excellent reputation in the Food, Wine and Luxury Sector and will be bringing this to Groupit Experiences offering her experience, flair and creativity to agents for their clients. “I am excited to be joining Groupit Travel! I thoroughly enjoy packaging my group itineraries and have always wanted to be able to offer these to other agents throughout the industry. I am very happy that under the Groupit umbrella I will now be able to do this and am confident we will soon become the leading go-to company when agents are looking for something a little out-of-the-box for their luxury clients as well as Food and Wine Lovers.”
Ray and Simpson are both well-respected speakers and educators at conferences throughout Canada and USA and have both said that their reputation is very important to them. “Agents who book groups with us can have full confidence that their clients will remain their clients as we will use a database that tracks past bookings and the agent involved. Reputation is key and our clients are the agents! As this segment continues to expand, we are committed to putting additional resources behind this new division, and through Lorraine’s tremendous knowledge and expertise, we are confident that Groupit Experiences will quickly become a leader in Group Travel and the only choice for those planning a custom luxury group, wedding or themed travel experiences” said Ray.
Simpson and Ray have teamed up to offer a number of Luxury and Group Travel Mastermind trips offering a combination of FAM plus extensive knowledge-sharing from these two power house experts. The first Mastermind will be held in Malaysia in September and is open to all agents in USA and Canada who wish to specialize in niche travel. Agents booking soon may have the opportunity to have their flights also hosted however, there are only three spaces left.
For more information contact:
Stacey Ray, CEO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorraine Simpson, Executive Vice President - email@example.com