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I’d first set a date with Travel Weekly's Editor in-Chief, Arnie Weissmann, a terrific writer whose editorials always leave me wanting more.
TW is the travel industry’s publication of record, and Arnie’s one of travel’s most respected voices. His insights always take me to another level of understanding travel, and he probably has the answers to
questions I never thought to ask.
Kyle McCarthy, CEO of Family Travel Forum, would also be right there on my list. Her site comes up I think number 2 out of millions of results, and the Wall Street
Journal touted it as one of the best. Believe me, family travel is one
challenging category so I'd like to know how Kyle manages it so
successfully, and how she built and maintains such a vibrant community
I met Steve Kaufer, CEO of Trip Advisor, when he was just launching the company in a very cramped studio space near Boston. We talked about my doing some editorial work
with him, and I declined. Not one of my smarter career moves. Who would
have thought Trip Advisor would become the template for review
sites. I want to know how Trip Advisor grew so big from that tiny loft
attic space into a global business, and what Steve thinks the future of
review sites is.
Paul English, the co-founder of Kayak, helped make the travel search site a household word. But I'm very interested in how Paul finds the time to be so deeply involved in his
many humanitarian causes, especially in Africa. I also wonder if he’s
worried about the phenomenal growth of farecompare.com, and exactly how a
fellow Bostonian made it big.
There are lots of other travel superstars I really want to get to know, like Wendy Perrin at Conde Nast Traveler. Her posts are very helpful because her travel
advice is so credible and often funny. I'd like to know how she made the
transition from glossy magazine to web site.
I'm buying, of course, so if you have a travel superstar you want to recommend...