Arnie has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism, publishing and media for the past 30 years. He created the industry's first destination information service (Weissmann Reports), authored a best-selling geography textbook and has served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry.
Arnie was also a web pioneer, creating the first core destination content for America Online, managing AT&T’s corporate travel website and licensing content to Apple, Time, Inc, CNN and Marriott International, among others. Weissmann Reports was sold to Reed Elsevier in 1996, after which Arnie was given responsibility for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and a dozen OAG-branded publications in the UK. In 1999, he took on the role of senior advisor for business development at Reed Elsevier’s travel group, and in October 2001 was appointed editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the primary source of news, research, analysis and opinion for the US travel community.
Subsequently, his responsibilities have expanded to the role of editorial director, providing guidance to Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia as well. Arnie’s writing has received more than 40 national awards; he has been inducted into the MIN magazine Editorial and Design Hall of Fame and received the American Business Media G.D. Crain Jr. Award, the highest honor given in business-to-business journalism. Arnie’s comments have appeared on NBC, CNN, BBC and Sky News, and he is regular contributor to the PBS show The Travel Detective. He is often quoted in other media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR and Monocle radio. He has been a repeat guest lecturer at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and sits on the board of the industry nonprofit, Tourism Cares. Arnie lives in New York City with his wife and three children.