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About QuePasa Tours

Mary Jo Paniello And Sarah Ann Valdes

Born in 2001, Que Pasa Tours was the brainchild of sisters, Mary Jo Paniello and Sarah Ann Valdes. Having worked at Getaway Travel and Cruises, which was owned by Mary Jo’s late husband, Augie Paniello, the sisters decided to move on and opened Que Pasa Tours, a home based agency, in 2001.

Both Mary Jo and Sarah Ann are well versed in the travel industry. The sisters have led group trips to Sicily, Egypt as well as doing individual travel for their clients.

They have taken groups on river cruises and European cruises as have also done many groups on Caribbean cruises.

Mary Jo and Sarah Ann are well know throughout the Tampa area and their expertise in travel and the vast knowledge they have acquired in their own individual travels makes Que Pasa Tours the friendly, caring agency that keeps it clientele happy no matter where they go.

Que Pasa is thrilled to continue its growth in Tampa.

Priscilla Adelman

Priscilla Adelman has been in the Travel Industry since 1975. She has worked with several noted Travel Agencies in the Tampa Bay Area, lending her expertise of individual and group travel to each and every one of her clients.

Priscilla has worked with Hart Travel Agency, Discount Travel of Carrollwood and Travel Leaders/Luxury Travel when Discount Travel was bought out. During these years Priscilla led a number of group trips throughout Africa, Europe, Israel and the Middle East, China and the Orient, Alaska, South America and the Galapagos Islands, Antartica, Greenland and Iceland.

She has also led many groups on River Cruises, and she has arranged and led tours through Tauck Tours to India, Nepal and Machu Pichu.

In 2013 she was awarded a “Tauck Achiever’s Award” for the extent of her experiences in the Travel Industry. This award is only given to 50 agents throughout the USA.

Priscilla has continued to bring her vast knowledge and expertise to Que Pasa Tours since joining the agency several years ago. She prides herself on bringing interesting and educational trips to many discriminating clients, both individually as well as groups. She chooses the “best of the best” in water and tour operators for the wonderful trips that she plans.

Priscilla has also been active in the community, serving as President of the Hillsborough Count Medical Association Auxiliary and she was the woman behind the Avila Women’s Club inception, serving as the President in 1983-1984.

Que Pasa Tours is so very delighted to share Priscilla Adelman’s knowledge of travel with all of you.

Sandy Turkel

Sandy Turkel was born and raised in Tampa and has been in the Travel Industry for the past 32 years. She trained at Travels Unlimited and then worked at Getaway Cruises and Travel until Mary Jo Paniello and Sarah Ann Valdes opened Que Pasa Tours.

Sandy was the first agent to work with Que Pasa Tours and has been instrumental in building the agency into the status is now holds with so many clients.

She is, first and foremost, customer caring and has a vast knowledge of the many different facets of travel, be it cruising, foreign independent travel or packages of travel in Europe, Asia or the United States.

Que Pasa is proud to have Sandy Turkel as one of their top agents.

Irma M Sanabia

Outside Sales, Que Pasa Tours

It was after a trip to the Caribbean's all-inclusive resorts Irma was bitten by the travel bug! She shared lier experiences with Mary Jo and Sarah. Her enthusiasm and love for culture showed to be a sure fit for a Que Pasa Tours travel agent. She joined our team in 2002. Irma works as an outside agent as she is employed full-time as an office manager for Robert F. Cohen, CPA; Which by the way keeps Que Pasa Tours books running smoothly! She keeps evening hours from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for those busy travelers that need to meet or discuss their plans after dinner or soccer practice. Of course, Saturday mornings after your "cafe con leche"!

Practically a native, Irma has lived in Tampa for 40 years and is fluent in English and Spanish. She hails from Habana, Cuba and for this very reason she has made the Caribbean her niche specialty. For expertise in custom tour packages to all t he Upper and lower Antilles, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Central/South America call Irma

Although an expert to the Caribbean, for the last 12 years she has helped many clients fulfill their travel dreams to Italy, Spain, Ireland, France as well as African safaris. You will find working with Irma not only informative but entertaining as her sense of humor is infectious. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and service oriented agent working with our organization. Irma can be reached at 813-240-8832