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
Residence: Haworth, NJ
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 JohnnyJet.com, of course!: Expedia.com
Best travel tip: Setting your watch to arrival time the minute you board the plane.