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Our Global Vision
 
Destination Partners is a travel management company dedicated to helping universities source, plan, manage & execute enriching travel programs and experiences, all over the world, from groups of ten to hundreds.

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Welcome to Destination Partners the trusted travel management partner for American universities and academic institutions seeking exceptional group travel experiences for their undergraduate, graduate, EMBA and alumni programs.

 

We specialize in curating immersive and enriching travel programs led by faculty experts, designed to enhance learning and foster meaningful connections across cultures. From customized study abroad experiences to faculty-led programs, we are dedicated to providing top-tier travel management services that exceed academic expectations.

 

Our team is committed to ensuring the smooth execution of every group program, from logistical planning to on-the-ground support, allowing faculty and students to focus on the educational experience. With a deep understanding of the unique requirements of university programs, we tailor each journey to meet the specific academic goals and cultural interests of your institution.

 

Whether it's a master's program exploring global business practices or an alumni trip reconnecting with academic roots, Destination Partners is here to facilitate transformative travel experiences that inspire, educate, and unite participants in a shared educational of discovery.

 

How we can elevate your university's travel programs and create unforgettable memories for your students and faculty. Let's embark on a journey of learning, exploration, and cultural exchange together.

 

Our Approach is to apply high-touch management & innovative programming to ensure successful programs that will connect people from around the world, making us all better global citizens. 
 

Account Team Destination Partners has a dedicated team of seasoned travel management professionals to attend to the unique needs of the many different types of group travel clients.

Adam Carter

President / Founder

Adam is a native New Yorker and a proud NYU alum. Prior to his career in travel, Adam studied abroad in Europe and Latin America, and received his MBA from Stern in International Marketing in 1980 (spending a semester in Rio de Janeiro at UFRJ/ COPPEAD). Afterwards he spent several years in New York on Madison Avenue in the advertising industry, honing his skills in product development and management.

Looking to combine his love of travel and marketing, he left advertising and in 1984 opened Brazil Nuts Tours, a company dedicated to creating innovative special interest tours. Under his direction, Brazil Nuts Tours became recognized as a leader in such key travel segments as Ecotourism, cultural tours and corporate meetings and incentives. In 2007 Adam was elected Chairman of the Brazil Tour Operators Association. To meet the demand for quality short-term group travel programs among institutional clients in the educational, NGO and corporate sector, Adam and his wife opened the Destination Partners division in 2001 and have grown the business with an emphasis on strong client service, destination expertise and creative programming and solutions.

 


acarter@destinationpartners.net

 

 

Maria Luisa M. Carter 
Director/ Founder
CHO Chief Happiness Officer 


With a professional background in the arts, health and education, Luisa received her Masters in Education from Southern Connecticut University. Her varied professional experience, multi-cultural background (born in Brazil, studied in Europe), and her ability to connect with people from all over the world make her a key part of Destination Partners success. As a  Given her rich background, Maria Luisa has special interest and expertise in programs relating to the African Diaspora, education, and community service, thereby adding a unique dimension to our offerings. So much so that in 2009 Luisa opened a non-profit organization, Bee Gaia, dedicated to promoting global citizenship through programs of art, education, travel and well-being. Bee Gaia has adopted four projects that it supports and integrates into faculty led programs when appropriate: an orphanage in Haiti, a school for the developmentally challenged in Bhutan, and two villages, one in the Brazilian Amazon and one in Ghana.


Awarded as ” Queen Mother of Torgorme Village” Ghana Africa- 2012 view link

2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards Hodges University view link

2016 SWF Face Awards view link

2020 Lady Liberty Leader Woman March to Win Award view link

lcarter@destinationpartners.net

 

 

Sarah Navarro
Commercial Manager

Sarah is a travel expert with a passion for culture and exploration. After spending a semester abroad in France during college and traveling around Europe as well as China, Sarah decided to couple her love for other cultures with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development focusing on Comparative and International Development Education.

 

With 16 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, she has established herself as a trusted and knowledgeable professional. She is dedicated to designing and supporting international/intercultural exchanges and learning abroad programs, striving to create meaningful experiences. She understands that every traveler is unique, and her ability to listen, understand preferences, and offer tailored recommendations sets her apart. Throughout her career Sarah has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping others gain innovative cultural learning experience. Since working at DP she has expanded her own travel experiences by visiting countries on 5 continents and hopes to add Australia to her personal knowledge base soon!

 

 

snavarro@destinationpartners.net

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Luciana Belfort

Senior Account Executive

Luca Belfort is a seasoned account executive, joining Destination Partners with 25 years in the travel industry working with a variety of clients from the private, public, and non-profit sector including The Wall Street Journal FGV University and the United Nations.

At Destination Partners she has being working with Graduate and Undergraduate Students, MBA programs, Faculty-Led travel courses, International Seminars acting as key client liaison and doing operations worldwide.

She is experienced in developing tailor-made, special interest group travel as well as managing large events, conferences, meetings, and corporate incentives. Luca holds a degree in Business Administration from Candido Mendes University and enjoys travelling extensively throughout Europe and South America.

 

lbelfort@destinationpartners.net

Luciana D' Andrade
Operational Manager

Luciana has a 20-year career in the travel industry, including work with well-established DMCs in Rio de Janeiro. With a rich background in Incentive Programs and luxury travel, Luciana has gained valuable experience in curating experiences where authenticity, exclusivity, and comfort take center stage. 

 

At Destination Partners, she manages accounts such as Ohio State, Fordham University, Stanford, UW Madison, various divisions at NYU, among other seasonal clients. Luciana efficiently handles the global flight arrangements for participants in different fellowship programs. Among the destinations she has operated include the French Alps, Thailand, Croatia, Montenegro, Colombia, Patagonia, various European cities, Iceland, Hawaii, and Canada, to name a few.

 

Based in the enchanting city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known for its vivacious culture and passionate people, she is constantly inspired by the vibrant mosaic of life that surrounds her. In addition to her professional endeavors, her personal travel experiences have taken her to destinations like Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rome, California, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, and paradisiacal places such as Fernando de Noronha Island. She has also embarked on a comprehensive exploration of Brazil's East Coast, the lush Pantanal region, and visited historic coffee plantations, rich in details from the time of slavery.

 

Her love for adventure is deeply intertwined with her Italian heritage, driving her fascination with diverse cultures and enhancing her approach to travel. She is committed not only to delivering top-notch, customer-focused travel solutions but also to fostering connections that transcend cultural boundaries, resulting in unforgettable travel experiences.

ldandrade@destinationpartners.net

Lia Alpis

Account Executive

Lia Alpis has a great passion for travel, people and different cultures. With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, on tour & travel, corporate incentive, conference organization, teambuilding, event, and special interest group travel.

Committed on developing tailor-made itineraries with creativity, flexibility, dedication according to client´s needs and, providing unforgettable travel experiences and satisfaction.

Lia holds a degree in Bachelor in Tourism from Veiga de Almeida University.

During vacation she loves to explore the world, see new places, interact with people, and have unforgettable experiences.

lalpis@destinationpartners.net

Rosangela Forte
Project Manager

 

 

Graduated in Advertising from Universidade Gama Filho and in Administration from Universidade Estácio de Sá.  

She always liked and traveled a lot, I was invited to work with a friend, as a travel agent. In recent years, I have been able to learn more about the commercialization of national and international tourism.

 

I assisted numerous customers, sold tickets and tour packages, contracted transport companies, scheduled visits, issued airline tickets, informed customers about aircraft routes, scales, schedules and rates.

She was the project manager to World Happiness Summit WOHASU. in 2023

rforte@destinationpartners.net

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Karine Annechino

Account Executive

Karine has always striven after the boldest challenges and that’s what keeps her motivated in these almost 20 years in Tourism. 

 

She holds a degree in Bachelor in Tourism and started her career working in international hotel chains when she felt her passion to connect with other cultures. Karine is fond of ecotourism, diving and outdoor activities that always involve the “unusual” and her experiences can be detailed in her tailormade itineraries, where she always puts enthusiasm and passion to bring the innovation to each program.

 

Her experience in as Account Executive over the years in MICE tourism and tour and travel specialist can be noted in her recent experiences in Destination Partners such as Tanzania, France, Greece, Ireland, Colombia and her specialties: Brazil and Asia.

kannechino@destinationpartners.net

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Julia Troccoli

Administrative Assistant

 

Julia is enthusiastic about exploring new destinations and experiencing different cultures. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from ESPM University in São Paulo. After graduating, she spent one year and a half pursuing her biggest passion, which is traveling. During that period, she completed a course focused on General Marketing at UCLA University. This time living abroad further solidified her desire to enter the tourism world. What drives her is the possibility to learn more about cultures and destinations.

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Pericles DeSouza (Peri)

European Field Coordinator 

 

 

Pericles has worked in tourism most of his adult life, combining his passion for travel with his love of people. His role at Destination Partners is to support our large group operations throughout Europe and Africa. His organizational skills and attention to detail have ensured the success of numerous high profile/ large volume group movements.

 

His academic and technical background is impressive, including A degree in Translation & Interpreting in English/Portuguese at Kensington & Chelsea College in London, an MA in Applied Linguistics from UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina) as well as other international certificates in tourism management. He is an accredited Tour Guide by EMBRATUR (South America) and ETOA (Europe). Prior to his work with Destination Partners he has worked as a freelance travel manager and guide for major tour operators both in South America and Europe

pdesouza@destinationpartners.net

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