Luxury Travel Advisor July 2016 : Page 30

THE GREAT LAWN at the hotel, which was managed by St. Regis until EVENTS June 1, provided a fabulous venue for networking. ALL ABOUT ULTRA Luxury Travel Advisor organized its fourth annual Ultra Summit at the Monarch Beach Resort in May, hosting top travel advisors for two days of education, networking and one-to-one meetings with suppliers. Here are some of the magical moments from the West Coast event, which illustrate the caliber of speakers, educational opportunities and a chance to forge relationships at a confab that has become a staple in the luxury travel advisor community. 3 4 1 2 5 30 LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR | JULY 2016

Ultra Summit

All About Ultra

Luxury Travel Advisor organized its fourth annual Ultra Summit at the Monarch Beach Resort in May, hosting top travel advisors for two days of education,
networking and one-to-one meetings with suppliers. Here are some of the magical moments from the West Coast event, which illustrate the caliber of speakers,
educational opportunities and a chance to forge relationships at a confab that has become a staple in the luxury travel advisor community.

The Great Lawn at the hotel, which was managed by St. Regis until June 1, provided a fabulous venue for networking.


General managers took center stage to speak one on one with travel advisors. Shown here are Ian Pullan of the Monarch Beach Resort; Karen Whitt of The Palms, Turks and Caicos and Rick Riess of Montage Laguna Beach 2. Celebrating the dazzling Pacific Coastline are Steve Orens of Plaza Travel; John McMahon and Ruthanne Terrero of Luxury Travel Advisor and Gary Stevens of EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services 3. Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy gave us 14 new luxury trends to watch for (see August issue for details) 4. Lucien Echavarria of the Dominican Republic Tourism Board welcomes guests to the opening breakfast, which the tourism board sponsored 5. Starwood Hotels & Resorts sponsored the opening luncheon at Monarch Beach Resort’s Club 19; all done in very St. Regis style, with a champagne sabering ceremony and flutes of bubbly for all, and a tad of jazz music to round out the oceanfront extravaganza 6. Hope Smith of Born to Travel with Stephanie Fisher of Huffman Travel at our closing networking lunch 7. Suzi Dailey of Dailey by the Sea gave advisors an insider’s view of what it’s like to sell real estate to the ultra-affluent in Southern California 8. Raschinna Findlay and Bonnie Sherman of Protravel enjoyed the evening’s events at Montage Laguna Beach 9. John McMahon of Luxury Travel Advisor welcomed advisors and suppliers to Ultra 10. Kay Merrill of Are We There Yet?, Ken Neibaur of Worldview Travel and Cynthia Reed of Abercrombie & Kent 11. Jane Coloccia of JC Communications presented on the very latest best practices for social networking 12. Jack Bloch of JB’s World Travel Consultants enjoying the sunset after a long day of learning and networking 13. Tim Krenzien of Paul Klein Travel at the networking lunch on the Monarch Beach Resort’s great lawn 14. Daniel Zecena of Actua DMC Costa Rica, Sonia Athan of Travelive, Rudi Steele of Rudi Steele Travel and Chris Austin of Starwood Hotels & Resorts 15. Ruthanne Terrero of Luxury Travel Advisor asks questions about servicing the ultra-affluent client with uber-realtor Suzi Dailey of Dailey by the Sea.

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