Epperly Travel acquired Jetset World Travel, these two female-founded brands join forces to bring back boutique culture to luxury travel!
A year like 2020 can’t keep us down: we’re thrilled to announce that Epperly Travel has acquired Jetset World Travel! Basically, we’re bringing together two of the strongest boutique brands in the travel industry. The agencies are a match made in heaven, from our company cultures to the similar makeup of both in-house advisors and independent contractors. The two teams have come together seamlessly thanks to the hosting program we launched this past fall. The program was designed to foster our virtual community, create clarity around the independent contractor business model, and incentivize top producers to reap the benefit of their upside.
Lindsey Epperly, founder of Epperly Travel, and Julia Pirrung, founder of Jetset World Travel shared their perspectives on what it means to be a boutique luxury travel agency in 2021.
Female-Founded and Boutique-Inspired
These independent boutique luxury travel brands were both female-founded by brilliant entrepreneurs who share similar stories. Lindsey and Julia both started their careers in the travel industry by working in the bridal market, then gradually began planning family travel. As business grew, so did their teams and specialties. Today, that means a combined 38 advisors specializing in four- and five-star customized itineraries across the globe. These shared experiences inspired Lindsey and Julia’s unwavering determination to create a company culture that supports and inspires travel advisors. In fact, this was very important in determining Julia’s decision to join forces, ultimately making her confident that this move would add value to the Jetset team.
What does 'boutique' mean for luxury travel advisors?
From an agent standpoint, boutique agencies mean a community that takes the time to understand your needs and meet you where you’re at. When you’re working virtually it’s easy to start feeling like you’re on an island. Being a part of a community that really gets you is more important than ever so that advisors don’t burn out.
Jill Taylor, CTA at Jetset World Travel, explains that the new community of travel advisors, a result of the acquisition, provides excellent communication and a larger variety of experiences in booking travel. Jetset World Travel independent contractors are now able to use the resources that Epperly Travel provides, including their membership to the luxury consortia Virtuoso and the online training program EntreTravel.
Similarly, Cassie Deifik, Managing Director of Epperly Travel, shares her perspective from the Epperly Travel side. While expressing gratitude for Jetset World Travel’s talented advisors, Cassie says, “I have followed the Jetset team through the years and have held their advisors in very high regard within the industry. I’m excited to have them as part of Team Epperly.” Cassie explains that having been affiliated on both ends of the travel industry – boutique agencies and large-scale global agencies – Epperly Travel has created the ideal environment. “With the addition of Jetset, we’re simply growing our community of advisors that uplift each other.”
Making Waves in the Travel Industry
The two powerhouse agencies and owners represent a slew of accomplishments, both within and outside of the industry. Lindsey Epperly was named to the Forbes Next 1000 list of up-and-coming entrepreneurs in 2021, as well as the Wendy Perrin WOW List since 2015. Epperly Travel was honored as part of the 2020 Bulldog 100, celebrating the top 100 fastest-growing organizations operated by UGA alumni, and has had team members receive Travel Agent Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 (Emma Major, Meg Mills) and as Condé Nast’s Top Travel Specialists for 2021 (Emma Major, Lindsey Epperly.) Julia Douglas has been named to the Travel + Leisure A-List for Family Travel and has served on the company’s board since 2012. She was recognized as Virtuoso’s Rising Star and Crain’s Top 40 Under 40. Jetset advisors have been featured in Luxury Travel Advisor as Trendsetters (Melissa Pugh) and 30 Under 30 (Caroline Sprunger, Melissa Pugh), Travel and Leisure Rising Star (Courtney Sheeley), the Wendy Perrin Wow List (Jill Taylor) and Conde Nast Traveler (Jill Taylor and Melissa Pugh.)