Wallace Pierson Travel & Vermejo Partner on Student Education Travel Initiative — Ted Turner Reserves
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Wallace Pierson Travel & Vermejo Partner on Student Education Travel Initiative

RATON, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES (February 20, 2024) –Wallace Pierson Travel has partnered with Ted Turner Reserves’ Vermejo on their WPT Student Educational Travel Fund, offering high school students the opportunity to explore a career in travel and hospitality through experiencing a stay at the award-winning reserve in Northern New Mexico.

Four sophomores and junior class students from Fernandina Beach High School outside of Jacksonville, Florida will be selected by Wallace Pierson Travel to attend the all-expense paid educational trip based on submitted video applications. Participating students, accompanied by a chaperone, will engage in meetings with Vermejo staff and enjoy experiences on the 558,000-acre reserve to learn about large landscape conservation efforts and purpose-driven careers in hospitality.

Celebrating its 50th year in operation, Wallace Pierson Travel wanted to commemorate its golden anniversary by creating an initiative that inspires the next generation of travel professionals. “Our team started the WPT Student Educational Travel Fund adding a percentage of our revenues to it along with contributions from our community to impact as many students as possible,” said Angela W. Pierson, SVP of Sales & Marketing for Wallace Pierson Travel. “This amazing opportunity to work with Ted Turner Reserves is the first of what we believe will be many life-changing student travel experiences. The goal is to eventually operate at least one domestic and one international trip annually.”

Conservation-forward Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve was chosen as the inaugural destination for its inspiring ethos of being more than just a resort destination. “Vermejo has a natural allure for those who, through their work, choose to make a difference in the world,” said Theresa King, General Manger for Vermejo. “We are excited to showcase the wide variety of career opportunities available at a unique property like this, from positions in the culinary and guest services departments to jobs operating actively within the environment such as guiding and natural resources.”

Selected students will be announced Friday, March 1st. Travel will occur May 30-June 3, 2024, and will be featured on Wallace Pierson Travel and Ted Turner Reserves social media.


About Ted Turner Reserves
Ted Turner Reserves is a hospitality brand grounded in conservation with a mission to connect people with nature. With 1.1 million acres across three properties in New Mexico, Ted Turner Reserves includes Vermejo, Armendaris and Ladder and one retreat, Sierra Grande. These properties provide an unparalleled opportunity for guests to visit and experience luxurious hospitality, outdoor activities, and unfettered access to nature. Guests also will have the opportunity to learn about renowned businessman, philanthropist, and environmentalist Ted Turner’s efforts to restore and preserve these properties and their native species and ecosystems.

About Wallace Pierson Travel
Established in 1974, Wallace Pierson Travel has been a trusted collaborator with luxury travelers, curating custom experiences tailored to their unique desires and preferences. As a family owned and operated business, led by two generations of lady leaders, Ange Wallace and Angela Wallace Pierson, alongside business director Eric Pierson, the travel firm brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the world of luxury travel. The Wallace Pierson Travel philosophy goes beyond selling travel, with a prioritization on education and advisement, empowering savvy travelers with the insights and expertise needed to make informed decisions about their journeys, believing that in travel, it’s not just about the destinations or the experiences—it’s about the connections and relationships forged along the way.

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Media Contacts:

Lindsay D Curry
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Ted Turner Reserves
Phone: 480-625-6253
Email: lindsay.curry@tedturnerreserves.com

Angela W. Pierson
SVP Sales & Marketing
Wallace Pierson Travel
Phone: 904-261-5914
Email: angela@wallacepierson.com