FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

David Sarafinas, Managing Director, HX Global

May 2, 2015
2015 / April 2015

Name: David Sarafinas
Title: Managing Director
Company, city: HX Global; Boston, Mass.
Number of employees: 350
Recent project: Medical staffing for large media/entertainment company during FIFA World Cup in Brazil
First job: U.S. Navy
Little-known fact about you: I am an avid gardener and consider it therapy in order to reduce stress.

Your Business

Essential business philosophy: HX Global does not have a one-glove-fits-all mentality and strives to over-deliver. As long as we keep delivering and developing our service levels, we continue to win new business and set the benchmark for service standards and industry best practices.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Invest heavily in the quality of staff and working environment. Our reputation as one of the best companies to work for allows us to recruit the very best candidates, who stay long term and provide the highest levels of experience and commitment.

Yardstick of success: We consider ourselves successful if a client never needs to call us for an evacuation. Our role is to educate, empower and inform international assignees, business travelers and management teams before employees embark on their journeys in order to mitigate medical and security risks. Although we have the capabilities to react to any emergency, our ultimate goal is to eliminate medical and security crises by providing cogent destination-specific content, advice and strategies.

David Sarafinas as a Traveler

What is the most important item you take when traveling? My Travel Oracle mobile app, a lifeline to our Global Command Center for routine and emergency support

How do you spend your time on board? I catch up on international trends I don’t have time for during a busy work week.

What is your favorite restaurant in the world? Mafolie Restaurant in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. My wife and I have been going there since our honeymoon more than 35 years ago.

What is your favorite destination in the world? Frenchman’s Reef/Cove, St. Thomas. Living in New England, I am guaranteed warm weather in the middle of winter.

About HX Global

What key services does HX Global provide business travelers?
HX Global assists travelers every step of their journey, from before they depart to after they return. We provide medical and security assistance, repatriations and pandemic planning services and go beyond traditional travel services with education and apps. Our e-learning course educates travelers on safety and health concerns while abroad. Our Travel Oracle portal and app provide assistance on the go.

How does HX Global differ from other travel protection services?
We have the capabilities, resources and bandwidth to work with large corporations, governments, educational institutions, NGOs and other groups. We deal with sophisticated organizations with complex duty-of-care requirements, working with their existing insurance providers or introducing them to providers that cover the financial risk of medical, security and natural disaster evacuations. We believe it takes medical professionals to provide the best travel and medical services. Two doctors founded HX Global more than 20 years ago, and their medical ethos still guides the professional management team. Nurses staff our 24/7 call centers, and each company has its own direct line. Our customer retention is high because our seamless and customized service addresses each company’s individual needs. No issue is too small or too big; from a stomachache to an air evacuation, our staff takes care of every traveler need.

Tell our readers about Travel Oracle.
Travel Oracle is a business traveler’s lifeline. Our desktop portal provides the best up-to-date information and alerts about users’ destinations, offering in-depth country guides as well as tips and training on staying safe overseas. Travel Oracle’s smartphone app sends real-time alerts about developing situations. With our Mayday function, users send their GPS location, audio and visual recordings to their emergency contact instantly. Travel Oracle also stores digital images of important documents, country profiles, medical history, allergies and medication lists.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
May 25, 2022

Princess Cruises Launches All-Inclusive Premier Add-On

Princess Premier, a new add-on recently launched by Princess Cruises, offers cruise-goers unlimited WiFi, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos and more. The new offer builds off the popular Princess Plus add-on to bring guests a more comprehensive bundle and savings of more than 50 percent when all the amenities are purchased separately.

Why the Future of Business Travel Might Look Different

Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.

Daily
May 25, 2022

NoMo SoHo Hotel Launches Nation’s First NFT with Hotel Stay Experience

Recently, NoMo SoHo and its ownership, real estate and investment firm Sapir Corp Ltd., launched a curated NFT program, making NoMo SoHO the first hotel in the United States to offer guests an innovative way to book stays using blockchain technology.

Daily
May 25, 2022

Celebrate the King During Memphis Elvis Week

From Aug. 9 to 17, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, will vibrate to the sound of the world’s favorite Elvis Presley tunes as Elvis Week 2022 gets underway. This year’s event will be a fun-filled mashup of tributes, concerts, special events and celebrity appearances, including actress Barbara Eden, who starred with Elvis in the 1960 film Flaming Star and became a household name for her lead role in the long-running television series I Dream of Jeannie.

TAP Air Portugal’s Porto

When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.

eFlyer Reviews
May 24, 2022

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou Review

What happens when three of the six French nationals residing in San Antonio get together? If they happen to be from a long line of proud French gourmands from three different regions of the country, they take what they know and make it something proudly Texan, while still adhering to their separate and collective culinary roots. That’s exactly what happened as a result of those three — Executive Chef Laurent Réa of Strasbourg, Philippe Placé of Chartres, and Jérôme Sérot of Lyon — meeting 20 years ago.

eFlyer Lead
May 24, 2022

Travel Edge Releases Travel Trends for 2022

With a network of more than 450 independent luxury advisors, Travel Edge, the North American leader in luxury travel, released a report on its findings for travel trends in 2022. No doubt the pandemic can be blamed as the main culprit behind many of these changing trends in travel, with travelers attempting to regain moments lost over the last two years.

8 Reasons to Press the Green Button and Visit Ireland

Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.

Daily
May 24, 2022

Nobu Barbuda to Offer One-of-a-Kind Island Experience

Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.