Mission Statement
Travel Market Report is an online business publication that serves as an independent forum and voice for retail travel sellers around the globe. We provide in-depth coverage and analysis of news and trends affecting leisure and corporate travel agents, along with practical business advice and insights into key growth markets. The editors are guided by an independent Editorial Advisory Board whose members represent a cross-section of the retail travel industry in North America. Launched in 2009 by American Marketing Group, Travel Market Report delivers news updates by email to nearly 40,000 subscribers.
Editorial Staff

Cheryl Rosen

Editor crosen@travelmarketreport.com

Cheryl Rosen is a travel-industry veteran with a wealth of experience in writing and editing breaking news. She spent 12 years as a reporter, editor, managing editor, and executive editor of Business Travel News, and over the years has written for TMR and TravelMole.com.

Most recently she has worked in the technology and financial-services industries, in senior editorial positions at InformationWeek and The Journal of Accountancy, and for several Wall Street firms. Her work has appeared in Institutional Investor, CFO, and Business Ethics.

Harvey Chipkin

Meetings & Incentives Editor hchipkin@travelmarketreport.com

Harvey Chipkin has been writing about the travel business for many years, with a focus on the hospitality industry, the meetings and incentive market, and the travel agency profession. His work has appeared in Convene, Lodging Magazine, Hotel News Now, ASTA Agency Management, Travel Weekly, Travel Professional magazine, the website Luxury Travel 360, Hotelier (in Canada) and many others. His editorial work as a contributor to Frequent Flyer Magazine garnered several top journalism awards. While Harvey has specialized in the hotel industry in recent years, he has a long history of writing about the concerns and issues of the travel agent community. Harvey also performs improvisational comedy in New Jersey with his group, Lunatic Fringe; and in New York at Sunday Night Improv.

Marilee Crocker

Editor-at-Large mcrocker@travelmarketreport.com

Marilee Crocker is a business and travel trade journalist who has covered the travel and meeting planning industries for various publications since the 1980s. She was managing editor of Travel Weekly and Meetings & Conventions magazine, and a senior contributing editor to Travel Professional. Marilee's in-depth reporting on industry and consumer trends has earned her multiple editorial accolades, including Folio Gold and Silver awards for excellence in reporting. Her interest in home-based business inspired Marilee to launch biz@home, a twice-monthly newspaper column that ran for many years and was nationally syndicated. Marilee lives on Cape Cod.

Richard D'Ambrosio

Retail Travel Editor rdambrosio@travelmarketreport.com

Richard D’Ambrosio is a professional writer who has worked in the travel industry for about 15 years. He covered the airline industry and travel management for Business Travel News from 1987-1993, winning awards for breaking news and feature articles. He also held public relations and communications roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Thomas Cook Travel and American Express Business Travel.

 

A master storyteller, Richard is frequently cited for his ability to translate complex issues into compelling narratives for external and internal audiences.

Anne Dimon

Columnist adimon@traveltowellness.com

Anne Dimon has been a professional travel writer and industry journalist since the early 1990s, traveling the world and contributed to publications – both consumer and trade - in Canada, the U.S. the U.K. and Asia. The founder/CEO of TraveltoWellness.com launched in 2004 as a resource and online magazine for the wellness-minded traveler, Anne also hosts educational webinars for The Travel Institute and speaks on the subject of Wellness Travel at events such as the New York Times Travel Show.    

Steve Gillick

Columnist steve@talkingtravel.ca

Steve Gillick loves to travel and loves to talk to people who love to talk about travel. He’s been at it since 1967 when he visited nine European destinations on a school trip.

 

Steve worked for an educational tour company, and then as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.

 

In 2012 Steve founded Talking Travel, a consultancy with the goal of coaching travel professionals to effect client growth and retention, along with career satisfaction. He’s delivered keynotes, seminars, workshops and webinars across North America and Internationally.

 

Steve is a monthly columnist for Travel Industry Today and Travel Market Report.  His destination-based consumer articles have appeared in Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine, Canadian World Traveller and others.

 

To date, Steve has explored 82 countries and territories, covering over 675 destinations.

Mary Gostelow

gostelow@aol.com

Mary Gostelow is arguably one of the world’s busiest travelers - she is on the road over 300 days a year, never staying more than one night anywhere. She writes the daily www.girlahead.com travelog, she has a weekly column on HOTELS magazine and she owns and writes the definitive monthly Gostelow Report market intelligence newsletters.  She is global ambassador for International Luxury Travel Markets ILTMs.

Scott Koepf

Columnist scott.koepf@avoyatravel.com

With more than 30 years of experience in retail travel, Scott Koepf oversees the development of new innovative sales and educational programs for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network. At Avoya, Scott has designed multiple initiatives that enable travel professionals to grow their businesses and as a result has contributed to Avoya’s impressive growth over the past several years. He is also responsible for all supplier relations and ensuring preferred partnerships are mutually beneficial.

Maria Lisella

MariaLisella@aol.com

Journalist Maria Lisella has specialized in the travel agent and travel industry for more than 25 years, covering destination and product development, travel trends and tour operators. She is the former editor for Jax Fax Travel Marketing Magazine and Europe Editor at Travel Agent magazine where her work garnered several awards. She is a New York Expert for USA Today, and contributes to bilingual publications -- La Voce di New York and Bridge Puglia. She has written about destinations for AFAR, FoxNews.com, Travel and Leisure, and The New York Daily News. She taught a course on Tourism and Hospitality at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Lisella curates the Italian American Writers Association’s readings, one of the longest running literary series in New York City. She is the current Queens Poet Laureate.

Daniel McCarthy

Cruise and News Editor dmccarthy@travelmarketreport.com

Daniel McCarthy is a graduate of Boston University and University of London. He joined the Travel Market Report team in 2015. His writing and reporting has appeared in the New York Daily News, the Sunday Independent and the Boston Globe.

 

Michele McDonald

Technology Editor mmcdonald@amc-comm.com

Michele McDonald is editor and publisher of Travel Technology Update, an industry newsletter for distribution and revenue management professionals in the travel industry. She also is a contributing writer and webcast moderator for Air Transport World and writes frequently on distribution and technology issues. She has covered the travel industry for more than 25 years, with emphases on the airline industry, technology and distribution. Previously, she was editor of Travel Distribution Report and managing editor of Travel Weekly.

Jessica Montevago

Associate Editor jmontevago@travelmarketreport.com

Jessica Montevago is a graduate of Hofstra University. She joined the Travel Market Report team in 2015. She previously worked for News 12 Long Island, where she wrote for the evening newscasts.

Paul M. Ruden

Columnist

Paul M. Ruden is the former Executive Vice President for Legal & Industry Affairs for the American Society of Travel Agents, where he was responsible for all of ASTA’s internal and external legal activities, industry policy issues, state and federal legislation, consumer affairs, and media activity. Ruden also served as Acting Chief Operating Officer of ASTA for periods in 1992 and 1998-1999.

 

 He is the author of “Competition in the Distribution of Travel Services — The Future of Travel Agents,” an economic study published by ASTA in January, 1997, and authored and edited the ASTA Travel Agent Manual (1990, 1995). He also wrote “Distribution Dilemmas,” in the Handbook of Airline Marketing, McGraw-Hill (1998), and “Competitive Issues Arising from the Orbitz Joint Venture,” in Air & Space Lawyer, American Bar Association (Spring, 2001).

 

 In June, 2001, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed Ruden one of the nine commissioners of the National Commission to Ensure Consumer Information and Choice in the Airline Industry. In 2001 he also served on the Department of Transportation Air Carrier On-time Reporting Advisory Committee. In 2008, by appointment of the Secretary of Transportation, he served on the DOT National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency Plans to Deal with Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays.

 

Prior to joining ASTA in 1990, Ruden was in private law practice in Washington, DC for nineteen years. He was retained by ASTA in 1979 for the final deregulation case directed at the travel agency‑airline relationship, the Investigation into the Competitive Marketing of Air Transportation. Ruden worked as a Trial Attorney at the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1967 to 1969. Ruden graduated from Yale University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude degree and earned a J.D. degree from the Harvard Law School in 1967.

Donna Tunney

DonnaTunney@comcast.net

Journalist Donna Tunney has specialized in travel agent and travel industry news for more than 25 years, covering key segments such as cruise, home-based retailers, luxury travel and European destinations. She is a former cruise editor, features editor, managing editor and executive editor of Travel Weekly, and has written about cruising and vacation destinations for consumer publications such as Shermans Travel and FlightNetwork. She also served as editor of Travel Management Daily, a newsletter for the industry's top executives. She lives on Cape Cod.

Nick Walton

Columnist nickwalton@artemiscomms.com

Nick Walton is a Hong Kong-based luxury travel magazine editor and contributor to leading titles around the world. A former travel editor of the South China Morning Post and managing editor for private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler, Nick travels regularly in order to keep his finger on the pulse of Asia's vibrant luxury travel scene.

Editorial Advisory Board

Travel Market Report’s Editorial Advisory Board was established in 2011 to provide the editors with the uncensored input and guidance of industry leaders. The Board supports Travel Market Report in fulfilling its charter as the Voice of the Travel Seller.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly with Travel Market Report editors to:

  • Provide feedback and ideas about overall editorial content and direction
  • Recommend story ideas, areas of coverage, and website improvements
  • Explore how Travel Market Report might better serve as an advocate and resource for readers.

The Advisory Board is made up of travel sellers who represent a cross-section of the travel agency industry. Members serve at the invitation of Travel Market Report for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal.

 

2017 Advisory Board Members

Marlys Aballi, Owner, Connection to Cruise, Redlands, Calif. (NEST)

Sandy Anderson, Owner, Riverdale Travel, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Travel Leaders)

Csilla Dali, Global Voyages, Inc., Chicago (unaffiliated)

Jennifer Doncsecz, CTIE, VIP Vacations, Inc., Bethlehem, Penn. (Affluent Traveler Collection)

Tony Fragapane, General Manager, Voyages Concierge Deluxe Travel, Montreal (TRAVELSAVERS)

Colleen Gillette, Owner, New Paltz Travel, New Paltz, NY (TRAVELSAVERS)

Scott Koepf, Vice President of Sales, Avoya Travel, San Diego (American Express)

Richard Vanderlubbe, President, tripcentral.ca, Hamilton, Ontario

Andi McClure Mysza, Co-President, Montrose Travel; President, MTravel, Montrose, Calif. (Ensemble)

Kate Murphy, CTA, President, Wings Travel Group, Blue Bell, Penn. (Vacation.com)

Gary Silverstein, Mann Travels, Charlotte, N. Carol. (Signature)

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President, Valerie Wilson Travel, New York (Virtuoso)