James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report talks with Keith Waldon, founder of Departure Lounge (www.departurelounge.com), a Virtuoso-affiliated host agency, about how he selected and developed a customized booking platform for his independent contracts with BookingVault and Valerie Wilson Travel. Ben Nayberg, chief operating officer of BookingVault (www.bookingvault.com), and Jennifer Wilson Buttigieg, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel (www.valeriewilsontravel.com), talk about their role in supplying Departure Lounge with the booking tool, plus an air and hotel booking system. 

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Jeff Anderson, co-CEO of Avoya Travel, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his innovative host travel agency and vacation specialist a month after it held its annual conference virtually. Anderson reveals the what’s behind Avoya’s deal with investor group Certares, which last November took a stake in the host agency, as well as what new programs and services are resonating with Avoya’s affiliated agencies. Crucially Anderson forecasts the future for cruises and other forms of travel as we emerge from the pandemic. For more information, visit www.avoyanetwork.com.

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Chris Moss, CEO of PSNGR1 (that’s Passenger1), talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his new system, which travel advisors can use to aggregate access to the GDSs, NDC capability and even restaurant, tour and activity reservations. PSNGR1 also delivers new, simpler functionality than tradition reservations systems, making it easier for users to find and book travel products more quickly. For more information, visit www.psngr1.com.

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Dana Young, president and CEO of Visit Florida, talks with Alan Fine of Insider Travel Report at this week's Florida Huddle 2022 in Tampa. Young assures travel advisors that all their clients, risk-averse or not, can safely book vacations to enjoy the state’s wide open spaces and hot night spots, because Florida will never close, meaning a vacation in Florida is never at risk of being canceled. Travel advisors looking to virtually attend the Florida Huddle on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11:30a.m. can sign up at www.FloridaHuddle.com. For more information, visit www.VisitFlorida.com.

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Charlie B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about Project Blue, his cruise company’s plan to build 12 newly designed small ships that will sail the rivers, lakes and coastal waterways of the United States. Representing a significant investment in small ship cruising, Project Blue represents a big bet on growth for domestic cruising in America. For more information, visit www.americancruiselines.com.

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Ruth Daly, regional director of Tourism Fiji, and Strobel Bekker, regional manager-Americas for Fiji Airways talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how Fiji has emerged from the pandemic ready to welcome visitors from the U.S., how Fiji Airways has returned to full service on long-haul routes, how almost all resorts are now open and ready for guests, and what Americans need to do in order to visit Fiji today. For more information, visit www.fiji.travel or www.fijiairways.com.

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Megan Moncrief, chief marketing officer for Squaremouth.com, which helps travelers save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about what travel insurance covers and what it doesn’t today during the pandemic. Moncrief details how travel insurance coverage works when a trip is impacted by slow COVID testing or shortage of tests, how it works when countries change COVID protocols, and the difference between standard and cancel-for-any-reason policies. For more information, visit www.squaremouth.com

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David McKenna, the new president and CEO of Rocky Mountaineer, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how his famed rail tour company is emerging from the pandemic with new rail cards, popular itineraries in Canada and a completely new rail product in Colorado and Utah. McKenna, an experienced travel executive, was just named CEO to take Rocky Mountaineer into the future. For more information, visit www.rockymountaineer.com

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Stacy Small, founder and owner of Elite Travel International, an affiliate of Travel Experts, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about her new Elite Travel Club, where she invites clients to participate and charges them fees for her services. Small, whom you’ve seen in one of our top Insider Videos of 2021, now gets to choose who she wants to work with on a regular basis, something she says has eliminated those clients who can be a waste of time and gives her a better lifestyle. Is this the model for you? Find out in this interview. For more information, visit www.elitetravelinternational.com.

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Lisa Miller, general manager of the ONE11 Hotel in New Orleans, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about her new boutique property, housed in a former sugar factory, just steps from the French Quarter. With suites overlooking the Mississippi, innovative decor and more, ONE11 Hotel is the perfect retreat for leisure and business travelers alike. For more information, visit www.one11hotel.com.

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Jeffrey Morris, chief marketing officer for the West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes conference about how West Hollywood offers a true luxury travel experience, with top hotels, restaurants, shopping and chic neighborhoods from Santa Monica Boulevard to the Design District to the Sunset Strip. For more information, visit www.visitwesthollywood.com.

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Victoria Batten, regional director of sales and marketing-North America for The Langham Hotels & Resorts, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes about how her luxury brand is growing and reinventing itself, including The Langham, Boston, newly reopened after a two-year renovation; The Langham, Jakara, the brand’s first hotel in Indonesia; and The Langham Gold Coast, which opens in Australia this spring. For more information, visit www.langhamhotels.com.

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Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International's senior vice president of sales, trade support and service, used her regular Coffee Chat this week to interview Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group's new CEO, who just took over from Richard Fain, who remains chairman. Admittedly this is not one of Insider's video interviews, but it's important because it's the first full interview with Liberty since he became CEO. Liberty talks about Royal Caribbean Group's financial performance despite cruise cancellations in the first quarter, what the second quarter looks like and the long-term prospects for cruising, and reconfirmed his support for the travel agency trade. For more information, visit www.royalcaribbeangroup.com.

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Loic Ferrie, director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Nevis, gives James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report an update on the resort since Insider visited more two years ago. That includes a new beachside restaurant, On the Dune, and a new beachside bar, Kastaway Beach bar. This completes the grand renovation Four Seasons Nevis began more than three years ago, including new rooms and suites, new dining concepts and more. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis.

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Jean-Marie Le Gall, general manager of Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet's, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes, about his newly refurbished Paris property. Located between Avenue George V and the Champs-Elysées, the hotel features 101 rooms and suites designed by Jacques Garcia. Just before the pandemic in December 2019, Le Fouquet’s unveiled 19 refurbished suites and rooms with iconic views over the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. For more information, visit www.hotelsbarriere.com/en/paris/le-fouquets.html.

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Samy Ghachem, managing director of Sereno Hotels, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his first luxury boutique resort, Le Sereno St. Barths, which shows off his unique brand of hospitality in the chic destination. Ghachem oversees both Le Sereno and Il Sereno Lago di Como in Italy, which together form a mini-resort empire that caters to a high-end luxury clientele. For more information, visit www.serenohotels.com.

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Imran Changezi, business development director-hospitality for the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes about how DGDA is transforming travel and tourism in Saudi Arabia with a massive new complex set to include 28 luxury hotels and celebrating the country’s history and culture. For more information, visit https://dgda.gov.sa.

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Tom Rowntree, vice president-global luxury brands at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes luxury travel conference about how IHG is developing and growing its luxury brands, including Regent Hotels, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. For more information, visit www.ihg.com.

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Alistair Solomons, executive chef for SeaDream Yacht Club, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his boutique cruise line’s food and beverage program, dining options, his culinary philosophy and the special experiences offered on every sailing, such as the famed caviar and champagne on a surf board plus a BBQ beach party. For more information, visit www.seadream.com.

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Christophe Cornu, executive hotel manager for SeaDream Yacht Club, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the luxury boutique cruise line’s food and beverage, accommodations, activities and special experiences. Cornu, who has been with SeaDream since it began more than 20 years ago, has a unique perspective on what makes the line so different from its competitors. For more information, visit www.seadream.com.

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JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, founder and president of Hidden Doorways Travel, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at last month’s ILTM Cannes her representation company’s newest offerings in destinations, resorts and experience, the state of the luxury market, and just how important ILTM Cannes was to luxury travel. For more information, visit www.hiddendoorwaystravel.com.

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Crystal Vinisse Thomas, vice president and global brand leader for Hyatt Hotels' lifestyle and luxury brands, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report last month at ILTM Cannes about the growth of Hyatt's luxury brands, including Park Hyatt, All, Andaz, Thompson and more. For more information, visit www.hyatt.com.

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Bob Lepisto, president of SeaDream Yacht Club, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report on a SeaDream II cruise of the Caribbean out of San Juan. Lepisto details what a SeaDream cruise is today aboard one of its two 110-guests yachts designed to sail to more intimate destinations with a "casual" luxury experience complete with fine cuisine and great personalized service. For more information, visit www.seadream.com.

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Edoardo Giuntoli, general manager of Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, talks with James Shillinglaw of insider Travel Report at ILTM Cannes last month about his luxury hotel located near the city’s famed attractions and landmarks. A former 19th century Roman palazzo reimagined by visionary architect Jean-Phillipe Nuel, the five-star hotel lies within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain, Villa Medici and Spanish Steps. For more information, click on Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese.

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Francois Delhaye, chief operating officer for Dorchester Collection, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at ILTM Cannes last month about his group of 10 luxury hotels in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Milan, Rome and soon Dubai. Delhaye gives an update on Dorchester Collection’s Paris properties, which he directly oversees, but also details the upcoming renovations of The Dorchester itself, as well as the opening this year of The Lana in Dubai. For more information, visit www.dorchestercollection.com.

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Dino Michael, senior vice president and global category head for Hilton Luxury Brands, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at ILTM Cannes last month about how Hilton is growing those brands throughout the world. Waldorf Astoria, LXR Hotel & Resorts  and Conrad now feature 78 properties in nearly 30 countries and growing, with roughly 45 properties in the pipeline. For more information, visit www.hilton.com.

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Leslie Kouhana, co-founder and CEO of Maisons Pariente, and her younger sister Kimberley Cohen, co-founder and artistic director, talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at ILTM Cannes last month about their small luxury boutique hotels in key destinations around France. Maisons Pariente includes the Hôtel Crillon Le Brave at the foot of Mont-Ventoux in Provence, Hôtel Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez, Hôtel Le Coucou in Méribel, and later this year a new urban hotel, Le Grand Mazarin, in the Marais section of Paris. Each of the properties in the portfolio are designed in collaboration with famous designers and artists. For more information, visit www.maisonspariente.com.

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Andre Gerondeau, chief operating officer for Melia Hotels International, gives James Shillinglaw of insider Travel Report an update about Melia's expansion plans, new and renovated hotels and the state of luxury in the markets where the company operates. This is part of a series of video interviews on the luxury travel market from last month's ILTM Cannes. For more information, visit www.meliahotelsinternational.com.

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Christian Renz, chief commercial Officer (CCO) at Corinthia Hotels, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report at ILTM Cannes last month about his luxury hotel company's expansion plans, its highly regarded hotels in London and the rest of Europe and what's to come in the future. This is part of a series of video interviews on the luxury travel market from ILTM Cannes. For more information, visit www.corinthia.com.

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Elisabeth Alleyne, general manager of O2 Beach Club & Spa, talks with Greg Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the new all-inclusive resort on the southern coast of Barbados. Alleyne also shares her insider tips for travel advisors. For more information, visit www.o2beachclubbarbados.com

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