Professional of the Year - Travel/Wholesale Group Travel

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Elyse Elkin

Title: Travel Consultant and Advisor
Industry: Travel
Type of Organization: Travel Consultancy
Major Product/Service: Provides consulting regarding group travel
Expertise: Elyse Elkin has over 30 years experience in the travel industry. She is currently self-employed as an international travel consultant and advisor for her company, Elyse Elkin Travel Consultants. She is an expert in wholesale leisure and group travel. Ms. Elkin successfully guides hotels with their marketing and contracting policies in the travel community. Her product and market strategy with international and domestic tourism experience, expertise in contract negotiations, ability to think out of the box, organizational skills, streamlining operations with keen attention to customer service, as well as employee coaching has driven her successful career.
Geographic Area of Distribution: International
Affiliations: Cancun Advisory Board
University/Degree: B.A., Business and Communications, C.W. Post
Hobbies/Sports: Poodles
Work History: Previously, Ms. Elkin served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Product, Groups and Destination Teams for 19 years at Travel Impressions Ltd., previously an American Express Company. She then founded and served as Chief Commercial Officer in charge of Supplier Relations for Exclusive Group Travel, a travel wholesale company that she built from the ground up. Subsequent to the acquisition of Exclusive Group Travel by The Mark Travel Corporation, she was asked to be the Vice President of Product Strategy to help integrate the two businesses. She then served as the Director of Packages Partner Marketing to provide strategic marketing plans for domestic and international wholesale travel in Mexico and the Caribbean for Priceline.com.
Career Accomplishments: Ms. Elkin created the Cancun Advisory Board, and was the recipient of the prestigious Magellan Award for a video created to promote Cancun, called: Cancun- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.