Panama FAM Trip Winner

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After successfully completing Recommend’s Panama Specialist Program on, Michele Francis of Worldwide Adventure Travel in Satellite Beach, FL, started bookings her clients on trips to Panama, hoping for a chance to win a trip for herself to this country.

“I have been selling trips to Central America for over 17 years,” says Francis, “and I am very familiar with all parts of Costa Rica, so I feel comfortable talking about the country. When my clients started asking more about Panama, I wasn’t as familiar with that country, so I studied and became a specialist to learn more about it. Now I’m enchanted with it!”

Francis did in fact end up being the winner of the Panama ATM Booking Contest, a 5-day Panama vacation for two, inclusive of hotel accommodations plus two roundtrip flights courtesy of Copa Airlines. Francis took her trip last month and has been blogging about it on the Worldwide Adventures Facebook page, as well as on their website.

Francis stresses the importance of becoming a specialist and getting to know a country first-hand. “It is so important to become a specialist on a country,” she says, “so you know what you’re talking about with the customer. I am able to give my clients detailed information off the top of my head, making them trust me with their vacation. If I know a country, I can customize a trip to suit my clients’ wants and needs. People work hard for their vacations, I want to be sure it’s perfect for them.”

To become a Panama specialist, visit