Vanessa McGovern

CEO and Co-founder, Gifted Travel Network


Vanessa McGovern inspires positive change for business owners in the digital age. Vanessa is an established and respected business coach for hundreds of travel entrepreneurs, sought after speaker and known as an advocate for travel professionals. Vanessa helped to transform and create hundreds of travel businesses through her deep and laser focused knowledge of business development, sales and marketing. 

Known for inspiring action in her clients, Vanessa is no stranger to taking positive action in her own life. Vanessa chose an unconventional path after graduating from Queen’s University in Canada and choose the path of working on board cruise ships. After less than two years as an Art Auctioneer on board she was known as a Rookie of the Year, broke multiple sales records and had raving clients. Park West Gallery went on to recruit Vanessa to assist in training new auctioneers and over the next five years that followed she ran all training programs, managed cruise line accounts and launched multiple high revenue yielding programs. 

In 2009, purchased a Cruise Planners/American Express franchise. Within a few months she was recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 Travel Professionals for 2009. She went onto work as Cruise Planners Training and Business Development Manager and oversaw new agent training programs, Cruise Planners University (CPU) and many high level projects. Her contributions to new agent training and CPU were a part of the Gold Magellan Award winning Team in 2010. In 2011, she joined Special Needs Group and played a critical role in the creation and launch of the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate program. 

In June 2012, Vanessa joined the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) as EVP of Business Development and Strategic partnerships; Vanessa oversees many facets of the growing travel business coaching and education company. In 2013, based on the growing demand and interest of her clients and GIFTE members, Vanessa was part of the launch of a host agency - Gifted Travel Network (GTN). Today she serves as CEO GTN, now one of the fastest growing travel host agencies whose mission is to support entrepreneurial-spirited Travel Professionals. Vanessa’s passion for the travel industry is contagious and her mission is to continue to spread relevant and effective travel educational programs to all levels of the industry and to put travel professionals back on the radar on consumers.