Geoffrey Weill

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name:  Geoffrey Weill

Occupation:  Tourism Promotion

Hometown:  London

Residence:  Haworth, NJ


Twitter:  @geoffreytwit

Facebook:  Geoffrey Weill

Bio: Born and educated in England, Geoffrey Weill has lived in the United States since 1973. His career began with Thomas Cook, first in London, then as Assistant Manager of the Thomas Cook office on New York’s Fifth Avenue, then as Manager of the Thomas Cook office in Baltimore. His career has been entirely devoted to positions and fields related to travel.

From 1976 until 1984, Weill was Executive Director of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, in North America with primary responsibility for the Israel Government Tourist Office’s Public Relations and Advertising . From 1984 until May 1995, he directed the AJCongress International Travel Program, an outreach program to forty countries around the world, sponsored by one of America’s oldest human rights organizations.

In the summer of 1995 he opened WEILL (Geoffrey Weill Associates), a company specializing in tourism and travel-related promotion and public relations. The company has grown and broadened, and WEILL has won some 40 HSMAI public relations awards.

Geoffrey Weill is a widely published travel writer and photographer and has visited more than 90 countries. He has lectured on travel and tourism at Oxford University, England, at New York University and at a variety of United States locations. He has co-chaired two conventions of the Society of American Travel Writers. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN and a variety of local television and radio stations. He has also served as a guest lecturer aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 and guest historian aboard the MS Silver Cloud. He speaks, reads and writes four languages, and can struggle by in two more. 

How often do you fly:   75 times a year

How many countries have you been to:  100

How many continents have you been to:  All

Favorite American city:  New York

Favorite international city:  Venice

Least favorite country:  I am too polite to say

Favorite World Heritage Site:   Great Wall of China

Favorite airline:  Singapore Airlines

Favorite aircraft type:   Boeing 747 

Aisle or window:  Window

Favorite airport lounge:  Singapore Airlines at Changi

Favorite U.S. airport:  Detroit

Favorite international airport:  Tel Aviv 

Favorite hotel:  Too diplomatic to answer

Favorite cruise line:  Cunard

Favorite island:  Mnemba 

Favorite fancy restaurant:  Rules, London

Favorite hole in the wall:  Dr. Shakshuka, Jaffa

Favorite fruit:  Honeycrisp apples

Favorite food:  English Sunday Roast lunch

Least favorite food:  Raw onions and garlic

Favorite travel movie(s):   Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe 

Favorite travel show(s):   None

Favorite travel book(s):   “Pomp and Circumstance,” Noël Coward

Five things you bring on a plane:  iPad, ear plugs, sleeping mask, mouthwash, sleeping pills

What do you always seem to forget:  Business cards

Favorite travel iPhone app(s):  FlightTrack

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Bending over to look in a pool and my passport dropping out of my breast pocket into the water

What’s your dream destination:  Trieste

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!: 

Best travel tip:   Setting your watch to arrival time the minute you board the plane.

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