Arnie Weissmann

Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly and Executive Vice President & Editorial Director
Northstar Travel Group

Arnie Weissmann Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly and Executive Vice President & Editorial Director
Arnie has been involved in virtually every aspect of travel journalism, publishing and media forthe 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 websiteand licensing content to Apple, Time, Inc, CNN and Marriott International, among others. Weissmann Reports was sold to Reed Elsevierin 1996, after which Arnie was given responsibility for Star Service (critical hotel and cruise reviews), Official Hotel Guide Worldwide and adozen 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 TravelWeekly Asia as well. Arnie’s writing has received more than 45 nationaland international awards; he has been inducted into the MIN magazine Editorial and DesignHall 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 CBS, 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 StreetJournal, USA Today, NPR, SiriusXM, Armed Forces Network 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.

Sessions

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:05 AM – 11:35 AM EST

Taking the Conversation Beyond the Middle Seat

As airlines jostle over strategies such as blocking the middle seat to play to the safety and security concerns of traveler, the impact on increasing travel demand is negated if ground transportation from the airport to the hotel is overcrowded and if the hotel check-in process requires multiple contacts with staff. Cruise executives are creating a blueprint for recovery as competitors come together with government and health officials to map out the future of healthy sailing.

Add to calendar