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  • Meet The Experts

    Meet the Experts at Cox & Kings

    Do you ever wonder about the voice on the other end of the telephone when you call Cox & Kings? We thought so, and decided it was time for an introduction. Below, you'll learn about members of our Inside-Sales Team, who are ready to help you plan your next trip.

    • Ignacio Vallin — Product Director

      A true adventurer and an expert in luxury and exotic travel in Latin America, Ignacio has decades of experience developing world-class travel programs. He specializes in digging deep to find authentic experiences that can inspire and amaze even the most veteran travelers. Fluent in Spanish, Ignacio has traveled through Latin America to countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama finding the best properties and unforgettable experiences along the way. Email:

      “Personally, I want to commend you on your excellent customer services, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile. I was most impressed with your knowledge, patience and professionalism.”
      - Sonia Walton, Vacations By Sonia

    • Seema Prakash — Director, India, Asia & Africa

      A native of India, Seema began her travel career with Singapore Airlines before spending more than a decade designing exciting travel experiences in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for an Indian tour operator. After moving to the United States, she joined Cox & Kings in 2008 and has been crafting and managing innovative itineraries to India and the subcontinent ever since. Her knowledge and understanding of India allows Seema to provide a distinctive perspective on the country’s many diverse regions, as well as design exclusive and unique experiences for Cox & Kings travelers. Email:

      "I LOVE Seema!!! She is amazing!! REALLY!! I wish we could clone her!! Her customer service level is way beyond anything I have ever experienced!!!"
      -Laura O., The Travel Authority

    • Danalee May — Senior Destination Specialist, Africa, Australia & New Zealand

      As a native South African, Danalee May has a natural passion for Africa, her people, the culture and the incredible wildlife. She has traveled extensively, even beyond Africa. She loves to custom design trips that make her clients feel like they belong -- not as outsiders looking in. She will often ask her clients to promise to put down their cameras and not stare at the destination through the lens of a camera. She will urge guests to "Eat the food, drink the wine, bang the drum and revel in all!" With 18+ years' experience she prides herself on creating smooth flowing, well-paced carefully crafted journeys. Danalee loves to travel and she returns to Africa frequently. Email:

    • Vinni Bernal — Destination Specialist, ASIA & THE PACIFIC

      With more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, Vinni joined Cox & Kings to focus on providing truly personalized service for our discerning clients. Her passion for travel arises not just from visiting new destinations, but also from meeting fascinating people along the way who help broaden her horizons and offer different perspectives on the world. She has traveled to Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and South America — and she plans to visit Africa and the Middle East soon! Email:

      “I truly appreciate you helping me with this VIP client. You are so good at what you do and your expertise has made everything so easy for me. This couple travels all the time and they are very attentive to details so I am confident that your company will meet their needs so we can continue growing our business. I look forward to work with you in the future and I thank you for your assistance.” - Yojany Mathis, Travel Consultant/Rennert Travel

    • Michele Otters — Destination Specialist, EUROPE

      Michele has a love and passion for travel which comes through with every journey she designs. With travels to Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, she has acquired a vast knowledge of each, with Scotland being one of her favorite destinations. Her fondness for the country came when she took her first trip there and fell in love with its history, people and scenery. Michele genuinely enjoys crafting customized journeys for prospective travelers to Europe as if it were her own trip. Creating lifelong enjoyable memories is her goal for every client.


    • Renata Silva — Destination Specialist, LATIN AMERICA & ANTARCTICA

      Originally from Brazil, Renata has over 20 years of experience in the luxury travel industry, working in the United States, Europe, Brazil and Argentina. Starting in Brazil with Vivaterra Viagens, a boutique luxury agency, she moved to the United States and joined several high-end travel companies such as Pleasant Holidays and VIP Tour Group, working in sales roles for both companies.

      Renata returned to Cox & Kings in 2018 after her first stint with the company in 2010-2011.

      Renata has traveled to over 30 countries, mostly in Latin America. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

      Renata can be reached at

    • Shady Hanna — Destination Specialist

      Born and raised in the Land of Pharaohs, Egypt with a BA in Spanish, Shady brings a global perspective. His passion for travel has lead to over 13 years in the industry including stints in Cairo and Los Angeles. He was lucky enough to earn a scholarship to study tourism & travel industry management in Seattle, WA. Nothing excites him more than planning and crafting trips to travel agents and clients to make their travel dreams come true. Shady speaks English, Spanish and Arabic. Email: