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ArnieWeissmann
From the Window Seat
Arnie Weissmann
Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly
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Arnie Weissmann is editor in chief of Travel Weekly, the industry’s primary source of news, research, analysis and opinion, and is editorial director of Northstar Travel Media’s Travel Group, which includes Travel Weekly China and Travel Weekly Asia.

Weissmann has twice been recognized by the American Society of Travel Agents as Journalist of the Year and his work has received national recognition from American Business Media and the American Society of Business Press Editors.

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Mark Pestronk
Legal Briefs
Mark Pestronk
Contributing Editor
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Mark Pestronk is engaged in the private practice of law with the Law Offices of Mark Pestronk, P.C., The Travel Law Office, in Washington, DC. He has 40 years’ experience in representing travel agencies and other travel companies in industry-related matters and is one of the few lawyers nationwide whose practice is solely devoted to travel industry concerns.

For 24 years, he has been the "Legal Briefs" columnist for Travel Weekly. He also is a popular speaker at industry-related meetings, seminars, and conferences, including Travel Weekly's events.

Pestronk has been chairman of the North American Section of the International Federation of Travel and Tourism Advocates. He holds the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell lawyers rating service and an "excellent" rating from the Avvo lawyers rating service. A native of New York City, Pestronk holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in international relations and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia. He is also one of the top all-time money winners on the TV game show “Jeopardy”.

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Richard Turen
Reality Check
Richard Turen
Senior Contributing Editor
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Richard Turen owns Churchill & Turen, an award-winning, luxury-vacation firm. Travel + Leisure has named Turen one of the country's best "bespoke" travel planners, and Conde Nast Traveler named him a Superstar Generalist in its most recent list of Top Travel Specialists. He has also won many "World's Best" travel awards from Conde Nast Traveler.

Turen has been a syndicated food and travel writer for more than twenty years and currently owns and edits TravelTruth.com.

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Danny King
Checking In
Danny King
Senior Editor
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Since joining the staff in 2011 as its reporter covering the hospitality industry, Los Angeles-based Danny King has reported on trends related to the global lodging industry while branching out to cover travel technology and peer-to-peer travel services. His column on hotels and hospitality appears regularly in Travel Weekly

King previously served as Bloomberg News’ West Coast consumer reporter from 2004 and 2007. Prior to that he was the real estate reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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Charlie Funk
It's Like This
Charlie Funk
Contributing Editor
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Charlie Funk is CEO of Just Cruisin’ Plus, a travel agency specializing in bespoke travel and vacations. Funk was named Travel Agent of the Year in 2003 and was elected to the CLIA Hall of Fame in 2012. He has co-authored three books on travel agency management; consulted with agencies across North America in marketing, sales and operations; and conducts seminars on travel agency management for travel agency associations, groups, and consortia.

Funk holds a degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, which he used in engineering and management capacities prior to entering the travel business full time.

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Carrie Finley-Bajak
Going Social
Carrie Finley-Bajak
Contributing Editor
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Carrie Finley-Bajak is a social media consultant who specializes in building travel industry branding online. She also is Chief Experience Officer at Cruise Buzz, where she shares tips, news and trends about people, ports and cruise ships. 

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Siew Hoon Yeoh
Postcards from Asia
Siew Hoon Yeoh
Editorial Director Northstar Travel Media Asia
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Yeoh Siew Hoon, editorial director of Northstar Travel Media Asia, is the founder and editor of Web in Travel, a content and community platform for online travel professionals in the Asia-Pacific region.