Global Travel Media Team
Australian Editorial Team
Publisher / Editor-In-Chief
e-Global Travel Media’s Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Stephen Morton, brings over thirty years of experience in the travel industry. Working in every aspect of the travel trade – from travel wholesalers, airlines to working in a family owned travel business – Stephen was also the founder of e-Travel Blackboard, which under his direction, became Australia’s number one daily travel news service.
Expanding the electronic news service beyond Australasia to an international distribution and readership, Stephen and his team of experienced travel trade journalists are now delivering the world’s most comprehensive and dependable travel industry news bulletins each day.
Managing Editor – Australasia
e-Global Travel Media’s Managing Editor, Peter Needham, has long been considered one of Australasia’s foremost tourism writers and columnists. Over the past 20 years, Peter has written for many major publications in Australia and Asia, both consumer and trade, including weekend newspaper travel supplements, magazines, dedicated travel titles and websites.
Peter’s background includes seven years as Editor of Inside Tourism – at the time, Australia’s only weekly travel industry publication, and other editorial roles with Traveltrade (Australia), Australian Associated Press (Sydney Bureau), Reuters(UK), and the Los Angeles Times / Washington Post News Service (European Bureau, London). Peter was also a reporter for The Guardian (London).
Journalist and publisher Ian Mcintosh has spent a lifetime exploring the globe. His national full colour travel trade publication, Travelnews Australia, won a prestigious national Telstra Business Award. Now retired, Ian is still an avid traveller. His most recent exploit was hanging on for dear life as an elephant called Bo took him for a ride in Thailand – straight into a pond of murky water. Special interests include small ship cruising and good value hotels in Europe.
In a Media and Public Relations career spanning more than 35 years Savage has worked as both a journalist and communications specialist. He started his media career as a general news and feature writer for national state and regional media including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, Cumberland Newspaper Group and Australian Associated Press.
He also worked as an on air presenter for Channels 9 and 10 and as a reporter, presenter and producer for radio stations, 2UE, 2UW, 2WS the ABC and all their affiliated networks. Savage is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Although still enjoying the ever increasing challenges of travel “spin” the return to a travel writing role ads another dimension to his lifestyle. Savage has been a recipient of many Public Relations, Marketing and Tourism Awards during his career.
Cruise Editor, Producer and Presenter of GTMTV on location
John Alwyn-Jones is one of Australia and the region’s most recognised and well known travel industry personalities and travel journalists and he is also a cruise specialist, now re-joining Global Travel Media as cruise editor and to undertake other editorial and partnership activities.
John has a long track record in the industry including working in the UK with Wales Tourist Board and the National Trust, with the Wales Tourist Board/British Tourist Authority in the USA and Australia, and he also worked in management consulting with Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, KPMG and also his own business, in addition to a number of senior roles including with Tourism New South Wales.
He has been in the world of media, journalism and broadcasting for the last ten years or so and is well known for being “The Mole” when he ran Travel Mole in this region, then joining eTravel Blackboard, Global Travel Media, followed by a short time back at eTravel Blackboard, before rejoining Global Travel Media as Cruise Editor, Correspondent, Producer and Presenter of GTMTV on location and other initiatives, including from time to time providing his sometimes controversial views on the industry!
Business Tourism Editor
e-Global Travel Media’s Business Tourism Editor, Jill Walsh, first began her career in journalism in Perth, W.A. in the early 1990s.
Now based in Melbourne, Jill has written articles for a number of business tourism titles, lifestyle and leisure magazines, and Sunday newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Jill covers business tourism for the interactive news service in Australia and abroad, where she often attends the world’s leading trade shows on behalf of the team.
Training Insights Contributor
Richard (Rick) has a true international background. Born in Toronto, Canada, he was raised in Chicago, and London, and subsequently has lived and worked in 8 countries. After some years in Europe, The Gulf and Asia, he now lives in Brisbane, Australia and works worldwide.
Richard’s career has been valuably varied. He has served with Qantas, KLM, Dubai Petroleum Company, and Emirates.
He incorporates his valuable background into writing and training on Leadership, Sales and Customer service subjects. He brings innovative and creative ideas to his training that engage his audiences. He has delivered hundreds of presentations in over 55 countries.
Richard develops timely analogies and ‘themes’ for writing and training, that his readers and participants connect with quickly and use to accelerate and enhance their learning. Familiar with all media, he appears on radio and TV shows around world talking about leadership and customer issues. He looks forward to making regular contributions to Global Travel Media.
Editor at Large
My role is to bring you the most up-to-date news from the ground and in the air, with real examples and experiences that are relevant to every travel professional.
Get insights and reviews of airlines, hotels, tours and cruises as we cut through the hype. With over 15 years of travel experiences to draw on and compare to the latest offerings, we’ll see which providers are going the extra mile to attract and keep their customers.
David has worked in the industry for 39 years, these years have mainly been in the Sales and Marketing area for Tour wholesalers as an employee or contractor.
With his business of the last 10 years, “With You in Travel Marketing”, Principal of this representation company and recently started Ride The World (Australia), a motorcycle touring representation company.
David has been a part-time and full-time lecturer at St George and Loftus TAFEs providing courses in Selling Skills, Technology in the Travel Industry and guest presentations on China, Hong Kong and Macau.
In the trade area he has worked with his clients to produce and present training programs to different levels from retail travel consultant to travel wholesalers. He has also presented a trade events to groups of retail travel agency staff for a variety of different destinations.
He has worked with Taiwan Tourism and Jordan Tourism as they have developed and maintained their reach into the Travel industry.
In his roles for his clients, David has escorted Media groups to China and Jordan, been involved with and given presentations to the Australian Society of Travel Writers whose members are writers and journalists.
David’s contact with the consumers has involved attendance at Travel shows around the country to presentations for clients.
David has been the President of SKAL International Sydney South Club for the last 2 years.
David brings with him a knowledge of the industry in the trade, media and consumer areas.
Pongsak Kanittanon was born in Bangkok and graduated from Chiang Mai University in Thailand, he has been living in Sydney Australia for more than 30 years.
Pongsak worked in the travel industry for many years. For the last ten years he was the Public Relations Manager for Tourism Authority of Thailand at the Sydney Office.
India and South Asia Editorial Team
Anand Katti and Madhura Katti
Managing Editors – India & South Asia
e-Global Travel Media’s Managing Editors, India, Anand & Madhura Katti are associated with Indian tourism industry since 22 years, first as professionals and then as travel and food writers, columnists and documentary film makers.
As long standing and respected travel & food writers in India, they have travelled across the world and have contributed to major dailies, lifestyle magazines, in-flight periodicals in India and abroad.
A&M were India correspondents for TTG Asia Media, Asia’s leading travel trade publication for 14 years.
They have also contributed for four years to Aviation International News (AIN) on commercial, business and defense aviation.
They have received many industry awards and National Tourism Award.
Thailand and South East Asia Editorial Team
Contributing Editor South East Asia
Reinhard Hohler from Germany has travel in his blood. If not on tours, he finds time to write about his travel adventures and tour experiences. Based in Chiang Mai, he also covers tourism related news for Chiang Mai Post, Chiang Mai Mail, ASEAN Today and some other on-line travel services.
Since 2002, he intensively writes about the tourism developments in the Greater Mekong-Subregion (GMS), comprising China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Sometimes, he even ventures into Island Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Contributing Editor – Thailand
Andrew J Wood (53) has been at the forefront of Thai Tourism since his arrival in the Kingdom in the early 1990′s. Andrew has been linked with many of Thailand’s finest hotel’s including the famed Shangri-La and the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
A passionate hotelier and a Skalleague. Andrew is currently President, Skal International Thailand and is an enthusiastic environmental advocate for green policies in tourism and an avid writer in his spare time.
Social and Hospitality Editor
Earth Saiswang, joins Global Travel Media as the Social and Hospitality Editor, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Earth Saiswang, brings over 25 years experience in hotels, public relations with some of Bangkok’s prestigious hotels, Central Hotels & Resorts (Currently Centara Hotels & Resorts), Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza and Grand Sukhumvit Sofitel and is the current President of the Hotel Public Relations Association of Thailand. Earth Saiswang is also a TV Host for Bangkok Society (on Bangkok city Channel).
Based in Bangkok, Earth has written articles for numerous, lifestyle and leisure magazines in the region.
Earth Saiswang covers social events and hospitality for many high end magazines.
Global Travel Media Americas Editorial Team
Managing Editor – The Americas
e-Global Travel Media’s North and South American editor,Matthew Thomas, was the former editor of The Americas for Travel blackboard as well as the editor for Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.
Also a prominent member of a number of prestigious organisations including the Board of Governors of the World Centre and the Board of Directors of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Matthew now covers the latest developments and news within the American travel industry.
Business Development/Travel Editor
Hawaii & Japan
No one could be better suited to represent e-Global Travel in Hawaii and Japan than Arlynne.
Arlynne was born in Hawaii and raised and educated in Japan. She then began a long and successful hospitality career based in Hawaii with a focus on serving the Japanese traveler.
Arlynne is truly a perfect blend of East and West. Her understanding and appreciation of the Japanese people and culture and her “aloha spirit” which she shares so freely and naturally perfectly qualifies her to be the conduit bringing Australian, New Zealand and guests from all parts of the globe to her two favorite places, Hawaii and Japan.
Global Travel Media Sales Team
Karuna Laosakhul (Yves)
Partnership Manager Thailand
Global Travel Media’s Partnership Manager Thailand, Karuna Laosakhul has joined the team, after working with OTA’s and Destination Management Companies upon completing her studies.
Also travelling since a young age and well-versed on cultural relations Yves will become a key player in Global Travel Media’s expansion strategy plans throughout South East Asia.