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Argument for having a good, old fashioned travel agent

Royal Caribbean is coming under fire for allegedly leaving an elderly American man stranded in a hospital in Bartin, Turkey after he fell and broke his hip. Dodge and Jill Melkonian, of Clearwater, Fla., were on an Azamara cruise, which is owned by Royal Caribbean, when Dodge fell and broke his hip requiring medical care that went beyond the capabilities of the ship’s doctors. Tammy Levent, founder of Elite Travel, the couple’s long-time travel agent, told Fox News that the ship’s crew left them at a hospital in Bartin, where little English is spoken and, due to cultural rules, prohibits women inside the facility. Read more…

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Entrepreneur On Fire Features Tammy Levent of Get Whipped

Tammy was recently featured on Entrepreneur On Fire – listen to the postcast here! 

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Diamonds In Your Own Backyard Features Tammy Levent

Tammy was recently featured on Diamonds In Your Own Backyard – listen to the postcast here!

Do you have Strategic Partnerships that send you business?
Do you have a system for following up with your clients?
Join us as we talk with Rock star entrepreneur Tammy Levent.
Tammy is a renowned businesswoman, travel expert, philanthropist, and
business mentor.
In 1995, with no assets, she leveraged Strategic Partnerships to build Elite
Travel, which has since skyrocketed into one of the fastest growing, most
trusted travel groups in the nation. Now a professional speaker and author
of the best-selling Women Who Mean Business
<http://www.tammylevent.com/shop.html>  book, she’s determined to help
others unleash their inner power to live the lives they want.

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In this episode:

  • Strategic partnership and its formula
  • Multiple ways to increase your bottom line
  • Building a network you can trust
  • The importance of tracking your advertising
  • Adding a personal touch that social media can NOT do

Tampa-Based Elite Travel Group Honored With Travel Impressions ‘Best of the Best’ Award

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FARMINGDALE, NY (December 20, 2012) – Elite Travel Group, in Tampa, FL, has been recognized with the Travel Impressions “Best of the Best Award” – an honor bestowed on a limited number of agencies and consortia partners.

Elite Travel Group received the award at the 17th annual Travel Impressions “Best of the Best” gala event, held Nov. 14 – 17, 2012 at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen, La Perla, in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico. “We are honored to receive the Best of the Best Award,” said Elite Travel Group Executive Director, Tammy Levent. “Elite Travel Group always strives to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction in order to give our clients the very best vacation experience.”

In attendance at the Travel Impressions “Best of the Best” four-day event from Elite Travel Group was Katie Levent, Vice President of Elite Travel Group. On-site activities included presentations on social media, digital marketing and web optimization, a private tradeshow and networking sessions with a broad group of key supplier partners, local excursions and other celebratory events.

The welcome dinner was hosted by the Cancún Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office, and included an appearance by the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge Angulo who spoke about the impressive and sustained growth of tourism in his state and its vital importance to the region. Other sponsored events included a dinner reception by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, a gala cocktail reception hosted by the Mexico Tourism Board, a golf tournament at Playacar Golf Club and spa pampering at YHI Spa.

On the final night of the Travel Impressions “Best of the Best” event, guests were entertained at the gala celebration by Grammy®-nominated recording artist Taylor Dayne, famous for her singles “Tell It to My Heart”, “Prove Your Love” and “Love Will Lead You Back”, among many others.

About Elite Travel Group

Award-winning Elite Travel Group has risen to the top of the industry as the proven leader of leisure travel, wedding, honeymoon, destination wedding services, and is the trusted Preferred Provider of vendors, destinations, businesses, and associations alike. The innovation, commitment, dedication and integrity that set Elite on this singular path to success are the direct result of personal influence and vision of the founder and Executive Director, Tammy Levent. She has re-introduced personal service and accountability into the travel Industry, and has created dynamic programs that touch the lives of countless numbers of couples and individuals around the globe. Elite has extended the creative energies by designing and managing some of the most effective and versatile travel programs for both the leisure and business traveler. Re-inventing the leisure travel market, Elite serves the special needs of not only the individual traveler and the corporate traveler seeking the best values, but also focused on the very distinct needs of the wedding and honeymoon markets.

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