The Dialogue with Jill Flickinger Coyle
This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 146th installment visiting with Jill Flickinger Coyle, a travel advisor with Adventure Travel which helps plan dream vacations and assists with corporate travel. Give her a call at (256) 651-5360.
Describe what you do and how you got started. I sell Luxury Leisure Travel and am a Corporate Booking Specialist. I worked for the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and was in charge of planning their annual incentive trips. After working with an agency in Knoxville, I was offered a full-time position in travel and never looked back.
What is your background? Mostly on the job training...but over the years I have completed numerous cruise, tour and hotel certifications as well as long term domestic and international training. I am a Signature Travel Network specialist and a Sandals Specialist, Tauck and Viking Certified Agent among many others.
Describe your customers. The Best!! I have had many of them for 30 years.
What environments impact your business? The economy has a lot to do with how individuals plan their vacations. Over the years I have seen and gone through many changes in the travel industry..a lot due to outside factors such as social, political and technological issues. But, people still like to travel!
What do you enjoy about the business? I love the fact that every day is something different and I enjoy making dream vacations a reality!