About

OUR STORY

Since its establishment in 1968, Creative Travel International has been a continuously growing and evolving company, now one of the largest on Long Island. In 2007 we were appointed one of an elite group of American Express Travel agencies, assuring our clients of the quality, reliability and integrity of one of the world’s most recognized and respected brand names. As a Branch of Tzell Travel Group, we also enjoy the tremendous stature and purchasing power of over $2 billion in travel related sales.

Creative Travel takes great pride in our staff whose combined expertise covers a tremendous range of destinations around the globe. No website is a match for the dedication and experience of a seasoned travel professional and ours are truly the most knowledgeable in the travel industry. Our state of the art technology enhances their ability to provide up-to-the moment information, as well as, competitive pricing – all with the personal service so important to our clients.

OUR PARTNERS

OUR TEAM

Bill Cooperman

Bill Cooperman

President & Founder

bill@creativetravelintl.com

Bill is the founder, president and CEO of Creative Travel International. For over 30 years Bill has traveled the world researching the “best quality” and “best buys” available in every destination. His ability to find both unique and exciting travel treasures make an exciting work environment for all his travel professionals. Through a combination of internal growth and acquisitions of other agencies, Creative Travel has become a major force in the travel industry.

Carmela Bleich

Carmela Bleich

General Manager

carmela@creativetravelintl.com

As General Manager of Creative Travel International, Carmela oversees all of our operations and assists our agents with ongoing education and destination updates.  Having enjoyed over 70 cruises, Carmela still loves cruising as a vacation and a way to see multiple destinations in one trip.  Italy is still her favorite place to visit, on land or by sea but the warm Caribbean is her winter favorite. After more than 30 years as a travel advisor and previous travel agency owner,  Carmela still loves learning about and researching destinations for our clients.

Leah Katz

Leah Katz

Travel Advisor

leah@creativetravelintl.com

Leah has been a Luxury Travel Consultant and Honeymoon Specialist for 33 years. She specializes in custom itineraries geared to her clients personal needs.  Leah’s passion for travel has given her in-depth knowledge to destinations that span five continents. Destination specialties include Italy, Africa, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, Southeast Asia, South America, Indian Ocean Islands and the South Pacific.

Kim Benoit

Kim Benoit

Travel Advisor

kim@creativetravelintl.com

Kim has been in the travel industry since 1976.  Her travels have included  England, South America, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Tahiti, Hawaii, Bermuda, as well as, many Caribbean islands and cruises.  Her love of travel is exhibited in the creativity of the travel planning done with each of her clients.

Ray Grover

Ray Grover

Travel Advisor

ray@creativetravelintl.com

As a prior travel agency owner and travel agent for more than 40 years, Ray has been on over 150 cruises, and has great knowledge of the Caribbean and Europe. He specializes in group and independent travel and, of course, cruises.

Arlene Dawson

Arlene Dawson

Travel Advisor

arlene@creativetravelintl.com

With 35 years of travel industry experience, Arlene has enjoyed its many aspects including marketing and corporate travel management.  Cruising is still one of her favorite vacations for herself and planning them for clients is a specialty she truly enjoys.

Ginnie Paniccia

Ginnie Paniccia

Travel Advisor

Ginnie@creativetravelintl.com

Ginnie is a veteran of the travel industry for over 20 years. As travel is her passion, she has traveled the world and stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. As her family is from Italy, she has a special place in her heart for Rome and southern Italy. Her travels have taken her from the Canadian Rockies (one of her favorite destinations) to Africa and beyond. She loves chatting with new clients (who quickly become new friends) while professionally handling the travel arrangements for her frequent repeat travelers.

Kirsten Castain

Kirsten Castain

Travel Advisor

kirsten@creativetravelintl.com

Kirsten has been in the travel industry over 30 years, working for the airlines, tour operators and as a travel counselor. She has traveled extensively throughout the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Her love for the resort life has also brought her to many Caribbean destinations. Travel is her passion and helping clients with their dream travel destinations is as exciting to her, as it is to all her clients.

Michele Mroz Keller

Michele Mroz Keller

Travel Advisor

michele@creativetravelintl.com

Michele has been in the travel industry for over 20 years and has traveled extensively to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada and across the U.S. Her love of local culture makes every vacation she takes a unique experience. Michele likes to travel off the beaten path, visiting unique non-tourist locations, as well as, all the well-known scenic and historic highlights. Michele’s favorite destination is Aruba and having traveled there countless times, she is recognized as an Aruba Certified Expert with the Aruba Tourism Authority. Michele is also certified from the College of Disney and continues to keep up with all the exciting changes and learning opportunities at Disney properties.

Anneliese Lanza

Anneliese Lanza

Travel Advisor

anneliese@creativetravelintl.com

Anneliese has been in the travel industry since 1975 and still enjoys traveling to new destinations. She particularly enjoys traveling to and planning clients’ trips to all parts of Europe, as well as, unique and exotic destinations worldwide.

Rick Keller

Rick Keller

Travel Advisor

rick@creativetravelintl.com

Rick has been in the travel industry for 35 years as a manager and travel consultant. His expertise is in leisure travel with emphasis in Europe, Caribbean, and Mexico. Golf vacations for groups and individuals are also a specialty. Rick has been with Creative Travel International for the last 11 years.

Gail Hindman

Gail Hindman

Travel Advisor

travel@creativetravelintl.com

Gail’s 30 years in the industry and her prior ownership of a travel agency has lead her all over the world. Italy, which she has toured extensively, is still one of her favorite destinations. Gail has also visited almost every Sandals resort and truly enjoys planning honeymoons and other couples trips to the Caribbean. She’s also visited many Mexican resorts, in Cancun and along the Riviera Maya.

Susan Stechler

Susan Stechler

Travel Advisor

susan@creativetravelintl.com

Susan’s travels have taken her to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji, to name just a few of her favorite destinations.  Cruises are also among the vacations she enjoys most herself. Planning vacations for clients, especially honeymoons, is a real specialty with Susan.  After 32 years as a  consultant for both leisure and business travelers, Susan still takes pride and pleasure in every trip she plans.

Rosemarie Postilio

Rosemarie Postilio

Travel Advisor

 

Roe’s lifelong love of travel and her 18 years of experience have made her fully knowledgeable in all aspects of leisure and corporate travel.  She especially enjoys planning honeymoons and her favorite destinations include Italy, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Bobbi Kanofsky

Bobbi Kanofsky

Travel Advisor

bobbi@creativetravelintl.com

A 20-year veteran of the travel industry, Bobbi’s favorite destinations have been Israel, Scotland and Italy.  She loves cruising too, especially to the Mediterrranean but the Caribbean in winter is also a cherished destination.

Willa Schneider

Willa Schneider

Travel Advisor

willa@creativetravelintl.com

Willa’s passion for travel attracted her to the industry 30 years ago. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and loves the adventure of setting off to parts unknown. Her recent trips include Egypt and South Africa. Willa enjoys handling both leisure and corporate travel.

Marion Haser

Marion Haser

Travel Advisor

marion@creativetravelintl.com

Marion has been in the travel business for over 30 years. She enjoys working with clients and planning their dream vacations. She has traveled to most of the Caribbean and Europe, as well. Marion favors river cruises and ocean cruises and has been to almost all of the Sandals properties.

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