Erica Fox and Karoline Jewell honored by top travel industry publication for their achievements, hard work, and entrepreneurial skills as travel agents.
Lexington, KY – All Inclusive Outlet, a high-discount travel agency specializing in all inclusive vacations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama, is proud to announce that two of its professional Travel Consultants have been featured in Travel Agent magazine’s “35 Under 30 List.” Erica Fox and Karoline Jewell were chosen among stiff competition to be featured in the magazine’s November 14th issue, which features the annual list honoring top travel agents under age 30. According to Travel Agent magazine, agents were chosen based on their “endurance and entrepreneurial skills that have produced lucrative careers and a new approach to the art of selling travel.”
Tom Carr, President of All Inclusive Outlet, nominated Fox and Jewell because of their outstanding customer service skills and their high production levels. “They really care about their clients,” he said. “It is an honor to have two agents on the list. This feat has not been accomplished often in the history of the awards. Being recognized by travel industry leaders shows our clients that our agents provide an informative and valuable service.”
Fox and Jewell, both age 26, got their start at All Inclusive Outlet through administrative positions and have been promoted to travel agents and Destination Wedding Specialists. “I started in November 2007, and I worked in every department leading up to agent,” Fox said. “When a position became available, I was approached to fill it. I immediately took the offer.” That was in June 2010.
Before 2007, Fox worked in the food service industry. She had traveled internationally to Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Romania, Amsterdam, France, Italy, and Switzerland. As an agent, she added several Caribbean destinations to that list. She said she loves the challenge of finding the perfect vacation for her clients. “Sometimes I get a call, and they have no preferences, just a budget and a free week. But other times, I have to look for destinations and properties that have very specific needs for clients; finding that property is very rewarding.”
Fox is excited to be named to the “35 Under 30 List.” “It is quite an honor to be acknowledged,” she added. “I am usually the youngest agent at most conferences or venues, and I haven’t been in this industry for very long, so it is a fun way of introducing a younger demographic for this field.”
Before June 2010, Jewell had worked in child care, retail, food service, and the medical field. “After a few months in administration, a sales position became available, and I was thrilled to start working with clients,” she said. It wasn’t long before Jewell had made her first booking.
Jewell’s previous travel experience included top U.S. destinations of California; Arizona and the Grand Canyon; Nevada; Colorado; Florida; Washington, DC; and Chicago, IL, to name just a few. However, she had never been out of the country until becoming a travel agent. Since then, she has visited Cozumel, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Jamaica, and Curacao, and has several upcoming trips planned.
When asked about her favorite part of being an agent, Jewell replied, “Most would say the perks of being able to travel. While I thoroughly enjoy that part, I really love being able to help people plan their family vacations, honeymoons, destination weddings, and other special events. I recently booked a family vacation where four generations were traveling together. The chance to be a part of something like that is actually really rewarding.”
With only a little over a year and a half at All Inclusive Outlet, Jewell said she feels privileged to be named to the “35 Under 30 List.” “It’s really exciting,” she said. “Looking back over the last year and seeing how much I have learned and what I have been able to accomplish is amazing. Being named one of Travel Agent magazine’s Top 35 Under 30 is just the cherry on top.”
Travel Agent magazine, part of Questex Hospitality + Travel, began the prestigious list honoring agents 30 and Under in 2008, and since then, the list has become an anticipated feature in the magazine each year. In addition to being featured in the magazine, the Top 35 are invited to attend the Young Leader’s Conference at the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas, December 5-6. Agents will get the chance to network and attend educational sessions. Fox and Jewell are both looking forward to meeting the other nominees and fellow travel agents and learning more about resorts, destinations, and the industry overall.
For more information about All Inclusive Outlet, visit www.AllInclusiveOutlet.com. To speak with an All Inclusive Outlet Travel Consultant, please call 888-403-2822, Monday-Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.