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When the world comes to a grinding halt, the need to look forward and plan the way ahead takes centre-stage. With this philosophy in mind, and the overarching need to bring the hospitality and tourism industry under one umbrella, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia is launching a series of webinars, #TnlOutreach, which aim to decode the travel trends of 2020-21. In the second session, editors from the global Travel + Leisure team will come together, for the first time, to discuss and predict what travellers would want After Coronavirus (AC).
Travel + Leisure Editors’ on Travel 2.0
For the global Travel + Leisure community, our readers take centre-stage and their wants shine in the limelight. With this thought in mind, the second session of the webinar will have T+L Editors from across the world come together on one platform to focus on debunking what travellers would want after the pandemic, how one could travel sustainably but safely, and whether travel content will find newer perspective in what is increasingly becoming the ‘new normal’.
Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure
Jacqueline Gifford is Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure, the preeminent voice and brand for the sophisticated traveller. Gifford was named Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure in November 2018. Most recently, she was Travel + Leisure’s Travel Director and has held various senior editorial positions since she joined the leading travel media brand in 2013. Prior to joining the team at Travel + Leisure, Gifford worked at various media outlets, including Brides and Vanity Fair. Born in Japan, and raised in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Philadelphia, Gifford has travelled the world extensively. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English and lives in New York City with her husband and young son.
Editor-in-Chief, Travel+Leisure India & South Asia
Aindrila Mitra comes with over 17 years of rich experience in media across print and digital platforms covering travel, lifestyle, luxury, fashion and beauty, etc. Mitra has been at the helm of Travel + Leisure India & SA for the past two years, licensed in India by Burda Media, a part of the billion-dollar Hubert Burda Media Group. Prior to this, Mitra spearheaded the Indian license of the globally successful, Ziff-Davis owned, AskMen.com portal, and for eight years, she was a senior editor and leading light at Bennett & Coleman’s Times Group where she was responsible for luxury and lifestyle products and launched various successful ground-zero projects like iDiva and Femina Wedding Times.
Mitra is an avid traveller herself, and closely follows the current pulse of millennial travellers. She has successfully fronted various innovations for Travel + Leisure India, resulting in the brand growing by over 300 per cent in its digital reach in 2019-20.
Chris has lived in Asia for 30 years, initially in Hong Kong and these days in Bangkok. Canadian by birth, he’s been the editor of T+L Southeast Asia for more than nine years and, like everyone else, he can’t wait to travel again.
Alejandro Ortiz “Matu”
Editor-in-Chief, Robb Report México and Travel and Leisure México; Publisher, Business & Luxury Media Group for Food and Wine en español and InStyle México
He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Robb Report México and Travel and Leisure México and Publisher at Business & Luxury Media Group for Food and Wine en español and InStyle México brands. He has worked for over 20 years in the publishing industry with some of the most important titles in the Latin America region. He was the Head of Soft News of Grupo Expansión, one of the top publishers in Mexico, where he was responsible for positioning and growing brands such as ELLE México, Quién, Life and Style and Aeromexico’s inflight magazines. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of Life and Style Magazine, the first men’s lifestyle magazine in the country where he made a successful relaunch with a strong response from readers and business partners. He was also editor of Esquire Latinoamerica at Editorial Televisa, where he wrote more than 15 cover articles and was responsible for the great regional growth of the magazine. In his first stage at Grupo Expansión, he was the editor of Quien, one of the best-selling publications in the country. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to interview a diverse range of personalities such as Leo Messi, Hugh Jackman, Rafael Nadal, John Malkovich, Roger Federer, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Usain Bolt, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Rory McIlroy, Guillermo del Toro and even Kim Kardashian! He studied Communication at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, where he was born and raised.
Senior Editor, Travel + Leisure China
As a senior editor in Travel + Leisure China, Amber has more than 10 years of working experience on travel and lifestyle industry. She has a strong ability to collect features and key messages, edit stories, and deliver to the audience accurately. She applies the new media formed used by Shanshan for all her works. Amber is good at integrating visuals and words and has a good experience of video production, feature stories and special column development too.