When she got the call to come in for a job interview at Baxter Travel Media, Ann Ruppenstein had to push it back a week as she was out of the country trekking for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda and Uganda.
Armed with a journalism degree from Ryerson University, where she also studied photography, and several years of experience working for community newspapers in Toronto, she started working for Travel Courier and Canadian Travel Press in 2015.
The Emo-born and Thunder Bay-raised writer got a taste for travel at a young age, spending her summers in Germany growing up, and now calls Toronto home.
Specialties include: destination features, trade profiles, adventure travel, luxury travel, weddings/romance.
Favourite part of the job: Aside from the travel, getting to profile some of the most influential people in the industry. A memorable highlight was flying in a private jet with Sandals Resorts’ CEO and deputy chairman Adam Stewart.
Overall country count: 26 and counting.
Best travel memory: visiting with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, trekking Machu Picchu and taking in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
What’s still on your bucket list: Antarctica, Patagonia, Ecuador/Galapagos, South Africa, Iceland, Laos, Croatia, Vietnam and the list goes on.
Leveraging Instagram in the travel business
It’s an Instagrammable world
They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, and with 800 million monthly active users, there’s no denying people are drawn to the imagery of Instagram. Seeking more insights into its users, Susan Rose, director of product marketing at Instagram, says the social media app commissioned a research company to run a study on how people are influenced by content pertaining to their interests and passions… Read >>
Love is in the air in Saint Lucia
You could say that love is in the air in Saint Lucia. The Caribbean island has been named the “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2017” by the World Travel Awards. Not only has Saint Lucia received this recognition for the fourth consecutive year, but it’s taken home the award eight out of nine times since 2009… Read >>
Don’t panic, just figure out a solution
They’re movers and shakers. Their contributions have changed and continue to change the nature of travel, both in Canada and around the world. In this week’s issue, Canadian Travel Press’ series of profiles on Women in Travel continues with Christiane Germain, the co-president and co-founder of Group Germain Hotels… Read >>
Scotland has a spirit of its own
Being a filming location for a certain popular TV show has certainly boded well for tourism to Scotland. “We cannot talk about Scotland and not talk about Outlander,” says Keith Campbell, assistant market manager – Americas for Visit Scotland. “It’s huge for Scotland. We’re developing an Outlander filming location map. We’re constantly trying to keep up to the level of demand for itineraries about Outlander.”.. Read >>
Saint Lucia seeks to inspire
Saint Lucia’s tourism minister Dominic Fedee references American rapper Ludacris when describing the unique experiences that await travellers in the Caribbean island. “Saint Lucia is easily the most exciting destination in the Caribbean,” he tells Canadian Travel Press. “There’s nowhere else in the Caribbean where you can interface with a volcano the way you can with our sulphur springs… Read >>
Call it a comeback
Travel to France is blooming
After facing some tumultuous times for tourism – leading to a global decrease in arrivals in 2016, Mélanie Paul-Hus, director for Canada at Atout France, was in Toronto recently to share the good news that travel to France is back in full bloom… Read >>
Canadians discover Ireland is a whole new experience
As tourism to Ireland continues to boom, with the island nation reporting record-breaking results for the seventh straight year, the Canadian market is doing its part to contribute to the growth, joining the ranks as a top 10 feeder market for the destination… Read >>
Feeling the vibe in Jamaica
It’s more than an island in the sun
If the essence of a destination could be captured by an artist, it just may be Jamaica and the reggae, ska and rocksteady sounds of singer-songwriter Bob Marley. Laid-back lyrics like “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing’s gonna be all right,” make for an ideal soundtrack, as vacationers bask in the sun from one of the Caribbean island’s many white-sand beaches, … Read >>