Our Story

Valarie Contrino

Contrino Travel Inc.

Established February 4, 2005, Contrino Travel Inc. is your full-service travel consultant. We don’t just “sell” you a vacation. We go to great lengths to learn your preferences by creating meaningful dialogue with perspective clients and clients alike. We’re not ashamed to say we do this selfishly so that our clients will keep coming back!

Contrino Travel knows anyone can book their own vacation, but why book your own vacation when you can have someone with the knowledge and resources to guide you every step of the way”? Contrino Travel–committed to service.

 

 

 

Valarie Contrino, President / Owner

Beginning her career as an outside travel consultant just before 9/11/2001, Valarie worked concurrently as an insurance broker for a large commercial brokerage firm which had been located in the World Trade Center.  After relocating to the brokerage house’s Parsippany office immediately thereafter, she made the life-changing decision to open her own agency in February 2005.

She worked concurrently for several years after that and, in March 2008, left the insurance industry altogether to commit her time and energies to her business.  In retrospect, given the economic climate at the time, it was truly a leap of faith.

Valarie holds the designation, CTA, Certified Travel Associate, a professional certification recognized by the travel industry.  She has traveled extensively to parts East and West, including Hong Kong, Japan and Western Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Mexico.  Cruising (and river cruising) is also of special interest, having sailed on more than a half dozen ships to include some of the newer ship builds, Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

Proud of her designation as a Hawaii Destination Specialist, Valarie has earned specialist titles with Vegas, Disney and Sandals/Beaches, to name a few.  She also earned the LGBT Lifestyle Specialist designation.

Contrino Travel acts as a host agency for other independent contractors who share her love of travel.

Always up for a challenge, Valarie enjoys researching those locations she has not yet had the pleasure of experiencing for herself.  She takes pride in continually educating herself through various venues such as seminars, webinars and online education, utilizing that knowledge to assist her clients’ needs.  She is committed to service.

Valarie also knows the importance of giving back to her community.  Thus, she mentors students preparing for their entry into the work force as a member of the newly founded group, Staten Island Career Coaches. This group was recently featured in the Staten Island Advance. Click here to read the article.

In addition, she is adjunct professor for the College of Staten Island Workforce Development Programs, teaching “How to Start your Home-Based Travel Agency.”

She has also written article sharing her travel expertise, having been featured in Staten Island Parent, Staten Island Chamber newsletters and on ezine.com

 In 2012, Valarie was named one of Travel Agent Central’s Top 25 Agents.