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Campfire Chat: Arnie Weissmann

The new ATTA Campfire Chat series brings inspiration and vision from dynamic thought leaders whose areas of expertise inform and guide the adventure travel industry. Along with other efforts to regularly engage the global ATTA community in your remote settings, these short virtual interviews hosted by ATTA executives are designed to provide a brief but thoughtful reflection on issues you are facing now that will affect tourism tomorrow.

Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly

Arnie Weissmann has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism over the past 30 years. His travel articles appeared in dozens of newspapers, from the Washington Post to the LA Times, before he launched the travel industry’s first destination information service (Weissmann Travel Reports), which provides frequently updated, unbiased profiles of every country in the world.

He authored a best-selling geography textbook and has served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry in the U.S. and U.K. Weissmann was a web pioneer, creating the first core destination content for America Online and licensing web travel content to Apple, Time, Inc., CNN and Marriott International, among others. After selling his company to Reed Elsevier, he was named group publisher for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and a dozen OAG-branded publications in the UK.

In 1999, he took on the role of senior advisor for business development with Northstar Travel Media. In October 2001, he was appointed editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the primary source of news, research, analysis and opinion in the U.S. travel industry. He is also an Executive Vice President and Editorial Director for its parent company (Northstar). Weissmann is a regular contributor to the Public Broadcasting Service television program The Travel Detective, and his comments have appeared on NBC, CNN, BBC, Sky News and NPR. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today, among other media outlets. He is a board member of the non-profit Tourism Cares, sits on many industry advisory boards, and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University.

1 Comment to Campfire Chat: Arnie Weissmann

  1. This was such an important and insightful chat. Thank you for hosting it Shannon and thank you Arnie for sharing your immense wisdom.

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