FX Excursions

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

Jeff Guaracino, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia

Aug 26, 2020
August 2020

PHOTO: © VISIT PHILADELPHIA

THE BASICS
Name: Jeff Guaracino
Title: President and CEO
Company, city: Visit Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
First job: KYW News Radio
Where to next: Puerto Vallarta is my next trip; I love the city. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had homes across from each other where they could pass undetected.

A LITTLE BIT MORE

What actor or actress would play you in a movie of your life?
Angelina Jolie. I am trying to be a little funny here, but I actually admire her as a great humanitarian, and she believes in diversity.

What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t in your current industry?
A journalist. I have written two books, and for years I wrote the “Expert Tips for Better Travel” column in an LGBTQ+ publication. I always register with the State Department when I travel; they have a lot of services you can utilize.

What is your favorite book, movie or television show?
Auntie Mame is one of my favorite movies — the one with Rosalind Russell, of course.

What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with?
Michelle Obama. I read her book; she redefined almost everything in her life and broke through a lot of stereotypes. She stood up to racism and homophobia, which are still very much alive.

THE BUSINESS

What is your most recent project, and what was the inspiration behind it?
Renaming Philadelphia as the City of Sisterly Love in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. It allows us to tap into the power of women travelers, GenX and Boomers.

What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Interacting and celebrating with the different communities and people I meet in a week, a day or the year. We are also excited about our association with the James Beard Foundation and the Philadelphia restaurants that have been awarded.

What’s the biggest business risk you’ve ever taken?
I launched “DO AC” in Atlantic City after years of decline. Superstorm Sandy hit two months later, and we had to endure the loss of casinos, but it all paid off.

Who is someone you admire professionally in the travel industry?
The late Kevin Mosher was one of the people who started LGBTQ+ charter travel. He had his own business as an entrepreneur, and he believed travel could make the world a better place. Travel helps you to better understand yourself and other people.

AS A TRAVELER

Tell us about a travel nightmare: It is always a nightmare if you arrive and your luggage doesn’t.

Share a comical travel experience: I remember running through an airport with my friend who was delayed in joining us on a European vacation. He got to Venice and all his luggage was still missing. We were running to catch a clipper ship. We were looking for clothes and nothing was cheap. We ended up donating some of our clothing for him; it all worked out in the end.

What is your preferred method of travel — planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships — and why? Pretty much anything but cars.

What has been the best example of customer service you’ve experienced during your travels? A woman named Monica in Buenos Aires overheard me and a friend there on business trying to figure out what to do. She took us to the orchestra that night. She knew all the ins and outs, and it was cool. She got us into a box at Teatro Colón. It was unbelievable and beautiful. Monica was connected, and we never saw her again.

Introducing

FX Excursions

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

Explore Excursions

#globility

Insta Feed
Airlines
Jul 18, 2024

Turkish Airlines’ New Codeshare Agreements

Turkish Airlines and KM Malta Airlines, the flag carrier of Malta, entered a codeshare agreement to operate joint flights last month. Turkish Airlines also signed a freesale codeshare agreement with Air China.

Exclusive Savings: Cruise Along the Danube River with Global Traveler

Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler

Daily
Jul 17, 2024

History and Refinement Combine at Oslo’s The Continental Hotel

Traveling to Norway’s capital city? For an ideal setting, The Continental Hotel’s address on Stortingsgata in central Oslo is just the ticket. Ideally situated close to public transportation, the ferry harbor, and a wide array of world-class museums and dining options, this elegant 5-star, family-owned hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, offering a luxe guest experience that presents the best in Nordic design and ambience.

Global City Guidebook: Cairns, Australia

Located on the northeastern coast of Far North Queensland, Australia, Cairns is a seaside city drawing visitors both by land and sea. The city, founded in the late 19th century, features two UNESCO World Heritage sites, a rain forest comprising part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns blends urban sprawl with Australia’s natural landscape, from beaches to rivers to valleys. With just 153,000 people calling the city home, Cairns invites visitors to explore its many sites and experiences.

Explore Gyeonggi Province in South Korea

Gyeonggi Province, encircling Seoul, offers seamless travel with access to two major airports and a well-connected transportation system. It boasts top-notch MICE facilities, like KINTEX and Suwon Convention Center, along with a wide array of international-branded and resort-style hotels spread across its 31 cities and counties. Visitors can explore rich historical sites, including UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites like the DMZ and Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.

Daily
Jul 17, 2024

Celebrate with a $50K Milestone Birthday Offer in Rome

With the latest trend of bespoke travel experiences, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese launched the Milestone Birthday offer, perfect for celebrating big birthdays in luxury. The five-night experience includes a curated selection of activities each offering an unforgettable celebration.

eFlyer Deals
Jul 17, 2024

AmaWaterways Has a Host of Savings Offers for 2024/2025 Sailings

AmaWaterways celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a plethora of savings offers on 2024 and 2025 sailings. Plan ahead and enjoy savings of up to 20 percent off on 46 different European itineraries. This offer can be combined with AmaWaterways’ exclusive AirPlus Promotion, letting travelers from all U.S. gateways enjoy economy airfare to Europe at $899, premium economy airfare at $2,299 or business-class airfare at $4,299.

Why Buy Trip Cancellation Insurance?

Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:

eFlyer Lead
Jul 17, 2024

What to Know About Delta Air Lines’ New Agreement with Riyadh Air

Last week, Delta Air Lines announced a new partnership with Riyadh Air, offering a range of benefits for consumer travelers between North America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond. The new agreement strengthens connectivity and increases future growth opportunities for both carriers.