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WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS
Introducing….Claire Newell
C
laire Newell is soon to be more rapid pace each day.
the face and voice of travel It is time for an authorita-
in North America. In what tive, credible voice for trav-
is expected to be a $14 Tril- el, and a commanding pres-
lion/year industry by the end ence who is the best at com-
of this decade, Claire Newell is bining media and travel.
the only known personality to There is a gap in the travel
combine expert travel informa- industry and in serving the
tion with media. She currently needs of the traveler. Claire
reaches nearly 5.5 million Newell fills it.
viewers weekly via daily
appearances as the travel con- Expertise and
sultant on Global BC Televi- Credentials
sion, and 10,000 listeners In a primarily male-
weekly on daily radio, The owned industry, Claire
Buzz of Vancouver (formerly founded the travel agency,
CFUN). She is a best-selling Jubilee Tours & Travel Ltd
author of Travel Best Bets – An (also known as Travel Best
Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Bets) in 1993 shortly after
Best Trip, Ever, which entered graduation from the Univer-
its second reprint within four sity of British Columbia.
months of publication by With sixteen years of suc-
Whitecap Books. Described as cessful operation and a staff
“the Rachel Ray of Travel’, she of 35 people, the company
is in the process of developing has been crowned the fastest
The Claire Newell Collection - growing travel agency in
a line of travel merchandise British Columbia, with
and accessories - and she antic- increasing sales each year
ipates creating a high end travel maga- for business or pleasure, travel is more and a 40% return of clientele despite
zine and a television show. complicated requiring people to some major blows to the travel indus-
become educated about flight restric- try such as the 9-11 terrorist attacks,
The Need tions, insurance, cultural differences SARS, the bankruptcy of Canada 3000,
In the 21st century, travel equates to and safety. There are more pitfalls as and the War in Iraq.
economic contribution to countries and with airlines going under or merging, Claire continues to oversee aspects
connection of communities of people. there are many rules regarding lug- of the business but primarily focuses
With globalization and media making gage, carry-ones, documentation, pets on negotiating travel deals and market-
the world smaller, people hesitate less and kids. People must know to pay ing them via television, radio and
to jump on a plane and go to Thailand, attention to the details. print. Claire keeps current on travel
Tokyo or Tennessee. Due to television, People who travel, especially kids, news by pouring through 12 – 15 trav-
books and movies, people’s curiosity is gain confidence. They try speaking el wires each day, and contributes to
peaked to visit more unique or unusu- French, Spanish, Mandarin or other her industry knowledge and advising
al locations. Interests in travel have languages. They eat Dim Sum or ability by watching and studying
changed. People used to live to work, Chicken Feet. They receive a sense of worldwide travel trends…especially
and now they are working to live. global community, experience and those in Europe, which can be predict-
Many are spending more on travel than adventure. They witness other cul- ed to hit the States and Canada (as with
retirement, and they are expecting tures, religions, and traditions and are pay per bag, pay per seat assignment).
more in their travel experience. Despite more apt to celebrate them, which is Claire was appointed as a member
SARS, 9-11 and gas prices, people are increasingly important in societies of the inaugural Travel Industry Advi-
exploring….or, they desire to. Whether where demographics are changing at a sory Group (TIAG), established in 2004
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