Despite the challenges of the economic climate, Great Neck based travel agency, Leaders In Travel, Ltd., continues to thrive as 2009 was a year of honors for the company, founded and helmed by its President, Marla Schaffer in 1981.
While other travel agencies have experienced mergers or have been forced to close their doors, Leaders In Travel, Ltd. continues to rank as top producers and preferred partners for leading cruise lines, tour companies and resorts & hotels. The agency and its Vice President of Leisure Sales, Gary Stevens, are the subject of a cover story profile in the December 2009 issue of the prestigious travel trade magazine, Luxury Travel Advisor. Focusing on the agency’s niche for creating unforgettable luxe trips, the article can be accessed by clicking here.
Among the agency’s other recent honors is the distinction of being voted Top 5 Travel Websites by the travel trade media for its revamped website - www.leadersintravel.com. In developing the site the agency's goal was to create a fun, easy to navigate, interactive experience. Says Stevens, "We wanted to incorporate a wealth of resource information, client and agent trip reviews and wondrous travel offerings". Readers will even find a section on traveling with pets, with tips from the agency’s own mascot – a lovable 3-year old shih-tzu named Luke, who holds the title of Chief Pet Officer.
"2010 promises extraordinary new food related travel opportunities for clients of Leaders In Travel", says agency President Marla Schaffer. “Culinary-centric travel programs are growing enormously in popularity with foodies.” Some 27 million travelers, or 17 percent of American leisure travelers, engaged in culinary or wine-related activities while traveling within the past three years.
With trips focusing on two of the public’s favorite passions – travel and food - Leaders In Travel and Bon Appétit have teamed to provide a collection of cruise and land vacations whereby travelers can delve into culinary adventures featuring hands-on cooking classes, select tastings, wine and food pairing dinners, and much more. Through the agency’s popular Personal Enrichment Series, clients will receive a variety of exclusive amenities and in-room/in-stateroom gifts. Additionally, Leaders In Travel and Food Network are launching exclusive travel opportunities - cruises and trips with Food Network stars and based on favorite Food Network shows, as well as trips tied into specific Food Network culinary trends.