Blue Ribbon Travel – Port Washington

2-8 Haven Avenue
Suite 224
Port Washington, New York 11050

Tel: 516-218-4000 • Fax: 516-883-6500


Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington was created to provide Long Island’s North Shore with a travel service that would meet and exceed the experience of this unique community. Having served the North Shore for over 20 years, manager Arlene Wikow recognized that there was a need for a high quality, client oriented, upscale agency to bring exceptional service and value to the area. Once the opportunity to build such an agency presented itself, Arlene enlisted the aid of Rakesh Taneja of Blue Ribbon Travel in Whitestone, and within months Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington opened its doors.

At Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington, our affiliation with AMERICAN EXPRESS provides our clients with the security and stability that is second to none. Our staff has been carefully selected to insure that we have the talent and experience necessary to satisfy the needs and requirements of our clientele. With over 100 years of combined experience serving the North Shore community, we are uniquely qualified to handle any and every travel need. Although our store is new, and we are new to this location, each of our agents is proud to have ‘roots’ in the North Shore. As we integrate into our new home, we look forward to meeting and working with our new neighbors. Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington strives to be the agency you choose because we offer what you want and need – not because you have no other choice.

Arlene Wikow

Arlene Wikow

Arlene Wikow has been a part of the North Shore travel industry for over 20 years. Prior to opening Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington, Arlene managed a 10 million dollar agency in Manhasset, where her dual role as manager/agent forced her to become adept at the executive duties involved in running a demanding business, and at the same time retain a devoted clientele. As a manager as well as an agent, customer service and satisfaction have been Arlene’s hallmark.

Arlene’s passion for travel drives her enthusiasm as well as her expertise. She began traveling at an early age, and has been intrigued by the various cultures she has experienced. One might say she has ‘left her heart’ in many places. A graduate of Queens College she continued her education in Israel, where she lived for 5 years; as well as during a brief residence in Germany. She has traveled the world to savor its delights; from Morocco to Hong Kong, Japan to London, Thailand to Holland, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Her personal experience has always been an invaluable asset to her clients.

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Joyce Randall

Joyce Randall

Joyce Randall could be the ‘travel agent’s travel agent.’ After 25 years of planning thousands of vacations, honeymoons, and special getaways – to hundreds of destinations – Joyce has amassed a body of travel experience and expertise that is astounding.

After attending Brooklyn College, marrying and raising a family, Joyce “accidentally” discovered the career she’d been destined for … she became a travel consultant, advising and planning exotic vacations!

With her meticulous attention to detail, Joyce manages to make even the most intricate travel plans worry-free for her clients, a skill much appreciated by the many steadfast customers she’s acquired over the years. The loyalty of her many happy clients kept Joyce in the “TOP 5”, (of the hundreds of agents at her former company) for over 20 years.

Although Joyce can arrange any vacation – from a weekend in Vegas to a 3 week African Safari – she readily admits her favorite destinations tend to be the more exotic. With her affinity for detail, she is a master at custom designing a trip to the customer’s own needs and specifications. Joyce’s specialty is her ability to take the pain out of planning a vacation, leaving only the pleasure.

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Shaheen Baqueri

Shaheen Baqueri

Shaheen Baqueri’s unique background provides Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington with a depth and dimension that is unusual in most travel agencies. Shaheen was born and raised in Mumbai, India; her education includes a degree in Law, as well as post graduate studies in Travel and Tourism. After working for a law firm for two years, Shaheen realized her heart was in travel, and secured a position with one of India’s largest travel agencies. It was during one of her holidays while visiting the US, that she came to New York – and decided to stay and make her life here. She married and settled in Port Washington in 2001. Shaheen has since raised children here, and is an active parent in the community.

Shaheen has a deep love and respect for her native India, its culture and its people. She and her family visit India as often as they are able – but her love of travel has sent her to all corners of the world. Ask Shaheen to choose a ‘favorite’ destination and you are likely to be given a list – Kenya, Mauritius, the Middle East, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, most of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Canada, Europe, the UK, and the United States – to name just a few ‘favorites’.

At Blue Ribbon we are beyond pleased that Shaheen chose Travel over Law, and that she chose Blue Ribbon Travel Port Washington.

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Lori Zollo

Loriz Zollo

Lori Lieberman-Zollo began her career in travel as a corporate agent in New York City over 34 years ago. After six years of corporate travel, Lori realized that her strengths and her interests were more suited to the world of leisure travel. Always a people person, Lori’s passion for planning the perfect holiday led her to spend over 28 years making travel dreams come true.

Possessed of an overwhelming desire to make every trip not only memorable but worry-free, Lori’s attention to detail, coupled with her knack of discerning exactly what her client needs and wants serves her well. She approaches each client and trip with enthusiasm and a will to discover what will make that particular travel experience “special” for that traveler – whether the plans are for an exotic honeymoon or a family reunion, a destination wedding or a customized trip to a foreign land – Lori is ready to make the magic that will turn her client’s dream into a reality.

Lori confesses that she has no favorite destination. She has been to many countries in the Caribbean and Europe, Mexico and around the U.S. She has fond memories of every place she has visited. “Greece, Israel and Hawaii are among the places I’ve found to be exceptionally interesting,” says Lori. An avid cruiser, she has sailed on many cruise lines and many ships to destinations around the world.

A Bronx girl, she married the love of her life and moved to Long Island 16 years ago. She and her husband Lou share their home with her 3 children and their 2 dogs.


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