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Q. How did you determine that travel would be the best business to start as a young entrepreneur?
A. I started in hospitality back in 2007 as a front desk agent, moving up the ladder and eventually over to travel. During the recession, I quickly found that even with economic hardships, people still used their discretionary funds to take a trip. Whether they’re burned out from work or exhausted from the monotony of everyday life, everyone finds a reason to go on vacation making it a very sustainable industry. As a young entrepreneur, I was able to tap into a younger demographic to grow my business with clients that will grow with me
Q. How long you’ve been in the industry?
Janet: I have been in the business for a little over 8 years. For the first 6 years I worked part time as I had a very full-time job with the local school system. Since my retirement from the school system in June 2015, I’ve been working full-time in the travel business. My husband Jeff started working with me almost 3 years ago – part time up until Dec 2016, which is when he retired from his government job. He’s now working with me full time.
Q. What made you want to start selling travel?
A. Prior to starting our family, I worked at advertising agencies and had a couple of travel accounts in my portfolio. I planned advertising media plans for Bermuda Department of Tourism’s Meeting and Incentive division and also developed the 1st marketing plan for Grenada Department of Tourism’s (then new) Destination Wedding & Honeymoon program. These opportunities planted the seed…Later, once our 2 daughters came along, I needed a more flexible schedule. Using my marketing/advertising background, I started a local, family-focused blog and online business directory. I offered advertising sponsorships to local businesses in my area for about 4 years, while growing my online subscriber base of moms (and dads) in the area. My love of travel, cruises especially (we were married on a cruise ship and our daughters took their first cruise at 2 and 5 years old), crept back into my mind and I began my research to find a way to sell family focused trips to my subscriber base. Thus began my travel consulting business, Cruise Therapy Travel, which specializes in cruises and all-inclusive land vacations for families.
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