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World Travel Essential

World Travel Essential

By Almont Global
New weekly podcast "cuts to the chase" in the Global Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Sectors.

Introducing World Travel Essential – WTE for short – the time-saving podcast produced by world-covering London-based Almont Global, and presented by Richard Barnes. Every week, a new edition covers everything travel professionals need to know, accurately, on luxury travel and hospitality. Each edition comes in at under 30 minutes total.
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WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #49
Jordan’s Tourism Board had a major presence at the recent IFTM Top Resa show in Paris – as the first international trade fair they have attended since the onset of the Covid crisis. This week on World Travel Essential, we bring you the full version of my interview with Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, H.E. Nayef Al-Fayez, published in part in the official show magazine, IFTM Daily. And our special thanks go to the publishers, Cleverdis for the right to reproduce the interview. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of the Londoner.
16:28
October 21, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #48
The Maldives are hotter than ever as a destination … and this week we talk to Alex Chambers – CEO of Hummingbird Travel – about an enthralling new cultural tour of the islands that has been put together by Tomas Cochrane. Yes, culture and the Maldives CAN go together. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us for a close-up and personal tour of the Patina Maldives, Fari Islands. If your clients love the Maldives, you should not miss this episode!
19:08
October 13, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #47
Africa is trending, and Zanzibar is a very cool destination. This week, we are taking a close up look at an amazing resort in Zanzibar – the Tulia – where they’re going more than the extra mile when it comes to sustainability and working with the local community… and luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to the Big Apple, and one of her very favourite addresses there.
15:15
October 4, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #46
What are the latest trends in outbound high-end tourists from Eastern European countries? We discovered the answer recently at the second annual Luxury Bloc event in Prague, where the opening ceremony also saw an interesting roundtable of regional travel advisors, as well as fielding statistics on what is changing in terms of customer demand in terms of destinations. To get all the details, this week, we are talking to Gabriela Markova of Luxury Bloc. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of an amazing property in Dorset in the UK.
22:01
September 24, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #45
81% of travelers say heightened risk of cancellation is a barrier to booking travel this year with "refund uncertainty" the top concern. 62% of travelers likely to take-up new ‘Pay when you fly’ options to reduce expo-sure to the refund process. In an exclusive interview this week with Bart Tompkins, the man behind this new initiative from Amadeus, we hear about how this new initiative can help put more “backsides in seats” in planes. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to Gstaad.
15:24
September 8, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #44
Who would have thought you could go deep diving - right in the centre of Dubai. Skiing maybe? Diving … well yes! On top of that’s it’s the world’s deepest man-made pool - at 60m all the way to the bottom. This week in World Travel Essential we talk to the man behind the new project, Jarrod Jablonski, about what is set to be an amazing adventure feature for those visiting the emirates. And Mary Gostelow takes us to Gstaad in the Swiss Alps!
15:38
August 26, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #43
This week on WTE, luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow is not only with us for her regular tour of a fabulous property - this time in Dorset in the UK… She is also our special guest. Why? Because with Almont Global, she has broken her rule of keeping a strictly limited number of subscribers to the monthly Gostelow Report, opening it up to broader subscription from this month. I talk to her about the story behind this unique market intelligence report, and the reasons behind letting new subscribers in on the industry’s “best kept secrets”… It’s all in this week’s World Travel Essential podcast.
19:40
August 18, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #42
This week, the World Travel Essential podcast, with Richard Barnes, pays a visit to Cambodia, where one super luxury hotel in Siem Reap has been working hard on designing bespoke authentic activities for visitors, in order for them to be really immersed into the local culture… and luxury travel guru Mark Gostelow takes us to visit something completely different – a modern luxury property in the UK with a different twist. Don’t miss it!
15:37
August 10, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #41
Accor and the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) have announced a broad Global Partnership. Together, Accor and IGLTA will work to ensure the hospitality industry is a safe and inclusive space for all, and will facilitate and drive equality within the travel sector. This week on World Travel Essential, we talk to the man behind the project: Patrick Mendes, Group Chief Commercial Officer in charge of Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Loyalty. And luxury travel guru, Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of one of her favourite properties… this time in Singapore. It’s all on the World Travel Essential podcast. Don’t miss it.
18:05
August 3, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #40
What is the official outlook for European tourism this summer? This week, we go straight to the heart of the matter – with the European Travel Commission. World Travel Essential has a very special guest in the shape of ETC Research Manager Lyublena Dimova, who has just released an important study on European travel movements. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to – of all things - an extraordinary luxury modern pub. Don’t miss it!
16:15
July 13, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #39
This week, World Travel Essential spotlights key advances in Wellness – the trending sector in tourism at the moment. We bring you an exclusive interview with Global Wellness Institute CEO and Chairperson (and Almont Global Advisory Board member), Susie Ellis. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to an amazing property on an island in the River Thames.
18:46
July 6, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #38
This week, World Travel Essential spotlights Africa – what we believe is the trending continent for the next decade. We bring you an exclusive interview with Time & Tide Africa CEO, Bruce Simpson (formerly with Wilderness Safaris and North Island Seychelles) about how safaris are evolving, and why Madagascar looks like being a strong growth player in tourism in the next years.  And Mary Gostelow takes us to an amazing property in California’s Silicon Valley. Don’t miss it!
21:30
June 18, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #37
What’s at the top of YOUR travel bucket list? For more and more people, it’s a POLAR adventure! This week on World Travel Essential, my special guest is Andrew Schweitzer, UK Business Development Manager of Quark Expeditions – leader in Polar adventures. Just what makes a GREAT polar adventure? Andrew gives us the inside line. And this week, luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to Geneva. It’s all in the latest episode of WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL!
16:17
June 9, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #36
What’s trending in terms of luxury travel for this summer? One person in the know is the incredibly dynamic (and personable) Gabriela Markova, organiser of Europe's LUXURY BLOC show (second edition taking place this summer), who is in constant contact with countless luxury destinations and providers. This week, I have asked Gabriela to come back and join me on the show to give us some insight on what’s coming up! And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to a charming property in the English countryside. It’s all on World Travel Essential.
19:21
June 4, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #35
Accor is “Unveiling the World” with its new global campaign celebrating the return of leisure travel and vacations abroad. The hotel group’s research indicates that 65% of respondents worldwide are likely to plan a leisure trip in the coming months. We decided to dig deeper and find out more about the campaign, so this week in the World Travel Essential podcast, Richard Barnes speaks with Steven Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, Accor to get the “low down” on who it is targeting, and just what the new “message” is from Accor. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow this week takes us to Singapore. It’s all in the latest exciting episode of World Travel Essential! Don’t miss it.
20:03
May 26, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #34
This week saw the first major “live" trade event since the beginning of the Covid crisis, with the ATM show in Dubai. What was it like at the show? We talk to Yuriy Horovyy, CEO of Almont Travel in London (A Virtuoso member) and founding partner of Almont Global, who travelled to Dubai for the event. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of a fabulous property in Versailles, France. It’s all in the latest World Travel Essential Podcast.
15:25
May 21, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #33
With the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announcing a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel, EVERYONE in the business wants to know more. This week in a special WTE podcast “three-way” interview feature, we talk to Linda Ristagno, Assistant Director, External Affairs – IATA and Sandra Carvão is Chief of Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness at UNWTO to get ALL the background and facts concerning this exceptional new tool. Don’t miss it… ONLY on WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL!
19:03
May 12, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #32
DUBAI is very much at the centre of many discussions in the travel world this year. But how are things going “behind the scenes”? This week, I talk to Gates Hospitality CEO Naim Maadad - responsible for some of the GCC’s most popular hospitality ventures, in both the restaurant and hotel spheres (such as Ultra Brasserie, Bistro des Arts, Reform Social & Grill, Publique and Folly by Nick & Scott, or the fabulous Six Senses Zighy Bay )… to get the inside line. And as usual, luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow is back… this week taking us to visit the Rosewood Hong Kong. Don’t miss it!
16:27
May 5, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #31
With trade events mainly on the “back burner” for so long, one that actually did take place last year, and is scheduled for its second edition in Prague this August is Luxury Bloc. The event is organised by the highly dynamic Gabriela Markova. Gabriela thus has her finger well and truly on the luxury travel industry “pulse”, so it’s with great interest and joy that we have her as a special guest on this week’s edition of the World Travel Essential podcast, as she talks not only about her event, but also about trends in the industry and some amazing new resorts and travel ideas. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to a favourite property in the big apple!
17:48
April 28, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #30
According to globally renowned architect, Jean-Philippe Nuel, the only alternative to the current crisis is to reinvent, revitalise and reposition the entire hotel industry. So just what should be done? This week on World Travel Essential, we talk with Sandy Stevens who co-founded in the United States--and leads--Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel & Partners. And with luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow, it’s time for something “completely different”. It’s all in this week’s edition of “World Travel Essential”.  On all popular podcast platforms.
20:36
April 20, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #29
One of the biggest questions for travel professionals today is “Where can my client travel right now? What borders are open for them?” With changes being announced sometimes several times a day by different nations, it’s a headache. This week, on World Travel Essential, we talk to Max Tremaine, the CEO of Sherpa°, a travel tech company that has launched an interactive world “travel reopening” map. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to a fabulous property in Moscow. It’s definitely a “not to be missed” episode!
13:23
April 13, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #28
Sarawak looks like trending as a “must be seen” destination thanks to a new blockbuster film about to be released. Previously carrying the working title “Rajah”, the upcoming Hollywood film based on Sarawak's first Rajah, Sir James Brooke, has been retitled Edge of the World, and is still on course for a June 2021 release.  Shot entirely on location, Edge of the World is set to be an incredible booster for the Malaysian state in Borneo. With this in mind, we have a chat this week in World Travel Essential with Gary Speldewinde – one of Sarawak’s most prolific inbound tour operators, about “destination Sarawak”. And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to one of her favourite hotels in London!
18:16
April 6, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #27
If you are interested in how air travel is going to trend in the next months when it comes to Covid testing, vaccines etc, don’t miss this episode of World Travel Essential! Our special guest is Alan Murray Hayden - Head Airlines Support & Security for IATA, who reveals all the facts behind the IATA Travel Pass app. What does the Travel Pass allow people to do? Why is this so important for airlines? How important is it to have a global standard? What about the digital green certificate? Where does IATA stand on that? ... and Luxury Travel Guru Mary Gostelow takes us to Johannesburg.
14:11
March 30, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #26
A destination that is very much top of mind for most travel advisors today is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – it will no doubt be one of THE go to destinations in the coming decade. In this week’s episode, we speak with Edie Rodriguez, one of America’s most illustrious women in luxury travel – who is on the board of the Saudi Tourism Authority… And luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to a legendary hotel in Hong Kong with her special tips. You’ll find both this week in WTE - presented by Richard Barnes and produced by Almont Global in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide and digital health industry leader Sharecare.
14:44
March 23, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #25
Thailand may reopen borders in July A study by Euromonitor shows sustainability is fast growing as a top priority for travel consumers A new IATA travel poll shows a growing confidence of travellers in air transport Luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of one of her favourite properties in Munich And in our special feature – WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara, talks to us about the resilience of the travel industry.
15:35
March 16, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #24
The WTTC calls on EU leadership to pull together in order to avoid even greater disaster for the travel industry, A movement has been launched in Thailand to reopen borders by 1 July, Qantas launches mystery flights for domestic passengers, Luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to one of her favourite haunts in London, And in our special feature, hotel design legend, Michel Gicquel talks about the hotel room of tomorrow.
18:24
March 9, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #23
A series of recommendations are unveiled for the relaunch of tourism in Europe Qantas pushes back estimates for reopening routes to Australasia all the way to November Amadeus and IAG increasingly working together And in our special feature, we’ll be talking to Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide.
17:58
March 2, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #22
Podcast – in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide and digital health industry leader Sharecare.  This week in our special feature, we’ll be talking to Michelle Woodley, president of Preferred Hotels and Resorts about their new properties… and new brand – Beyond Green. In the travel essentials this week, of course, the tragic news of the passing of Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott group; Boeing recommends grounding 777s with the same engine as the one that burst into flames on United flight 328 last week; Emirates runs a flight with 100% Covid vaccinated personnel And Qatar offers zero touch in-flight entertainment.
19:08
February 23, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #21
Google is hit with a million euro fine over misleading hotel ratings in France… we talk with French travel journalist Luc Citrinot about the question… Accor has launched the Maison Delano Brand on a worldwide scale We have updates on how Covid continues to affect the travel world, And in our special feature – luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to one of her favourite places in Singapore…
16:09
February 16, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #20
The ongoing saga of vaccination passports takes a new turn Business tourism isn’t really headed for the ditch The global travel market is set to reach a trillion dollars by 2025 And in our special feature, luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to a very special property in Oman.
17:53
February 9, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #19
“It’s… unique. It’s not weird, but it’s unique, and it’s different. And – I know it’s a bold statement – nothing else like this exists in the world.” That’s how Winston Fisher – the brains behind the amazing new Vegas attraction, Area 15, describes his extraordinary new venture. Listen to his exclusive interview this week… … And in essential travel news headlines, Accor group launches into an exciting new luxury venture, IATA welcomes proposals to reinvigorate progress towards the Single European Sky, British Airways is set to begin trialling a new travel health app on trans-Atlantic flights, and Dubai has become the “go to” destination for vaccination tourism. Catch these and other essential tidbits in this week’s edition of World Travel Essential.
17:12
February 2, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #18
The US Travel Association voices strong support for the new administration following a not-so-peaceful transfer of power A new survey by the ETC shows Europeans are eager to travel this springtime IATA is putting pressure on European leaders to introduce a common Covid vaccination certificate Luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to Cannes on Côte d’Azur And in our special feature, we talk to Mario Julen in Zermatt about his incredible new Ritz Carlton project in the Swiss Alps. World Travel Essential • A podcast on Anchor
15:48
January 26, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #17
Surprise, surprise… the UK is closing all travel corridors Israel announces a plan to open up fully to tourists by mid-year Saudi Arabia has just launched a major new tourism TV ad campaign Malaysia announces a new ten-year plan Travel guru Mary Gostelow takes us to one of her favourite hotels in the UK, And in our special feature, one of the world’s top hotel tech experts gives his vision for the next year
17:57
January 19, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #16
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19:01
January 12, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #15
British Airways land a two-billion-pound support package IATA slams the Canadian government for its new entry requirements Los Cabos in Mexico is projecting a big upswing in tourism, And in this week’s special feature, global luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow gives an exclusive insight into her forecast for travel trends this year. World Travel Essential
18:22
January 5, 2021
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #14
The WTTC says closing borders is counterproductive Expedia shuts down offline concierge services Seabourn introduces new pre and post cruise tours Emirates brings back the A380 to its Sao Paulo route And in our special feature, Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of a stately residence hotel in the UK.
12:28
December 29, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #13
This week in World Travel Essential: The UK is hit hard with Covid restrictions over the holiday period New Zealand set to create a travel bubble with Australia in Q1 IATA reveals details of a new travel pass Marriott launches a special health protocol for meetings and events Mary Gostelow is back in Dubai with another luxury hotel spotlight And in our special feature, we look at a very worthy project with Lindbad expeditions – helping out in the Galapagos.
15:41
December 22, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #12
In this week’s show, After more than 40 years’ ownership, Robert Redford is selling his mountain resort; More countries open back up to foreign visitors as Covid restrictions ease – spotlights on Thailand, Oman and Kyrgyzstan; Rosewood group partners with Bedsonline; And in our special feature, we talk to ABTA about their latest outbound traveller survey.# World Travel Essential • A podcast on Anchor
15:40
December 15, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #11
Hello and welcome to World Travel Essential, produced by Almont Global. - More countries opening up around the globe - Seabourn launches a special savings event - Khiri Travel goes carbon neutral - ABTA says travel advisors are now more essential than ever And in a special feature, Mary Gostelow takes us on a tour of the hottest new 5-star property in Dubai. That rounds up this week’s WTE … don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues about the show. We’d also love to hear from you with your comments and suggestions for the show. You can email us at WTE@almontglobal.com. World Travel Essential • A podcast on Anchor
13:16
December 8, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #10
How is the discovery of Covid vaccines impacting travel bookings in the UK? What’s the latest in border openings and quarantines? Who can go skiing where in Europe over the holidays? How important is “trust” in travel today? Who got a sneak peek at the new luxury arrivals lounge in Dubai? You’ll find all the answers... in World Travel Essential – the comprehensive weekly podcast for luxury travel professionals by Richard Barnes, produced and distributed by Almont Global.
16:28
December 1, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #9
The luxury travel industry is battling to find ways to emerge from the Covid doldrums as quickly as possible once the world opens up again. With European ambassadors meeting to discuss ways to streamline policies, the industry on the old continent is well positioned to get back on its feet in 2021. And with QANTAS celebrating 100 years of operation, we are reminded that the business is attaining a ripe old age! So what better time to launch a new hotel brand centred on the concept of “sustainability to the Nth degree”? Just a couple of the themes of this week’s “World Travel Essential” podcast – on all popular platforms. And in her special feature, Mary Gostelow takes us this week to Argentina!
17:24
November 24, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #8
Wellness is not just about spas and massages any more. The Global Wellness institute has just released a new report defining the “mental wellness” economy. In this week’s “essential” news, the European Travel Commission calls on even closer cooperation between states in a post covid world, the first human test of a hyperloop pod takes place in the Nevada desert, and a huge new waterpark opens its gates next to Austin, Texas. In our special feature this week, Mary Gostelow speaks with a true specialist in communication for luxury hotels… NMG Network’s Jason Cutinella… Just some of the topics in this week’s World Travel Essential podcast with Richard Barnes. Available on all popular podcast platforms.
15:01
November 17, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #7
Long haul travel sentiment is on the rise; world cultural leaders meet in Saudi Arabia; strong bookings for Seabourne’s 2022 world cruise; nostalgic moment as the last Lufthansa flight leaves Tegel airport; Jean Nouvel reveals details of an amazing resort in AlUla and Accor announces the newest landmark in Dubai. In a particularly yummy feature, Mary Gostelow takes us for a foodie visit of Munich. WTE – Richard Barnes’ “World Travel Essential” (sponsored by Monte Carlo SBM) covers all this… and much more - on all major podcast platforms.
35:49
November 10, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #6
In this week’s World Travel Essential, brought to you by SBM Monte-Carlo, the seemingly never-ending wait for the opening of Berlin’s controversial Brandenburg airport is finally over; driverless vehicles are to be tested at Yellowstone national park, we have updates on travel restrictions and border openings; Marriott extends its reach in Thailand; in our special feature, we talk to Jens Thraenhart, head of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, and luxury travel guru Mary Gostelow catches up with Andrew Humphries - Acting CEO of Katara Hospitality. Don’t miss the show!!
36:41
November 3, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #5
In this week’s World Travel Essential (brought to you by SBM Monte-Carlo), a new whitepaper underlines the growing importance of wellness as a tourism drawcard; Americans are reported to be ready and rearing to travel again; when you can’t travel, you can now be teleported into a robot and visit various sites; rapid Covid testing is being trialled at Heathrow; a Chinese ballet star becomes a brand ambassador for the luxury collection. In our “special feature” section, Mary Gostelow speaks to two very different special guests – Duncan O’Rourke – CEO of Accor group for Northern Europe, and Vito Mollica – director of F&B for Four Seasons Florence. And in her “Girlahead” podcast, Mary catches up with Neil Jacobs of Six Senses. Don’t miss it!
34:15
October 27, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #4
In this week’s World Travel Essential, brought to you by SBM Monte-Carlo, the UNWTO is in Brussels for a series of top level meetings, the WTTC creates a new steering committee for the industry, American hotel CEOs have written to the white house calling or urgent funds to save the industry, there’s a big management shake-up at IAG, and in hospitality news, Rosewood adds Amsterdam to its portfolio. In our special feature, we talk to former Crystal Cruises and Ponant CEO Edie Rodriguez – now on the board of Saudi Arabia’s tourism authority…. and in her weekly Girlahead podcast, the legendary Mary Gostelow has a chat with Shangri-La’s Oliver Bonke about the luxury brand and hotels in general.
32:58
October 20, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #3
We are pleased to announce that World Travel Essential is brought to you this week by SBM Monte-Carlo: “reinventing Monaco in a new chapter for the 21st century”. This week, G20 tourism ministers put sustainability at the heart of industry recovery and growth.   Venice’s new MOSE system is deployed for the first time to prevent flooding. Ras Al Khaimah launches free Covid testing. British Airways farewells its two remaining 747s. Seabourn announces cruise cancellations... and fabulous hotel openings in Madrid and Abu Dhabi. In our special feature, we travel to an exclusive new golf resort in Tuscany... And in her weekly Girlahead podcast, the legendary Mary Gostelow talks to Bob van den Oord - COO of Langham Luxury Hotels & Resorts. 
33:58
October 13, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #2
It turns out that EU tourism ministers are really getting their acts together in trying to harmonise an industry approach across the continent. At least so says the WTTC. Singapore is easing entry restrictions on visitors from Australia and Vietnam, and Belize is starting to open up again. You have to give it to those Floridians! Miami is launching a cool new photo campaign to boost tourism. Despite all the gloomy news, there are some very bright spots with announcements of some very major new luxury hotel openings… our special feature, Embark Beyond CEO Jack Ezon explains work-from-hotels offerings… and Mary Gostelow’s Girlahead podcast features Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels and Resorts. Don’t miss all this and more in the second edition of World Travel Essential!
27:46
October 6, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Episode #1
When it comes to getting the cruise industry back on its feet in the Americas, an essential element is that of “Covid safety”. The past week has seen a unanimous vote by members of CLIA on core elements of a restart. Skyscanner has released details of a brand new travel survey, and the UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing summit explored how culture, creativity, and technology can enhance urban city management. We talk to an expert in luxury yurt stays in Mongolia, and Mary Gostelow’s Girlahead podcast features François Delaheye of the Dorchester Collection. It’s all in the first edition of World Travel Essential podcast!
32:08
September 29, 2020
WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL - Trailer
NEW WEEKLY PODCAST ‘CUTS TO THE CHASE’ IN THE GLOBAL TRAVEL, TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTORS Introducing WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL – WTE for short – the brand-new, time-saving podcast from world-covering London-based Almont Global. WTEis led by Richard Barnes and Mary Gostelow. First, a round-up, magazine style, from Richard Barnes. This leads into a middle feature, which leads on to Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast. Middle features will launch with Frédéric Roman-Hauduroy enthusing about unique Mongolia steppes superlative stays, and go on to include Embark Beyond CEO Jack Ezon explaining work-from-hotels offerings, and, in other editions, in-the-know explanations of what is happening in the spheres of food, drink, entertainment, fashion and arts and culture, and their relevance to global luxury travel. Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast is the highly-reviewed series featuring such industry leaders as designer Bill Bensley, Forbes Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen, and François Delahaye, COO Dorchester Collection. Almont Global is privately held by Directors Yuriy Horovyy, Richard Barnes, and Mary Gostelow. Yuriy Horovyy is Owner/CEO of Almont Travel.  Richard Barnes is a South of France-based Australian journalist broadly known for his work as Editor-in-Chief for official show dailies of the world’s top travel trade events as well as communication-consulting missions for destination marketing organisations. Mary Gostelow, global ambassador of ILTM, compiles Almont Global’s daily girlahead.com (she is also owner of the monthly Gostelow Report market intelligence. For further details please email: wte@almontglobal.com
01:18
September 28, 2020