Keeping up to date on the latest training & educational opportunities is so important to me. I want to give my clients the best possible advice & knowledge by staying up to date on training, visiting resorts, and enrolling top-notch certifications like Destination Wedding University & The Travel Institute's Certified Travel Advisor Program.
I have been honored with KHM Travel Group’s 2018 Bronze Pinnacle Elite Agent Award. My travel agency, Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, was given this esteemed award because of its total sales in 2018. I also received this award in 2017. Read more here.
I am also a proud graduate of Destination Wedding University.
I was part of a cohort of 34 enthusiastic students for the initial launch. In early March 2019, I graduated as a certified Destination Wedding Expert, with focused training on how to plan, set up, organize, and deliver one-of-a-kind destination weddings. Read more here.
I hold industry credentials from IATAN, as well as CLIA.
The International Airlines Travel Agent Network/IATAN is a non-profit organization that assists travel agents in meeting and maintaining a specific set of standards that are of value to airlines, the travel agency community and consumers.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience.
My list of destination certifications is long, and I am so proud of that! I have logged many hours to learn as much as I can for you, my beloved clients! My destination certifications include:
Certified Hawaii & Maui Destination Specialist
New York City Travel Specialist
Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas Specialist
Jamaica Travel Specialist
Australia Specialist Agent
Los Cabos Specialist
St. Lucia Specialist
Cruising is also a big part of my business, so I have devoted much time to expanding my knowledge of the cruise industry and specific cruise line training. My cruise certificates include:
Royal Caribbean Master Level Graduate
Norwegian Cruise Line Master Level Graduate
I am a lover of Disney, and so enjoy creating Disney World itineraries for my clients. I love hearing the stories of the joy and magic the kids AND parents experienced at Disney. That being said, I am a Disney College of Knowledge Graduate.
I also have a select few resorts that I know and trust, so I keep continuous training with these brands. I am a Certified Sandals Specialist and AMResorts Master Agent. I have also attended Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist Training in destination at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.
Insurance is also an important piece of the travel pie. I have done training and received certification as an Allianz Global Assistance Specialist with my preferred travel protection provider, Allianz Global Assistance.
My list of trainings, certifications, and awards is ever growing! I am currently working on the pretigious Certified Travel Advisor course with the Travel Institute, as well as the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist Association's Certified Destination Wedding, Honeymoon, and Romance Travel Specialist professional designation.
Dana Lewis has been honored with KHM Travel Group’s 2018 Bronze Pinnacle Elite Agent Award. Dana’s travel agency, Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, was given this esteemed award because of its total sales in 2018. Lewis also received this award in 2017.
Dana received a congratulatory letter from KHM Travel Group President Rick Zimmerman and Pinnacle Program Directors Jenn Jankowski and Bill Coyle, along with a pin and personalized certificate. She will also be given additional rewards to help grow her business even more in the coming year.
Dana Lewis developed a strong love for traveling when she first cruised in 2009 and went on her first flight in 2013. She has since been on over 40 flights. Dana started her business, Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, in 2015, and continues to learn, develop, and exude passion for the travel industry and her clients.
As a leading host travel agency, KHM Travel Group has helped 4,000+ people start their own home-based travel businesses. KHM Travel Group designed the Pinnacle Elite Agent Program to reward its top agents by offering them advanced tools in branding, marketing, selling, and agent rewards.
“When we first developed the Pinnacle Elite Agent Program, we wanted to help agents take their businesses to the next level, faster. And last year, Dana did just that. We’re always thrilled to see people achieving their goals and will do whatever we can to help them share their passion with the world,” said Rick Zimmerman.
For more information about Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, visit www.danallewis.com.
Dana Lewis is a highly sought-after travel designer, owner of Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings. She visits numerous destinations each year, continuously expanding her knowledge in the industry. Dana is regarded as an expert in curating, planning, and executing once-in-a-lifetime vacations in some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations. She can be reached via her website www.danallewis.com.
KHM Travel Group is an award-winning host travel agency, currently supporting 4,000+ independent home-based travel agents across the United States. With an innovative education and support program, along with a dedicated team, KHM Travel Group specializes in helping individuals sell travel products including cruises, vacation packages, tours, honeymoons, group travel and more. For more information, visitwww.khmtravel.com.
Lao Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a one step."
My journey has involved more than a few thousand miles, each bringing me one step closer than the last. Closer to what? Well, this journey of mine has no end in sight, and I am more than ecstatic about that! Goal after goal. Achievement after achievement. I just keep striving for more.
One goal of mine for quite sometime was to begin a newsletter to share my heart, thoughts, and travel tips. But, I put it off for years out of fear. Where would I start? What would I say? Who would read? William Wordsworth put it so simply, "To begin, begin."
So that is where my journey is today, thoughtfully creating my very first newsletter.
Each quarter I'll send a newsletter with current happenings, noteworthy blog posts, travel tips, and so much more!
The first edition is all about new beginnings—newsletter, certification, look.
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Dana Lewis Graduates with In-demand Destination Wedding Certification
As part of Destination Wedding University’s inaugural class, Dana Lewis now offers a new range of travel services, backed by an innovative new training course
weddings currently account for 25% of all weddings annually. As a segment, it continues to grow each year across demographics. Dana Lewis— a local travel agent who has been serving clients across the U.S. for almost 4 years — recognized there was increasing demand for travel experts who can create unforgettable weddings in the world’s most beautiful places.
Lewis also knew that she had questions about the practical and business ins and outs of this complex space and needed professional guidance. “This niche requires a specific skill set that’s very different from other types of travel planning. Agents who try to dive in without mentoring get overwhelmed really quickly, and I didn’t want to fall into that,” Lewis said.
In the Fall of 2018, Dana Lewis saw that Will Medina — a nationally-recognized travel agent with nearly a decade of destination wedding planning experience — had launched Destination Wedding University and its flagship training program called The Destination Wedding Playbook.
Lewis jumped at the opportunity for top-tier professional training in this fast-growing industry segment.
The 15-week virtual course is hosted live weekly by Medina and features four in-depth modules that cover topics like finding a niche, client attraction, consistent conversion, and automation of services for peak efficiency and organization.
Lewis was part of a cohort of 34 enthusiastic students for the initial launch. In early March 2019, she graduated as a certified Destination Wedding Expert, with focused training on how to plan, set up, organize, and deliver one-of-a-kind destination weddings.
“The Destination Wedding Playbook has catapulted my business and work ethic to a whole new level. It has not only been invaluable to me professionally, but personally as well. I am thrilled to see what I have learned in action, and improve my clients’ experience, better convey my value, and bring my business to a caliber I have only dreamed possible. Destination Wedding Playbook is a game changer for me & my clients!”
With enrollment for Destination Wedding Playbook expected to triple in 2019, Lewis is also excited to be on the leading edge of a growing trend. “As a travel expert and business person, I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn,” she said. “I can’t wait for what’s next.”
To learn more about Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Wedding’s range of services and to schedule a consultation, visit www.danallewis.com.
A little over five years ago, I boarded my first ever flight to New York City with my mom.
I had never flown. My mom had never flown. And I was terrified.
But somehow, my globetrotting husband, put me at ease beforehand.
As soon as I set foot in Manhattan my life changed forever.
My life, my outlook on life changed in an instant.
I found a light in me I didn't know I had.
I felt empowered.
I felt alive.
I felt like chains broke free that I didn't even know had been holding me back.
New York City did that for me.
I could've been any other place in the world.
But it was New York.
The city that never sleeps.
The city that is so alive with beauty and wonder and history and art and nature and culture.
And. So. Many. Things.
Though it would be a couple of years later, New York is where my journey as a travel agent began.
New York gave me purpose.
New York gave me passion.
New York gave me the world.
Travel gave me purpose.
Travel gave me passion.
Travel gave me the world in more ways than I can count.
Since, I have been on 40+ flights, and last December I spent time leading my first ever group trip, showing them a place that I love so dearly, New York, New York! On my way to the airport, I looked at my husband, who encouraged me to go on that first trip & continues to encourage me everyday, and just started crying tears of gratitude & joy. When I took that first trip, I never dreamed it would be the beginning of me living my passion. I am so incredibly grateful to my family & friends—I am so grateful for your love & support; to my babies—I can’t wait for us to teach you the value of hard work and building your dreams and to show you the world; to my clients—I can’t put my appreciation for you into words; and to the group that followed along with me—it is an absolute honor to show you a place so incredibly special to me! I cannot wait to escort my 2nd group in December 2019. I have no doubt, you will fall in love as much as I have.