Lakewood Business Women Team Up For “La Bella Italia”

Nothing is better than a united front - in business, in family life, and amongst friends. When local Lakewood businesswoman Diana Maiola Cirino decided to expand her business, Italian Tours and Travel by Diana, her first instinct was to contact other privately owned businesses in the area to talk about the immense possibilities that exist for partnering on ventures which could benefit everyone involved. Maiola and her Marketing Assistant, Dionne Daugenti, developed a strategy to connect with a variety of companies to talk about partnering on memorable trips to Italy, the Land of Sunshine and Olives.

One of the first companies to be contacted was Landfall American Express Travel. From the moment that Maiola and Daugenti met with Ann Huber, Landfall's President and Owner, the synergy was immediate. Meeting Ann was like getting re-acquainted with an old friend. Both companies are located on the north side of Detroit in Downtown Lakewood and are involved in the travel industry; however they are not competitors. Instead, Italian Tours and Travel by Diana has a lifetime of experience in crafting unforgettable private tours for small groups and individuals to Maiola’s ancestral Italy. Landfall's Huber brings her own 30 years of experience offering her clients high-quality, worry-free travel to several destinations worldwide. Maiola is a native of Lakewood and has spent most of her life maintaining residences on both sides of the Atlantic while at the same time maintaining involvement in a variety of Lakewood causes and activities.  Huber  has also been a very active Lakewood business operator - she is a member of the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and also the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary.

After a few meetings, it was inevitable the two ladies of Lakewood would partner on a tour of Italy and thereby promote it to their eager clients. To assist potential participants in their understanding of the cultural, artistic, architectural and historic wonders of Italy, Maiola and Huber are hosting an Evening in Italy at The Clifton Club, at 17884 Lake Road in Lakewood. The event is being held on Thursday the 20th of January, 2011 at 6:30pm. Cost of admission is $20.00 per person. The ladies encourage all to attend in order to enjoy pasta and fine wines while learning about the culinary and cultural treasures of Italy. Please RSVP to Ann Huber at 216 521 7733 or Diana Maiola Cirino at 216 521 3700.

The partnership on this venture between Maiola and Huber is powerful. Both ladies are experts in different yet adjacent aspects of the travel industry. Their timing is perfect in an age when so many people rely on the internet to plan travel.  Although sometimes helpful, the internet is often a gamble, not to mention exhausting. It also does not provide the traveler with the personal assistance a travel agent can provide. Many times, Hbuer and Maiola have found their rates are less than the internet's. Maiola and the agents at Landfall American Express Travel have many years experience.  Huber states, “We have first-hand knowledge of many of the destinations. This enables us to assist our clients greatly in their decisions.” These ladies at Landfall American Express Travel and Italy Tours by Diana have proven ability to offer a seamless journey with their personal and experienced approach. Combined, they offer over 50 years of knowledge and experience. Without agents such as them, you’re on your own!

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:06 AM, 01.12.2011