Katie McCormack Krinkie of McCabe World Travel knew she wanted to join the travel industry since she was young. In college, she focused her education on hospitality and the travel industry and got started on this career path right after graduation. Prior to becoming an advisor, however, Krinkie was employed by a European river cruise line, where she worked for nine years.
Almost 15 years later (her anniversary with McCabe World Travel will be March 2019), Krinkie totals $2.5 million in yearly revenue and has clients all across the U.S. with varying demographics and psychographics, the “majority [of which] are discerning, mature, high-end travelers who enjoy quality experiences.” She adds that safaris, exotic destinations in the South Pacific and Asia, and much of Europe makes up the majority of her business, although she “sells the world.”
Krinkie says that she works both with individuals and multigenerational families. “It’s my intention that each family member thinks the trip was designed just for them,” she notes.
What’s the secret to her success? “I constantly pursue special touches with amenities and personal notes, so that my clients feel my presence throughout their trip,” Krinkie tells us. “I know my clients realize just how much I care about orchestrating the best possible travel experiences for them.”
Krinkie also says she likes to include experiences that her clients may have not had before or even knew existed. In particular, she’s a fan of combining food and wine with wildlife. Some of her favorite destinations for such include Australia, New Zealand and Africa. It’s almost no wonder that Krinkie and her family settled down in Sonoma, CA, where there is no shortage of fine foods and wine. “I feel fortunate to pursue my passion for food and wine right here in my backyard, among some of the finest vineyards in the word,” she says. “The food scene is also among the best in the country.”
We hear Krinkie was selected as her agency’s Trendsetter because she was part of “the new wave of advisors that McCabe World Travel began to pursue many years ago, which has helped shape the agency’s success.” Since she came on board before the advent of social media, Krinkie says she has learned to blend traditional relationships and communication while implementing the best technology has to offer. She also serves several of the agency’s top clients, we’re told.
Krinkie says she builds her business exclusively through referrals but notes that the support from McCabe World Travel’s management team has helped her accelerate her business quickly.