Romance Week For Couples In Travel... Couple #4 Elaine & Brent Carnegie

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Elaine & Brent Carnegie

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner... for your own sakes, we sure hope you have some special romantic surprises planned for your partners. We’re been celebrating the most romantic day of the year chatting to Canadian couples who work together in the industry and still love it – and each other!

Well known to tour operators and on the agent presentation circuit, Brent and Elaine Carnegie own Canlink, a hotel and destination representation company handling the sales and marketing in Canada for 12 hotels and 2 destinations in the Caribbean.

How did you meet? Brent: We were both working at Marlin Travel here in Toronto but didn’t really connect until after I left Marlin and was working at Alba, and Elaine was working for Radisson Cable Beach. We started dating in 2000 and married in 2004. Elaine: He started working with me in 2010 – his probation period is almost over! (They both laugh)

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Brent: We got married on the beach at the Radisson Cable Beach and then flew down to the out island Long Island and stayed in a tiny hotel called the Cape Santa Maria. It was really laid back and we chilled for a week. Maybe that set the tone for liking smaller hotels!

What’s the most romantic destination you’ve travelled to? Brent: Oh wow that’s hard! We don’t want to get in trouble with any of our islands! Elaine: My favourite is Italy. We did a 2 week trip there years ago and drove around a lot and we really loved it. Brent: I have to agree that was a great trip. But Thailand was right up there too.

Do you recommend marrying someone who works in the same industry as you do? Brent: Of course! (laughs) Elaine: It’s great, we work really well together. For some it works, for others it doesn’t, but within the 1st year after we started working together we decided it’s now or never. You have to define your roles even though we always bounce things off each other.

What are the pros? Brent: Lots – we know very well how we each think and our respective strengths and weaknesses, and it’s a comfort level thing. And working with your spouse or partner you tend to have the same goals.

Any cons? Elaine: We have found you have to set a policy not to talk about work stuff after a certain time of day. Unless it’s really urgent we try not to do that after 6 o’clock.

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage? Elaine: A lot of it may sound clichéd - you have to be friends… you’re in love but you also have to really like each other and that describes us. If there’s anything on my mind, I can talk to Brent about it and we enjoy each other’s company. But we also give each other our space and have our own interests. Brent: I agree. You also have to like to do the same things away from work.

How will you be spending Valentine’s Day this year? Brent: Elaine’s birthday was on February 7th so we usually combine both events doing something special – such as going on a snowshoeing holiday in Quebec.


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