900 North Franklin Street, Suite 708
Chicago, IL 60610
Huma Gruaz, President/CEO
Garrett Ryan, Executive Director of Digital/Social Media
Alpaytac Marketing Communications/Public Relations is a multi-faceted, award-winning firm with an outstanding track record in the travel and tourism industries.
Founded in 2004 under the leadership of multilingual Huma Gruaz — a praised PR, marketing and branding expert named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in 2014 and winner of the 2012 PR Daily Lifetime Achievement Award—Alpaytac’s travel industry practice has included major airlines and international hotel chains. The agency has strategically helped build and maintain strong brand presence and generated unparalleled nationwide media coverage in major publications and on national television shows.
In three years of working with Turkish Airlines, Alpaytac’s branding efforts, media outreach, PR support and event management increased the airline’s brand visibility, contributing to the expansion of their U.S. network to seven gateways and additional destinations. Alpaytac executed the most successful U.S. PR campaign in the airline’s history, generating more than 1.3 billion media impressions and receiving six industry recognitions, including the 2014 Bulldog Digital/Social PR Awards for Excellence in Online Communications Silver Award Winner, 2013 Bulldog Media Relations Awards for Excellence in Media and Publicity Campaigns Bronze Level Winner, and 2013 PR News Platinum Awards Finalist.
Alpaytac has worked with many prestigious global brands including Turkish Airlines; British Airways’ OpenSkies; Avantair; JetEdge; The Four Seasons in Istanbul; Kempinski Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey; Hotel Le Bristol; Le Meurice Ritz Paris; Plaza Athenee; Hotel de Crillon; and Park Hyatt in Paris.
Alpaytac’s comprehensive services include public relations, integrated strategic marketing, cutting-edge social media, event marketing, trade-show support and crisis communications.
Alpaytac is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. It is also the leading U.S. agency for ECCO, one of the world’s largest networks of independent PR agencies providing marketing communication services to Alpaytac clients in 40 countries around the globe.
1427 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Matt Kovacs, President
BLAZE is the trusted partner of choice for lifestyle challenger brands hungry for a real piece of the marketshare. BLAZE has been retained by a growing number of savvy clients who want integrated PR, influencer and social media strategies - and flawless execution. BLAZE senior level professionals play a hands-on, day-to-day role with clients. With more than two decades of relationships and a solid team founded in strategic approaches, BLAZE is adroit in advancing client objectives and nimble to the quick-changing pace of media technologies.
Clients include: Adventure City, AmaWaterways, Great Mall, Marriott Hotels, Ontario Mills, Outlets at Orange, Schwabinger Tor, and Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
The Carolyn Izzo team (L to R): Carolyn Izzo-Feldman, President & Chief Strategist; Patricia Fahie, Executive Vice President; and Kate Wark, Senior
37 North Broadway, Suite 1
Nyack, NY 10960
Carolyn Izzo-Feldman, Pres. & Chief Strategist
Patricia Fahie, Executive VP
Kate Wark, Senior Vice President
CIIC is a full-service public relations, social media and marketing firm specializing in creating dynamic campaigns for the travel, hospitality, food & beverage and lifestyle industries. CIIC’s work is not only strategic, creative and results-driven, but award winning as well. CIIC’s work has been honored with a Media Relations Award by PR Daily as well as HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Adrian Awards across Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.
Headquartered in New York, CIIC has affiliate offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico City and Miami, and is an exclusive member of latamPR and Tribe Global. Additionally, CIIC is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Our clients include: Coney Island Brewery Company (NYC); Grindhouse Denim (NYC); Hotel El Ganzo (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico); Kimberly Hotel, The (NYC); Los Cabos International Film Festival; Los Cabos Tourism Board (Mexico); McGettigan’s Bar & Restaurant (NYC); Mexico Grand Hotels (Los Cabos, Mexico); Solmar Hotels & Resorts (Los Cabos, Mexico); The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport (NYC); Tobin + Parnes Design (NYC).
To help bring South Africa’s rich culture and musical heritage to NYC, Coyne and South African Tourism hosted a free mobile concert in Times Square headlined by South Africa’s most renowned musical icons, timed to the start of Carnegie Hall’s Music & Arts of South Africa festival.
5 Wood Hollow Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
5 Bryant Park, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10018
12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 535
Los Angeles, CA 90025
John Gogarty, Executive VP
Jennifer Kamienski, Senior VP
Lauren Mackiel Gory, VP
Coyne’s travel group has managed and executed world-class events, brand-building campaigns, social media programs and media relations for some of the travel industry’s most prominent brands and destinations.
With clients spanning from Disney Parks & Resorts and Motel 6 to South Africa and The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the travel team has developed ideas and campaigns that are out of this world — literally — including sending Buzz Lightyear to “infinity and beyond” with NASA.
Our in-depth working knowledge of the travel media puts our team in sync and in touch with the industry and your target audience daily. Coyne regularly places stories in national, local and trade publications for clients within the travel space. The key to our success — and yours — is that we garner coverage for our clients in both expected and unexpected places. From editor desksides to ground-breaking promotions, Coyne has the experience to make your brand stand out in a crowded travel marketplace.
875 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60611
Current is an agency that lives up to its name. To us, being Current means constantly thinking of new ways to connect brands with their consumers by uncovering real insights that inspire purpose-driven programs and deliver measurable results. With expertise in content strategy, public relations and social, we help clients engage their target audiences through a strategic blend of media, influencer and advocate initiatives.
Our team of passionate globetrotters is tuned into trends, tapped into research and in the know about what makes headlines in the travel space. From celebrating Miami’s Centennial on the Today Show to launching Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, we pilot award-winning work for a variety of travel brands, including airlines, cruise lines, hotels and destinations.
Founded in 2006, the Current team collaborates coast to coast, with offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Talk to Current to learn more!
1115 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Teresa Delaney, Partner
Nichole DiBenedetto, Partner
D&DPR is a public relations agency based in New York that specializes in the promotion of luxury lifestyle and travel companies.
What Makes Us Tick:
As D&DPR is a boutique firm, our clients have the advantage of working directly with the agency principals on a day-to-day basis. Unlike larger firms where clients may be assigned to junior staff, our clients can pick up the phone and tap into the experience and expertise of the owners, Teresa and Nichole. And, while we have been involved in the industry for most of our careers, our excitement has not at all ebbed. We still get a thrill at seeing the coverage we have secured for our clients, and our hearts still quicken at the thought of traveling, whether it is to discover a new client and destination or to revisit a favorite locale. We enjoy a strong passion and sophisticated palates when it comes to food, wine, spirits and the epicurean world at large. Quite simply, we LOVE what we do.
Philosophy & Operating Strategy:
D&DPR offers strong expertise and insight in developing successful creative strategies and campaigns that address specific business issues, increase sales and revenue, and raise awareness with target audiences. It is this talent that drives the agency and its philosophy of client partnership. Each client receives an individual approach; with thoughtful and original strategic ideas developed in tandem with the client to address their particular business needs, solve their unique dilemmas, and effectively reach their goals.
The same individual approach is taken with the media on behalf of our clients. It is not about mass mailings of press releases, but rather about precision aim. The media outlets that will best serve the client’s goals are identified; the story idea is tailored accordingly, and communicated to the proper journalists in the most appropriate manner. Creative ideas for the client are developed to maximize potential media interest and publicity opportunities.
Decker/Royal re-launched Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in spring 2015, hosting more than 40 media to celebrate the reimagining of one of the brand’s original properties and aligning it with the luxury design introduced at its resorts in Grenada and Barbados.
54 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Cathleen Decker, President
Stacy Royal, Managing Director
The Decker/Royal Agency is an integrated communications workshop, merging the best of traditional PR tactics with today’s evolving platforms to create programs with a singular purpose: measurable results. Founded and wholly owned by industry veterans, Cathleen Decker and Stacy Royal, the company specializes in travel, hospitality, destination management, and the relentless pursuit of the things that make life a grand adventure.
We are an agency committed to keeping our clients in the conversation wherever it may live — online, in print or on-air and from social media to native advertising to digital content. We create rich programming that is designed to complement and enhance clients’ overall marketing objectives. Publicity stunts may have their place, but the best PR efforts are part of a thoughtful, deliberate strategy that considers the long view and produces impactful results that move the needle forward.
Since its launch in 2014, The Decker/Royal Agency has cultivated a number of tourism, hospitality and lifestyle accounts, including one of the most successful brands in the travel industry: Sandals Resorts International.
DQMPR at the HSMAI awards (from left to right): Stephanie D’Adamo,
Mia Salazar, Yves Gentil and Chelsea Slavin. This year, the agency took home a Platinum Award for their work with Destination Quebec.
25 E. 21st Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10010
Headquartered in New York City with a satellite office in Miami, DQMPR is an award-winning, multi-lingual boutique travel and lifestyle public relations agency. DQMPR leverages its extensive network to organize coast-to-coast targeted media campaigns on behalf of clients, from morning television to print and online coverage. Clients rely on the agency’s industry experience, compelling storytelling and relationships in the execution of media events, press trips and trade shows. In addition to media relations, DQMPR’s trade division works with the travel trade, meetings and incentives and the cruise industry on behalf of clients.
DQMPR’s excellence in public relations has been recognized by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International with 16 Gold Adrian Awards as well as the Society of American Travel Writers with two gold and one silver award for work with Extraordinary Journeys Africa, Finnair and Tourism Quebec. The agency was most recently honored with HSMAI’s Platinum award for its work in bringing ABC’s Ocean Mysteries Saturday morning program to the Saint Lawrence in Quebec — the first time the show filmed in a river. DQMPR received the platinum award previously, as well as an Emmy nomination, for its work with the Today Show and bringing WNYW Fox 5’s Toni On! to Quebec for segments in Mount Tremblant and Quebec City during the city’s 400th anniversary.
Current clients include the CroisiEurope, Extraordinary Journeys Africa, Finnair, Geringer Global Travel, Perillo Tours, Tourism New Zealand, St. Barth Properties, JourneYou and Zicasso Handcrafted Travel.
635 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Mathew L. Evins, Chairman
Louise R. Evins, CEO
Elyse Heckman, Vice President / Director of Travel & Hospitality
David Harrison, Director, Digital & Social Integration
We help to define a brand’s essence and create emotive experiences that bring brands to life.We utilize brand experiences to catalyze brand passion and engagement. We cultivate and nurture brand engagement to foster brand advocacy and storytelling. We optimize brand mind-share through brand advocacy and storytelling. We transform brand mind-share into brand market-share.
EVINS is the leading branding, marketing, communications and public relations firm in the luxury and prestige sectors, with specialist expertise in travel and hospitality. Over nearly thirty years, we have made an invaluable contribution to the growth and development of numerous industry icons, including American Express Centurion/Platinum, DEPARTURES Magazine, Groupe Floirat, Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani, Inspitato, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Rosewood Hotel & Resorts, The Knickerbocker, The Lanesborough, Uniworld River Cruises, and Wheels Up, amongst many others. Our client work has garnered numerous awards and accolades, and we are consistently recognized for excellence in creativity, strategies and tactics.
Mathew Evins, the firm’s Chairman, has lectured on luxury and hospitality at the Cornell Hotel School and NYU’s Graduate School of Business, and has contributed to numerous industry publications and business media. Questex Hospitality + Travel appointed Mr. Evins to serve on the Boards of the International Hotel Investment Forum Berlin (IHIF), the leading international meeting place for the hotel investment community; Luxury Travel Exchange International (LTX), the leading event for today’s travel professional focused on luxury and premium niche markets; and ULTRA Luxury Exchange (ULTRA), an invitation-only conference engaging the world’s elite travel professionals.
Members of the Fahlgren Mortine tourism team in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
4030 Easton Station, Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43219
Neil Mortine, President and CEO
Marty McDonald, SVP, Tourism Practice Leader
Fahlgren Mortine works with clients in 29 states and is a top 25 independent firm nationally. The agency has been recognized with dozens of national PR and tourism awards, including Silver and Bronze Anvils from PRSA and a Mercury Award from the U.S. Travel Association. In 2015, Fahlgren Mortine was recognized with a PRSA Bronze Anvil for media relations and a U.S. Travel Association Award on behalf of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Fahlgren Mortine also has locations in West Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, New York and South Carolina. Travel industry client experience includes Office of TourismOhio; Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB; TravelNevada; Wyoming Office of Tourism; Experience Columbus; Hyatt Regency; Hilton; North Dakota Department of Commerce/Tourism; Hocking Hills Tourism Association; and many other destinations, regions, festivals, hospitality properties and more.
301 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
Gail L. Moaney, Director & Managing Partner, Travel / Lifestyle Group
Morris Silver, Managing Partner
Virginia M. Sheridan, Managing Partner
The Finn Partners Travel /Lifestyle Group is one of the largest travel practices in the public relations industry. Our team is unrivaled for the creativity, execution and commitment we bring to our clients. Our capabilities and experience have been proven by our successful long term partnerships with some of the world’s top travel brands. We have consistently gained and retained clients through our measurable bottom-line results and by comprehending their unique histories, preserving and bolstering their reputations and understanding their vision for the future.
Our commitment to our clients is to be an extension of their brands — a true partner in every way. When that commitment is combined with unsurpassed skill and experience in all the critical areas of travel and lifestyle marketing, we deliver results that provide an elevated, long term brand life, a stronger share of mind and an increased share of market.
Our services include strategic public relations planning and execution, global consumer/travel and trade media relations, crisis communications, reputation management, brand development, social and digital applications, partnership alliances, promotions and special events.
With a staff of over 50 highly skilled professionals, we represent airlines, cruise lines, domestic and international destinations, hotels, resorts, rail companies, real estate developers, travel associations and travel service providers.
The greatest measure of our success is the satisfaction of our clients, the longevity of our client relationships, and the recognition we’ve received from industry influencers and clients alike for delivering high-quality, substantive work.
FRENCH | WEST | VAUGHAN
112 East Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Rick French, Chairman & CEO
David Gwyn, President / Principal
Natalie Best, Executive VP / Director of Client Services / Principal
French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is the Southeast’s leading public relations, public affairs and brand communications agency, independent or otherwise. Founded in April 1997 by Agency Chairman & CEO Rick French, FWV now employs 87 public relations, public affairs, social media, advertising and digital marketing experts among its Raleigh, N.C. headquarters and New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa offices.
FWV’s dedicated travel and tourism practice, ranked as the #12 firm for Travel and Tourism PR by O’Dwyer’s, boasts extensive destination marketing experience, specializing in lifestyle and leisure marketing and public relations. Current travel and tourism industry clients include the Dude Ranchers’ Association, Concord Hospitality Enterprise Company, Trailways Transportation System, Greater Raleigh CVB, Wilmington and Beaches CVB (N.C.), Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Tweetsie Railroad — North Carolina’s Oldest Theme Park.
The agency has worked with Divi Resorts and its nine Caribbean properties, and co-operative destination marketing with each of the tourism organizations for Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Croix (U.S.V.I. Dept. of Tourism) and St. Maarten; Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Cabarrus County, N.C. — home to NASCAR’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Oakland County, Mich.; Branson, Mo.; the Old Salem Moravian Village in N.C.; and America’s Historic Triangle, located in Williamsburg, Va.
In addition, FWV’s fully integrated creative and digital team provides award-winning advertising, graphic design, and digital and social media services for a wide range of local, national and international clients.
GRAHAM & ASSOCIATES, INC.
111 Maiden Lane, Ste. #650
San Francisco, CA 94108
Graham & Associates is renowned for award-winning expertise in strategic national and international PR, communications, branding and social media programs for travel and hospitality, and consumer lifestyle clients. The agency also has established expertise working with companies with an environmental and socially responsible focus.
Founded in 1996, the agency is known for its successful launches, relaunches and highly creative and results-driven campaigns. Graham & Associates has a successful track record with hallmark and emerging companies and properties, including Cavallo Point, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Post Ranch Inn, El Capitan Canyon, Evergreen Lodge, The Scarlet Huntington Hotel, Wyndham Worldwide, and more.
Graham is recognized in the industry with more than 85 top national PR awards including Stevie’s Best Communication Campaign, North America; PRSA’s Silver Anvil; a Special Creativity Award from the International Public Relations Association (all in tourism); and the Magellan “Best Agency Communications Campaign Worldwide.” Graham operates throughout Europe via Plexus, an exclusive organization of agencies, it co-founded.
HAWKINS INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
119 West 23rd St., Suite 600
New York, NY 10011
Jennifer Hawkins, Founder & President
Hawkins International Public Relations represents many of the world’s most prestigious travel and hospitality brands. From luxury hotel companies, independent resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, spas and lifestyle brands, Hawkins delivers solid results that reflect the agency’s passion for travel and global events. Extensive and strong relationships with both traditional and social media are among our greatest assets. Serving as a vital extension of our clients’ marketing efforts, Hawkins is renowned for comprehensive media strategies and the ability to tap into social networks, form key partnerships, develop crisis plans, and engage with key influencers and taste makers.
Listed among Inc. Magazine’s prestigious 2015 Inc. 5000, and linked with a network of like-minded agency partners all over the world, Hawkins works with more than 60 clients operating on every continent, developing and implementing strategic PR campaigns to generate results in top local, regional and national media outlets. In addition to working with iconic travel and lifestyle brands, the agency has used its trademarked Launch Pad™ strategy to introduce 25 new and repositioned global brands to the North American media market in the past three years alone. The firm’s growing Digital Division creates tailored social media campaigns across all channels, including content development, platform management, influencer campaigns, contests, SEO, webinars, and more.
1011 East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Samantha Jacobs, Founder & CEO
Michael Jacobs, COO
Launched in mid-2014 by travel and tourism veteran Samantha Jacobs, Hemsworth Communications has attracted the attention of international brands and top PR talent. We believe in doing things differently, we take pride in our relationships, and we work tirelessly to help our clients be successful.
The travel and tourism industry is changing. So is PR. It’s time for a fresh approach. Our rapidly expanding team is passionate about finding original ways to leverage our insights and media connections, breaking through the clutter and exceeding expectations. At the end of the day, while we love fresh ideas, flashy media coverage, and awards as much as the next, we care most about how our efforts impact the client’s bottom line.
Clients include AmaWaterways, Driftwood Hospitality, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Wyoming’s Star Valley Lodge, WorldCruise.cn, Sonesta Coconut Grove and Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, among others.
J PUBLIC RELATIONS
530 7th Ave., Suite 1108
New York, NY 10018
Sarah Evans, Partner
Celebrating 10 years in business, J Public Relations (JPR) is a bi-coastal force with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona. The agency is one of the most respected brands in the competitive PR industry and has elevated the art of brand positioning and messaging through development of creative programming for global brands. JPR continues to develop and manage highly successful media relations, digital and influencer campaigns. JPR’s client roster includes many of the world’s most highly esteemed hospitality brands, luxury boutique properties, restaurants, spas and consumer lifestyle brands.
The agency has grown more than 80% over the past two years consistently ranking among O’Dwyer’s top 100 fastest growing agencies in the U.S. JPR has also earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, placing 12th in the nation for fastest growing private companies in travel and was ranked in 2014 among the New York Observer’s PR Power 50 List.
K. SUTHERLAND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Laguna Beach + Reno
K. Sutherland PR is a boutique public relations agency that specializes in the travel and tourism industry. The global destinations, resorts, and travel brands the agency represents have been featured in some of the most well-known media outlets around the world including placements in Travel + Leisure, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, MSNBC, Men’s Journal and many more.
The team at K. Sutherland PR executes innovative, personalized and targeted campaigns comprising of both traditional and new media avenues. From international luxury resorts, unique travel destinations, boutique hotels and spas, to travel accessories and world cruise lines, K. Sutherland PR creatively and strategically helps clients achieve positive publicity in a variety of media outlets.
Everyone within the agency has a deep appreciation and love for travel. The agency’s team is multilingual and works with travel clients from around the world. Learn more at KSutherlandPR.com.
Richard S. Kahn, president of KTCpr, 2014 recipient of the HSMAI Winthrop
W. Grice Lifetime Achievement Award for public relations excellence.
77 N. Centre Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Richard S. Kahn, President
Theresa M. Oakes, Senior Accounts Supervisor
Josh Kahn, Senior Accounts Supervisor
KTCpr is a 25-year-old boutique public relations, marketing and publishing agency created by Richard S. Kahn, former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Travel Agent magazine. KTCpr has developed its practice around the niche travel and tourism markets with clients in the public and private sectors.
Kahn, having spent 22 years as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, has a strong understanding and connection to the media — the end game for any public relations agency. Kahn was the 2014 recipient of the HSMAI Winthrop W. Grice Lifetime Achievement Award for public relations excellence.
KTCpr was launched with a purpose — to be responsive to the media and act as a “go to” resource. With that mantra at the forefront, the company has sustained steady growth based on achieving results thanks to Kahn and his staff’s relationships with the media. KTCpr’s expertise covers media relations, the launch of new hotels and resorts, marketing consultation, crisis communication, events, the creation of promotions, social media campaigns, speech writing and publishing services.
KTCpr’s client roster runs the gamut of the diverse niches in the travel and tourism industries, including Apple Vacations, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau and Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, among others.
Key placements over the years have been TV exposure on “Today,” “The Early Show” and local New York news stations as well as feature print coverage in major consumer newspapers, magazines and online media outlets such as Frommers.com and the Huffington Post. Recent promotional placements include Ellen, Dr. Oz, “Wheel of Fortune” and Steve Harvey.
For more info, call 516-594-4100, email info@KTCpr.com or visit www.KTCpr.com.
905 SW 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2720
New York, NY 10110
Wendy Lane Stevens, President
LANE delivers results that build business for clients. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, we create integrated public relations strategies that connect with key audiences and stakeholders across all communication channels. We track trends, monitor consumer sentiments, and place stories where key audiences seek information: online, in print or over the airwaves. We reach our clients’ audiences wherever they reside, garnering proven results in markets that matter most.
Whether elevating a property or a destination, we use fresh ideas and creative energy to educate, inform and inspire people to action. Our award-winning campaigns have produced measurable results for clients such as Travel Oregon, Brasada Ranch Resort, Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Crest Resort, Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, Sokol Blosser Winery, Wines from Spain, The Heathman Hotel Group and Travel Portland.
LDPR sent NBC Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her mother down to Sydney, Australia, for a split-live show from The Sydney Opera House on May 4. It was the perfect Mother’s Day segment, showcasing LDPR client Sydney/New South Wales to 67 million viewers, and resulted in a broadcast/online reach of 156 million.
LAURA DAVIDSON PUBLIC RELATIONS
72 Madison Ave., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Laura Davidson, President
Leslie Cohen, Executive VP
Meghna Patel, Senior VP
For over 20 years LDPR has guided some of the world’s most prestigious travel brands through an evolving media landscape with creativity, professionalism and enthusiasm. We are a highly driven and innovative travel / lifestyle agency with a global roster of clients from destinations and tour companies to some of the world’s leading hotels, and resorts. Our integrated approach to our clients’ communications programs delivers the right mix of traditional media outreach, strategic partnerships and strong digital and social media solutions.
LDPR’s unique culture is defined by our collaborative and strategic approach to working with clients, media and our staff, leading to successful partnerships with measurable results.
Our client roster includes Abercrombie & Kent; Aman Resorts; Rocco Forte Hotels; VisitScotland; Sydney/Destination New South Wales, Australia; Kittitian Hill, St. Kitts; Curtain Bluff, Antigua; Waterfall Resorts, Alaska; The Resort at Paws Up, Montana; The Thinking Traveller Luxury Villas, Italy and Greece; The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland; Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento, Italy; Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas; Residence Inn by Marriott; The Mayflower, DC; The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island; The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine; The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando; Marriott Marquis Washington, DC; Millennium Hotels & Resorts, among others.
LOU HAMMOND & ASSOCIATES
900 Third Avenue
New York, NY
Lou Hammond, Founder/Chairman
Stephen Hammond, CEO
Terrence Gallagher, President, NY
Gina Stouffer, Pres., Charleston
Entering its third decade of service this year, Lou Hammond & Associates (LH&A) has long set the gold standard as the recognized leader in travel and hospitality public relations. The company’s passion, as well as an unwavering commitment to quality, is driven by its legendary founder and chairman, Lou Hammond, who is regarded as one of the most well-known and enthusiastic advocates in the industry.
LH&A is renowned as an innovator in the field, as evidenced by its award-winning work. In fact, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has honored the agency with more of its prestigious Adrian Awards over the past 17 years than any other entrant. Last year was no exception with 20 accolades, including a Platinum award for Premier Rail Collection and nine Gold designations for Providence, Santa Fe, Sonoma County, Thailand, Virginia and famed Le Bristol Paris.
More Americans are on the move than ever before, particularly to destinations in the Southeast. In 2014, clients including the state of Virginia, Collier County, Fla., Panama City Beach, Fla., and Paducah, Ky., experienced record-breaking years in bed tax revenue. The agency’s expansion to Charleston, South Carolina, has met with outstanding success. With a flourishing client portfolio, the full-service office has grown to 15 team members after opening with just three people two years ago.
LH&A recognizes that markets and media are rapidly changing. Our agency’s digital enterprise, Hammond Digital+ (HD+), is tasked with keeping a steady eye on the future to discern what’s new and meaningful in the digital arena — and to help brands achieve their goals in any space. Embracing the future of public relations, HD+ is a go-to resource for custom, multi-platform programs that optimize messaging in the digital world. HD+ reviews each client’s unique digital footprint and develops, executes and monitors high-impact strategies for influential press mentions, viral campaigns and buzz-worthy digital experiences that capture the media’s attention, drive consumer interaction and increase revenue.
HD+ recently launched a trends-focused newsletter called Digital Plus, focused on keeping LH&A clients abreast of the evolving landscape. Expanding its client roster, HD+ has partnered with leading brands to improve their presence by conducting digital media audits and launching complete takeovers of social channels in addition to ongoing consulting. Projects have included social media contests, trade show event strategy, thought leader positioning and Twitter chat participation.
16 E. 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
Ken Makovsky, President & CEO
Headquartered in New York, with an owned office in Washington, D.C, Makovsky is a leading global independent integrated communications consultancy, building businesses and reputations with ideas that cross the boundaries of traditional, digital, social and experiential media.
Makovsky has specialties in Health, Financial & Professional Services, Technology and Energy & Sustainability. Our services include public relations, digital branding, social media, crisis communications, change management and investor relations.
In 2014, Makovsky won 39 company and campaign awards including the Bulldog Stars of PR Awards for “Agency Professional of the Year,” and the American Business Award for “Marketing Campaign of the Year” for health services and insurance. The firm has also been recognized for its “Overall Web Design” by the American Business Awards, “PR Firm of the Year” by PR News Elite Awards, “Healthcare Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report, and was ranked as one of the “Top Places to Work in PR” by PR News. The firm also won a PRSA Bronze Anvil, three PRSA Big Apple Awards, the Financial Communications Society Portfolio Award for client campaigns and multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevies.
Makovsky is also the founder of IPREX, the second largest worldwide corporation of independent agencies in more than 30 countries and 40 US cities.
TV personality, Ty Pennington, traveled with Marketing Maven’s Lindsey
Carnett on a Norwegian press tour.
135 East 57th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Los Angeles Headquarters
Lindsey Carnett, CEO & President,
Natalie Rucker, VP of Business Dev., firstname.lastname@example.org
John Krisiukenas, Managing Dir., NY,
From traditional earned media to new forms of social engagement, Marketing Maven drives brand conversations with multigenerational, millennial and multicultural targets. From a global luxury automotive rally to a Norwegian design tour, the bicoastal team at Marketing Maven knows how to deliver on a diverse range of travel and hospitality PR and social media campaigns. We specialize in maintaining a company’s brand message through revenue-generating communications strategies.
Is Spanish language media important to your target demographic? We have a bilingual and bicultural Hispanic marketing department with a real-time pulse on cultural trends and connections to increase brand awareness and drive bookings from U.S. Hispanics.
Marketing Maven is 8(a) certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a minority owned business. Other certifications include Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, WOSB status with the government and DBE, CUCP and CPUC certification through the State of California.
MISSY FARREN & ASSOCIATES (MFA)
30 Irving Place, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Missy Farren, Founder & CEO
Agatha Capacchione, Senior VP
Samantha Lacher, Director
Mfa provides the customer service of a mid-sized agency with the results of a large team through a powerful combination of client service; attention to detail; dynamic, 360-degree campaigns that integrated earned, shared, owned and paid channels; and significant press exposure. Our passion for travel drives professional success and relationships in various niches, including: culinary, Caribbean, adventure, ski/snow, family, romance, arts/culture, wellness/spa, culture, wine/spirits and fitness/sports.
The agency specializes in strategic media relations; social media strategy and management; omni-channel campaign execution; partnership development; event facilitation; spokesperson positioning; and crisis communications. Our team of agile, professional marketers pairs innovative thinking and never-say-never attitudes to deliver significant results and exceed expectations. Industry experience includes: Alpine Meadows; The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg; Aspen Ski Co.; Auden Bar & Bistro; Cayman Airways; Cayman Cookout; The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Charlie Bird Restaurant (NYC); The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Colorado Ski Country; Disneyland; Disneyland Food & Beverage; element 47 restaurant; Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; Intrawest; Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month; Limelight Hotel; The Little Nell; The Lodge at Woodloch; The Mark Anthony Group; Michelin Food & Travel; Mission Hill Family Estate; National Trust for Historic Preservation; The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York; Roadtrips Inc.; Royal Plantation Collection; Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort; Ski Utah; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; Squaw Valley; Steamboat; Trapp Family Lodge; Twin Farms; Whistler Blackcomb; and more.
MMGY Global works with the South Dakota Department of Tourism to implement a comprehensive public relations and social media campaign
showcasing the state’s attractions and tourism offerings. Pictured here are South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Mascots celebrating President’s Day with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today Show.
245 Fifth Ave., Ste. 902
New York, NY 10016
Clayton Reid, President & CEO
Julie Freeman, EVP & Managing Dir., PR
David Perez, Vice President, PR
At MMGY Global, “We Inspire People To Go Places.”
As the leading integrated marketing communications firm specializing in the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries for more than 30 years, our mission is to help travel companies grow revenue by motivating their customers. With offices in New York City, Kansas City, Orlando and Madrid, and an international partner network, Travel Consul, we serve many of the world’s premier travel and tourism brands.
Our public relations team has a track record of developing and implementing award-winning, strategic campaigns that are rooted in research and insights. We are master storytellers and content creators. Through integrated traditional and social media programs, we reach our audiences where they live, work and play.
We offer personalized, senior level service with the resources of the larger agency in traditional and social consumer and trade media relations, corporate and brand positioning, partnership marketing, promotions, event marketing, influencer engagement and crisis communications. MMGY is the author of the widely acclaimed Portrait of American Travelers® annual research study and TravelhorizonsTM, a quarterly survey of Americans’ travel intentions.
Our PR clients include cities and states, international destinations, hospitality brands, airlines, iconic attractions, travel providers, technology and services and industry associations.
Other MMGY Global areas of expertise include research and insights, strategic communications planning and implementation, brand marketing, traditional and social media buying, digital/social media strategy, website development and management, e-CRM, and travel industry relations.
Sunset Media Center
6255 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Kari Ramsey, Group Vice President
MWWPR’s Travel & Tourism practice can take you anywhere you want to go. We believe in pushing PR beyond the boundaries of expected thinking, and draw from vast talent and experience at the intersection of strategy, communications and creative to continually exceed client objectives.
We develop strategic award-winning campaigns powered by insights, technology and social media to drive patronage and connect clients with their key stakeholders. As a leading global independent communications agency, we’ve worked with both established and emerging brands within the travel industry, ranging from hotels and destinations to airlines and travel publishers. Our team of top hospitality industry strategists, planners, media specialists and producers has years of deep-rooted experience in travel and tourism.
At MWWPR, we believe you need to be relevant to Matter More™ to the people who matter most. Our strategic process begins with understanding client business objectives and priorities, mapping the influencers that have the greatest impact on your brand and developing measurable programs that drive business outcomes. Every client program begins with insights based on proprietary research to shape a point of view and determine what Matters Most to a brand’s key audiences.
MWWPR has been recognized with top industry awards for client work and thought leadership, including “PR Agency of the Year,” “Best Places to Work,” and “Campaign of the Year.”
Roughing it: Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations and media are all smiles after a successful “Women vs. Wild” shooting lesson at Sea Island Resort’s new Broadfield Sporting Club & Lodge. The ladies enjoyed a wide
range of experiences for novices and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, as well as a delicious dinner of fried bobwhite quail with honey.
NANCY J. FRIEDMAN PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
35 East 21st Street, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10010
LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram:
Nancy J. Friedman, President
An industry thought leader, creative pioneer, and award-winning strategist, Nancy Friedman continues to set the benchmark for public relations done right for hotels, luxury brands, and destinations. In New York City alone, Nancy and her team have launched more than 60 hotels. From her early ascent to the head of PR for Ian Schrager & Steve Rubell, to her current post steering one of the industry’s most talented PR teams, Nancy’s rare combination of grace and tenacity have led to countless industry firsts. Today, she is the “go-to” PR counsel to some of the most innovative leaders in hospitality and the tour de force behind Hotel Week NYCTM and Hotel Week LATM.
We love what we do and are fervently committed to our clients’ success. That we proudly list that we are “media junkies” on our resume tells you a bit about how we operate. We have met face-to-face with more than 200 journalists and collaborated with digital influencers on successful client campaigns.
Our team’s consistency and expert strategy has yielded incredible results, from eight awards recognizing stellar client achievements at the 2015 HSMAI Awards, to being invited to speak alongside the travel and hospitality’s top tier thought leaders at the Skift Global Forum 2015 in Brooklyn, New York.
OGILVY PUBLIC RELATIONS
636 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Jennifer Risi, Managing Director, Ogilvy Media Influence
Nation branding and tourism is part of Ogilvy PR’s DNA. Our rich history dates back over 50 years with our founder David Ogilvy’s first successful nation branding campaign for Puerto Rico as a “sun and beach” destination, following years of political upheaval on the island.
Ogilvy PR builds country brands through effective storytelling across tourism, investment and exports, while managing complex issues. Our approach emphasizes collaboration and unity across our offices and practices, all the while fostering tailored and country-specific applications that contribute to a global narrative.
Our global network includes experts across strategic media relations, influencer communications, social media and content creation, generating connections, inspiring travelers, driving investment and crafting narratives that make a strong impact and drive results for destinations all over the world.
Ogilvy PR has successfully elevated brand for clients; ProColombia, Brand USA, Brazil, Tourism Fiji, Tourism New South Wales, Hilton Hotels, Tourism Australia, Guinness Storehouse and British Airways.
470 Park Ave. South, 4th Flr. North
New York, NY 10016
Steve Cody, Co-CEO/Co-Founder
Ed Moed, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Ted Birkhahn, Partner & President
Ann Barlow, Partner & President, West Coast
Janine Gordon, President, Luxury & Lifestyle
Maggie O’Neill, Partner & Managing Director
Services include Branding & Positioning, Creative Services, Public Relations, Crisis Preparedness and Management, Research & Insights, Audience Experience, Experiential Marketing & Events, Social Media & Digital Strategy, Licensing and Internal Communications.
Peppercomm is an independently owned 20-year-old integrated communications and marketing agency headquartered in New York with offices in San Francisco, Boulder and London, and with 110 employees. Together, we develop insights that serve as our compass and catalyst, allowing us to push boundaries and effectively tell your brand story.
Our approach marries fully integrated marketing strategy with high-touch service and depth of experience in the travel, tourism, hospitality and luxury lifestyle categories. With clients ranging from developers of choice real estate to world-class hotels, four-star destination resorts and more, our team of experts has the know-how and passion to build and nurture brands. We’ve partnered multi-million dollar residential properties with the jets that get you there, educated UHNWI regarding the finer points of travel and counseled some of the world’s leading financial and consulting groups on the relationship among lifestyle, leisure and investment.
To build awareness and capture email addresses among women 55+ for
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Quinn partnered with Talbots. VBT appeared in Talbots’ catalog to 4.9 million customers, in its emails to 2.5 million and in all 495 stores as well as on Talbots’ social media
platforms. In addition to building brand awareness, VBT captured 4,700 new email addresses.
48 West 38th Street, Penthouse
New York NY 10018
407 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach FL 33139
Florence Quinn, President
Direct: 212/868-1900 x223
John Frazier, EVP/Director of Travel
Direct: 212/868-1900 x230
Quinn is a lifestyle public relations agency with global impact. Our disciplined, strategic approach to PR has built some of the largest audiences in the world. With offices in New York and Miami and affiliates worldwide, we serve clients in Travel, Real Estate, Spa, Food/Wine/Spirits, Retail, Architecture/Art/Design and Experiences.
We believe there is magic to be found at the intersection of creative thinking and value-driven strategies.
Many of the worlds’ most recognized brands believe as well. That’s why companies like the Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Marriott, Starwood, W, Aloft, AKA, Guerlain Spa, EL AL Israel Airlines, Del Frisco’s and XOJET choose Quinn.
rbb Public Relations wins two HSMAI Platinum Adrian Award for its campaigns for Homewood Suites and Hilton Worldwide. From left to
right: Jennifer Hughes, Director, Public Relations, Extended Stay Brands, Hilton Worldwide; Lisa Ross, President and Partner, rbb Public Relations.
RBB PUBLIC RELATIONS
355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33134
Christine Barney, CEO
Lisa Ross, Pres. & Travel Practice Leader
Tina Elmowitz, EVP
John Quinn, EVP
rbb is a marketing communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year, recognized for its fresh communication insights and strategic thinking. As the Champion of Breakout Brands rbb’s travel & leisure practice develops campaigns that spark new conversations, inspire action and deliver meaningful results. Whether a client’s goal is gaining more market share or business leads, driving bookings or engagement, enhanced reputation or all of the above, rbb will get there faster and smarter.
In travel, the agency’s deep experience runs across all segments from global hotel chains, boutique resorts and destinations to airlines, cruise lines and online travel agencies. The rbb difference is our customized, integrated approach. Our teams leverage the right mix of communication channels, activations, influencer and celebrity engagement, content and social media strategies and partnerships to effectively deliver measurable outcomes.
This year, rbb’s work with client AMResorts earned the Holmes Report’s Gold SABRE Award for the “Choose Your Own Escape” campaign, an innovative influencer program that drove a 10 percent increase in resort bookings.
Our consistent success is why companies like the Hampton by Hilton, Virgin Cruises, and Homewood Suites by Hilton choose rbb Public Relations.
In addition to travel & leisure, other specialty practices include consumer products and services, health, sports & entertainment, B2B and higher education. Find out how rbb’s savvy multicultural team can help your brand break out by visiting www.rbbpr.com or call company President Lisa Ross at 305/448-7457.
RELEVANCE NEW YORK
150 West 31st Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Relevance New York is one of the nation’s top public relation and brand-building firms specializing in real estate, hospitality and luxury goods. The New York City-based agency develops award-winning and strategic campaigns for some of the most sought after brands in the world by focusing on building bespoke brand experiences that extends to every touch point.
From proactive public relations to memorable brand experiences with measurable impact, Relevance New York knows how to deliver tangible results that align with business growth goals. The firm’s creative and forward-thinking approach has garnered press coverage in a variety of top-tier media both domestically and internationally, with coverage spanning five continents. The agency is compromised of proactive and passionate professionals including a leadership team with more than 70 years of collective experience.
Led by Suzanne Rosnowski, who was named one of the “Top 15 To Watch” by PR News, Relevance New York continually delivers top-tier media results thanks to its strong press relationships, strategic counsel and deep level of knowledge. Its principles know what it takes to become and stay relevant in today’s fast-paced digital world. The firm stays a step ahead of the competition by completing the brand experience with additional services including custom video content through RelevanceTV and event planning through RelevanceEvents.
Relevance New York promotes a culture of excellence and results.
Select Clients Include: Bluestar Jets, Greystone, OPPENHEIM Architecture + Design, Tamarkin Co., Concierge Auctions, Victor Group, Brack Capital Real Estate, Prodigy Network, aptsandlofts.com, FENDI Chateau Residences, 111 West 57th Street — JDS Development Group/Property Markets Group, Barn & Vine — Continental Pinewood Development Partners, 111 Murray Street — Fisher Brothers/Witkoff/New Valley, Robert A.M. Stern’s 20 East End Avenue, Mark Zeff’s Black Barn, The Charles — Bluerock Real Estate/Victor Group, 500 W21 — Sherwood Equities, and more.
Spring O’Brien’s SVP Lauren Kaufman (left) and journalist Karen Loftus
(center) joined ITC Hotels executives (Bindu Panicker, General Manager -
Corporate Communications, Nataliya Saxena, Public Relations Manager,
Gautam Anand, VP Operations Planning & Pre-Opening Services) and Dr. Navina Jafa of Indian Cultural Heritage Research in previewing ITC Grand Bharat, India’s first all-suite retreat in Gurgaon, before its May launch.
20 West 22nd Street, Suite 906
New York, NY 10010
Chris Spring, President
Lauren Kaufman, Senior VP
Spring O’Brien is an award-winning, full-service marketing communications agency specializing in travel and hospitality PR for over three decades. We have successfully represented new and established companies across every segment of the travel industry including tourism boards, cruise lines, airlines, railways, hotels, resorts, tour operators, websites, associations, and credit card companies.
What sets us apart is our ability to make a Visible Difference for clients, uniquely achieving a competitive edge with integrated solutions, developing customized public relations, social media and branding campaigns, as well as digital marketing and travel trade programs. We consistently achieve high visibility broadcast, print and online coverage to catapult client brands beyond the fray. We pride ourselves on our inventive approach to partnerships, promotions, package and product development, rebranding, special events and strategic counsel. Spring O’Brien offers the flexibility and hands-on approach and nimble, fast turnaround of a smaller agency with the specialist resources and expertise to achieve big results.
The agency has created an Asia Division to handle the China National Tourist Office, regional tourist boards and in-country travel related clients.
2441 West SR 426, #1061
Oviedo, FL 32765
Treva J. Marshall, President
TJM Communications is an award-winning boutique lifestyle public relations firm specializing in travel, food, wine and the arts.
Since 2001, the agency has serviced international and domestic clients from its Orlando, Florida location and is a proud recipient of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing International (HSMAI) Silver Adrian Award for Public Relations. As a boutique agency, we focus on delivering personalized service with an emphasis on innovation, creativity and strategy.
Comprised of a team of seasoned communications professionals, we are especially proud of the diverse nature of our company, with staff members representing origins from around the globe.
TJM Communications has been called upon to service clients in Spain, South Africa, Canada and throughout the United States. We have represented domestic and international destinations, hotels and major tourism entities. Our travel practice currently includes clients such as: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Westgate River Ranch Resort, along with other noted hotels, resorts and tourist attractions.
Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TJMCommunicationsInc.
Turner PR’s New York team volunteered for the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn.
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250 West 39th St., #1602
New York, NY 10018
1614 15th St., 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
111 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Christine Turner, President
Mariana DiMartino, Senior VP
Angela Berardino, Chief Strategy & Integration Officer
As a full service public relations, social media, content and digital communications agency specializing in travel and lifestyle brands, we represent the world’s best hotels, resorts, destinations, fashion, active and modern outdoor brands. Founded in 1997, our tenured teams in New York, Chicago and Denver have unmatched industry experience and continually deliver innovative and integrated marketing communications strategies, helping brands connect and engage in a smarter, more relevant manner.
From the most coveted beach, snow and urban destinations to luxury culinary, wine and travel experiences to sought-after apparel, fitness and accessory brands, our clients include all of the places you’d like to travel, and what you’d pack for those journeys. At Turner, we live the lifestyles we represent and pride ourselves on our authentic voice and longstanding relationships with clients, media and influencers. We also care. Relentlessly.
909 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Alice Diaz, Executive VP,
The Weber Shandwick Travel & Lifestyle practice is the leading specialist in travel and tourism public relations. Our practice operates like a boutique shop, with the attention and accountability that might imply, inside one of the most creative global communications agencies in the world.
Weber Shandwick has moved beyond the classic boundaries of discipline and geography to help clients out-perform their competitors. We deliver unconventional thinking and constantly break through traditional service lines to integrate social, digital, content, publishing, advertising, PR, corporate reputation and public affairs into solutions that drive business results.
We know that the traveler’s purchase journey is often a long one; it begins months before the plane departs or the ship sails and wanders a unique path to purchase. Our mission is to create programs that target proto-travelers and deliver inspiration to them early and often. Digital media platforms open new opportunities for us to influence these consumers through innovative storytelling and content strategy that reaches them in a highly fragmented media marketplace. We’ve proven the success of content creation and know how to create the right mix of paid, owned and earned programs.
We inspire. We incite. We shape ideas to move travel and lifestyle businesses forward with smart programs that reach consumers where they are today — on smartphones and tablets — with content that is relevant to their lifestyle. And above all, we are committed to be “engaging, always.”
Geoffrey Weill accepts PR Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s HSMAI Gala.
27 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
Toll Free: 866/PR-WEILL
Geoffrey Weill, President
Ann-Rebecca Laschever, Executive Vice President
Tania Philip, Senior Vice President
Mark Liebermann, Senior VP
Nestor Lara Baeza, Vice President
During its 20 years in business, Geoffrey Weill Associates, a New York-based boutique firm specializing in authentic, upscale travel experiences and tourism, has developed a reputation for candidness, creativity, and originality. Weill specializes in family-owned properties with a vested interest in generational stewardship — whose star chefs are longtime supporters of local farmers and whose designers rely on local craftsman and merchants to provide the details that make their hotels unique. Weill prides itself on the longevity of its relationships with its clients as well as its staff, most of whom have been with the firm for more than ten years, and fosters an intimate atmosphere in which family hotel owners are comfortable sharing their visions of their hotels’ future. Such clients include: Baur au Lac in Zurich, Angama Mara in Kenya, the Hassler Roma, Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Hotel Regina Isabella on the Italian island of Ischia, the zen health clinic SHA Wellness in Spain, Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo, Ireland, the Milestone Hotel in London, and Inkaterra in Peru.
It has been an exciting year for Weill clients — the Hotel d’Angleterre celebrated its 260th anniversary with a lavish gala including a guest list of royalty and dignitaries; The High Line Hotel in Manhattan continued to be the darling of fashion world shoots and opened a rustic Italian restaurant, Alta Linea, to celebrate summer; Beau-Rivage Palace and Baur au Lac in Switzerland held up splendidly in the international spotlight, demonstrating their gilded composure and ability to maintain standards without fail; and Aqua Expeditions launched the Aqua Mekong river cruise between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Weill continues to expand its luxury portfolio and find ways to showcase the strengths of its properties — eco-tourism, “leave no trace” travel experiences, magazine shoots, and television. Its newest clients include Ted Turner Expeditions, a family legacy encompassing two million acres in the USA and Argentina; and Eleven Experience, a collection of stylish adventure-focused properties in Iceland, the French Alps, Amsterdam, the Bahamas, Shelter Island, and the Colorado Rockies.