Carla-Joan Van Wees
Carla-Joan Van Wees
Corporate, Groups. Educational, Retreat Specialist
My love of travel began at the age of 2 when my parents would take me to travel to the Netherlands. The passion continued at 12 after our family’s first Disney vacation when I returned home and tried to make my bedroom look like the hotel room in order to prolong the experience.
My passion for travel continued. Through my personal travels, I visited over 48 countries; and can provide first-hand experience of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Universal Studios Orlando. Additionally, I have planned and managed on site corporate educational retreats in South Africa, Bali, Jamaica, Sedona, Costa Rica, Singapore, and on a Caribbean Cruise. Lastly, I have spent a great deal of time in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, especially Bonaire.
Perhaps surprisingly, my career was not spent directly in travel but in industries as diverse as teaching, managing the family sod farm, numerous wedding caterings, and corporate meeting planning. Nevertheless, each contributed to my diverse skill set useful in planning new vacation experiences. I understand that the process of planning includes your unique interests and personal preferences to create travel experiences with memories to last a lifetime.
I am continually learning and in addition to my Bachelor of Education in History and Geography I achieved certification in The Ritz-Carlton Centre’s Memorable Customer Service. Also, I am a College of Disney Graduate and have certification from Disney Institute’s Approach to Business Excellence as well as Disney’s Approach to Quality Service. Additionally, I am a Universal Orlando Specialist.
I use my education, experience, and foresight to proactively address details before they become a concern. When planning travel for clients, details are high on my priority list; ensuring that nothing is overlooked so that your vacation or retreat will have its own magic.
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It pays to learn from the Master, and Carla is certainly the Master of Creating Experiences. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several retreats where Carla was the driving force behind making all the arrangements for the retreat as well as coordinating staff, welcoming, taking orders, taking care of participant’s needs, managing the sound, and generally making sure the whole event goes smoothly and flawlessly. Learn from the best – her wisdom is available to you right here on this page! -- Paul McKinley, author of Rules Of The Spirit, and The Energy Of Forgiveness
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