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Press Releases

Posted December 14, 2023

Authentic Vacations Celebrates Their Community

Authentic Vacations Celebrates Their Community

This holiday season Authentic Vacations was honored to give back to their community by taking part in several events. “We have employees and contractors from all over the globe, but Scottsdale, Arizona is our home base,” says Mary Beth Kelm, COO of Authentic Vacations.

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Posted November 30, 2023

Authentic Vacations is Ahead of the Curve: Merriam-Webster Chooses “Authentic” as the Word of the Year for 2023

Authentic Vacations is Ahead of the Curve

When Authentic Vacations chose the name for their business in 2001, they were ahead of the curve. They instinctively knew that people wanted their travel to be authentic and genuine.

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Posted September 5, 2023

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Kristina Zito

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Kristina Zito

Authentic Vacations is pleased to announce the addition of Kristina Zito; we are happy to welcome her as the newest member of the business development team taking the position of Head of Sales, Eastern Region. Kristina will be responsible for developing and supporting new, Authentic business opportunities for travel advisors, particularly on the East Coast of North America.

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Posted August 10, 2023

Authentic Vacations Introduces Small Guided Vacations

Authentic Vacations Introduces Small Guided Vacations

Mary Beth Kelm, Chief Operating Officer of Authentic Vacations, a member of TPG, is happy to introduce the company’s new Small Guided Vacations. Designed for people seeking a personalized travel experience, these tours are created exclusively by Authentic Vacations.

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Posted February 10, 2023

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Kate Heath

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Kate Heath

Authentic Vacations is pleased to announce and welcome Kate Heath as the newest member of the Business Development team. Kate will be responsible for developing new business opportunities within the U.S. travel advisor sector.

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Posted December 13, 2022

Authentic Vacations Gives Back

Authentic Vacations Gives Back

According to Simon Russell, CEO of Authentic Vacations, it was decided at the corporation’s semi-annual meeting in June 2022, that the team needed to set forth what they believed to be their core internal and external values. Authentic Vacations is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and specializes in custom travel…

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Posted November 7, 2022

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Whitney Ashby Norman

Authentic Vacations Welcomes Whitney Ashby Norman

Simon Russell, CEO of Authentic Vacations, a member of TPG, welcomes Whitney Ashby Norman to their team. Based in the Scottsdale Headquarters office, Whitney is the new Head of Operations.

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Posted June 1, 2022

Opportunity and Innovation Equals Authentic Vacations’ Success

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From crisis, opportunity can arise, and that’s what happened for Authentic Vacations. Simon Russell, CEO of Authentic Vacations, says that the old travel agency model was to work long hours and hope that 20% of their time spent converted to sales.

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Posted October 21, 2021

Authentic Vacations Wins Magellan Gold

Authentic Vacations Wins Magellan Gold

Authentic Vacations has won the prestigious 2021 Magellan Gold award by meeting the recent challenges in the travel industry with their new “Trip Planner App.” This is a technology solution that has an instant-book travel portal so travel advisors can access and book any of Authentic’s hundreds of customized tours, 24/7.

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Posted January 12, 2021

Tour Partner Group Welcomes Simon Russell

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“Simon Russell is now part of the Tour Partner Group family. Simon joins as the International Development Director for the UK based group and is the new CEO of Tour Partner Group, USA Division, based in their Scottsdale office.

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Posted November 16, 2020

Authentic America Travel Receives Prestigious Award

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“Authentic Vacations has just won two Magellan Awards, one gold and one silver. They’re especially honored to receive the Magellan gold for the new Authentic America component of their business and website. The Magellan is the travel industry’s premier award for top professionals with client satisfaction.

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Posted September 21, 2020

Authentic Vacations Presents Visual Storytelling with Pizzazz

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“Infographics” is a somewhat awkward word for a very fluid form of storytelling. Authentic Vacations has created seventeen infographic pieces for their top travel destinations. They tell a story that connects a reader to the distinctive aspect of a place, best imagined through the intertwining of imagery and story.

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Posted August 17, 2020

Authentic Vacations Presents “Authentic Stays”

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We want exceptional travel experiences, and we want to be assured that our lodgings meet the highest standards that our current social climate requires. To answer this need, Authentic Vacations is presenting a new feature named Authentic Stays.

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Posted July 20, 2020

New Fall and Winter USA Vacation Options

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We’re ready to travel, more than ready, and we want to feel safe while doing it. It’s time to dig deep for innovative solutions to satisfy our urge to go. Authentic Vacations has created inspirational itineraries in the USA for this fall and winter, ones that will make us feel alive again and spark our creativity…

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Posted May 19, 2020

It’s Time for Us to Discover America Again

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With limits to international travel and ever-fluctuating travel dates it’s time for innovative solutions. America is opening up and domestic travel, as we know it, is in for some big changes. Let’s take a look at our own country the way that outsiders do.

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Posted May 12, 2020

This Expanding Travel Business Focuses on Life Events, not Destinations

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The owners of a travel business saw their colleagues in the industry barely making it, and their own spreadsheets were getting worse. No one had planned for a pandemic. The managers of one business, Authentic Vacations, quickly regrouped. They gathered a creative team that was willing to work long hours with reduced pay…

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Posted May 7, 2020

Against All Odds, This Company is Expanding Their Travel Business

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Authentic Vacations has opened a travel-inspired office in Scottsdale. With worldwide offices in San Francisco, Dublin, London, Edinburgh, and Copenhagen, Authentic Vacations chose Scottsdale because of the proximity to Sky Harbor Airport and a work force composed of supportive travel professionals…

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Media Contacts

Meredith Blevins
media@authenticvacations.com
602-299-0327