We are thrilled today to shine the spotlight on our go-to resource for all things travel, Strong Travel Services! Whether we’re booking guests’ flights for a destination wedding or helping a couple plan the perfect honeymoon, we constantly refer our clients to Strong Travel due to the company’s unmatched expertise and five-star level of service.
Strong Travel is also an integral part of our company’s newest brand, Destination EnSite, which introduces top event professionals to premier properties all over the world through familiarity trips—last summer took us to Hilton Head Island for “Wed at the Westin,” and this August we’ll be heading to Indonesia to explore The Mulia Bali alongside leading event professionals from across the globe!
exterior of The Mulia Bali’s Eternity Chapel | photo courtesy of The Mulia Bali
Without further ado, meet Scott Stout, a 30-year travel industry veteran who’s given us the scoop on more than a few exciting travel opportunities…we recommend getting your passport ready before reading!
Name: Scott Stout
Title/Position: Travel Consultant
Years in Business: 30 years
How did you first get involved with the travel industry? “I worked at a high-end hotel in St. Louis and then transitioned into selling luxury travel after two years. This gave me a unique experience because I learned how a hotel worked from the inside out.”
Favorite thing about what you do: “The greatest reward I get from this job is when the client returns from their trip and I hear they made memories that will last them a lifetime. It is an exceptional opportunity to be able to influence someone’s life in that way.”
Most memorable moment on the job: “There was one incident recently where an elderly traveler, who was traveling alone through a third world country, had a sudden medical emergency and needed to get back to the U.S. immediately. I personally oversaw her return home and was with her every step of the way back to make sure she was taken care of and okay.”
What sets Strong Travel apart from other travel service providers?
“Strong Travel is a firm believer that our team members should experience travel to gain knowledge first-hand and create long-lasting relationships between the hotel partners and Strong Travel.”
How do you define “luxury travel?”
“Luxury travel does not necessarily describe the thread-count on bedsheets or how many Michelin Stars a hotel restaurant has. To our clients it means having insight, flexibility, and cultivated experiences with the highest level of service. Luxury is in the eye of the beholder, but one thing that we have seen remain constant is that they want an experience that enriches and delights them. You’re going to forget whether or not your room had a chandelier, however you will always remember how your travel advisors dedicated themselves to making the trip customized to your personal preferences.”
Top destinations you’d recommend traveling to in 2016: “Tahiti, Italy, Napa Valley, Tanzania, and Portugal.”
Up-and-coming hot spots for destination weddings: “The Brando in French Polynesia, Lucala in Fiji, Aman in Bhutan, and Saint Lucia.”
DISCOVER YOUR DREAM DESTINATION
We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling ready to travel! Here’s an exclusive look at what’s currently on offer from Strong Travel.
1. Singita: Singita has partnered with Fregate Island Private to offer the ultimate “bush and beach” itinerary. Click here to get in touch with Strong Travel and book a 6-for-5 stay at Singita Serengeti, combined with 4 nights at Fregate Island Private, for an experience that many only dream about!
photos provided by Strong Travel
2. Four Seasons Jackson Hole: Have availability to travel between May and December of this year? The Four Seasons Jackson Hole’s Villa Insider Offer is for 5+ nights in a Residences Rental, and includes a $500 resort credit! Get in touch with Strong Travel here for the fine print.
3. The Resort at Paws Up: This has been one of our favorite properties in Montana ever since Mary-Frances first discovered it while on a FAM trip! The Resort at Paws Up is offering a top secret special promotion, and Strong Travel has the full scoop—drop a line to their team here!