President, VIP Vacations
Jennifer Doncsecz, CTIE, is a nationally recognized travel expert, specializing in Caribbean vacations, destination weddings and honeymoons. As owner and president of VIP Vacations Inc., Jennifer has distinguished herself as one of the top travel agents in America. Having received numerous industry awards, Jennifer uses her position to educate consumers as well as travel professionals on how to create amazing memories through travel.
As an authority on a variety of travel issues, Jennifer has appeared as an expert on CNN’s Headline News and FOX Philadelphia’s “10 O’clock News.” She also serves as a regular guest on FOX Philadelphia’s “Good Day Philadelphia”, appearing Friday mornings since 2006 on FOX 29 as well as syndicated Fox networks. She has also been called upon by PBS 39’s “Tempo” to give weekly travel tips. “Geraldo Live” on Fox National News has interviewed Jennifer about travel related issues for his FNN show. Jennifer and VIP Vacations are frequently highlighted in the trade publication Travel Agent, which in June 2007, featured a cover story titled “Jennifer Doncsecz, Media Darling.”. Travel Weekly Magazine named her a "super star" agent and has placed her on their schedules for conventions and online webinars. Jennifer has also been featured in dozens of other publications including The New York Times, Elite Destination Weddings, Island Boater, Brides, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide and most recently, Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2014, Jennifer became a USA Today 10 Best contributor and has written several feature articles for USA Today. Jennifer has served as a guest on “Peter Greenberg’s Worldwide Radio show". She has been a featured Key Note speaker at dozens of travel conventions, the New York Times Travel Show, and has given presentations as an on-air travel advisor for many online travel webinars. In July of 2008, Jennifer appeared on Travel Channel’s Great Cruises of the World Series in which she served as the Cruise Expert for three seasons airing from 20082010. Since 2016, Jennifer has written a monthly column for Vacation Agent Magazine called “Travel Stylings” which provides guidance for travel consultants on marketing, branding, customer service, and business planning.
In January of 2016, Vacation Agent Magazine (Travel Pulse) named Jennifer the Most Innovative Agent of the Year and presented her with the 2016 Travvy Award. Jennifer also received another Travvy in January 2018 for Niche Marketing for Destination Weddings. As the President of VIP Vacations, Jennifer has led her team and company to worldwide recognition and over 200 awards in the travel industry. VIP Vacations has been a top selling agency with Sandals, Beaches, Karisma, Palace, Hyatt, Hard Rock, AM Resorts, and Riu Resorts since 2005. In 2017, VIP was named the top selling agency in the world for weddings for Sandals/Beaches Resorts. Jennifer was also awarded The President’s Award by Sandals Resorts in 2009 and its Hall of Fame award in 2015.
Among bridal websites, Jennifer is a prominent fixture. Theknot.com recognized Jennifer's niche market in the destination wedding arena and filmed her own wedding at Beaches Turks/Caicos, which continues to play on Beaches.com and Theknot.com. In 2010, Jennifer’s expert knowledge in the field of romance travel brought Martha Stewart to announce Jennifer as her Honeymoon and Destination Expert for Martha Stewart’s Weddings Magazine and Jennifer continues to be a prominent fixture on Martha's website in the Q&A section. Completing the big three bridal websites, in 2012, Bridalguide.com enlisted Jennifer to be their online destination wedding expert.
With years of experience and vast qualifications, Jennifer has served on many industry advisory boards including Delta Vacations, Travel Impressions, and AMResorts.
In 2012, the Centage Publishing group featured Jennifer in their University textbook “Access, An Introduction to Travel and Tourism” which is used throughout the country at universities (UCLA, Cornell, Temple, and Johnson and Wales) that provide tourism, resort and hospitality courses. In March of 2012, Entrepreneur Magazine’s book series published “Start your own Travel Business” in which Jennifer was profiled, followed and used as an example of a successful travel entrepreneur. Stressing expertise, Jennifer is proud to have earned her certified travel industry executive degree (CTIE), and proudly promotes the benefits of working with a “certified” travel counselor.
A native of Santiago, Chile, who fled to America as a child during the political uprising of the 1970’s; Jennifer developed her innate love of travel by spending each February of her young life touring South America to visit relatives. Having been to every continent and over 100 countries, Jennifer uses her expertise to guide her clients in planning unforgettable travel experiences.
Jennifer and her husband live in Bethlehem, Pa. with their 5 children.
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