Barry Tenenbaum, a native New Yorker, is a
graduate of CCNY Bernard Baruch School of Public and Business Administration, and entered
the travel industry in the Marketing Department of LibGo, one of the largest retail and
wholesale travel companies in the U.S. He served as President of a chain of retail travel
agencies in Eastern Pennsylvania before establishing Tenenbaums Travel Services,
Inc., an organization of 4 retail agencies, 2 wholesale operations (Kingdom Tours and
Branson Showtime Tours) and a nationwide cruise-only enterprise.
As well as serving on the travel agent
advisory board of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, he has received local and statewide awards
as Small Business Person of the Year, and has been featured in several periodicals for his
It was Barry's vision to create a
tour operation focusing exclusively on New York City that led to his
founding of NYCVP
in 1997. Dedicated to providing travel agents with a professional and
knowledgeable booking source to one of the world's most popular
destinations, Barry oversaw the creation and development of the Company
to its pre-eminence in the travel industry.
Barry's ethical standards of business are
responsible for NYCVP maintaining an impeccable relationship with such companies as US
Airways, Amtrak, United Airlines, Starwood Hotels, Gray Line, Better Business Bureau and
the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau (NYC & Co.).
Joel Cohen has worked
closely with Barry for 30 years in the travel agency and wholesale environments.
Joel graduated from Temple University
School of Business Administration and attended its Law School. He is an accomplished
speaker, having appeared at many travel industry events including the ASTA World Congress,
and has had articles published regularly in Travel Weekly and Tour and Travel
News. He has been named to Whos Who of American Business Leaders.
Joel was a consultant to the leisure travel
industry, offering his experience and knowledge to retail and wholesale travel companies.
He wrote a series of articles on Selling for Travel Weekly.
Joel instituted most of the policies and
procedures of NYCVP,
and developed the Company's reservation system and infrastructure. His
"customer first" attitude is a major reason why travel agents and
travelers embrace the Company so loyally. He has developed a great
rapport with both travel agencies and industry suppliers.