The Gift of Gab

Travel and tourism is the talk of the town

By: Kenneth Shapiro

As we bring this issue to press, the Travel Industry Association of America’s International Pow Wow is just wrapping up. Thousands of industry representatives from all over the world visited Los Angeles for the week for an annual event that brings together travel suppliers and buyers.

A result of having all these travel industry professionals in one place was that travel and tourism was the talk of the town on television, in the newspapers and on radio. (Even our own Executive Editor, Theresa Masek, could be heard on KPCC, a local NPR station.)

I’m sure there are plumbers who love to talk shop, or doctors, or accountants, or teachers. But I’ve come to believe that when it comes to talking about work, nobody has it better than those of us fortunate enough to be working in the travel industry.

Whether it’s telling stories about where we’ve been, or discussing that dream trip that’s still down the road, or there’s no shortage of fascinating topics. And there’s nobody better to share it with than someone who shares your passion for travel, and who can provide insight into the industry.

At TravelAge West, we hope that’s what our magazine is to you a pal who understands the business issues you face, and who is always ready to share a good yarn.

So please do continue to let us know what’s on your mind by e-mailing us at After all, there’s nothing more inspiring than good conversation between friends.