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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 brand-new, time-saving podcast from world-covering London-based Almont Global. Every Tuesday, a new edition covers everything travel professionals need to know, accurately, on luxury in travel, hospitality, and in a broader sense.. Each edition comes in at under 30 minutes total.
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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.
October 20, 2020
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. 
October 13, 2020
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!
October 6, 2020
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!
September 29, 2020
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 (she is also owner of the monthly Gostelow Report market intelligence. For further details please email:
September 28, 2020