Travel execs see industry at a crossroads

Airlines in crisis. The prospect of war with Iraq. Resilience in the face of terror. The past 12 months have been among the most dramatic in the history of the travel industry.

At the invitation of Travel Weekly, executives representing diverse segments of the industry gathered in New York on Aug. 22 to share lunch and reflect on the state of travel in the year following Sept. 11.

Joining Travel Weekly editor in chief Arnie Weissmann were Hal Rosenbluth, chairman and CEO of Rosenbluth International; Michelle Kassner, president, Gogo Worldwide Vacations; and Sam Katz, chairman and CEO of Cendant's Travel Distribution Division (which includes Galileo and Wizcom).

Also, Richard Copland, president and CEO of ASTA; Adam Aron, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts; Katerina Pavlitova, director USA, Czech Tourist Authority; Michelle Peluso, senior vice president of product strategy and distribution, Travelocity; and Rolf Hoehn, vice president, U.S. Division, Aeromexico.

Phillip Kleweno, president of Princess Cruises, participated via phone.

Questions composed by Travel Weekly's editors prompted a strikingly candid, thoughtful and sometimes emotional discourse.

For full coverage, see:

Post-Sept.11, a new norm is taking shape
Travel industry shows signs of resilience
Airlines still in crisis mode one year later
Yields pay price for heavy discounting
Turbulent times force Europe to shift focus
TW agent poll: Better times are coming

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