Jan M. Smith

Member Since:
Dec 2016

Jan M. Smith has been involved in the hospitality, travel, tourism, and destination management industry for over thirty years. Her career has offered the opportunity to experience and objectively evaluate and write about travel regions, lodging, dining, and winery properties . Jan is an enthusiastic traveler who has the opportunity to visit international and regional areas and believes travel is a never-ending source of inspiration through the people, culture, food, and wine encountered, and is a great story waiting to be written. (www.neverenoughtravel.com)

As a regular presenter at industry conferences, Jan shares her favorite topic of service excellence in the wine, travel, food, and hospitality industry, and presented a TED Talk on the topic of "A Culture of Care in the Hospitality Industry". (goo.gl/ujuYdL)

Jan also runs a successful hospitality consulting company, Inland Management Group, and has worked with some of the top hospitality companies, including, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk, Mirage, Westin, and Sheraton Resorts, Caesars Palace Entertainment Company, Princess Cruises, Visit Temecula Valley, Pechanga Resort and Casino, and numerous wineries in the Southern California Wine Country.

Jan has been a Board of Director for Visit Temecula Valley for the past nine years, and has been instrumental in implementing several service-oriented initiatives including the Xenia Hospitality Awards and “I Know Temecula” educational series, and has written numerous articles and programs for this organization.

Jan holds a BA degree from the University of LaVerne, and is fortunate to call Southern California Wine Country her home.

· Contributing Writer for Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visit Temecula Valley newsletter Contributing Writer for Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Temecula Today · Contributing Author, Heart of a Woman in Business, Sparkle Press/Crystal Pointe Media · Presenter, 2014 Wine Tourism Conference, Paso Robles, CA, Service, Sales, and Knowledge: Better Promotion of Your Wine Industry Business · Presenter, 2015 Lodi Winegrape Commission, Uncork Memorable Guest Experiences/Cultivate Sales & Memberships · Presenter, TEDxTemecula, A Culture of Care in the Hospitality Industry · Presenter, Mt. San Jacinto College Wine Education Series · Presenter, Visit Temecula Valley Conference · Presenter, 2016 Women in Business Conference, Temecula, CA, The Varied Vintages of the Employee Workplace · Presenter, Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce · Presenter, Temecula and Wildomar Rotary · Presenter, Entrepreneur Exchange Educational Series · Presenter, Riverside County Employer Advisory Group · Presenter, TemecuNet Networking Group · Presenter, Temecula Executive Human Resource Roundtable · Presenter, BACTS Career Transition Workshops 

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Published Articles (20)

Positive Communication in Tourism Excellence

I join Big Blend Radio’s Tourism Excellence panel to discuss the importance of communication in managing the tourist/visitor expectation.

Landlubbers and Beachbums Equally Enjoy the Caribbean’s ABC Islands

Come explore the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, offering activities to entice those who love the water and who love the land.

Pack for a Purpose Offers Inspired Travel

Pack for a Purpose mission is to positively impact communities around the world. With help of travelers, it looks like they are achieving their goals.

The Wine, Food and Vibe of Paso Robles Wine Region

Time to head to Paso Robles wine region to experience a combination of wine, food and vibe for a terrific wine country getaway.

Rediscovering Puerto Vallarta

Would we recognize this captivating city after a 30 year absence? It is even better than we remembered!

Mexico Revisted

Travel presents interesting chance encounters and I reminisce about an unusual request from an island dweller 28 years ago. Would I react the same today?

A Single White Meaningful Rose in New York City

What comes to mind when you think of iconic New York City? Would a single white rose be part of your description? It is mine.

Big Blend Radio: Planning a Multigenerational Family Vacation

Travel writer and hospitality expert Jan. M Smith shares tips on planning a multigenerational family vacation.

Mother Earth’s Sacred Ground…The Colorful Antelope Canyons

Bucket List alert! Visiting the awe-inspiring and colorful Antelope Canyons in Northern Arizona will take your breath away!

The Iconic Ladurée Comes To Town

Visiting the new Ladurée pâtisserie at The Grove LA brings back fond memories of my first visit in Paris, and now I’m in macaron heaven!

Food, Falls, Stalls, and Fun…A Short Visit to Portland

Have limited time on your itinerary to see the best Portland, Oregon has to offer? I’ll share how it can be done!

Uno, Dos, Tres ~ 3 Reasons to Visit the Valle de Guadalupe Wine Region

Something has been missing from my local travel adventures…Baja. A recent trip to the Valle de Guadalupe wine region near Ensenada, has cured the gap.

Chocoholics Beware!

Stumbling upon a new fine chocolate boutique in town, had me quickly reaching for the door.

5 Unique Things To Do In Catalina

The ferry traveling from Newport Beach to Catalina triggers a song in my head…Twenty six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me…

Who Needs a Pool…An Alternative to Sunbathing in Palm Springs

There is so much more to Palm Springs than azure blue pools and perfectly tanned bodies sunbathing on perfectly positioned chaise lounges.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane at The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market

There’s nothing sweeter than crossing something off your Bucket List. A recent visit to The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles, allowed me to shorten mine.

There’s Wine in Them Thar Hills!

A ride down a two lane country road stretching on forever past long forgotten towns, eventually led us to a small winery and tasting room.

48 Hours in Santa Barbara- Get Going, Get Seeing and Get Doing

Santa Barbara and its gorgeous coastline, local wine region, Mediterranean architectural charm, expansive sandy beaches, world class lodging and dining, and overflowing bougainvillea…

Vancouver on a Whim

The offer was on the table; fly in to Seattle, rent a car and head north to beautiful Vancouver. I only had 24 hours to decide.

Foodie Our Way to Colorado and Back

Our goal for the trip was to find unique and interesting restaurants with names we didn’t recognize. Thankfully, locals offered authentic and candid suggestions.