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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Luxury Travel Professional

Private lesson with a watchmaker in Switzerland
Private lesson with a watchmaker in Switzerland
A private watch-making experience in Switzerland with a well-known watchmaker, a private experience to a beautiful waterfall in Iceland and dinner at a remote lodge, a connection to ‘get it done’ for ‘over-the-top’ requests in Las Vegas … I could go on and on. These are just a small sampling of connections I have made for the needs of my affluent travelers. In this segment of travel, it’s all about who you know and what connections you can make.

With my attention to detail, strong organizational skills and years of experience in the travel industry (since 1985), it only seemed natural that I would embrace Luxury Travel. Over the years I have organized many groups, ranging between four and 150 travelers who have requested ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. Whether large or small, I can arrange Luxury Travel for any size group. In order to be successful with Luxury Travel requests, it is important that the travel agent be exposed and connected to the resources to be able to secure these requests and wishes.

If you’re interested in my Luxury Travel credentials, you’ll find them under a separate story, entitled My Luxury Travel Credentials.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Alaska Destination Specialist
Elite Cruise Counsellor/Luxury Cruise Specialist
Princess Cruises Commodore
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Specialist
Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist

Related Travel Stories

On board Regent Seven Seas with my butler
Jo Ann Buening - Luxury

Jo Ann Buening Joins in Elite Industry Event

Press Release:   Travel Weekly and TravelAge West host top travel advisors at Global Travel Marketplace West

La Crosse, WI - Travel Weekly and TravelAge West are proud to announce that Jo Ann Buening was selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the fourth-annual Global Travel Marketplace West (GTM West), which ... Read more from my Jo Ann Buening Joins in Elite Industry Event story.

My Luxury Travel Credentials

In 2012 I applied to attend (ILTM) International Luxury Travel Market, held annually in Cannes, France. The application process – to even be considered – is very in-depth. Proof of my sales and suppliers used for Luxury Travel arrangements made in the past year had to be submitted. ... Read more from my My Luxury Travel Credentials story.

Luxury at our Fingertips!

What a fantastic opportunity – to be invited to attend the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) the first week of December, 2012 in beautiful Cannes, France. It is a ‘meeting of the minds’ … bringing together vendors who specialize in upscale, unique and luxury products with travel agents who ... Read more from my Luxury at our Fingertips! story.

Luxury Travel Exchange – Las Vegas

The 2015 Luxury Travel Exchange conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec 9 – 11, 2014 at the beautiful Palazzo hotel. There were 900 in attendance. I feel very fortunate to have been one of only 80 ‘fully hosted’ buyers and to have been selected as ... Read more from my Luxury Travel Exchange – Las Vegas story.

Experiential Travel … Swiss-Style!

An important part of being your travel professional is first-hand experience and as such, we continually strive to broaden our own travel experiences to help us – help you – to travel better! One of my recent Europe forays included being very well taken care of in Switzerland. More ... Read more from my Experiential Travel … Swiss-Style! story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

Viking Grand European River cruise

Reviewed By JM - Tomah , WI | Traveled to Prague ~ Czech Republic ~ Europe
We have been working with Jo Ann for 9 years, and her assistance with ALL our travel needs, and even a couple Crisis situations, has been stellar!! She makes a serious effort to really know her clients- their interests, preferences, special needs, and comfort level with traveling within the USA and abroad.
She is excellent in searching out the answers to all questions, and providing good advice, both from a personal and a professional perspective. We absolutely would not travel without Jo Ann's knowledge and expertise to guide us. We cannot speak more highly of her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Clients like you are why I LOVE my job!!
9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Bucket list trip

Reviewed By Michelle - La crosse wi | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Jo Ann Buening is very knowledgeable with Alaskan cruise. She took the time and sat down with several of us to go over documents. She had suggestions of sites to definitely see.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 21 people found this review helpful
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A Joy to Work With

Reviewed By Kaps - Marshfield, WI | Traveled to England ~ Europe
JoAnn has always been very helpful, providing timely information and various options to choose from. We live a couple hours from LaCrosse and we choose to work with her for our travel needs. Typically a small group of 6-8 travel together and she has been excellent at arranging cruises, tours, and before/after stays to extend the fun.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy working with your group as well!!
7 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Great trip

Reviewed By Jerry - Onalaska Wisconsin | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Great person to work with
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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The advise and recommendations were excellent

Reviewed By Skip - Onalaska, WI | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
I appreciate the thorough and attentive attention I have received. Jo Ann's support has been very timely and professional. I am looking forward to my next trip which she has provided a great deal of information and support.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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China

Reviewed By Jerry - Tomah Wi | Traveled to Beijing ~ China ~ East and Southeast Asia
My wife & I first had contact with Jo Ann in 2008 when we booked an Alaskan trip with her. (Jo Ann is an Alaskan trip expert). We were so impressed with her efficiency that since 2008 we have booked 8 river cruises to Egypt, China, Russia, Grand European, Holland, Portugal, France X 2, and 2 ocean cruises to the Mediterranean & Baltic countries. Jo Ann is always very thorough when planning a trip and she will go over all the specifics of the trip.
She has always been available to help us even when we were out of country. The day we were to leave Cairo Egypt in 2010 was the same day all European airports closed due to an eruption of a volcano in Iceland. There was a lot of confusion in Egypt about how we were going to get home. The communications systems in Egypt was not the most efficient. We were eventually able to fax JoAnn from Cairo and within an hour she replied with specific instructions for our return. She kept in contact with us until we were safely back home.
GREAT SERVI
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Travel Guide!

Reviewed By MommaLouie - Winona MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Joann was extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy with our group of 8. Her experience really helped guide us to a perfect vacation. She KNOWS Alaska inside and out! We were exptremeky pleased with her services and she took the time to deal with all of our requests!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent Cruises Planned by Jo Ann

Reviewed By John and Andrea - Stone Lake, WI and Sedona, AZ | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Jo Ann is extremely knowledgeable and efficient. She has found many wonderful cruises for us. She has an excellent relationship with the top cruise companies. She pays attention to detail and makes sure all the "i"s are dotted and "t"s are crossed. She quickly gets to know your likes and dislikes so her suggestions and recommendations are tailored specifically to you. She is friendly and easy to work with. We will continue to use
Jo Ann for all our travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 18 people found this review helpful
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