Jo Ann Buening Honored with National Award

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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, WI
Alaska Destination Specialist and Travel Expert

Alaska became a state of the union on January 3, 1959, the same day I was born. I must have been destined to make this my specialty and over the years, I have developed a passion for Alaska! My first visit to ‘The Great Land’ was in the mid ‘80s. ...

Press Release from October 30, 2015 La Crosse Travel Agent Honored with National “Employee of Excellence” Award from Travel Leaders Jo Ann Buening Named Among Nation’s Best at 2015 Travel Leaders National Meeting ChampionsGate, FL (October 30, 2015) — Today, a La Crosse travel agent was singled out from thousands of travel professionals nationally with Travel Leaders’ “Employee of Excellence” Award. Jo Ann Buening was honored for going above and beyond on behalf of her leisure travel customers. Buening was presented with her award at the 2015 Travel Leaders National Meeting held just outside of Orlando in ChampionsGate, Florida, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. “Jo Ann is a superb example of today’s highly-trained, specialized travel agent. She’s an expert in travel to Alaska, luxury travel and cruising, and she’s dedicated herself to learning as much as she can through firsthand experience and specialized training. Jo Ann then takes that wealth of knowledge and assists her clients from planning their dream trip until each has arrived home,” noted Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. “Her dedication to her clients has led to consistently high sales. By developing niche areas of expertise, and being committed to her clients, Jo Ann reached a milestone of over $2 million in sales for the past fiscal year. My congratulations go out to Jo Ann, as she is extremely well-deserving of this honor.” Buening began her career in the travel industry in 1985. Amazingly, she conquered her fear of water to become an avid cruise aficionado. She has earned the Elite Cruise Counsellor and Luxury Cruise Specialist designations from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – the highest possible certifications. She also earned specialists designations with various cruise lines including Viking River Cruises and Avalon Waterways, and is a “Commodore” certified travel agent with Princess Cruises. Over the course of her career, she’s personally experienced more than 25 cruises and has assisted well over 1,500 cruise clients. In addition, Buening has a passion for Alaska travel and luxury travel. She’s attended invitation-only conferences including the International Luxury Travel Market, held annually in Cannes, France, as well as the Luxury Travel Exchange in Las Vegas. Buening personally cruised with Regent Seven Seas Cruises in the Penthouse Suite, giving her an insider’s perspective that few other travel professionals ever have access to. Her enthusiasm and high-level training ultimately benefit her clients, and her sales from repeat clients and referrals continues to grow exponentially. Buening provides exceptional travel consultation at the Travel Leaders location at 2404 State Road, La Crosse, WI. “Travel Better” with Travel Leaders in La Crosse by calling 608-784-9820 or visiting

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