Ninan Chacko and Gail Grimmett of Travel Leaders Group To Speak at the New York Times Travel Show

January 18, 2018

Two Travel Leaders top executives to share insights on travel trends at the 15th annual travel conference.


New York, NY (Jan. 18, 2018) — Top leadership from Travel Leaders Group will share their insights on the travel industry and its luxury segment at The New York Times Travel Show on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The 15th annual conference gathers the travel community for both industry benefit and the general public.


The Travel Industry Conference on Friday offers a comprehensive education program designed for travel professionals and features more than 20 Focus Conferences across diverse travel categories. The Focus Conferences’ all new content emphasizes one-of- a-kind experiences available for travel industry clients, and vital marketing strategies and best practices to drive revenue.


Travel Leaders CEO Ninan Chacko, CTC, leads one of North America’s largest travel companies comprised of more than a dozen brands, representing more than 40,000 travel agents and more than 7,000 travel agency locations.


Gail Grimmett is the President of Travel Leaders Luxury Brands, a collection of high-touch luxury agencies serving VIP leisure, entertainment and corporate clientele. Travel Leaders Luxury Brands are part of Travel Leaders Group and include Andrew Harper Travel, Colletts Travel, Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.


Mr. Chacko will speak on the Keynote Address: State of the Industry panel and Mrs. Grimmett will be a part of the “Focus on Luxury” panel. Details below.


Focus on Luxury


Friday, January 26
9–10:30 a.m.


Hear unique perspectives on the ever-evolving luxury niche including trends and effective marketing tools in selling one of the most lucrative travel market segments.


Moderator: James Shillinglaw, Veteran Travel Journalist and Editor in Chief, Insider Travel Report
Panelists: Gail Grimmett, President, Travel Leaders Luxury Brands, Travel Leaders Group
Ignacio Maza, Executive Vice President, Signature Travel Network
Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ted Sykes, President & COO, ‎American Queen Steamboat Company


Keynote Address: State of the Industry


Friday, January 26
12:45–1:55 p.m.


Bringing together top leaders of the travel and tourism industry to present their perspectives on solutions that will drive growth in the industry and increase satisfaction for travelers.


Moderator: James Shillinglaw, Veteran Travel Journalist and Editor in Chief, Insider Travel Report
Panelists: Ninan Chacko, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Leaders Group
Alejandro Zozaya, Chief Executive Officer, Apple Leisure Group® (ALG)
Andrew Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line
Guy Young, Global Brand Engagement Officer, The Travel Corporation
Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck


The second two days of the conference, Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28, will be open to the public and feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 500 exhibitors.


Media can sign up for credentials to attend the conference at



About Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group ( is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients through our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travelers, Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. With over 7,000 agency locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry’s largest traditional travel agency companies.

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