The travel issue of our PR magazine features articles and commentary on travel and tourism public relations and profiles of the top travel and tourism PR firms.
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Travel & Tourism PR Firms:
The Brandman Agency
261 Fifth Ave., 22nd flr.
New York, NY 10016
Melanie Brandman, Founder & CEO
Kristen Vigrass, Pres.
Ty Bentsen, Managing Dir., LA
Sian Parry, Managing Dir., London
Susie Westwood, Managing Dir., Sydney
Kirsten Magen, Sr. VP, NY
The Brandman Agency is a -dynamic, results-driven public relations firm, specializing in luxury. We live and breathe the hospitality and travel business, and as a result, have earned a reputation as being a “one-stop-shop” for media and industry insiders looking for high-end travel partners. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Sydney, we shape opinions —on a global scale — and we deliver what we promise. Our creative campaigns and forward-thinking strategies affect the bottom line. Whether it is our excellent media relations or our digital strategies, we utilize all facets of communications to execute fully integrated campaigns. Our clients are the best of the best, and therefore, lend themselves to incredible -synergies across our portfolio. We have -exceptionally high standards, and we deliver exceptional client -service. www.thebrandmanagency.com.
Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC)
1 Piermont Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
Carolyn Izzo-Feldman, President & Chief Strategist
Patricia Fahie, EVP
Kate Wark, SVP
The Carolyn Izzo team (L to R): Carolyn Izzo-Feldman, President & Chief Strategist; Patricia Fahie, Executive Vice President; and Kate Wark, Senior Vice President.
CIIC is a full-service public relations, social media and communications firm specializing in creating dynamic campaigns for the travel, hospitality, food and beverage and lifestyle industries. CIIC’s work is strategic, creative and results-driven. In its 20 years in business, CIIC has been honored with a Media Relations Award by PR Daily, as well as numerous HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Adrian Awards across Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.
With offices in New York and Miami, and affiliates in Los Angeles, San Diego and Mexico City, CIIC is an esteemed member of LATAM PR and a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Featured hospitality clients include: Caribe Hilton; Hotel El Ganzo, Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit; Mexico Grand Hotels; Rancho San Lucas, Solmar Hotels & Resorts; Coney Island Brewing Company; The Time Hotel Nyack; and Hotel Quando, among others.
Development Counsellors International (DCI)
215 Park Ave. South, 14th flr.
New York, NY 10003
5670 Wilshire Blvd., 18th flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West, Suite 1800, Toronto M5X 1E3
Andrew Levine, President/Chief Creative Officer
Karyl Leigh Barnes, Managing Partner, Tourism Practice
Sharon Nieuwenhuis, Vice President, Public Relations
Daniella Middleton, Vice President, Digital
Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the expert in how North American travelers and business executives select destinations. We partner with destinations to increase visitor arrivals, disperse visitors, augment daily spend and increase business investment. Since 1960, our firm has represented more than 450 places around the world. DCI’s Tourism Practice delivers tourism research, destination branding, travel and lifestyle public relations/consumer marketing, digital/social media marketing, travel trade marketing/representation and meetings/incentive sales programs to our clients. Our client roster includes some of the world’s most dynamic destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Barbados, California, Chile, Scotland, Tahiti and Thailand. DCI’s destination storytelling approach defines what makes a place unique and results in bringing more visitors to the destinations with which we partner. Our destination marketing work has been recognized annually by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, achieving Best In Show and Platinum awards.
54 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Cathleen Decker, President
Stacy Royal, Managing Director
Reno Tahoe tapped Decker/Royal to share its new brand story, positioning the region as a destination in the midst of exciting transition and inviting visitors to satisfy their ambition for outdoor adventure and city excitement.
Decker/Royal 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 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.
Award-winning Decker/Royal represents some of the most well-known brands in the travel industry including Sandals Resorts International and American Express Travel. New clients this year include 18-35 year old travel experts Contiki and the dynamic destination of Reno Tahoe.
Eleven Six Public Relations
261 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Katie Barr Cornish, Principal
The Eleven Six team celebrating a successful Hyatt event on the roof of Grand Hyatt New York.
Eleven Six Public Relations was founded in 2013. Eleven Six prides itself on creating a new normal in the PR agency world. It is not business as usual at this young and rapidly growing company.
Our media relationships are deep and varied. We seamlessly pitch across multiple verticals, placing our clients beyond the travel pages and in business, arts and fashion pieces. Our thinking is strategic and most importantly, creative. We are big believers in pushing the creativity envelope, always aiming to create the trends and not just stay ahead of them. What works today, does not work tomorrow. We push ourselves to think better, smarter and more creatively each and every day. Our innovative campaigns deliver tangible, profitable results.
With a focus that goes beyond just public relations and includes marketing and social media, we are driven not only by how much press we can secure for our clients but rather how we can positively impact their bottom lines. The marketing and social media tactics we employ are creative, cost-effective and realistic to execute. And most importantly, they drive sales and impact the bottom line.
Our clients include: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt at The Bellevue, Hyatt Centric Times Square, Hyatt House Chelsea, Kindred Resorts & Hotels, Remote Lands, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, The Embassy Row Hotel, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Visit Richmond.
Eric Mower + Associates
Formerly Middleton & Gendron
40 E. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Yvonne Middleton, Partner
Mary Gendron, Partner
Jay Austin, SVP
Patricia Nugent, SVP
In late 2014, Middleton & Gendron joined Eric Mower + Associates (EMA), a long-established integrated marketing communications agency with nine offices across the North and Southeast regions. Now, as EMA’s New York City office, we continue to specialize in travel and tourism with the same senior management team that led Middleton & Gendron. Our combination gives us even deeper roots in PR for destinations, hotels, attractions and other travel-oriented businesses, along with exceptional sophistication in digital, social, marketing, reputation and crisis management, and advertising.
We continue to be well-known for our influence in such key sectors as hotels and resorts, domestic and foreign destinations, spas, conference and convention centers, professional travel organizations and hospitality services companies (such as software providers). We are grateful to our many longstanding clients who want to be challenged by people who have great ideas and the wherewithal to make them happen, who expect well-thought out strategies, not just tactics, and who appreciate our drive and dedication to our partnership with them.
In the past year, EMA rebranded the 60-year-old Adirondack Museum as the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, and launched its $8-million, 19,000-square-foot “Life in the Adirondacks” exhibition. We launched the inaugural Nirvana Culinary Festival at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, a four-day, star-packed culinary extravaganza. We also opened Hilton Brooklyn, the first high-caliber, full-service hotel in downtown Brooklyn, and Residence Inn Breckenridge. Additionally, we launched Aloft Boston Seaport’s voice-activated hotel rooms in tandem with Starwood.
Our staff is admirable with a shared sense of fun, resourcefulness, and ambition. They are the best at what they do from writing riveting content to being indispensable to reporters to executing flawless promotions and events.
830 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Mathew L. Evins, Chairman
Louise R. Evins, CEO
Robert Schaltenbrand, Senior Vice President, Cultural Programing & Strategic Partnerships
David Harrison, Senior Vice President/Director, Digital Content & Social Communications Practice Group
Drew Tybus, Vice President/Director, Food, Spirits & Wine Practice Group
Matthew Berritt, Vice President/Director, Lifestyle Group Practice & Celebrity/Influencer Programming
Stephanie Preston, Senior Director, Travel & Hospitality Group Practice
We architect and build brands, and we transform brand and business potential into brand and business performance. We facilitate connecting brands and audiences, help to define a brand’s essence and create emotive experiences that foster engagement between brands and constituents, as well as catalyze and optimize how brands and their publics converse and interrelate. We create programs that engender brand trial and experience; leverage brand experience to foment engagement, conversation and storytelling; catalyze brand engagement to optimize brand advocacy and mindshare; and transform brand mindshare into brand marketshare. We are the point where insight meets execution and bridge the divide between what a brand is now and what it can become in the future.
EVINS is the leading branding, marketing, communications and public relations firm in the luxury, premium and prestige sectors, with specialist expertise in travel and hospitality. In addition to our Travel & Hospitality Group, EVINS encompasses three other practice areas: Digital Content & Integration; Food, Spirits & Wine and Lifestyle. For thirty years, we have made a consequential contribution to the growth and development of numerous icon and legacy brands, including American Express Centurion/Platinum and -DEPARTURES Magazine, Cuisin-Art Golf Resort & Spa, Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani, Inspitato, Jet Linx Aviation; Marquis Jet/NetJets, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Rosewood Hotel & Resorts, The Knickerbocker, The Lanesborough and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, amongst many others.
EVINS has a proven track record of doing exceptional work for extraordinary brands, and is consistently recognized for its excellence in creativity, strategies and tactics. We offer a client far more than traditional public relations, and we are committed to providing consummate business and strategic counsel in order to make an essential and measurable contribution to a client’s brand and business. EVINS builds and maintains long-term client partnerships, with an average tenure of more than eight years and several in excess of two decades.
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 including Elite Traveler and -HOTELS Magazine. Mr. Evins serves on the boards of such prominent travel industry organizations as the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX), ULTRA Luxury Exchange, and the International Luxury Hotel Association (ILHA), a global nonprofit professional association dedicated to promoting, unifying and advancing the luxury hotel industry by providing insight, opinion and research, as well as a platform and resource certification and training, for executives and professionals engaged in the business of luxury hospitality.
4030 Easton Station, Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43219
Neil Mortine, President and CEO
Marty McDonald, EVP, Tourism Practice Leader
Fahlgren Mortine’s Marty McDonald onstage at the US Travel Association’s ESTO Conference, accepting a Mercury Award for Best PR Program along with clients from TravelNevada.
Fahlgren Mortine works with clients in 29 states and is a top 20 independent firm nationally. The agency has been recognized with dozens of national PR and tourism awards, including Silver and Bronze Anvils from PRSA and Mercury Awards from the U.S. Travel Association. In 2016, Fahlgren Mortine was recognized with a PRSA Silver Anvil for an integrated marketing campaign on behalf of TravelNevada.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Fahlgren Mortine has locations in West Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, 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; Airstream; Experience Columbus; Niagara USA; Visit Sun Valley; North Dakota Department of Commerce/Tourism; and many other destinations, regions, hospitality properties and more.
301 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
Gail L. Moaney, APR Director & Founding Managing Partner, Travel / Lifestyle Group
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 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, special events, hospitality marketing services and social influencer programs.
With a staff of highly skilled professionals, we have represented 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.
112 East Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Rick French, Chairman & CEO
David Gwyn, President / Principal
Natalie Best, Executive Vice President/ Director of Client Services /Principal
Leah Knepper, Vice President & T&T Practice Lead
French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is the Southeast’s leading public relations, public affairs and brand communications agency and the winner of the Holmes Report 2016 Consumer Agency of the Year and the Bulldog Reporter Communications Agency of the Year. Founded in April 1997 by Agency Chairman & CEO Rick French, FWV employs 103 public relations, public affairs, social media, advertising and digital marketing experts between its Raleigh, N.C. headquarters and New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa offices.
FWV’s dedicated travel and tourism practice, ranked as the 9th largest 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 Enterprises Company, Greater Raleigh CVB, Wilmington and Beaches CVB (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, N.C. and the Wilmington Convention Center), Tweetsie Railroad, High Gravity Adventures (N.C.) and the Washington Tourism Development Authority (N.C.).
The agency has also done work 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.; America’s Historic Triangle, located in Williamsburg, Va.; and Trailways Transportation System based in Fairfax, 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.
Hawkins International Public Relations
119 West 23rd St., Suite 600
New York, NY 10011
12100 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Jennifer Hawkins, Founder/Pres.
Corey Finjer-Bennett, COO
At Hawkins International, travel is our passion. As an award-winning public relations and communications agency, Hawkins International has built an impressive global reputation for full-scope and impactful integrated social and digital campaigns.
A bi-coastal agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles, Hawkins International boasts a strong team of communication professionals that seamlessly cross from traditional public strategies to social activations in dynamic and stimulating ways on behalf of a roster of internationally acclaimed hospitality clients.
With expertise in creative, engaging and multi-dimensional storytelling, Hawkins International promotes its clients through calculated media relations, influencer activations, inventive experiences and the development of newsworthy content for its prestigious clients which include hotels, resorts, and real estate and lifestyle brands. While Hawkins International specializes in new property launches, it continues to successfully drive national and regional coverage and engagement for its 60+ clients, many of which have been with Hawkins for five years or longer.
Atlanta • Fort Lauderdale • Orlando
Facebook: Hemsworth Communications
Samantha Jacobs, Founder & President
Michael Jacobs, COO
With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and an expanding global presence with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida, Hemsworth Communications is one of the world’s fastest-growing travel, tourism, hospitality and lifestyle PR agencies. Heading into its fourth year, Hemsworth continues making waves, attracting the attention of leading international brands and top PR talent.
Hemsworth combines unparalleled passion, insight and connections to wow clients, providing personal client service and generating powerful results. The agency’s expertise and connections are diverse, however the team is collectively driven by the desire to create fresh, innovative and impactful campaigns.
Hemsworth has earned multiple industry awards and recognition by the national business community. In 2017, the agency was ranked a top PR firm on several lists based on performance and billings. The agency also received gold and silver HSMAI Adrian Awards for its programs within the luxury, cruise and resort spaces.
Clients include Air Partner, AmaWaterways, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Coral Hospitality, Driftwood Hospitality, Driftwood Acquisitions & Development, HHG, Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Locale, Margaritaville Holdings (global brand PR, as well as individual properties in Tennessee, Florida and the Caribbean), Pearl Beach Club (Punta Cana), Sonesta Coconut Grove, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, TCRM, Unicoi State Park & Lodge, YARA and others.
Hunter Public Relations
41 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010-2202
Partners: Grace Leong, Jonathan Lyon, Mark Newman, Donetta Allen, Gigi Russo, Erin Hanson
Travel Practice Leader: Meagan McCutcheon
Hunter Public Relations is an award-winning consumer products and services public relations firm with offices in New York and staff based across North America including Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto; offices in London; and affiliate partners in Mexico City. Our mission is “earning it,” and from consumer attention, to long term client relationships, to our talented staff’s dedication, we strive to “earn it” every day.
Founded in 1989, Hunter has grown into one of the most respected mid-size marketing communications firms in the country, proudly serving a broad range of esteemed companies and brands in the travel and tourism, food and beverage, home and lifestyle, and health, wellness and beauty sectors.
From creating wanderlust for Wyndham Rewards members on social and digital channels, to engaging media and telling brand stories through unique travel experiences around the globe, our creative approach and client-service orientation has led to some of the most enduring client relationships and impactful public relations programs in the business.
J Public Relations
530 7th Ave., #502
New York, NY 10018
Jamie Lynn Sigler, Partner
Sarah Evans, Partner
Jamie Lynn Sigler and Sarah Evans, Partners of J Public Relations (JPR).
J Public Relations (JPR) is an international powerhouse PR and social media agency specializing in hospitality, travel and luxury lifestyle with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego and London. JPR is a trusted leader in creating unparalleled media placements worldwide, trend forecasting, brand partnerships, influencer relations, social media content and management.
Established in 2005, the award-winning agency has steadily risen in the ranks to become the country’s fastest growing, bi-coastal agency in the travel and hospitality spaces. Its global roster includes more than 100 hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Dubai, Europe, Asia and more. JPR steadily garners and retains marquee accounts including Relais & Châteaux, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Irvine Company Retail Properties, Vail Resorts Hospitality, Grace Hotels, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Four Seasons Lanai and 17 Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts.
J Public Relations’ in-house social division works seamlessly alongside the PR masterminds to align and elevate client voice for peak engagement. Together, they drive content missions with alluring lifestyle photography and hyper-specific influencer partnerships, creating brand campaigns that captivate. They are more than community messengers; they are stewards of multi-platform communication strategy.
JPR was named by the New York Observer’s “Power 50” PR Agency List as one of the most powerful PR firms in the country, “Small Agency of the Year” Under 10 Million in US and Canada by PR News and Bulldog Reporter, Be+Spoke Communications’ Agency of the Year Award and Smart CEO Magazine’s New York Company Culture Award.
K. Sutherland Public Relations
18 Winter Street, Studio C
Reno, NV 89503
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, Playboy 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.
77 N. Centre Ave, Suite 215
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Richard S. Kahn, President
Theresa M. Oakes, Senior Accounts Supervisor
Josh Kahn, Senior Accounts Supervisor
KTCpr is a 27-year-old boutique public relations, marketing and publishing agency founded 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.
Launched as a “go to” resource for media, KTCpr has become renowned for responsiveness and going “that extra mile” to assist editors with travel stories. KTCpr’s expertise covers media relations, the launch of new hotels and resorts, social media campaigns, marketing consultation, crisis communication, events, creation of promotions, speech writing and publishing services.
KTCpr’s current client roster includes Aranui Cruises (Marquesas Islands), Apple Vacations, April Travel Protection, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Fareportal, Interval International, the Mango Bay Hotel Group (Barbados), Pacific Delight Tours, Spice Island Beach Resort (Grenada), Travel Impressions, Victoria Cruises, and Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas.
New York City | Portland | Seattle
Wendy Lane Stevens, Managing Partner
Shannon Riggs, Partner
LANE, a Finn Partners Company, 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 audiences seek information and inspiration: 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, Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Riverhouse on the Deschutes, The Grand America Hotel, The Heathman Hotel Group, Brasada Ranch Resort, Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark and Travel Portland.
Laura Davidson Public Relations
72 Madison Ave., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Laura Davidson, President
Leslie Cohen, Executive Vice President
Meghna Patel, Senior Vice President
Sara Geen Hill, Senior Vice President
LDPR is a highly driven and innovative travel and lifestyle PR agency with headquarters in New York City and a presence in LA and Chicago. Guided by industry visionary Laura Davidson, the firm has been at the forefront of integrated initiatives for destinations, international hotel companies, independent resorts, luxury tour operators and lifestyle products. The agency is well regarded for its integration of consumer brand partners and strategic alliances into PR activations to increase brand awareness and reach beyond the travel media.
LDPR pursues bold approaches that exceed client expectations across all channels. We have an in-house social media manager and a partnership with Gather + Grow media agency to implement content development, community and influencer outreach, SEO and contest/sweepstakes.
LDPR’s unique culture is defined by our collaborative and strategic approach to working with clients, media and our staff, leading to successful long term partnerships and measurable results.
Our clients include Aman; Abercrombie & Kent; VisitScotland; Sydney/Destination New South Wales, Australia; Travel Portland, Oregon; Curtain Bluff, Antigua; DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co; The Resort at Paws Up, Montana; The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland; Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas; Park Hyatt, St. Kitts; Residence Inn by Marriott; The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island; The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando; Briggs & Riley, among others.
Lou Hammond Group
900 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Lou Hammond, Founder/Chairman
Stephen Hammond, CEO
Terence Gallagher, President, New York
Gina Stouffer, President, Charleston
Lou Hammond Group (LHG) is a celebrated integrated marketing communications firm with offices in New York, Charleston, Miami and Los Angeles. LHG has built a legendary reputation over the past 33 years as the leading mid-sized agency serving the travel industry. A few things to know:
• 40 clients, 40 employees and 70+ top travel industry awards from 2016 alone, including more of the prestigious HSMAI Adrian Awards than any other entity.
• Independent: known for boundless creativity and enthusiasm
• Operates differently: no time sheets — clients get the attention they need, when they need it.
• International: founder of the PR World Network
• Owns one of the industry’s highest retention rates with clients such as Mandarin Oriental Hotel group with us more than 30 years.
At the end of the day, however, it’s all about the results. In the past year alone LHG has:
• Arranged more than 325 visits to clients from top media and influencers.
• Secured broadcast hits from outlets such as: “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNBC, Peter Greenberg Worldwide and more.
• Regularly delivered impactful results including: Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures, Food & Wine, Forbes, New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and many more.
• Built clients’ social media platforms, designed their websites and increased SEO.
LHG clients know they are working with the most trusted, go-to media resource in the industry with a singular commitment to delivering quality, measurable results.
Magrino Public Relations and Social Media
352 Park Avenue S, 13th FL
New York, NY 10010
Susan Magrino, Chairman and CEO
Allyn Magrino, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Magrino celebrates its 25th year in business in 2017 as an award-winning PR and Social Media agency with a 360 lifestyle approach that has earned both media and consumer recognition.
We work with clients in our practice areas of Travel and Real Estate, Spa & Wellness, Food, Wine and Spirits, and Consumer brands to craft campaigns and communications that are exciting, culturally relevant and integrated within brand narratives.
As passionate communicators, we are adept at telling stories that reflect brand values, consumer attitudes and end-user behaviors. We believe the heart drives the head in terms of purchase intent and work with our client teams to bring emotional resonance to our campaigns and pitches.
Our work drives sales, awareness and consumer affinity. We are proud of our shared success with clients that include Hilton Hotels’ Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and Canopy brands; Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Brookfield Properties; Tishman-Speyer; Fontainebleau Miami Beach; The Ranch Malibu; Martha Stewart Omnimedia/Sequential Brands; Dean & Deluca; Whispering Angel; James Beard Awards; Hendrick’s Gin and Moet Hennessy.
Our Social PR practice is dynamic and on the leading edge of this fast-changing field of communications. We work with our Social PR clients to craft, manage and execute Influencer programs of multiple sizes and types. We develop Digital Strategy for clients who want to make sure their brands come to life on social platforms in the most relevant and engaging ways. Our content development team creates growth-driving imagery for all social feeds. Social PR Clients include Farrow & Ball; Tishman-Speyer; Flor de Cana rum; Grace Bay Club; Dempsey & Carroll stationers and STK/The One Group.
In a world where substance is the true indicator of style, you can be assured that our work is driven from meaningful insights that represent the image, identity and intent of our brands and clients.
261 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Charles Mardiks, President/Managing Director
Mardiks PR cooked up a culinary event for Visit San Jose in New York showcasing the city’s newly-awarded Michelin star restaurant, Adega and the destination’s undiscovered Portuguese heritage and award-winning, but little-known vineyards and wines. The event was attended by more than 50 top-tier travel, culinary and wine and lifestyle media.
At the intersection of creative and strategic, Mardiks PR is a marketing solution provider, specializing in travel and tourism. The agency leverages the power of storytelling to create engaging, integrated campaigns. Our multi-channel campaigns combine media outreach, social media and event activation along with strategic partnerships to build buzz and business for leading global travel brands, destinations and associations.
The agency was founded by Charles Mardiks. Charles has two decades of integrated marketing and public relations experience in global travel and tourism, and he brings together a highly networked, nimble team of senior-level, hands-on strategists and creative thinkers. The dedicated Mardiks team is fueled by a love for travel, a nose for news and a scrappiness that gets the job done. As a true extension of our clients’ teams, we work diligently to nurture, build and connect media and industry relationships to solve clients’ marketing problems with smart, strategic and creative solutions.
Current clients include: Condor Airlines, Fareness, GroundLink, Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Visit Buffalo Niagara, Visit San Jose and Wendy Wu Tours.
1460 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10036
Los Angeles Headquarters
Lindsey Carnett, CEO & President
Natalie Rucker, Director of Business Development
Marketing Maven coordinated multiple segments with KTLA 5 Morning News to promote the Travel & Adventure Show at the LA Convention Center. Pictured here is reporter Lynette Romero.
Marketing Maven drives brand conversations with traditional travel, hospitality, culinary and lifestyle media, as well as key travel influencers via all social channels. Representing the largest consumer travel show in the nation, Marketing Maven has a strong pulse on what brand messaging and promotions U.S. travelers want to see to book a trip.
Our travel mavens specialize in developing and executing revenue-generating communications strategies. From the creation of engaging online promotions targeting millennials via social media to specialized trips and tours targeting baby boomers via traditional media, Marketing Maven segments your target demographic by listening to conversations both offline and online, then uses appropriate messaging and mediums to drive action.
Mfa Marketing & PR (Missy Farren & Associates)
30 Irving Place, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Missy Farren, Founder & CEO
Samantha Lacher, Vice President
Mfa is a full-service communications agency providing sharp strategy and results that matter to a vast array of travel/tourism, culinary and hospitality clients. A consummate personal touch accompanies extreme professionalism and deep expertise. 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; influencer campaigns; social media strategy and management; omni-channel campaign execution; press trip planning and execution; partnership development; event facilitation; spokesperson positioning; and crisis communications. Industry experience includes: Aspen Ski Co.; Cayman Airways; Cayman Cookout; The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Charlie Bird Restaurant (NYC); Chatham Bars Inn; The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Colorado Ski Country; Dart Real Estate (Cayman Islands); Disneyland; Disneyland Food & Beverage; Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; Gunter Seeger restaurant (NYC); Intrawest; Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month; Limelight Hotel; The Little Nell; The Lodge at Woodloch; Martin’s Lane Winery; Megpies; Michelin Food & Travel; Mountain Collective; Mission Hill Family Estate winery; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Pasquale Jones Restaurant (NYC); Peet’s Coffee; The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York; Roadtrips Inc.; Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort; Ski Utah; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; Squaw Valley; Steamboat; Twin Farms; Westin Hotels & Resorts; Whistler Blackcomb; and more.
304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Sunset Media Center
6255 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
JP Schuerman, President, Western Region
MWWPR’s Travel & Tourism practice can take you anywhere you want to go. We believe in pushing PR beyond the boundaries of expected thinking to create attention-grabbing communications campaigns. We are a seasoned group of fearless travelers who understand the tourism industry and the forces that drive it. But we’re far more than your traditional travel shop.
As a leading global independent communications agency, with eight offices across the U.S. and Europe plus a global network of partners, MWWPR develops award-winning campaigns powered by insights, technology and social media to drive patronage and connect clients with their key stakeholders. MWWPR’s deep bench of hospitality experts is connected with the industry’s most respected influencers and is deeply knowledgeable on the trends that are shaping the media landscape today. We’ve worked with both established and emerging brands within the travel industry, ranging from hotels and destinations, to airlines, online travel agencies and travel publishers. Services include strategic partnerships, visiting media programs, key executive/spokesperson industry positioning, celebrity and athlete seeding and referrals. 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.
Myriad International Marketing
An MMGY Global Company
360 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Al Merschen, Partner
Mike Price, Executive Vice President
Julie Cuesta, Vice President, Destination Services
Myriad recreated a Macao city scene at Grand Central Station for commuters to experience its iconic Senado Square, bustling spice markets and traditional dancers.
At the close of 2016, Myriad joined MMGY Global to become Myriad International Marketing. Specializing in destination representation, Myriad works with more international destinations in North America than any other marketing company. Our executive team provides senior level strategic direction and tactical solutions to clients in the travel and tourism sector.
Many of our clients have been with us since the day we first opened for business in 1989. We provide a complete range of highly integrated services ranging from destination representation, creative direction, media buying, public relations, crisis communication, experiential events, trade relations and partnership marketing programs. With clients ranging from international tourist offices to convention bureaus, airlines to travel companies, Myriad offers an in depth global perspective.
Clients include: Australia’s Northern Territory, Dominica, Kenya, Macao, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea and Qatar.
An MMGY Global Company
360 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Nancy Friedman, Partner
Julie Freeman, Managing Director
Chris Walters, SVP
Lauren Kaufman, SVP
NJF’s powerhouse team of PR and media mavens in our new flagship NYC office.
Last year, three long-recognized leaders in travel and hospitality, MMGY, NJFPR and Spring O’Brien, joined forces to create a PR industry powerhouse. The combination of MMGY’s PR, Social & Experiential Marketing practice, NJFPR and Spring O’Brien was rebranded NJF, an MMGY Global company. NJF offers boutique service and expertise in consumer and trade media relations, social media, corporate and brand positioning, experiential and event marketing, strategic partnerships and promotions, influencer engagement and crisis communications.
For those seeking senior level counsel, unwavering brand advocacy and unrivaled media savvy, NJF is a one-stop shop. Hundreds of hotel, destination, travel and lifestyle brands have entrusted their reputations to NJF whose “Leave No Stone Unturned” philosophy has catapulted the firm to the top of the category in hospitality and travel. Our integrated public relations and social media team prides itself on long-standing client relationships and an innate ability to move within many spheres: tapping media and industry influencers, forging creative partnerships uncovering strategic advantages, and providing global perspective. Our campaigns are rooted in research and insights, and we are master storytellers and content creators who know how to make news out of simple concepts or large-scale programs. We forge an emotional connection to reach our audiences where they live, work and play.
Industry innovators and thought leaders, NJF is the pioneer of Hotel Week NYC and MMGY is the author of the widely acclaimed Portrait of American Travelers® annual research study. With offices in New York City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Madrid, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and an international partner network, Travel Consul, we serve many of the world’s premier travel and tourism brands. 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.
Clients include: Visit Los Cabos, South Dakota Tourism, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Canyon Ranch, Lufthansa, Eurail, Ft. Myers & Sanibel, NH Hotels, Generator Hostels, Cheap Caribbean, Intrepid Travel, The Asbury, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Pod Hotels, The Bowery, Harley-Davidson Museum, STA Travel and One -Aldwych.
150 Second Avenue North, Ste 800
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cedar Hames, Founder, President & Chief Strategy Officer
Tom Merrick, Vice President, Chief Creative Officer
Rudy Webb , Vice President, Account Services
Tara Tufo, Vice President, Director of Public Relations
Paradise Advertising is a full-service advertising, marketing and Public Relations agency with offices in St. Petersburg, Naples and Daytona. The agency specializes in destination, travel, lifestyle and luxury brands. Paradise tells vivid stories that capture the unique qualities of places, people and products that evoke consumer response and brand loyalty.
The agency’s Public Relations, Creative, Media Planning & Buying, Digital Ops, Video/Studio, Social Media and Account Management departments provide innovative, research-driven strategies and solutions for a broad and growing list of clients.
The Paradise Public Relations team is made up of PR strategists with a keen eye for media opportunities and the savvy to turn them into results. The goal, ultimately, is to ensure return on your investment. Clients include The Dalí Museum, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort, The JW Marriott Marco Island, Sawgrass Marriott Resort, Orlando North, Seminole County Tourism, Space Florida, Navarre Beach CVB and more.
470 Park Ave. South
4th Floor 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
Deborah Brown, Partner & Managing Director
Jacqueline Kolek, Partner & Managing Director
Maggie O’Neill, Partner & Managing Director
Peppercomm is an independently owned 21-year-old integrated communications and marketing agency headquartered in New York with offices in San Francisco and London. Helping clients see around the corner and determine what’s next sets Peppercomm apart from other integrated communications and marketing firms. It enables us to push boundaries while mitigating risk for clients in financial services, consumer, B-to-B and multi-industry sectors.
Our unique approach and dynamic workplace attract the best talent who, in turn, help us win and retain the best clients. While we’ve won countless awards, we’re most proud of being named Best Place to Work in New York City by Crain’s New York Business and a Best Workplace for Women by Great Place to Work® and Fortune.
Our combined years of deep category experience and love of what we do shapes our work. We engage your audiences on every level and set your brand apart. And we do all this to help your bottom-line and build your business. So get in touch. We’re all ears.
48 West 38th Street, Penthouse
New York, NY 10018
310 NW 26th Street, Suite B
Miami, FL 33127
811 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Florence Quinn, President
John Frazier, CSO/Director of Travel
Quinn generated 170-million media impressions, including T Magazine and Vogue, in 4 months for Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Waikiki’s newest boutique hotel.
Quinn is a 65-person lifestyle public relations firm with a flagship penthouse in New York City, a store-front in Wynwood-Miami and a new LA office in WeWork Fine Arts Building.
Our strategic and creative approach builds audiences, produces revenue and transforms brands.
Our innovative initiatives, which are recognized globally, have resulted in a number of industry “firsts.”
We believe there is magic to be found at the intersection of creative thinking and value-driven strategies. Many of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Hilton, Marriott, Waldorf Astoria, W South Beach, AKA and Paris, believe as well.
355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 800
Miami, FL 33134
Lisa Ross, President & Travel Practice Leader
Maite Velez-Couto, Vice President
Shawn Warmstein, Vice President
rbb Communications’ award-winning travel practice helps clients imagine and execute integrated marketing programs like Hilton All Suites’ new “Bring It” campaign.
rbb is an integrated marketing communications firm and four-time winner of the Agency of the Year title. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb Communications inspires companies with insights on creating customer passion to increase sales.
rbb’s Travel & Leisure Practice develops breakout campaigns for hotel and cruise industry clients that spark new conversations, inspire action and drive meaningful business results. The agency’s deep hospitality experience comes from working with companies from all industry segments from global hotel chains, boutique resorts and destinations to airlines, cruise lines and online travel agencies. Whether a client’s goal is to gain more market share, increase bookings or online engagement, enhance its reputation or all of the above, rbb will get them there faster and smarter.
The rbb difference is our customized, integrated breakout approach to marketing communications. Our public relations, creative, social and digital teams leverage the right mix of communication tactics channels, partnership activations, design, media relations, influencer and celebrity engagement, content creation and social media strategies, digital marketing and research/analytics to effectively deliver measurable outcomes that build brands.
rbb has the vision to introduce a new brand, product or service from all angles and develop engaging and successful creative launches and brand refresh strategies. Whether it’s an in-market media event, a multi-city PR push or integrated digital and direct marketing campaigns, generating awareness and creating emotional connections to get target audiences to act is always our goal.
rbb’s recent work with client Hampton by Hilton for its multicultural “Seekender” campaign “First Comes Like, Then Comes Love” earned a Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and a Platinum Adrian Award in Public Relations from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). In just four weeks, results showed the Seekender microsite drove a 226 percent jump in visits to Hampton.com. The innovative campaign also earned 64 million combined impressions to potential travelers, and significantly increased online mentions of Hampton, especially on Twitter. Success metrics like these are why companies such as AMResorts, DHL Express, Hilton, Simon Malls, Virgin Voyages and others, choose rbb as their communications partner.
Other rbb specialty practices include consumer products/services, food & beverage, healthcare, higher education, professional services, entertainment and real estate. rbb’s family of brands offer media relations, digital marketing, influencer engagement, corporate communications, social media management and creative services/advertising. With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New Jersey and Los Angeles, the firm also has an international reach that extends across more than 100 cities in 50 countries through its partnership with PROI Worldwide, the largest global network of independent communications agencies.
Rogers & Cowan
1840 Century Park E., 18th flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Mark Owens, CEO
Rogers & Cowan offers significant experience in creating and executing integrated marketing, PR and social media campaigns for clients in the travel and tourism industries, including resorts and resort developers, hotel associations, government tourism offices, visitors bureaus, museum and cultural exhibits, live shows, airlines, cruise lines, sporting events and travel media. We create marketing communications and social media strategies that elevate a client’s core messages beyond travel outlets and into lifestyle media through the influence of entertainment. Our distinctive approach goes beyond core media relations to include destination integration into entertainment content, influencer programs and outreach, experiential events and social media strategies. The agency’s work has included building awareness for hotels and resorts through -celebrity seeding programs, introducing new travel services in key markets through influencer events, creating online content tied to entertainment properties, activating sponsorship of sports and entertainment events, managing PR for consumer-focused travel shows, and driving ticket sales for shows and exhibits.
Current / past clients include American Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Canadian Tourism Commission, Universal Studios Hollywood, Mondrian Hotel, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood and Las Vegas, and LA Times Food & Wine Festival.
10 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
329 North Wetherly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Elaine Drebot-Hutchins, President
Tracey Manner, Partner & Vice President
THINK PR is a full-service public relations, digital influencer and marketing agency that began in 2001 and specializes in the hospitality, lifestyle, fashion, beauty and design industries—and very often a melding of those worlds. Using our extensive media network, vigorously and carefully built over our 16 year history, we tell our clients’ stories with passion. We represent a broad spectrum of hospitality providers, from iconic international global brands to individual boutiques destinations.
Since our inception, we have kept service and results-driven strategies at the core of our approach to Public Relations. Our work has been honored by PRNews as well as HSMAI, with Gold and Silver wins for the launch of Aloft Hotel’s robotic concierge, Botlr. Our team also thrives on creative ideation and execution and has been responsible for global campaigns that include W Hotels’ “Social Media Wedding Concierge” as well as Aloft Hotels’ “Text It. Get It.” Emoji-Only Room Service Menu.
Client experience includes: W Hotels Worldwide, Aloft Hotels, Element Hotels, Four Points by Sheraton, The Stafford London, Anamaya Resort (Costa Rica), Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and Saira Hospitality.
2441 West SR 426, #1061
Oviedo, FL 32765 (Orlando)
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 multiple Hospitality Sales and Marketing International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards for Public Relations. As a boutique agency, we focus on delivering personalized service with an emphasis on innovation, creativity and strategy. Our work is distinguished by a basis of strategic marketing. We operate as an extension of our clients’ sales and marketing team as trusted and integrated partners delivering measurable results and nothing less than client satisfaction.
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.
A Fahlgren Mortine company
250 W. 39th St., #1602
New York, NY 10018
Christine Turner, President
Mariana DiMartino, Senior Vice President
Angela Berardino, Chief Strategy + Integration Officer
TURNER’s 2016 Holiday Party at Stir.
TURNER is a progressive communications agency dedicated to the intersection of earned, owned and paid media strategy. Specializing in travel and lifestyle brands, we represent some of the world’s best hotel, resort, destination, fashion, active and modern outdoor brands. Our clients include all of the places you’d like to travel, and what you’d pack for those journeys.
We have three U.S. offices in New York, Chicago and Denver to best service our worldwide clients based in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Caribbean and South America; our Miami office will open July 2017. Founded in 1997, our tenured team of talented veterans has a passion for travel and active lifestyles. We live and breathe our clients’ cultures and deliver meaningful results from our deep industry relationships with journalists and influencers.
Our dedicated 360 approach to delivering integrated public relations, digital, content and social media campaigns continues to deliver bottom-line results for our clients through powerful media exposure, influencer followings and consumer engagement. We are a relationship agency, acting as in-house support for our clients, and we are proud of our culture - we work hard, we get results and we give back.
909 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Alice Diaz, EVP
The Weber Shandwick Travel & Lifestyle practice is the leading specialist in travel and tourism public relations. Want proof? Our work landed five of our travel clients in a single issue of the New York Times travel section. From places to go, places to stay, sustainability and loyalty, our clients were featured throughout the coveted “52 Places to Go” 2017 issue.
We know 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 consumers and deliver inspiration to them early and often. Digital media platforms open new opportunities for us to influence 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 blend 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.”
New York, NY 10006
Toll Free: 866-PRWEILL
Geoffrey Weill, President
Ann-Rebecca Laschever, EVP
Mark Liebermann, SVP
Weill’s new offices.
WEILL, a boutique PR firm specializing in luxury, exclusive travel experiences, moved downtown to new digs this year, joining the majority of the media now based in lower Manhattan. Our new offices at 29 Broadway are situated in a landmarked Art Deco building, across from the Bull and Fearless Girl statues, and overlooking the Hudson River from our 22nd floor location.
Run like a close-knit family of travel enthusiasts, WEILL represents several family-owned hospitality businesses. Of more than 30 clients, half are family-owned, including such iconic hotels as The Hassler Roma; Baur au Lac in Zurich; The Royal Portfolio, South Africa; Soneva resorts in Thailand and the Maldives, Aqua Expeditions in Peru and Asia; and Ted Turner Expeditions in the US. Of those family-owned companies, about half of those are owned or led by women. These include Ashford Castle in Ireland and The Milestone in London, curated by Bea Tollman of Red Carnation; AdventureWomen, owned and operated by the Wineland trio — Judi Wineland and her two daughters; d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, led by Else-Marie Remmen, and family; and the Perfect Experiences owned by a group of sisters and captained by Madelyn Willems. The personal touch and care that is innate in a family-owned business is reflected in the way WEILL also operates. We showcase the heart and soul of our clients in this ever-changing media landscape—reaching the still important print and broadcast media, while simultaneously engaging bloggers and social media influencers.
118 North Peoria
Chicago, IL 60601
David Zapata, President & Founder
Jennifer Lake, SVP
Jennifer Barry, Managing Director, Los Angeles
Finland has seen double digit growth of travelers from the USA since beginning work with Zapwater.
Photo credit: VISIT FINLAND
Zapwater Communications is a public relations agency specializing in lifestyle brands, with a focus on travel, hospitality and destination clients. We integrate multidisciplinary services — digital engagement, experiential tactics and media relations — to drive bottom-line results.
To date, we have won 105 industry awards including Best Travel Tourism and Destination campaign at the PRSA Los Angeles Chapter PRism Awards. Zapwater has also won numerous HSMAI Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Adrian Awards in both the public relations and digital marketing categories.
Our offices in Chicago and Los Angeles share a culture that fosters creativity, quality, collaboration and enthusiasm. Long-standing relationships and the determination to lead in a dynamically evolving industry distinguishes Zapwater’s work.
Zapwater is a founding member of Travel Lifestyle Network (TLN) and represents the United States within its international network of owner-managed marketing and communications agencies serving tourism and lifestyle clients. Network members collaborate to deliver international know-how to clients seeking connections and reach across the globe.
Client experience includes: Visit Finland, National Tourism Office of Serbia, Visit Maldives, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Coco Prive Private Island, The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Pacifica Hotels and Casa Kimberly Puerto Vallarta.