The Travel Weekly Podcast brings interviews and commentary from key figures in the sector

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Episode 11
Virgin Voyages’ boss Tom McAlpin tells Lucy Huxley what’s in store for the hotly-anticipated cruise line


Episode 10
We talk cruise, awards and…George Michael with Oasis Travel’s founder and managing director, Sandra Corkin on a recent visit to Northern Ireland


Episode nine
Is the ‘grey pound’ on the decline? We catch up with Silver Travel Advisor’s Debbie Marshall to talk about the latest trends in the mature market, plus why older people shouldn’t wear their glasses round their neck…


Episode eight
We catch up with If Only’s Andy Freeth and Gordon McCreadie ahead of The Globe Travel Awards. The pair talk about what they’ve been up to since joining the trade-only operator last year following their controversial departure from rival businesses, Gold Medal and Travel 2.


Episode seven
On this episode we invite PR and marketing experts Steve Dunne of Digital Drums and Sarah Johnson from Lotus to give their verdicts of this year’s turn-of-year TV ads, from Disney’s heart-warming ‘Little Duck’ to Kuoni’s ‘Travel worth talking about’ featuring its own high street agencies.
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Episode six
Penny Smith was the face of breakfast TV show GMTV for 17 years and has presented for Sky News, Classic FM and BBC Radio. More recently, she has been exploring the world as Travelsphere’s travel ambassador and she was one the guest speakers at this year’s Association of Touring and Adventure conference.

Broadcaster and journalist Penny Smith tells editor Lucy Huxley about her experience of group touring and shares her top tips for crossing the road in India.


Global Travel Group Conference special
News editor Ben Ireland caught up with 90s fitness king Mr Motivator, former Blue Peter presenter Katie Hill and consortium boss Andy Stark at the Global Travel Group conference in Orlando earlier this month.


Episode five
We catch up with Ellen Bettridge, president and chief executive of Uniworld, who started her career as a ‘girl Friday’ for a small family travel agency. She went on to forge a highly successful career in the cruise industry, holding senior roles at both Azamara and Silversea before being appointed boss of one of the leading luxury river cruise lines.

She tells us about upcoming plans for the line and explains its decision to lift the age limit on its youth brand, U by Uniworld.


Episode four
Lisa McAuley, boss of Gold Medal and Travel 2 reflects on first nine months in the job and upcoming plans


Episode three
Blind world traveller and founder of tour operator Traveleyes Amar Latif features on our latest podcast. He shares his story of overcoming his disability to seek out some of the most hair-raising experiences and his take on how the industry caters for disabled travellers.


Episode two
Dame Esther Rantzen
, who was guest speaker at Travel Weekly’s executive lunch themed around mature travel features on the second episode. The TV veteran speaks about her love of cruising and shares holiday pet hates.


Episode one
The first episode features Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer, who discusses the themes of this year’s Travel Convention in Seville and answers questions from agents, and the outgoing and incoming chairs of Atas, Giles Hawke and Paul Melinis.

The pair talk about what’s in store at this year’s Atas Conference on October 22 and the future of touring.

 

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