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Destination Partners is a Travel Management Company 


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.

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Maria Luisa M. Carter 
Vice- President / Founder 
KWEST Director

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.


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Luciana DÁndrea

KWEST Account Executive

Luciana D’Andrea is a “carioca”, or native of Rio de Janeiro. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and earned her MBA degree in Marketing at Brazil’s prestigious Fundacao Getulio Vargas University. In her 17 years in the travel industry she has worked with a variety of international clients. She has extensive experience in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events) sector coordinating special events and large group movements. She has also especially enjoyed collaborating with clients from the elite Virtuoso consortium, planning and managing highly customized special interest itineraries. Luciana has travelled widely and is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.




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Holli Franchi

Commercial Manager

With over a decade of professional experience in mortgage & insurance, Holli found the travel world quite by chance. She quickly discovered her passion in South America; travelling, creating & operating leisure programs for individual travel, becoming proficient in both individual & group air systems & processes, and supporting group programs. With over 11 years with us now, her role with Destination Partners is ever evolving, including commercialization & operation of group programs & air support for the division. Her travels around South America include extensive trips throughout Brazil, Argentina, Peru & Ecuador/Galapagos. Most recently her travels have led her over the Atlantic through the U.K., Spain and Hungary. “I’m passionate about culture & diversity, nature & wildlife, and I love sharing my impressions and experiences with prospective travelers”.


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Julia Kasid

Operation Manager


After graduating from University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Business Management, Julia joined the administration as Executive Assistant for the University’s Presidents Leadership Class (a rigorous four-year academic program designed for 200 of the school’s top undergraduates), where she earned the distinction in the Colorado university system of Outstanding Staff Member. She transitioned into educational travel by working on a 100 day, around-the-world voyage of Semester at Sea serving in the administration as Assistant to the Dean. This was followed by a position in Client Services with EF Educational Tours. Five years ago she joined Destination Partners. In her role at DP, Julia has overseen the design and implementation of in-country tours for Semester at Sea, as well as many NYU departments including Stern, Steinhardt, Gallatin, Tisch, and the SCPS. An avid traveler herself, Julia has visited 20 countries across 6 continents. She cherishes the rich potential of travel to teach and shape those who choose to embrace it and she is excited to facilitate your student's experiences abroad. 

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