I have worked with ALON Marketing for the past two years while partaking in Brooklyn Tourism Ready Committee (NYC & Company Tourism Ready), and 2018 was my first year joining two of their sales mission trips. The ALON team is always thoughtful, organized, and professional. They listen to and care for every individual participating in their programs. Moreover, their programs are highly focused on creating the most efficient environment for both buyers and suppliers to do business. After this year’s travels with ALON team, I have contracted $50,000 worth of business at the hotel, with new clients who I met for the first time during these trips. With that being said, I really look forward to taking part in more programs with ALON Marketing in upcoming years!
-Irene Song, Director of Sales, Boast Hotels-Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn www.expressbrooklyn.com
I started learning about travel trade a few years ago when I attended an expo in New York hosted by ALON. I found their enthusiasm, resources and knowledge of the travel trade really furthered my understanding of the industry and its potential to grow our business and partnerships. Since then I've attended several expos and missions with the ALON team. Every event with them is well-organized, and I've made some great connections along the way!
-Meg Yeiter Park, Travel Trade Manager, Classic Harbor Line
ALON Marketing was a huge help to our business in our efforts to grow sales across the industry. They educated us on how to work effectively with Travel Trade and had all the connections we needed in the industry and their introductions all led to significant sales contracts. On top of that they were always there with a reminder to follow up with a contact or advise on what conferences to attend so their brilliant minds were always at our finger tips. I would say their help is essential for anyone interested in attracting more travelers to their business.
-David Naczycz, Owner, Urban Adventures New York City
ALON Marketing has been instrumental in helping Like A Local Tours work with the international travel trade. They helped me with product development and implementing procedures to ensure success and signed contracts. Plus they know everyone in the industry and are great to work with!
-Lauren Beebe, Founder, Like A Local Tours
As a newcomer to the Tour & Travel Industry, ALON Marketing has helped me, and continues to help, create important connections with operators and agents all over the world. From Sales Blitzes to larger trade shows, the team facilitates great meetings and events to ensure their clients get the most out of working with ALON. I personally have enjoyed working with all members of the team and I value our partnership greatly.
-Valerie Hoffman, Tourism Sales Manager, New York Wheel LLC
I have had the pleasure of working with ALON Marketing on many tourism industry projects including Familiarization Tours, Sales Missions and Travel Shows. The experience and knowledge of Jennifer Ackerson and her staff is second to none. Their industry expertise and attention to detail guarantees the success of any project they are involved with. I cannot recommend this delightful group of ladies enough!
I have had the opportunity and the privilege of working with ALON Marketing a numerous Sales Blitz trips and a Group Travel show and I recommend the experiences wholeheartedly. They are dedicated to what they do, they are organized, professional, and they GET it. They are an asset to the tourism industry. It’s all about relationship building and you are guaranteed to have successes when working with them. All of the appointments that they schedule are quality and they are excited to meet with all of the destination and attractions involved. Plus, the relationships that you will build with your peers is invaluable. Working with these wonderful ladies is a pleasure and I look forward to every opportunity I have with them!
-Sarah Imes, Sales Manager, Ithaca Convention & Visitors
It is a sincere pleasure to work with ALON Marketing Group. We have collaborated on multiple projects together and Jennifer Ackerson and her staff are consistently, the utmost professionals. I appreciate their attention to detail and acute sense of hospitality when managing our FAM tours to Dutchess County. And, Jennifer Purtill does a consummate job running the sales missions I have attended.
-Dawn Hopper, Director of Tour & Travel, Dutchess Tourism, Inc., www.dutchesstourism.com
Working with ALON Marketing group has been rewarding, successful, and an outstanding learning experience. They will be your friends and mentors. I have had the privilege of being on two sales blitz’s so far and these ladies GET it! Their professionalism, organization, kindness, and assistance is endless. Anyone will benefit by collaborating with Jennifer Purtill and Jennifer Ackerson to better their company awareness, build networking skills and contacts, and of course, have fun!
-Kate Berry, Tourism Sales Assistant, Destiny USA
"I have been attending Familiarization Trips and other Marketing Meetings sponsored by ALON Marketing Group for the last three years.
Jennifer Ackerson and Jennifer Purtill, along with their staff, make sure that anything they are involved with are run with professionalism and perfection and a bit of fun thrown in for extra measure.
If you are looking for a company to team up with you have found it with ALON Marketing Group!!!"
-Joe Shamoun, Operations Manager, Great Escapes Adventures www.greatescapesadventures.com
"The sales exchanges are perfect way for us to meet new suppliers and get to know more about what New York State can offer to our groups. Thank you for including us."
-Erika Elisabeth, Vice President Harlem Spirituals / New York
Visions Travel Group, www.harlemspirituals.com
“As a young company in the sightseeing tour business, the key to our success is networking and having our tours promoted in the right places. Jennifer Ackerson and ALON Marketing were instrumental in building our network in the travel industry. They connected us with key product buyers, and provided professional preparation and coaching to ready us for entering into the tremendous markets overseas. I hold Jen and ALON in the highest regard, and recommend them strongly!”
-Jeffrey Stirewalt, Director - Operations & Marketing, Brooklyn Unplugged Tours, www.brooklynunpluggedtours.com
“It has been a pleasure to work with Jennifer and her group at ALON Marketing. They smooth the way and introduce us to excellent Tour Suppliers, helping to coordinate paperwork and details to get Tour and Activity programs in place in the speediest manner possible. We appreciate their professionalism and quick response to our needs. We highly recommend ALON and value their services for Alcatraz Media, Inc. & www.Reserve123.com.”
-Carolyn Ballard, Sr. Business Development Manager, Alcatraz Media, Inc. & www.Reserve123.com
"I have had the opportunity to work with ALON Marketing Group on several occasions over the past several months. Jennifer Ackerson and Jennifer Purtill, the leaders at ALON, are professional, knowledgeable, reliable, and thorough in all they do. I would highly recommend the use of their marketing services."
-Caryn DeVivo, Corporate & Group Sales Manager, Hyatt Place Long Island East End/Atlantis Banquets & Events http://www.hyattplaceeastend.com/
“I have worked with Jennifer and her wonderful team for many years now and have been very happy with the service they have provided me with over the time of our business relationship. I know I can rely on them to be efficient and to provide exactly what I need from them because they are one of the most reliable companies I have had the pleasure of working with. As a company they are incredibly supportive and provide a quality service. I have had a lot of business with them over the years and can’t say that I haven’t enjoyed it. I am happy and pleased to be able to say that Jennifer and the team run a brilliant business and I am looking forward to many more years of successful collaboration with them.”
-John Calthorpe, CEO, Prestigious Travel UK, www.prestigioustraveluk.com
“Collaborating with ALON Marketing has been a true pleasure. Jennifer Ackerson and her team are very dynamic with a can-do attitude and great relationships in the tour & travel industry. Over the past years, the ALON Marketing team and I have conducted productive sales calls, organized successful FAM tours for groups of 60+ industry professionals, and developed a variety of cross-promotional marketing efforts. I’d recommend working with ALON Marketing to anyone in need of representation, as I feel that Jennifer’s team not only is energetic but also highly professional and knowledgeable about the hospitality industry.”
-Stefan Merkl, VP, Sales and Marketing, Red and White Fleet, www.redandwhite.com
“We were looking for an outsourced solution to represent some of our portfolio of US attraction and hotel clients within the domestic US and Canadian markets. ALON Marketing was chosen because of their impressive track record, travel industry relationships, and the enthusiasm and knowledge of a professional team of experts. Our decision to date has proved to be the right one. Not only is ALON Marketing growing distribution for our portfolio of clients, they have also added great value to the way HAT Marketing does business in the international markets, and become an essential partner and extension of our own sales & marketing team.”
-Kevin Brett, Managing Director, HAT Marketing, www.hatmarketing.com
“When it comes to professionalism, accountability and “friendliness” to get things done, go to ALON Marketing Group. From our experience they are second to none and give of themselves above and beyond for their clients.”
-Rabbi Beryl Epstein, Director, Chassidic Discovery Center, Inc., www.jewishtours.com
"What can I say about ALON that people in this industry don't already know? They're the best marketing group out there to help grow your travel related business. Jennifer Ackerson is the E.F. Hutton of the travel industry: when she talks, people listen. The industry looks to her and her team to find out what's new, innovative and worth getting behind. At the same time, if you're a travel related company starting out then Jen and her team, consisting of Jennifer Purtill and Tracy Harris, are the ones that will go that extra mile to make sure that people in the industry know who you are through email blasts, trade shows, etc. They continue to be an incredible source of advice whenever I have questions about the industry and, more importantly, I'm proud to call them my friends.”
- Tony Muia, Owner/Operator, A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours, www.asliceofbrooklyn.com
“I have never worked with a company as personable, knowledgeable, and well versed in tourism as ALON Marketing. On top of that, they seem to know everyone in the tourism world, which helped us get new contacts!”
- Georgette Blau, President, On Location Tours, www.screentours.com
"I've worked with ALON on many stories over the past few years and have always found them to be proactive, efficient and professional. Most of all I've been impressed with their enthusiasm for the products they represent and the fun, 'can-do' attitude they bring to the table."
-Rob McFarland, Australian Travel Writer, www.robmcfarland.org
"Bike and Roll has been working with ALON Marketing for the past five years and cannot say enough about the relationship we have built over that time. Jennifer Ackerson and her team have a solid network of relationships within the tourism and hospitality industry and having affiliation with them leads to instant credibility. I have personally traveled domestically and internationally with ALON staff to trade shows and individual sales calls; their organization and professionalism is to be commended. Building brand recognition among tour and receptive operators can be a long and daunting process; ALON is committed to their clients and willing to go above and beyond in order to build relationships and create connections. The value for their services as consultants cannot be outdone."
-Catharine Pear, Marketing Director, Bike and Roll Washington DC,
“ALON sets the standard for excellence in tourism marketing. They have been instrumental in educating us about how to reach a wide variety of customers in the tourism industry; facilitated the establishment of key business relationships; provided great media exposure and have been enthusiastic advocates for smaller, specialized tour companies like Inside Out Tours. Perhaps even more importantly, the people at ALON love what they do, do it with great excellence and become like friends to their clients, going beyond the call of duty to ensure your success. I recommend them in the strongest possible terms, wholeheartedly and without reservation.”
-Stacey Toussaint, President, Inside Out Tours LLC,
“Please accept my energetic recommendation of the ALON team as an outstanding Marketing and Sales partner for any business involved in tourism and hospitality. My experience is based on several years of ALON’s support of my bicycle rental/tour attraction in California.
During the early months of our affiliation, the ALON team gave me a helpful orientation of the ins/outs of succeeding in the tourism industry. They were approachable and never impatient with my repeated questions and demands.
Further, ALON’s professional representation has brought us numerous sales leads that they have coached me in capitalizing. On a multi-day visit to Southern Cal to visit tour operations, I was impressed by ALON’s thorough preparation and energy in their representation of their tourist and hospitality clients. I was delighted to participate with their team during those heady days. Furthermore, the entire team is smart and fun-loving!
I would be happy to have conversation with anyone considering ALON. Feel free to contact me.”
- Larry Dahm, Group Sales and Tour Coordinator, Bike and Roll San Francisco, www.bikeandroll.com/sanfrancisco
“I have been working with Jennifer, Jennifer, Tracy now over three years. I have the deepest respect for Jen A. and the girls; I hold them in the highest regard!
They ARE the marketing arm of my company. All of our essential documents; our tiered pricing that enables Helicopter Flight Services to work with International and local wholesalers, receptives, Destination Management Companies, essentially everyone in the Travel Trade that buys or is a prospect for our product is taken care of by or in cooperation with ALON Marketing.
I have been on many sales missions and trade shows with ALON, we have participated and teamed up with other attractions… all set up by ALON.
They formed joint marketing booths, which made it convenient and informative for the client. The girls painstakingly made my appointments, followed up after a tradeshow to our prospects and clients… not once, but persistently, ensuring a positive outcome. Documents with pricing, tour descriptions, Key reasons why the prospect/ client would want to aid them in selling our product , thank you letters, spreadsheets containing all necessary data and specific notes with follow up instructions and an action plan were all done with amazing speed and accuracy!
I can’t thank Jen A., Jen P., and Tracy enough. Not only are they efficient, they are always kind! ALON has promoted and has made HFS known around the world … literally!!! I can’t thank them enough for their professionalism, and I’m ever grateful for their friendship.”
-Eric Petersen, Director/Sales and Marketing, Helicopter Flight
“I give ALON marketing my highest recommendation. ALON has been very helpful to my company by introducing several new revenue streams including International Tour Operators, Internet Resellers, and many other sources of new business. I believe that ALON can help your business grow if your objective is to reach out to the International Tourist Market and expand your business. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly for further information.”
-Mike Schoolman, President, Hampton Luxury Liner, www.hamptonluxuryliner.com