Experiencing the West Hollywood region just like a client would, was the highlight for TravelManagers’ personal travel managers who recently experienced a seven-night exclusive educational hosted by TravelManagers’ sister-company Hoot Holidays and Visit West Hollywood.
Stephanie Jones, Product Manager from Hoot Holidays and Sarah Thornton, Gate 7’s Account Manager for WeHo - Visit West Hollywood hosted famil participants Christine Ashton, Jane Fowler, Debra Deane, Lisa Metzl and Jason Smith from New South Wales, Nicole Ginger and Amy Poupos from Victoria with Simon Tinkler from Queensland.
Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills and adjacent to Beverly Hills, the city of West Hollywood is just 1.9 square miles in size and has a population of 39,000. The city is comprised of three main districts: the world-famous Sunset Strip, eclectic Santa Monica Blvd., and The West Hollywood Design District.
Metzl, representative from North Avoca was excited to discover a new and exciting destination in West Hollywood.
“Los Angeles is a destination I know well, but this famil allowed me the opportunity to explore West Hollywood, an area I hadn’t really explored before and I was pleasantly surprised with what it had to offer. With great hotels along with some fabulous restaurants – I can highly recommend Gracias Madre with its vegan Mexican menu using only locally grown organic food. The location is a great alternative for those who have travelled to LA several times, it’s really easy to get around and provides good access to Anaheim.”
The highlight for Metzl was the three-hour walking tour of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
“The walking tour was fabulous. A local lady hosted it and her knowledge of past and present celebrities was phenomenal. The area is full of history and the stories are so interesting – we would have missed so much without this. I will be recommending this tour to all my clients.”
Poupos discovered real value in having a ‘front of line’ ticket for Universal Studios.
“Having the ‘front of line’ ticket is definitely worth the money if clients are short on time or just want to experience as much as possible. The ticket allows you to go to the front of the line once per ride so you can try at least every ride without having to wait in queues for lengthy times.”
A visit to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without some time at Disneyland.
“No matter what your age, you can’t help but have fun at Disneyland. Make sure you don’t miss seeing the ‘World of Color’ show at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park. It really is something that can’t be described you really need to experience it in person to gain the full effects and really how incredible it is,” says Poupos.
Shopping at the Citadel Outlets provided another great experience for Metzl.
“The Citadel Outlets provide a fantastic option for Australians looking to make the most of their last day in Los Angeles before flying home in the evening. With access to their VIP room, you can store your luggage while you head out shopping. The VIP room provide snacks, drinks, a lounge area and lovely bathrooms where you can rest, change and repack your bags with all your new shopping purchases, before heading to the airport.”
The personal travel managers attribute the behind-the-scenes support received from their in-house wholesaler Hoot Holidays, giving them the freedom to go above and beyond for their clients.
“The support I receive from Hoot Holidays with their exceptional product knowledge, competitive pricing and exclusive value-add for land arrangements and holiday packages within the Asia Pacific region, gives me peace of mind that my clients will receive the best possible holiday in terms of value and experience. This gives me the confidence to focus on sharing my firsthand knowledge and travel tips that I know will make their travel the absolute best it can be and that is important to me,” says Poupos.