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John McLaughlin - So Close
Although Jennifer Doncsecz has been to every continent, she lives, breathes, and loves romance! In addition to her love of travel, she has become a renowned travel authority seen on Fox News and the Travel Channel. Furthermore, she is the destination wedding expert for several of the top destination wedding resorts and bridal publications:
Jennifer says that assisting clients in finding their “happily ever after” is her passion. She believes in fairy tale moments and also feels that everyone deserves a slice of paradise. Through her leadership, she has set high standards at VIP. Their #1 priority is guiding you to your dream destination and ensuring that all of your expectations are met!
“It would be an honor to help you create a memory”, says Jennifer
Please see full bio for Jennifer Doncsecz’s entire list of media appearances and articles.
Jennifer's Full Bio
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 2008-2010. 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.
We just returned from our honeymoon today and I wanted to write to say THANK YOU for giving us the vacation of our dreams!
The accommodations were gorgeous. We did a little peaking around, and our hotel was by far the nicest resort on the island, and the rooms were the largest.
The excursions on our honeymoon registry were so much fun, and it was really helpful having the vouchers you sent over to confirm with the hotel concierge.
I've already given your name/company to a few friends inquiring about honeymoons and vacations. I can't say enough good things about what you've done for us!
In the future I'd love to continue to book trips though you and VIP travel if possible, I almost don't trust anyone else to provide such amazing service.
Taylor and Aaron
My husband Brock and I just returned from our honeymoon to the Riviera Maya at the El Dorado Royale Resort which we booked through VIP vacations.
We just wanted to thank you so much for suggesting this resort. We had an absolutely phenomenal time and loved everything about it.
The resort was absolutely gorgeous. I had never stayed anywhere so clean. They keep the grounds perfectly maintained, and every room, restaurant, and bathroom was so clean. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. They were always finding ways to make our honeymoon as special and romantic as possible. We came to our room which had a beautiful “Happy Honeymoon” sign, and rose pedals with swans on our bed. They booked us special dinners, and even allowed us to end the week with an unforgettable candlelight dinner on the beach.
The food was absolutely delicious. There was not one thing I ordered that I did not LOVE! We enjoyed every restaurant at the resort. I have food allergies, and they were so accommodating, always making sure anything I ate was completely safe, I never felt worried I would eat something I shouldn’t. There were so many different options of restaurants.
There were many fun activities to do at the resort. We did khayaking, I did a SPINNING class on the beach, I did water aerobics, Brock played water polo, and we even painted our own souvenir. The shows at night were so much fun to attend after our amazing dinners.
Thank you so much for helping us to make our honeymoon the best week of our lives!!!! We would highly recommend this resort to any other of your customers!!!! We will definitely be going back!!!
Krisitna Bilger - Schnecksville, PA - Honeymoon at El Dorado Royale
Jennifer and Staff of VIP Vacations,
I just wanted you to know how much we appreciated what you did for us in planning our trip. I can’t quite find the words to express what amazingly great customer service you provide. It is what truly sets you apart from your competitors.
Jennifer, you responded to our emails insanely fast and oh so thoroughly! No matter how many questions or “possible” changes we inquired about. I never felt like we were bothering you. You are wonderful!
Hawaii is amazing! I loved the Honua Kai Resort. The Hilton on Oahu was nothing short of fabulous. but Maui was definitely more our style. Of course we both hope to return one day, but if life takes us on another path, I will always have this wonderful trip to look back on and we will cherish it.
We did get upgrades seats on our way over. So thank you for whatever transpired with that. It made for a relaxing 8 hour flight. I hands down would not hesitate to refer any of my family or friends to you. We hope to work with you again one day! A million thanks!
Meghan and Mark Karosky - Peoria, IL
I can’t thank you enough for all that you did for us to make sure our wedding day was perfect – and it surely was! It was all that we could have ever dreamed of and more – from our amazing room and resort to the gorgeous beaches, wedding decor, and reception – we had the time of our lives with each other, our friends, and our family. None of this would’ve been possible without you! We are so grateful that our paths have crosses and we will forever be thankful to you for helping us to have our dream wedding! You will always be our travel agent and we look forward to make more vacations by VIP! You are an amazing woman, wedding planner, travel agent and now also a friend! Thank you for going above and beyond for us – from all the planning to the beautiful personalized frame – we thank you! – See more at: https://www.vacationsbyvip.com/client-pages/laplante-ouellette/#sthash.oL6C8eaJ.dpuf
Erica and Keith Ouellette - Caribou, ME