Chat with the Experts

Chat with the Experts

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Think you know Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, think again….

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Bruce Poon Tip

Think you know Bruce Poon Tip, founder and owner of G Adventures, Inc. and founder of Planeterra Foundation, think again….

CIE Tours Looks to the Future with New CEO

Agents, you should be booking CIE Tours International because, as the company's new CEO Elizabeth Crabill says, "with an average score of 98 percent satisfaction, the travel agent cannot go wrong with their client and their client is going to be very happy to come back and book future travel with them.”

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Santiago Dunn

Think you know Santiago Dunn, president of Ecoventura, think again....

A Chat with Martinique Tourism’s New Leadership

Recommend sat down with Karine Mousseau, the new commissioner for Martinique Tourism Authority, and Joelle Desir, the newly appointed general director for Martinique Tourism Authority, to discuss their new roles and what it means for Martinique tourism moving forward.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Melissa da Silva

Think you know Melissa da Silva, president of Contiki Vacations, think again….

UNICO Hotels Charts New Course in All-Inclusive Industry

Along a picturesque stretch of Caribbean coastline, a unique take on the all-inclusive concept is debuting in Riviera Maya the first quarter of 2017.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Diana Plazas

Think you know Diana Plazas, v.p. of brand, marketing and digital for Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International, think again….

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Jennifer Tombaugh

Think you know Jennifer Tombaugh, think again….

Palace Live!

If your clients have ever attended one of Palace Resorts’ star-studded concerts, then you already know how these events can take a vacation from great to over the top.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Javier Coll

Think you know Javier Coll, think again….

Q&A With Lia Batkin and Seth Kaplan, Founders of In the Know Experiences

It has been nearly 10 years since husband and wife team Lia Batkin and Seth Kaplan founded In the Know Experiences, a luxury travel and lifestyle company that aims to provide clients with once-in-a-lifetime, humble-bragging, bucket list-checking experiences.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Nikheel Advani

Think you know Nikheel Advani, think again….

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Harry Dalgaard

Think you know Harry Dalgaard, think again….

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Sherwin Banda

Think you know Sherwin Banda, think again….

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Gerard J. Inzerillo

Think you know Gerard J. Inzerillo, think again….

Coffee Time With Industry Vets: Paul Wiseman

Think you know Paul Wiseman, think again...

Q&A With Grand Residences’ General Manager Carlo Bicaci

Tucked away in a private enclave between Riviera Maya and Cancun, the 103-all-suite Grand Residences Riviera Cancun provides, according to general manager Carlo Bicaci, something unique to the area’s hotel landscape.

Q&A With Rail Europe’s Zine Belhonchet

Rail Europe is on a roll. Last year, Rail Europe, Inc. consolidated with Rail Europe 4A to form one business unit, in addition to launching a new version of its app—but the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide isn’t stopping there.

Q&A With Central Holidays CEO Gianni Miradoli on Outdoor Journeys’ Expansion

For Outdoor Journeys, Central Holidays’ active vacations brand, authenticity is one of many key components necessary to providing the type of active travel experience guests will want to write home about and experience again...and again.
Le Bristol Paris hotel.

Q&A With Oetker Collection’s New Senior V.P. of Sales & Marketing

Jean-Pierre Soutric was recently appointed the role of senior v.p. sales & marketing for The Oetker Collection, a position he hopes to use as a vehicle to strengthen and grow the organization.

Q&A With Kevin Froemming

Recommend’s contributing writer Donna Ray had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Froemming, executive v.p. & chief marketing officer for Playa Resorts Management, at the Nov. 19 grand re-opening celebration of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Q&A With Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s New CEO Filip Boyen

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is sporting a new look under the helm of a new CEO for its 25th anniversary year.

The Scoop on Dream Vacations From the Creative Minds Behind It

Here's the scoop on what you need to know about CruiseOne's new brand—Dream Vacations—from the creative minds that put this new initiative together.

Q&A With One&Only Resorts’ New Vice President of Marketing Mike Bonner

Travel industry veteran Mike Bonner joined One&Only Resorts’ team as the newly appointed vice president of marketing last month after working for more than two decades in various sales and marketing positions at well-recognized cruise and hospitality companies, including Celebrity Cruises, Maybourne Hotel Group, and most recently, Silversea Cruises.

Q&A With Central Holidays’ New V.P. of Latin America and Cuba Division

After many years of serving as the executive vice president of the South America division at LATOUR, Arthur Berman has joined Central Holidays as vice president of the company’s newly created Latin America and Cuba division.

Q&A with Stanford Court’s New Director of Sales & Marketing

Stanford Court, a Highgate Hotels property, is located atop San Francisco's Nob Hill. Recommend caught up with Ruben Barahona, the new director of sales and marketing to get the scoop on what new programs will be added and what role agents play for the property.
Rendering of the Crystal Esprit marina and the submarine.

Q&A With Crystal Cruises’ Edie Rodriguez

Following Crystal Cruises' recent brand expansion announcements, Recommend took the opportunity to chat with Edie Rodriguez, Crystal Cruises' president and CEO, to discuss what this means for the cruise line.

Q&A With Lauren Summers, Director of Marketing, Visit Wales North America

Lauren Summers, director of marketing, Visit Wales North America, talks to Recommend about why Wales should be on a Great Britain itinerary.

Virtuoso Agent Staci Kimball Gives Us the Scoop on Adventures by Disney

Virtuoso agent Staci Kimball gave us her take on what it's like to sell the Adventures by Disney product and what she learned from her recent travels to Central Europe with the tour operator.
Adolfo Perez, Carnival's new v.p. of trade sales and marketing.

Q&A with Carnival’s New V.P. of Trade Sales & Marketing

Adolfo Perez, a 33-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Lines, started his new role as the company's v.p. of trade sales and marketing this month. Recommend had a chance to catch up with him this week to get the scoop on what changes he plans to bring to his new role, and what that means for travel agents.
The Mantra Samui Resort.

Q&A with Co-Founders of the Louis T Collection

Recommend's Editor, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, recently had a chance to get the scoop on the Louis T Collection, a new personality-driven hospitality and building solutions company, which was inspired by the life and times of Louis T. Leonowens.

Q&A with Jeffrey Klein of Turnberry Isle Miami

Jeffrey Klein was recently named Turnberry Isle Miami's vice president and managing director. Recommend's Associate Editor had a chance to chat with Klein about what his new role means for the Aventura property, as well as who the ideal Turnberry client is, and what changes are expected for the property.

Q&A With CruiseOne Franchisee Mara Hargarther

We checked in with CruiseOne franchisee Mara Hargarther, of Hargarther, Thaler & Associates, LLC, in Ponte Vedra, Florida, to learn how she planned an upcoming knitting-themed trip in Alaska—it's a July departure with Celebrity Cruises.
Andy Stuart is named Norwegian's new president and COO.

Q&A with Andy Stuart, President & COO of Norwegian Cruise Line

At Cruise Shipping Miami 2015, Recommend had a chance to catch up with Norwegian's new President & COO, Andy Stuart.

Q&A with European Waterways’ President

Recommend had a chance to chat with European Waterways' President, John Wood-Dow, about barge cruising and what's new for the company.

Q&A With Robert Veden, Destination Manager, Africa & Indian Ocean at Cox & Kings,...

Robert Veden, destination manager, Africa & Indian Ocean at Cox & Kings, The Americas, spoke to contributing editor Carla Hunt about the luxury landscape in Africa.
Sanctuary Retreats

Q&A with Marco Rosa, Sr. V.P., A&K Hospitality

Marco Rosa, sr. v.p., A&K Hospitality, discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.
Mekong Princess

Q&A with Haimark, Ltd.’s Tom Markwell

Tom Markwell, managing partner, sales and marketing,­ Haimark, Ltd., discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.

Q&A with Globus’ Ryan Droegemueller

Ryan Droegemueller, product manager ­, Asia, East & South Africa,­ Globus family of brands, discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.

Q&A with MLT Vacations Execs at MLT University 2014

I had time to sit and chat with MLT Vacations execs at MLT University 2014.
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa

Q&A With Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ V.P., Domestic Travel Industry & Destination Sales,...

In the Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa onsite review, which appears in the September Family issue, Lynn Clark, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts' vice president, domestic travel industry & destination sales, offers some insight about the resort. Here, we've posted the interview in its entirety.

Q&A with Debbie Fiorino, Senior Vice President of CruiseOne & Cruises Inc.

Two months ago, Debbie Fiorino was promoted to Senior Vice President of CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. In this Q&A, she talks about what's in store for both brands and how she is adapting to her new role.

ASK ME’s Marilyn Cairo & Hilary Lanzer Talk Destination Weddings in Mexico

We had the opportunity to speak with Marilyn Cairo and Hilary Lanzer, ASK ME's managing partners and founders, about destination weddings in Mexico.

Q&A with Edie Bornstein, Crystal Cruises’ COO & President

In late-December, Recommend's editor-in-chief, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, sat down with Crystal Cruises’ COO & President, Edie Bornstein, on board the refreshed Crystal Serenity while it was docked at PortMiami.
Macchu Pichu with Central Holidays

Q&A with Central Holidays’ Gianni Miradoli

Central Holidays is revving up for an exciting year. The company is expanding to launch more products than ever before, adding 60 new itineraries and new destinations spanning Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Q&A with Frank Maduro, All Inclusive Collection

The All Inclusive Collection is stepping up its game in Mexico and the Dominican Republic with revamped offers and a bevy of perks for travelers staying at these Hard Rock Hotels. We caught up with the All Inclusive Collection's VP of Marketing, Frank Maduro, to find out more about these hotels and what your clients can expect from a stay at an all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel.

Q&A with Robert Cheng, The Peninsula Hotels

With 147 years of history, Peninsula Hotels is not one to rest on its laurels. It's debuting new hotels in hot destinations like Myanmar and offering innovative ways for its luxury clientele to vacation whether they are in Chicago or Tokyo. Editor-in-chief Paloma Villaverde de Rico spoke with Peninsula's VP of marketing, Robert Cheng, to learn about the company's plans for the future and how travel agents play a key role.

Q&A with Miguel Torruco, Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism

Mexico City recently launched its Live It to Believe It marketing campaign. Developed and promoted by the Mexico Tourism Board, the aim is to attract North American travelers to Mexico City to experience the destination’s culture, historic landmarks and colonial architecture, as well as culinary flavors.

Q&A with the Halekulani Corporation

At the Halekulani properties in Waikiki, Hawaii, travelers can find two resorts that appeal to different sets of guests: the luxury beachside Halekulani and its sister property, the more budget-conscious, boutique hotel Waikiki Parc.

Q&A with Dwain Wall, Sr. VP and GM of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.

Recommend's editor-in-chief, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, recently had the opportunity to talk with Dwain Wall, senior vice president and general manager of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.

Q&A with Kim Goldstein, Travel Professional

Recommend's editor-in-chief, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, interviewed Kim Goldstein, manager/travel consultant specializing in Disney Destinations, with Journeys Inc., for the Adventures by Disney's Scotland story that appears in the September Family Travel issue.

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