Christine Alestra, Vice President, Destination and Air Partnerships at Signature Travel Network
As the US representative and our sole point of contact for Monaco for Signature Travel Network, Maria strategically positioned Monaco in key training and marketing programs to drive awareness and bookings for Monaco. Not only did she put Monaco literally on the leisure map for Signature’s 7,000 advisors with her expert training and passion but her responsiveness, creativity and relationships with key partners in Monaco helped drive the sales at a much faster pace.
I have known Maria for many years and can attest to her great knowledge of the leisure travel clientele. She has always been a great support for our Business to Business clients and to us at Monte-Carlo SBM. She has also continuously served the interest and image of Monaco as a country and us as the key hotel actor in the destination.
Alice Gentils, Director of Sales at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer
Maguy Maccario Doyle,
Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the USA and Canada
I have known Maria for several years since when I employed her at the Monaco Government Tourist Office in my capacity as its Director, and as Consul General of Monaco in New York. Maria has a solid track record for consistency of performance over a variety of spheres (including web, digital and technology expertise to marketing and sales), a genuine enthusiasm for destination marketing and management, and she is a well-respected professional.
Having known and worked with Maria for several years, I can attest to her professionalism, knowledge of the tourism industry, reliability and skills. As a board member at IGLTA, she exemplified leadership for the market, providing inspiration to those interested in learning successful outreach strategies.
John Tanzella, President/CEO
Lorraine Sileo, Founder Research Practice at PhoCusWright
I have known Maria as a graduate student, co-worker and industry colleague and have always marveled at her brilliant insights, knowledge, diligence and curiosity. Maria excels at destination marketing, technology and innovation, as well as research and analysis for the travel industry. Maria is also passionate about sustainability initiatives and continues to make a positive impact on the travel industry through her knowledge in this area. I know Maria will continue to do wonderful things in travel and tourism!
Maria has been directly involved in having the destination join travel networks such as Virtuoso, Ensemble, Signature Travel Network, and the travel association for LGBTQ+ marketing IGLTA, where she was appointed member of the board. She has overseen all the leisure and trade activities, organized roadshows and attended trade shows representing the Principality of Monaco. Maria is an experienced colleague who has shown great professionalism as well as a great capacity to adapt to the different challenges.