Schedule for Tuesday, 6/23
Welcome to Tuesday!
These tips will help you track your day — and a very packed agenda.
- All times are EDT (NYC time).
- No need to register for sessions: The webinars are open. Please attend as many as you like.
- There are two conference rooms for panels and presentations, so you will need
to keep track of two URLs. (Happy hours have their own URL.)
As a handy guide:
Room 1: Presentations that start at :00 and :30
Room 2: Presentations that start at :15 and :45
- If you have a question during a session, enter it in the Q&A button at the bottom of
the Zoom screen. We will get to as many as we can.
- We will email all attendees a wrap-up of the panels and presentations after the conference.
So don't worry if you miss something! You can catch up later.
- To share on social, we're @NewTravelConf on Twitter and @thenewtravelconference on Instagram.
Have a great conference!
Jack Ezon, Pavia Rosati, Shivani Vora
The New Travel Co-Founders
Tuesday, June 23
9:00 - 11:00 - Exhibitor Presentations
9:00 - 9:30
There’s a new word in Denmark: Join us and acclaimed chef Matt Orlando as we discuss why samfundssind is taking Denmark by storm.
Mette Cordt-Bergholt, Marketing Manager, VisitDenmark
Matt Orlando, Chef-Owner, Amass Restaurant, Copenhagen
9:15 - 9:45
A recognized global leader in luxury small-ship expeditions, Aqua Expeditions explores the world’s most wildlife- and culture-rich destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. On board, Aqua Expeditions offers tailored five-star itineraries, a highly exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio with personalized service, a cuisine experience crafted by acclaimed chefs, and expert-guided adventure activities and excursions. Aqua Expeditions currently operates river explorations on the Amazon (Peru), the Mekong (Cambodia and Vietnam), and coastal yacht voyages in Komodo National Park, Ambon & Spice Islands and Raja Ampat in East Indonesia. Its fourth vessel, the Aqua Nera, is launching this fall in the Peruvian Amazon.
Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO & Founder
9:45 - 10:15
Auberge Resorts Collection
Awaken With Auberge
Mike Minchin, CMO
10:00 - 10:30
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa & Residences
A bespoke and sophisticated, exclusive bolthole with endless facilities on Spain's Southern coast.
Javier Rivadulla, Director of Sales & Marketing
Magdalena Sanchez, Assistant DOSM
10:15 - 10:45
The Berlin you should know!
Jennifer Vogel, Hotel Manager
10:30 - 11:00
Brett Armitage, Chief Commercial Officer
10:45 - 11:05
One of Irelands leading 5* Castle Properties, home to the 2026 Ryder Cup, and the only La Mer Spa in the UK & Ireland, along with a host of other activities.
Gillian Griffin, Assistant Director of Sales
11:00 - 11:30
Tour operator for custom African safaris and luxury travel to Southeast Asia and South America with over 45 years experience.
Craig Beal, Owner
Kota Tabuchi, Managing Director, Africa
Dianna Upton, Product Manager, Asia
Jennifer Gillmore, Product Manager, Latin America
11:15 - 11:45
Nicola Butler, Owner and Managing Director
11:30 - 12:00
Made for Spain and Portugal
The Portugal & Spain of Now and of Tomorrow: What’s New on the Ground and How DMCs Are Helping
Virginia Irurita, Founder, Executive Partner Executive Partner
11:45 - 12:15
Leaving our world a better place through travel … is it possible?
Join Nicole Robinson, CMO of &Beyond, as she explores the two kinds of traveller in this world. The kind that travel to see the world, and the kind that travel to connect with it. She is most interested in exploring the second kind. The kind that look beyond the glitz and glamour of luxury resorts for authentic, exclusive, hand-crafted experiences. The kind that understand that beyond first impressions lie lasting ones. And that beyond talk of sustainability lies real, measurable impact. These are the kind of travellers &Beyond exists for. True travelers who come to see beyond what is, to what could be. To glimpse a planet in perfect balance. And join us in our journey to leave the world a better place.
Nicole Robinson, CMO
12:00 - 12:30
Visit Baja California Sur, Representing the Regions of Loreto, La Paz and Los Cabos
- Baja California Sur offers the luxury of nature, the simplicity of a slower pace, and traditional Mexican hospitality.
- Ideal for travel now: social distancing is in the region's DNA, and small hotels make for easy buyouts.
Jesus Ordoñez, General Director
12:15 - 12:45
Vacations By Rail
Vacations By Rail is North America’s leading provider of rail travel and tours, offering an extensive collection of independent vacations and escorted tours to destinations around the globe aboard the world’s iconic trains. Traveling by train is an immersive experience offering a unique way to see parts of the country often inaccessible by other modes of transportation. When we look at how this new world of travel is beginning to take shape and the health and safety measures that are being implemented across the industry, vacationing by rail is well positioned to adapt quickly and offer opportunities for growth. The most significant change for train travel and rail tours, in general, could be one that is well received by everyone: More personal space and smaller group sizes. This not only promotes social distancing and makes touring more intimate, but a smaller group size also unlocks a wide range of properties and activities available.
In response to consumer demand, Vacations By Rail’s newly launched 2021 program features inventive new escorted itineraries in the US and Europe and innovative off-the-beaten path independent vacations worldwide.
Additionally, we are excited to announce/unveil at the New Travel Conference that our escorted tour group size has been reduced by 20–38% with the majority of our European tours capped at an exclusive 25 passengers per departure!
Heather Leisman, President, Vacations By Rail
Todd Powell, President, Global FIT
12:30 - 1:00
Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen
Where History Is New Again – From Crises Creativity Is Born
Lucas Johansson, General Manager
Michael Halsall, Director of Sales & Marketing
12:45 - 1:15
The Best Time to Visit Venice: The Gritti Palace is your private home in Venice.
Federica Oriente, Director of Sales
Cyndy Cruikshank, Director of Marketing
1:00 - 1:30
Discover Long Island
The Undiscovered Long Island: An easy island escape on the East coast accessible by both car and ferry.
Kristen Jarnagin, President & CEO
1:15 - 1:45
Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne Switzerland
Cap Maison Resort & Spa, St Lucia along with
Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao
The comeback is better than the setback - the Caribbean will be the first bounce-back international destination for US travellers.
Rufus Gobat, Cap Maison Resort & Spa, St Lucia
Oliver Zahn, Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao
1:45 - 2:15
Israel My Way – Customized Tours
Never waste a good crisis: how our guests are going to enjoy a BETTER experience while exploring Israel post-Covid.
Yoav Gal, Owner & CEO
2:00 - 2:30
The Ranch Malibu
Immersive, results-oriented health and wellness programs centered around daily hikes, guided exercise, and locally sourced plant-based meals.
Lisa Boolootian, Director of Operations
Melissa Newman, Director of Guest Relations
Melissa Amerian, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Eden Roc Cap Cana
Safety and Protocols in the Dominican Republic, especially PUJ airport and procedures at Eden Roc Cap Cana Resort.
Rosalynn Castillo, Director of Sales & Marketing
2:30 - 3:00
Nicola Butler, Owner and Managing Director
2:45 - 3:15
Hartling Group / The Palms & The Shore Club
Sanitary is the new sexy: Covid-19 standards and protocols.
Karen Whitt, Vice-President Sales and Marketing
3:15 - 3:45
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Connecting the dimensions of wellness through travel.
Patrick Fernandes, Executive Managing Director
3:30 - 4:00
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
A Place Like No Other
Scott Geraghty, Chief Operating Officer
Updates and trends from Aspen, Colorado, an iconic mountain destination in spring/summer/fall/winter.
Eliza Voss, Director of Marketing, Aspen Chamber Resort Association
4:00 - 4:30
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Making Luxury Lemonade: Sweet and distanced summer experiences from Houston's only urban resort.
Seliece Caldwell Womble, Director of Marketing
4:15 - 4:45
Nevaeh Villa & Quintessence Hotel
Nevaeh: An exclusive Balinese-inspired beachfront estate on Anguilla
Quintessence: A Relais & Châteaux tropical grand mansion for the select few
Anguilla has been officially declared Covid-free by the WHO, and with its reputation for beautiful deserted beaches, luxurious accommodations, and gourmet dining, the island is a natural choice for the post-Covid traveler looking for a safe and uncrowded destination. Nevaeh Villa and Quintessence Hotel feature 9 bedrooms each and share the same stretch of Long Bay, one of the most private and exclusive beaches in the popular west end. Although independently owned and managed, their physical proximity to each other facilitates the booking of a travel bubble, ideal for larger families and small groups or weddings looking for a fully private experience.
Tania Rydon, Nevaeh Villa
Dave Lyon, Quintessence Hotel
4:45 - 5:15
Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Stay Safe, Stay Small: How boutique hotels prevail in the era of new travel.
Kenan Simmons, VP of Americas
Dana O’Malley, PR Director Americas
5:00 - 5:30
The $30.5 Billion Travel Industry Hiding in Plain Site
Koala cofounder Mike Kennedy down the notoriously complicated $30.5 billion timeshare industry and outlines how his new start-up will help struggling owners and get a new generation of travelers excited about timeshares. News flash: You don’t need to buy a timeshare in order to stay in one.
Mike Kennedy, Cofounder and CEO
Eluxit, A New Luxury Travel Resale Site Offers Solution to Non-Refundable Bookings
5:30 - 6:00
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Bringing an iconic resort back to the Caribbean, reopening post COVID-19, and being unique and creative in an ever-growing digital and competitive market, all of which will be discussed via a general presentation on the resort.
Brad Simmons, Director of Sales and Marketing
5:45 - 6:15
Relais & Châteaux
Generosity in the New Normal
Join us to learn how Relais & Châteaux and its members are exemplifying generosity, why it is important to do so to survive this crisis, and how this approach can be applied to any brand or business.
- Brief presentation of the Relais & Chateaux association, its mission, and key values by Philippe Gombert, President
- 100% employee-owned Castle Hill creates a virtuous economic circle for staff and local community by Brian Young, Managing Director
- Langdon Hall supports local front-line workers, teaching at schools, and working closely with local sustainable producers by Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef
Philippe Gombert, International President of Relais & Châteaux
Brian Young, Managing Director, Castle Hill, Newport, Rhode Island