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November 30, 2022
A passion project in retirement that turned into a thriving business: Two reasons why and the how: First, a little background: After twenty years of trading risk arbitrage and equity derivatives in downtown manhattan, the time had come for chapter two, or no chapter at all; the latter option was not appealing. My dad said, "what about being a travel advisor? You love to travel, have a great client list and have been to +60 countries. We use an advisor and it makes all the difference in the world?" I love the idea, but where do you begin? With Wall Street clientele, the appeal of Virtuoso as the luxury leader in travel helped me narrow my search for a host agency on this very site. The other requirement was a real education; only GTN had both. The year-long program was vital to my success. One could launch without the education on the back of my extensive travel and business experience, but aren't your odds of success drastically higher if you are a true expert? Doesn't that take immersion and mentorship? Would I have done more damage to my budding travel reputation with the finance clients I hoped to convert to travel clients had I not? Would I get more than one chance from those clients? Fast forward to December 2021, I am in GTN's top producers club (top 30) in my first full year of business! I am invited to the Virtuoso ultraluxe community, attended Belmond's signature Bellini event for 10 USA advisors in Sicily and was on a top producer retreat with GTN. Without education, it would not have unfolded this way and certainly not this quickly. The second reason is: In real estate, the most valuable metric is location, location, location, but at a host agency, it is culture, culture, culture. The collaboration and support amongst advisors in our community is the silver bullet and goes hand in hand with the educational foundation of GTN. Imagine how much the collective mindshare benefits our clients. I was not expecting instant responses to questions or requests for advice yet opening up the browser to 7 responses in thirty minutes is common. It's another level of vetting and advocacy, but it only happens if the culture is there. We are not competing like local real estate agents who might compete for a listing in town. Our clients are worldwide, an enviable difference, and it means we are not competing so let's help each other win. We share tips, insights and experiences on our internal system in discussion groups that pale in comparison to snarky online forums. We travel together, 14 GTN advisors and I are just back from 12 days in Tanzania, and as a result, we grow together. It's made all the difference in professional growth inspired by culture and education. What more can you ask for?
March 26, 2024
Updated Review

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) as a host agency, has truly become our home in the travel industry, and I cannot emphasize enough the incredible community they have built.

This is one of the main factors that sets GTN apart this strong sense of community among our advisors. GTN fosters a supportive and collaborative environment, where we can connect with fellow advisors and share our experiences. This community extends not only to our fellow advisors but also to our cherished preferred partners. The relationships we have built with these partners are invaluable, as they provide us with the resources and support we need to create exceptional travel experiences for our clients.

Another standout feature of GTN is their commitment to education and support for their travel entrepreneurs. GTN offers the travelMBA program, which is designed for those starting out in the industry. This comprehensive program equips those with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the travel business. As you grow with your business and looking to dive deeper, GTN offers the accelerate program, which provides advanced training and mentorship opportunities. And for top sellers, GTN offers the top producer club, a prestigious program that recognizes and rewards our achievements. These thoughtfully curated programs cater to advisors at every stage of their journey, ensuring that we have the support we need to thrive.

Lastly but definitely not least, GTN's partnerships are second to none. We have access to some of the best partners and elite hotel programs, enabling us to make our clients' dreams come true. These in-destination partners are instrumental in ensuring that our clients have unforgettable travel experiences. GTN's commitment to working with top-notch partners reflects their dedication to providing exceptional service and value to our clients.

In conclusion, Gifted Travel Network is an exceptional host agency lead by some of the most incredible and inspiring women. These individuals excel in building a thriving community, providing valuable education and support, and offering access to outstanding partnerships. GTN truly fosters an environment where travel entrepreneurs can thrive and create unforgettable experiences for their clients. I am grateful to be a part of this incredible network and cannot recommend Gifted Travel Network highly enough.

Host Agency Response
March 28, 2024


Thank you immensely for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with Gifted Travel Network (GTN). Your words truly resonate with the essence of what we strive to cultivate within our community.

At GTN, we wholeheartedly believe that our greatest asset lies in the vibrant and supportive community we've built. Your acknowledgment of this community as a standout feature is deeply appreciated. We are committed to fostering an environment where collaboration and camaraderie flourish, not only among our advisors but also with our esteemed preferred partners. These relationships indeed form the bedrock of our success, enabling you to deliver unparalleled travel experiences to your clients.

Your recognition of our dedication to education and support for travel entrepreneurs is equally gratifying. Our range of programs, from the foundational Travel MBA to the advanced Accelerate program and the prestigious Top Producer Club, is meticulously crafted to cater to advisors at every stage of their journey. We're thrilled to hear that these initiatives have been instrumental in your growth and success within the industry.

Moreover, your appreciation of our partnerships reaffirms our commitment to working with the best in the business to elevate the experiences we offer to our advisors, who then pass that expertise along, and benefit the amazing clients. We take great pride in providing access to the Hotel Elite programs and top-notch in-destination partners, ensuring that every client's travel dreams are not only realized but surpassed.

Your heartfelt recommendation means the world to us, Justin. It's individuals like you who make GTN the exceptional host agency it is. We're truly grateful to have you as part of our network and are excited to continue supporting you on your journey to creating unforgettable travel experiences.

January 22, 2022
Previous Review

Gifted Travel Network has been our HOME since inception. The extremely brilliant women that started this company truly are so inspiring. Gifted Travel Network and it’s advisors have truly built such an amazing sense of community and support system. Through this community and the amazing coaching provided we have been able to grow a thriving business even in the midst of these trying times. I can honestly say I don’t know where we would be without GTN.

Host Agency Response
January 27, 2022

Hi Justin! Thank you so much for your kind words about Gifted Travel Network. We are so happy to have you as a part of the Gifted Travel Network family-it is an amazing community- and we are so glad you're a part of it! And we agree, the founders bring an insane amount of wisdom and knowledge to our advisors and help them to grow their businesses and succeed in this exciting world of travel.

March 20, 2024

Fresh from a decades-long career in Corporate America, I was keen to transition into the travel space and build a business of my own. I selected a host agency on the advice of a colleague and almost immediately realized it was not the right fit. I took the opportunity to learn as much as I could up until and through Covid before researching host agencies that might align better with my core values, vision, and business acumen. An agent that I respect tremendously suggested that I take a look at Gifted Travel Network because it was smaller, more community-based and – perhaps most importantly to me – women led. Not only women led, but led by women like me. I joined towards the end of 2021 and immediately knew that I’d found my tribe.

Not long after I joined, I was invited to join a site visit with Vanessa McGovern and a small group of GTN advisors. I was immediately impressed by the poise and professionalism of the group, which solidified the feeling that I made the right choice. Since then, every GTN event or webinar I’ve attended, large or small, has left me feeling invigorated, inspired, and connected, not only due to the content, but also the sense of camaraderie shared among the entire member base. I appreciate that the leadership understands and recognizes that we all have different goals and aspirations for our businesses, are committed to meeting us where we’re at, and genuinely celebrate successes that matter to each of us as individual business owners. They not only understand and address the tangible barriers we face in managing and growing our businesses, but also understand the intangible mental blocks we place on ourselves - especially as women - that hinder our intentions and growth. And they address those mental blocks head on, which is so appreciated and refreshing. They lead with integrity and kindness, genuinely support every member to foster a community based on support and connection as opposed to secrecy and competition. I can truly say that I’ve never been made to feel any less important than any member of the network who might generate more revenue than me – neither by the GTN executive team nor by any member of the community.

Over the past 10+ years that they’ve been in existence, GTN has worked tirelessly to build a solid and respected reputation within the marketplace; they’ve succeeded in spades as evidenced by the ever-expanding list of Preferred Partners and those clamoring to nab a coveted partnership. This respect lends immediate credibility to me and my business and thus gives me access to some of the foremost and exclusive supplier partners in the industry.

For me, leading with integrity and kindness, allowing me access to some of the preeminent brands in travel, and supporting me wherever I’m at in my business are what sets GTN apart from other hosts. I’m a disciple and I hope to always be a part of their membership.

Host Agency Response
March 21, 2024


Wow, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that Gifted Travel Network has become your tribe and that you've found a supportive community aligned with your values and goals. It's heartwarming to know that our efforts to foster a culture of integrity, kindness, and inclusivity are making a positive impact.

We're delighted that you've found value in our events, webinars, and the connections you've made within our network. Your words about feeling celebrated and supported mean the world to us because empowering our members to thrive is at the core of what we do.

We're grateful for your trust in us and for recognizing our commitment to serving our members at every stage of their journey. Your dedication as a member means everything to us, and we're excited to continue supporting you in achieving your business aspirations.

Thank you for being part of the GTN family, Shannon. We're honored to have you as a disciple, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration and growth together!

February 22, 2024

I made the switch to GTN this past fall from another host agency and it has been an absolute night and day difference. After a successful year with my prior host, I was looking to uplevel my business and service offerings and this seemed like the perfect place to be. GTN prioritizes their small, intimate group of advisors and it most certainly shows. From the moment you join GTN, you can feel it's going to be a different experience. The training is extremely hands-on and in-depth and the community is beyond knowledgable and SO supportive (from the newest advisors all the way up to our million dollar+ producers). Additionally, our access to the best suppliers in the industry is unmatched. I have been with GTN for 5 months now and I've had 4 individual invitations to meet one-on-one with the top luxury brands in the world to learn more about their products and how can I match my clients' specific needs to make their travels that much more memorable. I was with my previous host agency for a little over a year and never once did I receive such an invite. Joining GTN has been the best business investment I could have made and every day I am shocked and grateful for our luxury travel community and the benefits it offers. I would highly recommend GTN to anyone looking to build and grow a SERIOUS travel business for life.

Host Agency Response
March 20, 2024

Wow, Jenny, your journey with GTN sounds absolutely incredible! we are so pleased you decided to join our community.

It's always inspiring to hear how a switch in host agencies can make such a significant impact on one's business. It's clear that you feel GTN goes above and beyond in prioritizing our advisors, that we foster a supportive community, and provide all of our advisors with top-notch training and resources. We really work hard to meet our advisors where they are at and help them to scale their businesses to their business goals and models!

And those invitations to meet one-on-one with luxury brands? That's the kind of exclusive access that can truly elevate your client offerings to new heights and grow your business effectively in the luxury space! It's all about creating those contacts that you can call and make you a rockstar in your client's eyes.

Thank you for sharing your experience and recommendation with us – it's testimonials like yours that truly speak volumes about the value GTN brings to the table. Here's to your continued success and unforgettable travels ahead!

January 24, 2024

This summer marked a significant milestone in my career – the switch to Gifted Travel Network. This decision has been transformational, offering a sense of community and belonging that I've long sought. The leadership at Gifted is phenomenal, and their preferred suppliers are top-notch.

My business has seen an amazing start, buoyed by the constant support from the Gifted team. Their well-organized training, weekly webinars, one- on-one calls and streamlined portal with resources have been instrumental in this journey. For anyone considering a start in this career or looking for a change in their host agency, I wholeheartedly recommend Gifted Travel Network. I've truly found my home among host agencies with them.

Host Agency Response
February 9, 2024

Hi Kristi!

Wow, it's fantastic to hear about your incredible experience with Gifted Travel Network! Switching host agencies is a big move, and it's amazing that it has proven to be such a transformative decision for your career.

The emphasis on community and belonging is something we all strive for, and it's heartening to know that Gifted Travel Network has delivered on that front. We are proud of our top-notch preferred suppliers – it sounds like you're thiving!

It's especially great to hear that the constant support from the Gifted team has given your business such a strong start. From the well-organized training to the weekly webinars, one-on-one calls, and the streamlined portal with resources – we work hard to provide you the support to set you up for success.

Your recommendation speaks volumes, and it's clear that Gifted Travel Network has become more than just a host agency for you – it's become a home. Wishing you continued success-we are thrilled you are a part of Gifted Travel Network!

January 8, 2024
Updated Review

I am so incredibly grateful for all the community at Gifted Travel Network. Since starting my business in 2020, I have made some of the very best connections, met the most amazing mentors, and developed partnerships with preferred suppliers that have propelled my business in ways I could only dream of at the beginning. Being part of the Top Producer's Club has allowed me to hone in on developing best practices for my agency with advice from the best of the best in the industry, and has opened up opportunities for me to attend career-changing conferences like DUCO Italy and ILTM Cannes. Thanks to the support of the GTN community and my colleagues in the network, I continue to tweak my business and establish partnerships to further benefit my travelers and agency success. Thank you to GTN for being so supportive and encouraging your community to embrace community over competition, always.

Host Agency Response
January 22, 2024

Hi Angela!

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience with Gifted Travel Network! It's heartening to hear how the community has played a pivotal role in your journey, fostering connections, mentorships, and partnerships that have truly shaped your success. Being part of the Top Producer's Club sounds like a game-changer for you, by providing you invaluable insights and opening doors to incredible opportunities like DUCO Italy and ILTM Cannes.

Here's to embracing community over competition-the GTN way! Having a supportive community is everything.

Thank you for being a part of the GTN family- we can't wait to see where 2024 takes you!

December 16, 2020
Previous Review

I have been with GTN only a few short months and am already seeing such a complete shift in my travel business! I interviewed many host agencies before deciding on Gifted Travel Network, and the main differentiator for me that I kept seeing on repeat as I spoke with members of the community and took advantage of GTN's free resources was their commitment to helping to develop their agents' entrepreneurial and business mindset skills just as much as their travel and selling skills. I have learned so much from Vanessa, Meredith, and Jen already that I am implementing and is making a huge difference in how I operate and run my business. Not only that, but the community of advisors is the most supportive, innovative, positive, and inspirational group of advisors I've yet to be around. Everyone is so generous in the sharing of their advice, guidance, knowledge, strategies, and tactics to help each individual advisor reach success. And to top it off, the mood and focus is always one of support, honesty, and encouragement - there is no room for doom & gloom in the GTN community. What a breath of fresh air it has been!

December 28, 2023

Semi-retired and looking for something exciting to do with your time…Gifted Travel Network IS the answer! Where else can you make people so happy by finding exciting and wondrous adventures for them while getting paid for it!!?? Not to be forgotten are the amazing perks that come along with it! The first 10 weeks with GTN have been a whirlwind of information and the more I learn the better they get. I have never been with a company that invests so much time and care into the team. Our training began at the headquarters in NC. We were introduced to the brilliant support staff, each one kind, inviting and extending a helping hand. Three dazzling ladies guided us through the training sessions. They are all extremely knowledgeable, caring and brimming with years of experience that they wanted to share with us. We went home with our heads swimming with thrilling information. The training continued over the next 8 weeks with weekly zoom calls with our new cohort and radiant mentor. Our mentor would present homework every week to cultivate us in many ways I did not expect. The network of expertise seems never-ending. We have forums to ask the others for advice, experiences and contacts. GTN equips us with tried and true tools to become organized and efficient. One of the best things GTN offers is an amazing group of partners to work with. These partners are vetted and scrutinized and love to work with GTN advisors to provide the highest quality products to pass onto our clients for an amazing holiday. As I move into my next phase of training with GTN I can only imagine the things they will share with us! Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful company!

Host Agency Response
January 22, 2024

Hi Shannon!

Wow, your enthusiasm for Gifted Travel Network is truly contagious! It's fantastic to hear about your exciting journey with GTN over the past 10 weeks. From the whirlwind of information at our office for Jumpstart to the weekly Zoom calls with your cohort and mentors, it sounds like you've had an incredible learning experience- we are so thrilled!

The dedication and care from the support staff, the brilliant ladies guiding your training, and the radiant mentors helping in fostering growth—it's exciting to see that you are benefitting from how GTN invests not only in your knowledge but also in building a supportive community. The forums, advice, and tried-and-true tools provided by GTN are a huge benefit to you and are invaluable resources for any travel advisor.

And how amazing is it to have a network of vetted partners, all ready to collaborate for the best client experiences? Your excitement about the quality products for unforgettable holidays is truly heartwarming.

Wishing you all the best as you move into the next phase of your training with GTN! Thank you for sharing your positive experience, and we're thrilled to have you as part of this wonderful community.

Continue leaning in and learning in the Travel MBA and we can't wait to watch this travel adventure unravel for you!

November 30, 2023

After many years of working as an independent home-based agent, including a few AS a host agency with my own IATA number, I am SO SO SO happy I finally found my home in Gifted Travel Network. They have built their company AS a host agency to support serious travelpreneurs interested in focusing on their success. The level of professionalism, coupled with kindness and authenticity, is unmatched in today's travel industry. To find a host agency that truly makes each of its independent contractors feel valued is very rare. I have been incredibly impressed with the level of communication and offerings of ongoing support to the members of the GTN network. Personally, affiliating with GTN was the BEST business decision I have made in many years. I feel appreciated, supported, and part of a community of friendly advisors who share the same objectives. With various options for commission splits depending on experience and production, as well as a TOP PRODUCERS CLUB with added benefits for the top 40 members, GTN has incentivized me and added a lot of refreshed joy to my life--which truly benefits each of my Elite Travel Club members. After giving various host agencies a try over the past 17 years, I have never felt so aligned with the partnership and those running GTN. Looking forward to many more years of a successful partnership with GTN!

Host Agency Response
December 20, 2023

Hi Stacy!

That's fantastic to hear about your positive experience with Gifted Travel Network! It's clear our focus on supporting dedicated travel professionals has truly made a difference in your career. We strive to have a combination of professionalism, kindness, and genuine care by making each independent contractor feel valued—

We are so thrilled that you've found a supportive community where you feel appreciated and part of a collective striving for success. The variety of commission options and the added benefits of the Top Producers Club great incentives, seemed to have revitalized your enthusiasm, and added bonus, are benefiting your Elite Travel Club members.

Here's to many more successful years in this fruitful partnership with GTN! You are a valued member of our community!

November 17, 2023

I spent nearly 20 years in the investment management industry, living and working all over the world. I had experienced the benefits of working with a travel advisor on multiple occasions...island hopping in Greece, cruising the Nile in Egypt, and riding the rails in China. So when it came time to consider my next steps in my career and my life, I knew travel had to be involved somehow.

I interviewed a few hosts but I knew I wanted to be a Virtuoso advisor. which narrowed things down a bit And I also knew that I wanted a lot of education...not on destinations or vendors per se...but on how to build my business and serve clients well.

I joined GTN's Travel MBA program and it was an amazing experience. I decided that I would do everything GTN told me to do and go all in to get the most out of my startup costs. For a year, I took part in multiple calls per week with my Travel MBA cohort, plus other educational sessions with experienced GTN advisors. I particularly love the calls with Top Producers, where they share what's helped them build their businesses. I am 50005 confident that GTN and the TMBA program has rocketed my learning and my business. If you join GTN -- and I hope you do -- my top recommendation is to attend all the TMBA mentoring calls along with the more general calls, even if you don't have a question yourself. You'll get ideas and inspiration from what your peers are doing.

This is truly a supportive community that is investing in its advisors, its partners, and the technology we use to serve our clients. I am so glad I chose GTN!

Host Agency Response
November 20, 2023

Your trajectory into the travel advising realm is truly inspiring. The depth of your experience in the investment management industry coupled with your passion for exploring the world laid a solid foundation for this career pivot. The deliberate choice of becoming a Virtuoso advisor speaks volumes about your aspirations and dedication.

Your decision to enroll in GTN's Travel MBA program reflects a strategic approach to not just familiarizing yourself with destinations and vendors, but also focusing on the business aspect and client service. The commitment you've shown to absorbing knowledge, attending multiple sessions, and engaging with seasoned advisors underscores your dedication to growth.

It's fantastic how you've harnessed the mentorship calls, particularly those with Top Producers, to glean insights on building a successful advisory business. Your advice to future GTN members about attending mentoring calls, even without specific questions, showcases the value of learning from peers' experiences and gaining inspiration.

The community-centric approach of GTN, prioritizing advisor investment, partnerships, and technological advancements for client service, clearly aligns with your goals. Your enthusiasm and confidence in GTN's role in accelerating your learning and business development are palpable. Your endorsement of GTN as a supportive community echoes the significance of such an environment in fostering growth and success. Your journey is an encouragement for others aspiring to thrive in this field.

We thank you for being a part of GTN!

November 6, 2023

Since 2020, I have been a very happy member of Gifted Travel Network’s (GTN) host agency.
I discovered GTN when I began researching on HAR how to become a successful travel advisor. At the time, I had a busy corporate communications career with one of the U.S.A.’s big three automotive companies and was planning my second career post-retirement. I was specifically looking for a host agency that would accept new-to-the-industry members and provide solid business training. There were three hosts that I reached out to – one of them being Gifted Travel Network. I was a bit nervous, as GTN was one of the more expensive options, but the write-up in HAR looked great. Within 48 hours I was contacted by GTN. In fact, they were the ONLY host agency who responded to my inquiries. Not only did they respond, but they also provided lots of info on their program, asked me about my goals, and offered references for me to contact (which I did!). I was blown away by their customer service. A few months later, I signed up for their March 2020 Travel MBA Cohort. Yes, that was two weeks before the world shut down due to the pandemic.
The pandemic could have motivated me to stay in my safe corporate job for years to come. Thanks to Gifted Travel Network, I saw that what could be seen as a sign to give up on my dream, actually was an opportunity to immerse myself in it. GTN’s training, programs and continued support of my dream helped make my dream come true. They also listen to their members and take suggestions on how to further enhance their programs. It’s a true business relationship.
I am now in my third year (2 years of actually booking travel thanks to shutdowns) and am successfully achieving my business plan goals. I am so glad that I invested in my future with GTN. I encourage anyone who is serious about being a travel entrepreneur to consider them as your host agency.

Host Agency Response
November 15, 2023

Hi Stephanie!

Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with Gifted Travel Network! We're thrilled to have been part of your transition from a corporate career to a successful travel advisor.

Your praise for our prompt and informative response, even during the pandemic, warms our hearts. We're delighted that our training and support helped turn challenges into opportunities for you.

Congratulations on your third year with GTN and achieving your business goals! Your success is a testament to your dedication and our collaborative community spirit. We truly appreciate your trust and recommendation.

Wishing you continued success in your travel entrepreneurship with GTN!

October 28, 2023
Updated Review

Gifted Travel Network keeps getting better and better each year. It was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time to join them. The education is top notch. The friendships are nurtured. The support is unrivaled. I am in it for the long haul and am taking it deep into specializations because I know it is necessary to be more than just a "luxury" travel advisor to attract your ideal clients.

Host Agency Response
November 6, 2023

That's fantastic Caryn!

That's awesome to hear! It's clear that Gifted Travel Network is making your journey in the travel industry an amazing one. Education, friendships, and unrivaled support – that's the dream combo! Keep going deep into those specializations and we love watching your growth as a shining example of an amazing, successful travel advisor.

October 21, 2021
Previous Review

I am still really new to this industry, but GTN has such a comprehensive Travel MBA program that I feel has given me a good foundation to build on. I was with another host agency before this and did not feel supported. They were all about their growth and not the growth of their agents. I was blessed to be able to attend the first Travel MBA retreat in the Dominican Republic. I finally got to meet the people I have only interacted with online or by phone. I learned. i experienced a luxury all-inclusive resort that I can now recommend to my clients. The opportunities are endless. I am excited to see where this industry and my hosting relationship with GTN can take me in the future.

Host Agency Response
November 5, 2021


We are always here to support YOU! The Travel MBA retreat was such a great way to meet and interact with other advisors here at GTN and build strong relationships while supporting each other. We are so excited to grow with you while seeing where the travel industry takes you in the future!

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