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Jose Lopez Fontane

New York, New York Travel Agent

Corporate Retreats, Party & Event Planner

I discovered my passion for event planning at a young age. I was always the one helping to plan everyone’s birthday parties, and in high school, I would devise mixer-type games and ice-breakers for our get-togethers.

As I moved into the work world, I got into event planning on a larger scale. During my ten years at Sony Music Entertainment, I handled the travel for the company’s music conventions. These were huge events, and I would usually take over a whole hotel. In addition to booking meeting space and sleeping rooms and coordinating all the meals and transportation, I’d plan special events and activities. As part of my leadership and training role, I integrated wellness and team-building components that helped achieve our goals. 

I also worked for seven years as a senior travel consultant, event planner, and sales support service manager at Altour International. There, in addition to planning events and trips, I was responsible for improving operations and trouble-shooting interpersonal problems among staff and with clients. That experience taught me a lot about team building. 

I’ve translated these skills into arranging corporate retreats for groups ranging from a dozen to several hundred. I handle everything from contracting and negotiating with the hotel to taking care of catering and breakouts and suggesting team building exercises. 

I recently planned a team-building retreat for a leadership team of twenty. The CEO wanted them to develop mutual trust so they could better cooperate and work as one. I used fun team-building exercises to demonstrate the value of using their diverse individual approaches to reach a mutual goal and to create a sense of camaraderie. They came away with the understanding that there is no single right way to get things done and improved appreciation for each other’s skills. 

Every company has different goals and issues. The approach for a group of lawyers is different from entertainment people. Sometimes I handle the team building elements on my own; in other cases, I feel it’s best to reach out to a particular specialist. 

I’ve coordinated several wellness retreats for affinity and friend groups at a farm in Upstate NY. They have cabins, an equestrian area, and a pool, and it is an idyllic setting for a group that wants to get in touch with nature and practice meditation, yoga and other techniques. 

I also do wedding and party planning, from contracting and billing to coordinating the food, entertainment, and décor. I enjoy every part of it, from finding the right venue and getting the best value to making sure that everyone has a great time!

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

1st Trip of 2019

Reviewed By tmpindy - Indianapolis, IN | Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
Jose is extremely friendly, thorough, polite, and precise. He has wonderful recommendations on flight, hotel, and transportation. His vast experience and easy going personality, make traveling a piece of cake!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Travel Agent You Can Trust!

Reviewed By Laura - NY NY | Traveled to Florida ~ USA
Jose is extremely attentive & direct. I can 100% trust him to handle any situation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

First Westminster Dog Show.

Reviewed By The Crazy Boxer Lady - Indianapolis, Indiana | Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
Jose was very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, He answered all my questions, talked to me about what was best for me in scheduling time for departure. He scheduled me with a needed wheelchair assistance in Indianapolis & arrival in New York. I did not have to worry about anything, Jose helped me with everything.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Taste Of Heaven.

Reviewed By Shorty - Brooklyn | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
co operative and understanding
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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The best trip to New York

Reviewed By Sunshinegirl - LYNN | Traveled to New York (La Guardia) ~ New York ~ USA
Jose made my first time trip to New York a spectacular experience for me, took care of all the great places to visit as a tourist.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Family Reunion- The best trip of our lives

Reviewed By Sarah - malden | Traveled to New York ~ USA
Our family reunion in New York City was the time of my life. Jose Lopez Fontane planned it perfectly.
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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great experience, everything was great!

Reviewed By David - Glasgow | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
This past month, my wife and I had the privilege of travelling to New York City. We had no idea as to where to stay and how to get around town. Fortunately, we were highly recommended to get in contact with Jose Luis Lopez Fontane. After contacting Jose and sharing with him our travel schedule he was able to put together for us a hotel stay, parking and suggestions to many of the things to do and see while in New York City. Once we got to our location, it was obvious that Jose went above and beyond with our accommodations and experience. Not only was our experience great, it was beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend Jose to everyone, especially travelling to the New York area.

David & Teresa Purichia [Glasgow, KY]
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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So much fun!

Reviewed By Angie - Zionsville, IN | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Jose makes planning your trip so simple for you and always provides lots of options. He thinks of the little things that make vacations such fun! And, he looks into every possibility when organizing your trip for you so that you avoid any hassles, glitches, or snags. Such a pleasure to work with!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Stress free vacation

Reviewed By Recee - Lynn, MA | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Jose booked an entire family reunion to NYC and accommodated every single person.
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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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