THOR Advantage
Travel Agent Talk Q&A March 2017

We’ve asked 12 travel agents to give us quick, short responses to the following 15 random and fun questions. See a response in each 2017 issue of THOR Advantage!


Name: Shane Klaver

Title: Travel Consultant

Travel Agency Name: New Horizons Travel

Travel Agency Location: Fort Collins, CO

Number of Years in the Travel Industry: 5

Specialty: Vacation Travel

In the past year, how many vacations have you taken outside of the country?

In the past year I visited Mexico, Italy and Tahiti.

Which celebrity chef would you most like to fix you a meal?

I would like to have Guy Fieri fix me a meal.

Have you ever visited a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

I have visited the following UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

•Venice and its Lagoon

•Historic Center of Florence

•Piazza del Duomo Pisa

•Historic Center of Siena

•Historic Center San Gimignano

•Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

•Cinque Terre

•Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco

•City of Verona

•Hawaii Volcano National Park

What is the best travel perk you’ve received from a loyalty program?

I was able to use points from a hotel chain to book 3 nights at a nice hotel in San Francisco as well as 4 nights at a hotel in Times Square in NYC.

While on vacation, what is the most ‘extreme’ thing that you have done?

I went night snorkeling with manta rays on Hawaii Island.

Which individual would you most want to meet in person: Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates?

I would like to meet Richard Branson in person.

Which is your favorite travel app on your mobile phone?

I use most airlines’ apps.

What hotel lobby feature has been your favorite so far?

When I walk into a lobby the design and scent is most important. I also like it when lobbies have an amazing view. On my recent visit to Tahiti I was surprised at how simple the lobbies were at the high-end properties.

What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?

I could never bring myself to eat Sushi.

If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to?

I would travel back to 1990.

If you could go to any city in the world to experience the history, people and culture, where would you go?

I would visit Sydney, Australia.

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace Prize?

I would rather win an Academy Award.

What one packing tip would you share with clients?

Less is more!

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

I order a pizza from a local pizza joint.

If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?

I would shop at an Apple® store

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