TTG Digital: Who are the next travel leaders of tomorrow?

TTL 2013

Nominate a colleague – or yourself – for TTG and Tui’s new 30 Under 30 today.

TTG and Tui are launching a new hunt to identify the young people in travel most likely to be the highest fliers in the industry tomorrow.

Following the huge success of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders year one, launched at the ITT conference in Barbados last year, we want to identify a new 30 Under 30 in the travel industry – to raise their profile, to celebrate them, to give them the opportunity to meet some of the senior leaders in travel today, and to network among themselves.

With the heavyweight backing of Tui Travel now behind the project, the exercise will have an even higher profile in travel than before. Some of last year’s leaders have already been promoted within their organisations, while many have been featured in TTG.

The group have enjoyed a series of dinners featuring some of the biggest names in travel – including Tui Travel chief executive Peter Long.
Long said he was delighted to get behind Tomorrow’s Travel Leadersin 2013, adding that it was essential to encourage bright young talent in the industry.

“The more we can grow our talent in the industry the better, and we are excited to be participating,” he declared.

“It’s something we are focused on within our own organisation but we are happy to participate at an industry level as well. With the pace of change, the young people are the ones who are going to make a difference in understanding the changes, particularly in terms of technology.”

Growing Talent

Long, who was 30 himself when he came into the travel industry as financial director of Intasun in 1984, said the key challenge was for travel businesses to retain talented young people in this industry.

“We are an organisation that develops its own talent and we have a huge number of successes who have joined us as graduates and come through the business.

“It was terrific to see the enthusiasm of the young people I met at the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders dinner this year. Ultimately they are the future and what the more serious leaders have got to do is to facilitate the development of the bright young talent.”

TTG Media brand director Daniel Pearce urged today’s travel leaders to put forward their best young people for the initiative. “All of our first 30 Under 30 have got excellent value from being part of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders in year one – not least in sparking up some fruitful business relationships among themselves, which are bound to be invaluable as they continue their careers in travel,” he said.

“It’s brilliant to get the full support of the market leader behind the project now and as we enter year two our initiative can’t help but
gain momentum.

“As the long-standing bible of the industry it’s right that TTG should be at the forefront of developing young people in travel. I look forward to seeing which bright young talents from travel will put themselves forward in 2013.”

Invaluable platform

John-Christian Moquette, founder of villa specialist IAVRA, one of last year’s intake, said: “Being one of the partners at a young start-up has many challenges. One of the most difficult things is getting face time with big industry players.

“As one of the Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders group I have been given the opportunity to meet with and learn from many of the industry’s most dynamic trailblazers, often in an intimate environment.

“The 30 Under 30 honour has without a doubt given us an invaluable platform.”

Another of last year’s group, Josh Gregory, product and commercial executive, Cosmos, said he had gained a huge amount from attending last year’s events.

“Being one of TTG’s 30 Under 30 gave me a really comprehensive insight into what the travel industry is all about. The intimate speeches from such high achievers within the industry connected with us all. Each of the guest speakers had very different stories to tell but one point remained consistent: if you know what you want to achieve, and devote the necessary time and effort to it, you will end up being where you want to be. This really resonated with me.

“I could genuinely list pages of what I have learned and gained!”

IAVRA’s founding partner John-Christian Moquette chosen as one of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders


We are just a little bit proud at IAVRA HQ! Last week, TTG and partners C&M Recruitment, Guonman Hotels and the ITT announced their top 30 highest fliers in travel under 30. And one of our very own founding partners was given the nod. John-Christian had the pleasure of meeting with the other young fliers at the TTG offices in London. Bring together a group of young, dynamic and like-minded travel leaders and there is no doubt that exciting things are on the horizon. Watch this space for news from the events due to take place over the next few months.

ILTM- International Luxury Travel Market

The IAVRA team has jetted off to Cannes to exhibit at the International Luxury Travel Market. From December 5-8, top industry movers and shakers will gather in the south of France to network and find out about the latest companies and innovations in luxury travel.

Check out the #iltm action on Twitter, and stay up to date with what’s up by following us @IavraVillaAssoc. If you’re attending ILTM, stop by for a chat with John-Christian Moquette and Sybil Napolitano! We are exhibiting at stand C200.

Ski Roundup- Newsletter Feature

We can’t wait to start schussing down the slopes at our favourite ski resorts… but how to choose the destination? Our selection of chalets spans the globe, so you are spoilt for choice, no matter where your priorities lie. Here are our top picks for Europe:

Best for… Party Animals
If it’s nightlife you’re in search of, look no further than Verbier. Le Farinet reigns as the top club, bringing in live music and internationally renowned DJs. See and be seen on the glass-fronted terrace as you dance the night away… You might even be able to fit in some time on the slopes!

Best for…. Royals and Celebs
The British Royal Family have favoured Klosters as their ski destination of choice for years, and you’ll see why if you visit this exclusive, up-market resort yourself. For those hoping to keep a low-profile, this charming spot is the best bet for privacy.

Best for… Beginners
Val d’Isere features free nursery slopes and lots of well-linked, wide, “motorway runs” which give new skiiers the thrill of the heights without much risk. It’s the perfect introduction to the Alps, and many Olympic gold medal champions have made their start in Val d’Isere, so there is no shortage of inspiration at hand.

Best for… Explorers
Meribel is part of the Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world connected solely by ski runs and ski lifts. If it’s choice you’re after, you’d be hard pressed to find a more diverse and exciting area to explore. Purchase a ski pass to all three valleys and the pistes are yours to discover.

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Travel Photo Inspiration- Cumalıkızık, Turkey


The village of Cumalıkızık in Turkey dates back to the Ottomans. Charming, authentic, and unspoilt by tourists, this hidden gem is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Wander along cobbled streets and immerse yourself in the history permeating every alleyway. It’s a detour from the beaten path that’s most definitely worth taking.

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Upcoming Travel Trade Events Calendar

Travel Industry Trade Fairs

From Marrakesh to Vegas, the travel industry is always buzzing with exciting events. Trade fairs provide excellent opportunities for learning about innovative new companies and the next up-and-coming destinations, as well as for lots of networking with key players. Travel companies and agents shouldn’t miss these upcoming events- here’s what’s on our radar for the next two months:

Pure Life Experiences, Luxury Travel Fair, World Travel Market, Luxury Travel Expo


Do let us know if you’ll be there!


#TTOT Roundup- Expat Travel

As always, #TTOT or Travel Talk on Twitter is a fantastic place to go for insider tips, wise words, and the occasional dirty joke about all your favourite travel topics. If you missed it, have a look at our favourite answers. Share your own responses with us in the comments!

Q1 via @christinahegele: Where would you love to be an expat and why?

unbravegirl: Some place with cheese. Asia is great, but 5 years without decent cheese is KILLING me.

Liligo_UK: Loved being an expat in Spain… lots of sangria and flamenco dance parties in Granada’s caves!

MagellanPR: Jakarta or Hong Kong- so you can travel all across the far east & Australia as such a central place

MalloryOnTravel: I’ll be an expat anywhere that I haven’t left an ex-girlfriend

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What is #TTOT?

Twitter hashtags can sometimes be a mystery, but if you’re interested in travel, then #TTOT is the one to know! It stands for Travel Talk on Twitter, a weekly chat every Tuesday where members of the travel community like travel bloggers, destination experts, and like-minded lovers of travel come together to chat about a weekly topic.

Questions and topics are submitted via the Facebook page, and then on Tuesdays the chat kicks off with a bang! TravelDudes gives you the lowdown here.

Today’s topic is “Expat Travel,” so join us on Twitter (we are @IavraVillaAssoc) to share your thoughts… see you there!