Christina Ernst – From Travel Professional to Tour Operator VIP Southern Tours
October 28th, 2020 | Duration 00:33:59 | Posted in TRO Signal by Richard Bryan Earls, Lynda Phillippi
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What does it take to move from being a travel professional to a tour operator? Today, Linda and I interview Christina Ernst of VIP Southern Tours. Christina gathered up her courage, bought a fleet of vans, and started a business doing wine tours in the Northern Georgia Mountains. She explains how she made the transition, the challenges she faced, and the brand she has built over the last few years.
What possibilities do you have for expanding your own business locally?
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Meet the Podcaster
Lynda Phillippi has been in travel for 16 years, as an advisor and host agency owner. Renaissance Travel and Events specializes in small group travel, cruises, and Europe. She is a part chapter president of ASTA in Portland, Oregon, and the current Regional Director for ASTA in the Pacific Northwest. She’s…Learn more
Meet the Podcaster
Richard Bryan Earls
Richard Earls has spent the last 30 years in the travel industry as an agency owner, a technologist, a publisher and a writer. A serial entrepreneur, Richard has sold two of his start-up companies prior to his current projects, Travel Research Online, Voyager Websites and Travmarket Media The publishing credits to…Learn more
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