Jose Lopez Fontane
New York, New York Travel Agent
Red Carpet Service for All
With over 25 years of travel industry experience, I have developed strong contacts within the airline, hotel, resort and local event networks and maintain strong connections with the entertainment industry. I have recently joined the Protravel International family, one of the top travel companies in the world, which provide my clients with access to an array of wonderful value-added amenities and outstanding services.
I majored in musical theater with an eye towards going on tour around the world, and while I still do some performing, I found that orchestrating trips and events were my real passions. There is no feeling like the joy I feel when people return from a trip or event that I have planned and tell me what an amazing time they had.
My travel career started at Continental Airlines, followed by stints at Liberty Travel and American Express. I booked the travel for Time Inc. photographers and writers, and then handled trips and events for top musical artists at Sony Music Entertainment Group for many years. I continued handling musicians and business travel events during seven years, first as a corporate travel agent and then managing an in-house team at Valerie Wilson Travel, before joining Protravel International as a luxury leisure and corporate travel agent.
I have traveled on a budget and at the top levels of luxury, and know how to plan both. No matter what your budget, I will do what it takes to create the best possible experience for you. I can suggest ways to meet up with locals—whether it’s a specialist guide or dining in a restaurant where I know the owner. I can hire a great driver who might offer to show you around his village or I can tell you which buses to take and provide creative ways to save money while immersing you in a destination.
Along the Riviera Maya, for example, you can get to the Mayan ruins of Tulum in a funky public bus with chickens and locals and buy scrumptious local cuisine from a licensed roadside food stand for next to nothing. I’ll even tell you the bus number and bus stop. A lot of agents can’t do that, but for many travelers, that kind of authenticity is travel at its best.
One of my most treasured thank-you notes came from a client on a tight budget. She and her boyfriend had booked a low-end room at a budget hotel in Lisbon. They found themselves in a suite, where her boyfriend proposed on their beautiful balcony overlooking all of Lisbon and they celebrated with a bottle local port wine I’d sent. Requesting a complimentary upgrade when available, and sending wine as a surprise was me doing what I always do, but in this case, it resulted in something far more wonderful than I could have imagined, and it still makes my heart smile to think I helped improve this unique moment for them.
When you’re my client, I will do all I can to arrange the trip of your dreams and to make you feel like you are a star walking the red carpet everywhere you go. What will your travel dreams take you?
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1st Trip of 2019
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First Westminster Dog Show.
The best trip to New York
Family Reunion- The best trip of our lives
We saw the big apple through the eyes of a native. We stayed at the Fifty nyc hotel, Our suit was comfortable & accommodated our family guests for a wonderful get together in the evening, with an amazing view from the balcony, Every event from brunch to dinner, we enjoyed venturing out to see the 911 memorial and going on a boat ride out to see the statue of liberty and the Puerto Rican PRIDE parade was a total blast.
The best part. Not needing to plan, book, or worry about anything.
Thank you for the wonderful memory.
Great experience, everything was great!
David & Teresa Purichia [Glasgow, KY]
So much fun!
Stress free vacation
Hotel was nice, the rooms were spacious and great views off the balconies.
He was extremely helpful with our weekend itineraries making it possible to see and do everything we wanted.
We even enjoyed a fun time at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Fifth Avenue!
What I loved most was his willingness to ease our minds with traveling around the Big Apple.
We never got lost and had ZERO worries!