Wallace Pierson Travel and Vermejo partner on student education travel initiative

Participating students, accompanied by a chaperone, will engage in meetings with Vermejo staff and enjoy experiences on the 558,000-acre reserve to learn about large landscape conservation efforts and purpose-driven careers in hospitality.

RATON, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES – Wallace Pierson Travel has partnered with Ted Turner ReservesVermejo on their WPT Student Educational Travel Fund, offering high school students the opportunity to explore a career in travel and hospitality through experiencing a stay at the award-winning reserve in Northern New Mexico.

Four sophomores and junior class students from Fernandina Beach High School outside of Jacksonville, Florida will be selected by Wallace Pierson Travel to attend the all-expense paid educational trip based on submitted video applications.

Celebrating its 50th year in operation, Wallace Pierson Travel wanted to commemorate its golden anniversary by creating an initiative that inspires the next generation of travel professionals. “Our team started the WPT Student Educational Travel Fund adding a percentage of our revenues to it along with contributions from our community to impact as many students as possible,” said Angela W. Pierson, SVP of Sales & Marketing for Wallace Pierson Travel. “This amazing opportunity to work with Ted Turner Reserves is the first of what we believe will be many life-changing student travel experiences. The goal is to eventually operate at least one domestic and one international trip annually.”

Vermejo Guest Service

Conservation-forward Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve was chosen as the inaugural destination for its inspiring ethos of being more than just a resort destination. “Vermejo has a natural allure for those who, through their work, choose to make a difference in the world,” said Theresa King, General Manger for Vermejo. “We are excited to showcase the wide variety of career opportunities available at a unique property like this, from positions in the culinary and guest services departments to jobs operating actively within the environment such as guiding and natural resources.”

Selected students will be announced Friday, March 1st. Travel will occur May 30-June 3, 2024, and will be featured on Wallace Pierson Travel and Ted Turner Reserves social media.

Vicky Karantzavelou

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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