From backpackers to luxury cruises to disaster tourism and self-discovery, our discussion on the American travel industry was more than full of our it’s utopias and dystopias! At front and center of our conversation is the iconic tour guide, Frommer’s ‘Europe On $5 A Day’ which was published in 1957 and produced a tidal wave of travel for the American middle class, changing the planet and creating opportunities for understanding, for resentment and for a desire to get up and go out there!
Meet Our Panelists
Elizabeth Becker – Journalist and award-winning author of “Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism.” She has reported on international and national affairs as a correspondent at the New York Times and the Washington Post and was the senior foreign editor of National Public Radio.
Jason Cochran – Award-winning travel journalist, pop historian, consumer reporter. and the Editor-in-Chief of Frommers.com. He has written extensively for the The New York Times, Budget Travel (as senior editor), USA Today, Travel + Leisure and much more.
Mimi Sheller -Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research & Policy at Drexel University. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities. Her forthcoming book “Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed and Modernity“ explores trade and the largescale movement of society.
Martha Sheridan – CEO of Providence Warick Convention & Visitors Bureau in Rhode Island whose mission is to promote and develop the local economy to a united visitor sector. She is also currently Chair of Destination Marketing Association International.