The Travel Life | Brownell Travel

Thankful

Working in the travel industry may have ups and downs, but it is truly one of the most rewarding and exciting careers around. What other job allows you to meet incredible people around the world and experience the best of travel? As we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, we’re sharing a few things… Read More >

Catherine Parkin: 2017 Mandarin Oriental Rising Fan

We are thrilled that Brownell Independent Advisor Catherine Parkin was selected as a 2017 Mandarin Oriental Rising Fan. Voted in by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group General Managers, Catherine had an exciting opportunity to attend the Fan Club Forum at the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Catherine gives an inside look at what makes Mandarin Oriental hotels so… Read More >

How to Change Your Career to Something You Love

Brownell Director of Talent Development Kerry Dyer shares tips on how to change your career.  Let’s face it: our job is a significant part of our lives. Whether you live to work or work to live, spending 40+ hours a week at your job means it takes up a big chunk of your waking hours…. Read More >

Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 17

As Tim McGraw wisely said: “Seventeen only comes once in a lifetime…” and when it comes to the latest Brownell Mentoring Class, we couldn’t agree more! We’re thrilled to welcome four new all-stars to the Brownell Hosting Program. They were in training at the Birmingham office during the Solar Eclipse, so they are aptly nicknamed… Read More >

Discover More Wins “Best Client Experience”

There are many reasons to use a travel advisor – their expertise, knowledge, access to exclusive amenities, time saving, and so many more – but at the root of it all, what sets a travel advisor apart from booking direct or through an online website is the human connection. That’s why Brownell created our innovative… Read More >

Meet Kerry Dyer

This year we were thrilled that Kerry Dyer joined the Brownell family as Director of Talent Development. As a travel industry veteran and longtime friend of Brownell, Kerry brings invaluable knowledge and experience that will be instrumental in growing and developing our Hosting Program. She’s worked on the incentive side of the industry, traveled the… Read More >

2016-2017 Ritz-Carlton STARS Constellation Club

As a top producing agency for Ritz-Carlton, Brownell is a member of Ritz-Carlton STARS. This exclusive program allows our advisors to extend exclusive amenities and perks to their clients plus we have a close relationship with this fabulous company. Ritz-Carlton STARS just announced the 51 advisors that are Constellation Club Achiever, and five of these… Read More >

We Travel More: Educational Travel

How do you become a better travel advisor? Experience, training, and educational travel. While gaining experience takes time, you can take your travel education into your own hands and expand your knowledge base. One of the very best ways to truly educate yourself about a destination, hotel, cruise line, etc. is to experience it first… Read More >

How Do You Become a Travel Agent?

There has been a lot of buzz about the resurgence of travel agents (just read this article, this article, and this article). Of course, we could list a million reasons (here are 50) why travelers should use a travel agent (or travel advisor as we like to say). But beyond questions about how to plan… Read More >

Travel Advisor Certifications

You have to pass the CPA Exam to become an accountant, the Bar Exam to become a lawyer, but what certification do you need to become a travel advisor? The short answer: none. There is no global examination or course that people must take to be travel advisors. However there are several travel advisor certification… Read More >

Meet the New Class: Class 16

Name: Taylor Ruby Location: Atlanta, GA Previous Career: Hospitality industry, working at Belmond Charleston Place and The Ritz-Carlton Interesting Fact: Taylor isn’t a stranger to Brownell – in fact, she helped with our 2014 Brownell Academy (aka Camp Brownell) at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.   Name: Rebecca Rosen Location: New York City Previous Career:… Read More >

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Testimonials

Brownell ICs are the Best

Your Brownell IC’s are the very best I have ever met. Congratulations on your excellent Brownell program.

Evelyn Weber, Manager, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The mentoring program was critical

“The Brownell mentoring program was critical to the successful launch of my travel business. It was a year well-spent learning the ins and outs of the industry and the Virtuoso network. When I graduated from the program, I felt fully integrated into the company and was ready to take my business to the next level.”

Katherine Gould, Richmond, VA

We could not do this without you!

“The Mentoring Program gave us the chance and the training to start a business AND the continued support to grow that businesss. We could not do this without you!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA

An incredible opportunity to join the industry as a newbie

“The mentoring program was an incredible opportunity to join one of the premier travel agencies in the world as a complete newbie. Brownell’s staff was always available and willing to help with the countless questions I had during my first year. Being mentored by the top travel professionals in the industry contributed immensely to the success that I am now enjoying.”

David Ourisman, Berkeley, CA

I am loving every minute of my new career

“The Mentorship program is amazing! I am loving every minute of my new career.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MT

I count my lucky stars that I work with Brownell

“There is no agency better than Brownell! Our Hosting Team is there to hold our hands through the good and the bad. What a huge support group we have! I count my lucky stars every day that I am fortunate to be working for Brownell. The hosting staff is such a comforting and hands on team. They are positive reinforcements of acknowledging when we excel and encourage us to grow our business by having the opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful hotels and resorts we sell worldwide.”

Caroline Wallace, Richmond, VA

The sky is the limit here!

“Brownell Hosting is the gold standard in host agency programs. From the onboard training to the day-to-day support, the hosting team offers best practice strategies and industry insight to ensure I stand apart in the marketplace. Even as a home-based advisor, I feel incredibly connected with not just the hosting team but the entire Brownell Family. There is a collaborative and supportive environment among the advisors which truly gives me an advantage in designing client travel experiences. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious agency. The sky is the limit here!”

Irene Quisenberry, Tampa, FL

I have reached goals beyond my expectations

“I wanted to convert my love for travel, marketing skills, client service skills, and technology background into a career. Fortunately, Brownell’s mentoring program allowed me to do just that and allowed me to reach goals that were beyond my expectations. An unexpected bonus of joining Brownell has been becoming part of an organization where each part of the team is truly supportive of my efforts and is interested in my ongoing success. Brownell’s methods and techniques serve as a daily inspiration.”

Linda Terrill, Atlanta, GA

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

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