Mike started his journalism career on regional newspapers in the UK before joining Travel Trade Gazette International, working out of the London, Brussels and Stockholm offices. Hired by Canadian Travel Courier as Montreal editor, he immigrated to Canada in 1972. Has been in Montreal ever since, except for a brief period in Toronto where he edited Meetings and Incentive Travel. Joined Baxter Publications in 1990 when Bill Baxter acquired Travel Courier.
Mike is married to retired Air Canada flight attendant Donna and, together, they have two children – Laura and Michael – along with grandsons Jaxson and Brodie. He’s also the designated walker of Winnie the rescued English bulldog, when he’s not on the road that is.
Overall country count: About 75.
Best travel memories: Flying roundtrip from London to Beirut on a Concorde proving flight captained by legendary British Aerospace chief test pilot Brian Trubshaw, who announced on the return leg, “Ladies and gentleman, we just booted it out of Beirut and have set a new world record for a civil aircraft going from zero to mach one.”
Was also very fortunate to be invited by Elan Holidays to serve as a tour escort on a three week People’s Republic of China itinerary in 1979, when tourism there was in its infancy. Was responsible for herding 23 people and 29 bags from Tokyo to Hong Kong via Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shaoxing and Guangzhou and am pleased to report that I didn’t lose a single one of either.
Bucket list: This career has been such a slice and so full of wonderful memories that I can’t think of anything specific, except perhaps for more of the same.
IATA lauches #Eyesopen to fight human trafficking
In the four minutes it takes to boil an egg, 200 people around the world will have become victims of human trafficking. Furthermore, it’s estimated that a staggering 25 million people – or the entire population of Australia… Read >>
IATA takes the initiative with NEXTT
When one looks at the world’s top 100 airports, in terms of passenger volume, nearly all will need some sort of major infrastructure project with the next decade, but can that infrastructure be built fast enough to meet demand, given the issues related to planning approval, plus the costs and complexity of building ever-larger facilities?.. Read >>
A worrying trend
IATA takes aim at airport privatization, infrastructure costs
As expected, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac took aim at infrastructure shortcomings on this side of the Atlantic when he recently keynoted at Aviation Day USA in New York. Pulling no punches, de Juniac stated, “I believe that we are headed for an infrastructure crisis – and that includes in the US – where we expect passenger numbers to rise 57% over the next 20 years to 1.1 billion.”.. Read >>
Bent, but not broken Florida Keys, Key West get back to business
The Florida Keys & Key West ad, bearing the tagline “Bent, but not broken” speaks volumes about the can-do attitude in southernmost North America’s island chain. And the body copy backs it up: “Here in the Florida Keys, we’re always in awe of the power and beauty of Mother Nature, but Hurricane Irma truly tested what we were made of… Read >>
Get ready for the meltdown
IATA boss warns of infrastructure crisis
It’s probably just a matter of time before IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac zeroes in on the Americas for air traffic control and airport infrastructure shortcomings; not to mention out-of-control cost escalations as airport operators exploit their monopoly status… Read >>
Making it simple
ONE Order modernizing the airline reservation ecosystem
Now that IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative is well under way, the association is turning its attention to the unduly complex and outdated paper-based airline order management process… Read >>
NDC: the next phase
IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative took a “critical” leap forward last October when all three global distribution system (GDS) providers – Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport – confirmed that they will achieve the highest level of certification as aggregators by the end of this year… Read >>
Visit Florida ramps up Canadian efforts
Picks Pulse Travel marketing as its new representative
Visit Florida’s brand-new Canadian representative – Pulse Travel Marketing – hit the ground running at the state’s premier international travel show just a scant three days after the contract was inked… Read >>
Time to get ready for the future
The travel trade has just a couple of months to get used to the idea of the New Generation IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) because a progressive wave roll-out is slated to start on March 1, with worldwide implementation scheduled for the end of 2019… Read >>