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Radio Guest List — ITB Berlin with Qatar Airways — March 11, 2017

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26344This week the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show comes from ITB Berlin in Germany. While at the convention, Peter covers the unveiling of Qatar Airways‘ new business class seating. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, shares some exciting information about Qatar’s diverse fleet and upcoming joint ventures. Travel writer and speaker Doug Lansky talks about the need to better welcome travelers to the United States as a means to create a better overall visitor experience. George Stone, Appointed Editor-in-Chief at National Geographic Travel, shares some of his favorite travel destinations and his “not spots” as well. Brian Kelly, CEO & Founder of The Points Guy, gives his biggest piece of advice concerning points travel. There’s all of that and more when the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts from the ITB in Berlin, Germany.

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Doug Lansky, travel writer and speaker, talks about the need to better welcome travelers to the United States as a means to create a better overall visitor experience. He and Peter discuss easy ways to improve travel and entice visitors back to the States.

Costas Christ, Travel Writer and Editor-At-Large for National Geographic Traveler, speaks to Peter about sustainability and the importance of being a conservationist traveler. Nat Geo needs all the “Green Soldiers” it can get, and thankfully, he notes that people are doing increasing amounts of research to choose tour operators who respect the environment.

Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation, shares his delight in the diversity and vibrancy of the modern travel industry evidenced at the ITB, despite the pervasively negative political climate around the world.

Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, shares some exciting information about Qatar’s diverse fleet and upcoming joint ventures. He states the importance of not overstretching, but that’s becoming increasingly difficult as a queue of airport CEOs is requesting Qatar expansion. In more relaxing news, he talks about the airline’s new patented business class seats.

Bruce Simpson, Managing Director at North Island, Seychelles Wilderness Safaris, sheds light on his program at North Island, which uses high-end luxury to drive conservation efforts on the island. He discusses the jump to a higher level of tourism and the process of bringing endemic species back to an island overrun with invasives.

George Stone, Appointed Editor-in-Chief at National Geographic Travel, shares some of his favorite travel destinations and his “not spots” as well. Find out where Spain, Nordic countries, Vietnam, and Thailand fall on his lists.

Brian Kelly, CEO and Founder of The Points Guy, gives his biggest piece of advice concerning points travel: don’t hoard. Holding onto points decreases their value over time and airline capacity is not increasing at the rate that frequent flyer miles are being pumped into existence.

Tim O’Donoghue, Executive Director of the Riverwind Foundation, explains how Jackson Hole, Wyoming is evolving to make its tourism-based industry a sustainable tourism-based economy in order to protect the things that make Jackson Hole special. He is facing challenges due to the limited resources available for the staggering numbers of visitors, preserving the area’s biodiversity, and making sure the air and water stays clean.

Mark Thornton, Creator of Mark Thornton Safaris & Two Time Winner of the Nat Geo Adventure Best Tour Operator on Earth, talks about Tanzania’s large unspoiled wilderness and his effort to leave no trace behind as he leads visitors through these pristine areas.

By Mara Marski for PeterGreenberg.com

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