GENEVA — Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold CEO John Boulding has announced he’s retiring from the top spot at The Travel Corporation brands, making way for new CEO Ulla Hefel Bohler. The move takes effect later this year.
A familiar face at The Travel Corporation industry events across Canada, Boulding championed the Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold brands as well as the importance of travel and the key partnerships The Travel Corporation has with the retail trade. Addressing travel agents at an Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold industry event in Toronto this past March, Boulding pointed to strong sales from the Canadian market, noting that it’s been “the best year ever out of Canada”, with business back to booming and people travelling again.
When it comes to luxury travel, “it’s the nuances that matter”, he said. Boulding called Luxury Gold by Insight Vacations, launched in 2015, one of the company’s “big success stories” with 38 escorted journeys that deliver private VIP experiences across Europe, North and South America, India, Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Boulding got his start with The Travel Corporation in 1979 when he was hired by Contiki. In 1985 he was named Marketing Manager for Insight Vacations, a position he held for seven years. After a brief detour away from the company, he was back in 1997 as President and CEO of Insight Vacations.
In a report from Travel Weekly in Australia, Brett Tollman, The Travel Corporations’s Global CEO, said, “John’s hard work, commitment, and dedication are worthy of admiration and he will be greatly missed by us all.”