RETAIL ROUND-UP: Cruising with Travel Edge and appointments at Trevello, Maritime Travel

Travel Edge Network top advisors set sail in Europe while Trevello and Maritime welcomed new team members in this week’s round-up from the world of retail travel; and check out Swan Hellenic’s FAM incentive to Antarctica.


Travel Edge Network’s Ana McLaughlin, Advisor; Linda Winslow, Advisor; Mark Stubbert, VP of Advisor Services; Trisha Pergande, Advisor; Michelle Leal, VP Engagemen; Nadiya Makarenko, SVP; Diana Traficante; Cindy Brown, Advisor; Jeff Knuth, Advisor; and the captain of the AmaMora

Travel Edge Network (TEN) recently hosted a select group of top advisors, their hosted guests, and team members on an AmaWaterways Rhine River cruise aboard the AmaMora through Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

The group is part of an elite category of 22 advisors recognized as the network’s top performers who achieved a variety of milestones ranging from earning the highest level of preferred partner sales to surpassing $250K in overall revenue.

“There was much to celebrate on this cruise both for our industry and for our network, “says Nadiya Makarenko, Sr. VP, Travel Edge Network. “With the demand for luxury travel surging, our advisors have been working non-stop for their clients to ensure they get the hotels, tours and experiences they want considering the unprecedented demand. Being together for the week aboard the AmaMora was an amazing opportunity to thank our top performers, celebrate their success and share our appreciation for the important role they play in our network.”

Advisors were recognized in the categories of top overall sales as well as by vertical including air, hotels, cruise, tours and insurance. There is also a Rising Star award for an advisor in the early stages of their career.


Jolana Phillips Veinott and Cathy Redekopp

Trevello Travel Group has welcomed Cathy Redekopp and Jolana Phillips-Veinott, to critical positions within the organization, exemplifying the company’s commitment to unparalleled professional development for agents.

Cathy Redekopp joins Trevello as the new Professional Development Manager for Western Canada, wielding an impressive background in the retail leisure travel industry. With Alberta serving as her base of operations, Redekopp will spearhead professional growth initiatives throughout the region.

Also joining the company is Jolana Phillips-Veinott, who, with over two decades of experience in adult education, assumes the role of Learning Manager.
“We are ecstatic to welcome Cathy and Jolana,” says Zeina Gedeon, CEO, Trevello Travel Group. “Their unmatched expertise and unwavering passion for continuous learning and professional development will undoubtedly amplify our company’s capabilities, ushering in a new era of success for our advisors and their clients.”


Maritime Travel has announced the appointment of retail travel industry veteran Kimberley Wood as Director of Branch Operations for Western Canada.

Wood will be responsible for Maritime Travel’s 22 leisure agencies in British Columbia and Alberta.

“Kimberley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in directing the daily operations of agency teams, most recently at Transat Distribution Canada, and previously at American Express Travel,” says Carol Buchanan, President, Retail, Maritime Travel. “Western Canada is an important market for Maritime Travel, and we look forward to working with Kimberley as we continue to grow and prosper there.”

Headquartered in Halifax, Maritime Travel has more than 90 agencies across the country. A member of Virtuoso, the company was recently named a Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Prior to that, it had been named one of Canada’s Best Managed companies every year since 1998.

Maritime Travel Inc. has been in business since 1949 and operates as LeGrow’s Travel in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Agents (and a friend) have a chance to sail with Swan Hellenic to Antarctica in November 2024. By booking three staterooms for the 2023-24 season before Dec. 31, 2023, each booking will be entered for a chance to win one of 10 cruises for two. More bookings increases the chances of winning. The offer includes a host of amenities including regional (but not international) airfare.

At the same time, clients are eligible for 30% savings on a nine-night Antarctica cruise taken before Aug. 31.

First published at Travel Industry Today


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