FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2013
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Tony D'Astolfo to Lead PhoCusWright as Managing Director
New York, NY USA, July 18, 2013 – Travel industry research authority PhoCusWright Inc., a division of Northstar Travel Media, announces the appointment of Tony D'Astolfo as the company's managing director. An industry veteran, D'Astolfo brings strong executive leadership experience, rich expertise in travel and technology, and a passion for moving the industry forward. As managing director, he will build on the strength of PhoCusWright's premier research and events to foster growth and expand the company's global reach. "We are delighted to welcome a proven leader with the vision and knowledge needed to guide PhoCusWright's next chapter," said Bob Sullivan, executive vice president, Travel Group, Northstar Travel Media. "Tony joins a talented team, and we look forward to seeing the business continue to grow and thrive under his leadership." D'Astolfo most recently served as chief sales officer for next-generation car service GroundLink. Prior to that, he was instrumental in fueling substantial growth as senior vice president, travel services at Rearden Commerce, where he assembled and led a team that built a distribution network of over 50 travel management companies and added 7,000 customers. His record of success in the corporate travel space began with B2B e-commerce leader GetThere, where he served most recently as senior vice president under Sabre Holdings. Prior to GetThere, he spent more than 19 years in leadership roles at United Airlines. A frequent speaker at travel industry conferences around the world, he is also the author of the popular travel industry blog CarryingOn. "PhoCusWright is one of the most respected brands in travel," said D'Astolfo. "I'm thrilled and honored to be leading the company in this exciting next phase of its evolution."
About PhoCusWright Inc.
PhoCusWright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, PhoCusWright fosters smart strategic planning, tactical decision-making and organizational effectiveness. PhoCusWright delivers qualitative and quantitative research on the evolving dynamics that influence travel, tourism and hospitality distribution. Our marketplace intelligence is the industry standard for segmentation, sizing, forecasting, trends, analysis and consumer travel planning behavior. Every day around the world, senior executives, marketers, strategists and research professionals from all segments of the industry value chain use PhoCusWright research for competitive advantage. To complement its primary research in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia, PhoCusWright produces several high-profile conferences in the United States and Germany, and partners with conferences in China and Singapore. Industry leaders and company analysts bring this intelligence to life by debating issues, sharing ideas and defining the ever-evolving reality of travel commerce. The company is headquartered in the United States with Asia Pacific operations based in India and local analysts on five continents.
About Northstar Travel Media
Northstar Travel Media is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, PhoCusWright, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Your Travel Insider and Luxury Cruise News. Northstar's electronic directories – Travel Weekly's Hotel and Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and successful Meetings Facilities Search – provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally. In addition to its directories and periodicals, Northstar publishes a number of online subscription information resources, including The Beat, Travel Weekly Plus, Travel42, STAR Service Online, Travel Weekly Plus, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24. Northstar produces more than 20 face-to-face events including The PhoCusWright Conference, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace, M&C InterAct, Successful Meetings Universities, The Beat Live, Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums.
Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries. Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.
Northstar Travel Media, LLC is a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies LLC, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.