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Business Class is a podcast for people who love travel and hate working - those looking to make a living of traveling well. We host smart conversations with interesting people who built satisfying careers in the tourism workplace.

Business Class: The Tourism Academy Podcast Stephen Ekstrom

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Business Class is a podcast for people who love travel and hate working - those looking to make a living of traveling well. We host smart conversations with interesting people who built satisfying careers in the tourism workplace.

    Al Hutchinson Talks Leadership, Innovation & Diversity

    Al Hutchinson Talks Leadership, Innovation & Diversity

    Al Hutchinson joined Visit Baltimore as president and CEO in November 2016. As the chief executive of the city’s official destination sales and marketing organization, he is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Baltimore to leisure travelers and convention business, while demonstrating the impact of tourism on the city and state.
    Hutchinson boasts more than 27 years of experience in the destination marketing industry and has earned recognition for his leadership throughout his career. Most recently, he was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s 2019 Most Admired CEOs in Maryland.
    Hutchinson is a Richmond, Virginia native and proud University of Alabama alumni. Alongside his wife Unae, he is the proud father of Asia and Jalen Hutchinson. Outside of work, Hutchinson enjoys listening to jazz music and rooting for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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    First Nation Culture on PEI's Lennox Island

    First Nation Culture on PEI's Lennox Island

    Lennox Island is a 540-hectacre island on the Malpeque Bay off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It's a place where visitors and locals go to learn about the art, artisans, history and culture of the Mi'kmaq people who call this tiny island home. Recently, The Tourism Academy's Stephen Ekstrom sat down with Jamie Thomas, Cultural Director. 
    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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    • 28 min
    PEI Watercolor Lesson with Julia Purcell

    PEI Watercolor Lesson with Julia Purcell

    Julia Purcell has been living and breathing drawing and painting ever since her university days. She shares her passion for art and her beloved Prince Edward Island by opening the doors to her gallery to tourists and those who are eager to learn during one of her classes. Here's what happened when The Tourism Academy's Chief Strategist, Stephen Ekstrom, joined her for a lesson.  
    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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    Creating Moments With Treehouses & Fairies

    Creating Moments With Treehouses & Fairies

    She decided one day that owning a campground and treehouse resort would be the best way to help other families reconnect with each other while disconnecting from the countless distractions we face in everyday life. Here's Jennifer Winder from Miramichi Treehouses' story. 
    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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    Marketing Fun & Education With Noemie from Croisieres AML

    Marketing Fun & Education With Noemie from Croisieres AML

    Promoting tourism is unlike any other product - smart marketers, like today's guest, Noémie Cousineau from Canada's leading sightseeing cruise company, Croisières AML, explains on this episode of The Tourism Academy's Business Class Podcast.
    Croisières AML offers a wide variety of experiences on the water including dining, zodiak excursions, whale watching, city tours of Quebec and Montreal and more. 




     
    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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    • 22 min
    Chris Thompson, Brand USA - A Leadership Profile

    Chris Thompson, Brand USA - A Leadership Profile

    Chris Thompson, President & CEO of Brand USA, joins The Tourism Academy's Chief Strategist, Stephen Ekstrom, to share what it means to promote travel to the US as an international export.
    Chris describes what he sees as the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the the tourism industry. During the chat, Chris describes his own professional journey, mentors he's found and how he sees himself as a mentor to others.

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    Business Class is brought to you by The Tourism Academy - harnessing the power of science, business psychology and adult education to advance the tourism industry and build sustainable economies. Learn how to engage your community, win over stakeholders and get more visitors at tourismacademy.org. 
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