Name: Ellison “Tommy” Thompson
Title: Chief executive officer Company, city: St. Kitts Tourism Authority, St. Kitts
First job: Messenger
Where to next: ThailandA LITTLE BIT MORE
What actor or actress would play
you in a movie of your life? Mr. Boris Kodjoe would play me as we have some similarities like our smile, and he is good- looking enough to play me!
What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t in your current industry?
I would definitely be an airline pilot as I would love the opportunity to see the world.
What is your favorite book, movie or television show?
Anything written by Henry Patterson, better known by his pen name, Jack Higgins
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with?
I’d love to have dinner with the iconic Ms. Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, as there are numerous conversations in which I would love to engage her.
What is your most recent project, and what was the inspiration behind it?
The St. Kitts Tourism Authority recently had its new branding and photo shoot, which helps to elevate the profile of St. Kitts as the premier Caribbean destination.
What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Strategizing with my team members on marketing and product initiatives
What’s the biggest business risk you’ve ever taken?
I would say negotiating to bring Virgin Atlantic to a previous destination
Who is someone you admire professionally in the travel industry?
Mr. Arnold Donald, former CEO, Carnival Corp.; and Mr. Gordon “Butch” Stewart (deceased), founder, owner and chairman, Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts
AS A TRAVELER
Tell us about a travel nightmare: I was coming from Edmonton, Canada, going to Toronto so I could get the red-eye flight to Nassau, when there was a snowstorm, so we were stuck on the plane. The crew eventually ran out of hours, so all passengers had to disembark the flight as there were some heating issues. Air Canada wanted to rebook me for the same flight the next night, but I wasn’t going to do that. There was a midafternoon flight the next day, so I took that, and 48 hours later I got home. I was so happy to finally be home.
Share a comical travel experience: I was in Morocco getting a Turkish bath and didn’t know the service provider was female. I was in my birthday suit when she came in … what can you do at that point but laugh it off?
What is your preferred method of travel — planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships — and why? My preferred method would have to be via plane — definitely first class. It’s the fastest way to travel, plus while I’m on the plane I get to make believe I’m the pilot.
What has been the best example of customer service you’ve experienced during your travels? My best experience took place on Cat Island, Bahamas. I was out for a jog and a swim, and when I returned to my villa, I found a bucket of water at the steps for me to wash the sand off my feet. That was an excellent touch and one of my best customer service experiences while traveling.
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
THE MOST EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF EGYPT EVER OFFERED
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.