Vanessa McGovern

Co-founder & CEO, Gifted Travel Network (GTN)

Co-founder & CEO, Gifted Travel Network (GTN) Vanessa McGovern knows the travel industry from the inside out. She started her career working on board ships in 2002 and she quickly became a top producing sales professionals for the art auction program. She went on to manage art programs across six cruise lines and successfully maintained and launched million dollar revenue programs. In 2009, Vanessa stepped out of the on board revenue world and into the travel agent side of the business. She ran a Cruise Planners/American Express franchise and was recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 Travel Professionals in 2009. She went onto work as Cruise Planners Training and Business Development Manager and in her position she executed and managed new agent training programs, Cruise Planners University (CPU) and many high level projects. Her contributions to new agent training and CPU were a part of the Gold Magellan Award winning Team in 2010. In 2011 she teamed up with Special Needs Group and gained experience from the supplier side of the business. She joined the team to successfully launch SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate and increased exposure and travel agent engagement for the special needs/accessible travel market segment. In June 2011, Vanessa joined the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) as VP of Business Development and Strategic partnerships; Vanessa oversees many facets of the growing travel business coaching and education company. Through her role she has helped travel business owners achieve exponential growth in their businesses. Vanessa has spoken at multiple industry conference including the Sandals Global Sales Meeting. In 2013, Vanessa was part of the launch of Gifted Travel Network and proudly serves of EVP of GTN, a newly formed travel host agency whose mission is to support niche-based Travel Professionals. Vanessa’s passion for the travel industry is contagious and her mission is to continue to spread relevant and effective travel educational programs to all levels of the industry.

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