Waco, Texas, June 13, 2019—Dana Lewis, CTA®, of Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings, recently earned the distinguished Certified Travel Associate, or CTA, designation from The Travel Institute, the travel industry’s benchmark for educational excellence and the only travel organization offering certification for travel professionals’ varying levels of expertise.
“Working towards, studying for, and testing for this certification not only demonstrates my eagerness to learn, but also a commitment to my clients who will benefit from the additional skils and knowledge obtained during the journey of earning this certification,” said Dana.
The Certified Travel Associate, CTA®, designation is awarded by The Travel Institute to travel professionals who complete a rigorous training program, including closed-book, proctor-administered testing, to demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience and the highest standards of travel professionalism. In addition, CTAs are required to fulfill stringent continuing education requirements each year.
The CTA curriculum focuses on the essential skills needed to succeed as a frontline travel counselor – selling, customer service, destinations, niche markets and communication. The CTA is also the first step in earning the coveted Certified Travel Counselor designation.
Dana Lewis has been a travel counselor for 4 years and has sent numerous clients on vacation experiences around the world. She specializes in honeymoons, family vacations, and destination weddings. Dana’s other professional recognitions include KHM Travel Group, Inc’s, Pinnacle Elite Agent Program, Destination Wedding Specialist Certified from Destination Wedding University, and a Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist from the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist Association.
A collaborative industry effort created in 1964, The Travel Institute is the global leader in industry education and certification for travel professionals. Through innovative educational opportunities, professional certification programs, and customized learning solutions, The Travel Institute enables agent success by instilling a high standard of industry knowledge, professionalism, and excellence. Throughout North America, many successful agents and high-profile leaders credit their success to coursework from The Travel Institute.
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.
In late March 2019 I graduated from the Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist Association's Certified Destination Wedding, Honeymoon, and Romance Travel Specialist professional designation. I am very proud of this designation! You can 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.
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.
As of July 2019, Dana has upleveled to a Silver Pinnacle Elite Agent, and continues to excel.
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.
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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.
Over the past year, I have been learning so many new things, how to be a mom, how to be a mom, wife, AND business owner, and so much more! On the business end of things, I’ve really been focusing on learning all I can about successfully planning destination weddings. Last Fall, I attending a FAM (travel agent familiarization trip) in the Bahamas learning about one of my favorite resort brand's wedding process, but it wasn't until after that that I started really hitting the books.
I have a few weeks before wrapping up a 4 month long interactive course with Destination Wedding University, and am so beyond THRILLED about all I’ve learned, not only about destination weddings, but about how to make my business systems better for YOU!
So a little back story. Destination weddings were never something I imagined I'd be focused on. I just did not think I would find the clientele. However, over the past few years in business more than a few have came my way. From an intimate ceremony on Maui to a couple returning to the Bahamas to marry where she said "yes" to a 100+ people celebration in Jamaica, the destination wedding aspect of my business took off! With all of that, I knew I didn't know everything there is to know about the destination wedding business, but I knew I wanted to! That's where this amazing course came in. The course happily fall into my lap, and I couldn't say no!
In the coming weeks, I'll be graduating from Destination Wedding University with not only sooo much more knowledge about how to bring my clients' destination wedding vision to life, but a better confidence in myself and what I can achieve!
With all of that being said, I introduce to you a whole new vision for my brand--Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings! You'll notice me sharing more destination wedding photos & tips, but for the most part it will be the same ole me bringing you better service & a refined new logo!