From the Window SeatArnie WeissmannEditor in Chief, Travel WeeklyVisit Columnist's Page
Arnie Weissmann is editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the industry’s award-winning source of news, research, analysis and opinion, and is editorial director of Northstar Travel Media’s Travel Group, which includes Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia.
Weissmann, who also founded Weissmann Reports (now part of Travel 42), is also a popular speaker at industry conferences, is widely quoted in consumer media and is a regular contributor to the PBS television show “The Travel Detective.”
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Legal BriefsMark PestronkContributing EditorVisit Columnist's Page
Mark Pestronk is engaged in the private practice of law with the Law Offices of Mark Pestronk, P.C., The Travel Law Office, in Washington, DC. He has 40 years’ experience in representing travel agencies and other travel companies in industry-related matters and is one of the few lawyers nationwide whose practice is solely devoted to travel industry concerns.
For 24 years, he has been the "Legal Briefs" columnist for Travel Weekly. He also is a popular speaker at industry-related meetings, seminars, and conferences, including Travel Weekly's events.
Pestronk has been chairman of the North American Section of the International Federation of Travel and Tourism Advocates. He holds the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell lawyers rating service and an "excellent" rating from the Avvo lawyers rating service. A native of New York City, Pestronk holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in international relations and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia. He is also one of the top all-time money winners on the TV game show “Jeopardy”.
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Chances to manage travel for government shrink
Q: Are there opportunities for smaller agencies to break into the federal government travel-management arena? One expert in this field said the market is closed to smaller entrants. Is this true, and how did it happen?... READ MORE
Reality CheckRichard TurenSenior Contributing EditorVisit Columnist's Page
Richard Turen owns Churchill & Turen, an award-winning, luxury-vacation firm. Travel + Leisure has named Turen one of the country's best "bespoke" travel planners, and Conde Nast Traveler named him a Superstar Generalist in its most recent list of Top Travel Specialists. He has also won many "World's Best" travel awards from Conde Nast Traveler.
Turen has been a syndicated food and travel writer for more than twenty years and currently owns and edits TravelTruth.com.
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Checking InDanny KingSenior EditorVisit Columnist's Page
Since joining the staff in 2011 as its reporter covering the hospitality industry, Los Angeles-based Danny King has reported on trends related to the global lodging industry while branching out to cover travel technology and peer-to-peer travel services. His column on hotels and hospitality appears regularly in Travel Weekly
King previously served as Bloomberg News’ West Coast consumer reporter from 2004 and 2007. Prior to that he was the real estate reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal.
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It's Like ThisCharlie FunkContributing EditorVisit Columnist's Page
Charlie Funk is CEO of Just Cruisin’ Plus, a travel agency specializing in bespoke travel and vacations. Funk was named Travel Agent of the Year in 2003 and was elected to the CLIA Hall of Fame in 2012. He has co-authored three books on travel agency management; consulted with agencies across North America in marketing, sales and operations; and conducts seminars on travel agency management for travel agency associations, groups, and consortia.
Funk holds a degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, which he used in engineering and management capacities prior to entering the travel business full time.
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Going SocialCarrie Finley-BajakContributorVisit Columnist's Page
Carrie Finley-Bajak is a social media consultant who specializes in building travel industry branding online. She also is Chief Experience Officer at Cruise Buzz, where she shares tips, news and trends about people, ports and cruise ships.
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Time for a social media reboot
An agent can use social media through the entire life cycle of a buyer's journey. Here are five tips for agents who want to reboot their social media strategy.... READ MORE
Postcards from AsiaYeoh Siew HoonEditorial Director Northstar Travel Media AsiaVisit Columnist's Page
Yeoh Siew Hoon, editorial director of Northstar Travel Media Asia, is the founder and editor of Web in Travel, a content and community platform for online travel professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sojern Data PointsKurt WeinsheimerContributorVisit Columnist's Page
Kurt Weinsheimer is vice president of marketing and partnerships at Sojern, a data-driven travel marketing service with more than 200 million traveler profiles. Before joining Sojern, he held executive and leadership positions at several travel e-commerce enterprises, including Orbitz’s hotel division, which he founded. Sojern's website is www.sojern.com.