Business Spotlight — La Jolla-based Cadence Travel: Showing clients the world for 20 years


Whether it’s for business, pleasure or employee incentive, Cadence Travel can arrange for its clients to arrive at a range of global destinations in style.

Founded 20 years ago by La Jolla resident Wendy Burk, CEO, Cadence Travel has three distinct divisions: its Leisure Travel division organizes and plans everything from African safaris to a quick getaway to Cabo San Lucas; its Business Travel division manages the travel needs of Fortune 500 companies, and its Meetings and Incentives division caters to companies that reward their top performers with trips to everywhere from Hawaii to Paris, and all over the world.

“We serve groups as small as 20 people to as large as 500 people,” said Don Jones, executive vice president of sales & marketing at Cadence Travel. “We just took a group to Bali, Indonesia, and we’ve even taken groups to Croatia.”

Travelers booking through Cadence Travel receive up to $400 in value-added amenities with most major brands around the world.

“If you book a Four Seasons Hotel through Cadence, the price will include breakfast for two people daily, a room upgrade, complimentary Wi-Fi and a $100 property credit,” Jones said. “The credit can be used as a beverage credit at a restaurant, spa or golf at a resort; that’s a better value than if one booked directly with those companies.”

He also suggests cruising as a wonderful option for special occasions and multigenerational trips. “There are some great values offered now, including an Azamara Cruise that provides a European river cruise with a double upgrade,” Jones said. “If you book an interior stateroom (no windows and below water), you’ll be upgraded to a club veranda stateroom that is above water with an outdoor space; this saves clients thousands of dollars.”

According to Jones, taking European river cruises is a hugely popular trend in the travel industry this year. Other good values in European cruises include a Viking cruise that begins in Amsterdam and includes seven stops along the Rhine River before ending in Strausberg, Germany.

Every year Cadence Travel selects a charity to support, and this year they’re supporting Rady Children’s Hospital. The employees raised $5,000 for Rady’s at their holiday party in December.

Based in La Jolla, Cadence Travel has 50 on-site employees and 100 virtual employees who work from their homes.

• Cadence Travel, 7701 Herschel Ave., La Jolla

• (858) 551-4000

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