Mission Statement
Travel Market Report is an online business publication that serves as an independent forum and voice for retail travel sellers around the globe. We provide in-depth coverage and analysis of news and trends affecting leisure and corporate travel agents, along with practical business advice and insights into key growth markets. The editors are guided by an independent Editorial Advisory Board whose members represent a cross-section of the retail travel industry in North America. Launched in 2009 by American Marketing Group, Travel Market Report delivers news updates by email to nearly 40,000 subscribers.
Editorial Staff

Robin Amster

Executive Editor ramster@travelmarketreport.com

Robin Amster has been writing about the travel industry since the 1980s. She has also written about hotels, meetings and incentive travel, aviation, business travel, tour operators and a wide range of destinations as both a staff editor and a contributing writer. Robin is a former hotel editor for Travel Weekly, senior editor for Travel Agent and managing editor for Hotel & Resort Industry. Her work has appeared in Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, TravelAge and Hotels Magazine. She also writes about travel, lifestyle and interior design for consumer magazines, newspapers and websites. Her interior design and fashion writing earned her two New Jersey Press Association awards!

Andrew Sheivachman

Managing Editor asheivachman@travelmarketreport.com

Andrew Sheivachman graduated in 2010 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Before joining Travel Market Report, he covered the hotel industry for Hotel Management Magazine and wrote about Las Vegas travel for Travel Agent Magazine and Luxury Travel Advisor. His work also has appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Sun and Patch.com.

Michele McDonald

Technology Editor mmcdonald@amc-comm.com

Michele McDonald is editor and publisher of Travel Technology Update, an industry newsletter for distribution and revenue management professionals in the travel industry. She also is a contributing writer and webcast moderator for Air Transport World and writes frequently on distribution and technology issues. She has covered the travel industry for more than 25 years, with emphases on the airline industry, technology and distribution. Previously, she was editor of Travel Distribution Report and managing editor of Travel Weekly.

Daniel Levine

Trends Editor-at-Large Daniel.Levine@AvantGuide.com

Trends expert Daniel Levine is director of the Avant-Guide Institute trends consultancy; global editor of the social trends website WikiTrend.org, and leader of an international team of more than 9,000 trend spotters who research and chronicle the latest ideas, products and experiences from around the globe. As a consultant, Daniel helps tourism and other consumer-oriented businesses be more innovative, inspirational and profitable.  Daniel started his career writing 10 of Frommer's top-selling travel guide books.

Harvey Chipkin

Meetings & Incentives Editor hchipkin@travelmarketreport.com

Harvey Chipkin has been writing about the travel business for many years, with a focus on the hospitality industry, the meetings and incentive market, and the travel agency profession. His work has appeared in Convene, Lodging Magazine, Hotel News Now, ASTA Agency Management, Travel Weekly, Travel Professional magazine, the website Luxury Travel 360, Hotelier (in Canada) and many others. His editorial work as a contributor to Frequent Flyer Magazine garnered several top journalism awards. While Harvey has specialized in the hotel industry in recent years, he has a long history of writing about the concerns and issues of the travel agent community. Harvey also performs improvisational comedy in New Jersey with his group, Lunatic Fringe; and in New York at Sunday Night Improv.

Marilee Crocker

Editor-at-Large mcrocker@travelmarketreport.com

Marilee Crocker is a business and travel trade journalist who has covered the travel and meeting planning industries for various publications since the 1980s. She was managing editor of Travel Weekly and Meetings & Conventions magazine, and a senior contributing editor to Travel Professional. Marilee's in-depth reporting on industry and consumer trends has earned her multiple editorial accolades, including Folio Gold and Silver awards for excellence in reporting. Her interest in home-based business inspired Marilee to launch biz@home, a twice-monthly newspaper column that ran for many years and was nationally syndicated. Marilee lives on Cape Cod!

Editorial Advisory Board

Travel Market Report’s Editorial Advisory Board was established in 2011 to provide the editors with the uncensored input and guidance of industry leaders. The Board supports Travel Market Report in fulfilling its charter as the Voice of the Travel Seller.

The Advisory Board meets quarterly with Travel Market Report editors to:

  • Provide feedback and ideas about overall editorial content and direction
  • Recommend story ideas, areas of coverage, and website improvements
  • Explore how Travel Market Report might better serve as an advocate and resource for readers.

The Advisory Board is made up of travel sellers who represent a cross-section of the travel agency industry. Members serve at the invitation of Travel Market Report for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal.


2014 Advisory Board Members

Marlys Aballi, Owner, Connection to Cruise, Redlands, Calif. (NEST)

Sandy Anderson, Owner, Riverdale Travel, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Travel Leaders)

Csilla Dali, Global Voyages, Inc., Chicago (unaffiliated)

Jennifer Doncsecz, CTIE, VIP Vacations, Inc., Bethlehem, Penn. (Affluent Traveler Collection)

Tony Fragapane, General Manager, Voyages Concierge Deluxe Travel, Montreal (TRAVELSAVERS)

Colleen Gillette, Owner, New Paltz Travel, New Paltz, NY (TRAVELSAVERS)

Scott Koepf, Vice President of Sales, Avoya Travel, San Diego (American Express)

Richard Vanderlubbe, President, tripcentral.ca, Hamilton, Ontario

Andi McClure Mysza, Co-President, Montrose Travel; President, MTravel, Montrose, Calif. (Ensemble)

Kate Murphy, CTA, President, Wings Travel Group, Blue Bell, Penn. (Vacation.com)

Gary Silverstein, Mann Travels, Charlotte, N. Carol. (Signature)

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President, Valerie Wilson Travel, New York (Virtuoso)