John Clifford

John Clifford

John’s big city roots, hailing from New York, combined with his globetrotting adventures in his late teens, have lead him to become one of the leading travel advisors around, with an affinity for design & style, off the beaten track. In the mid 90’s when the LGBT travel market started to take off, his destiny called, and his peers began take note. After Co-Chairing the IGLTA San Diego convention in 1994, Travel Agent Magazine named him one of “The Next Generation” a youthful breed of smart & savvy travel consultants who were early to adopt new technology.

Soon after, John saw an opportunity to focus solely on exotic journeys and founded what is now his boutique, luxury travel advisory business, which has been honored by dozens of respected travel publications, television shows, blogs, and magazines. John has written feature articles for gay travel sites and magazines, as well as the award-winning, exclusive VIRTUOSO LIFE Magazine, where he personally crafted a dream trip to Sicily named “An Insider’s Tour.”

The BBC tapped him as an authority for their Fast Track TV program, on the growing phenomenon of Design Hotels, which is now one of his key areas of expertise. His unique eye for style and point-of-view have been sought out by dozens of prestigious media outlets, including CNN GO, Forbes, Inc., Matchbox Magazine, Millionaire Asia, TATLER, GADLING, and The Huffington Post. He’s also been honored as a top travel advisor by Travel Age West Magazine and named to Travel+Leisure’s A-List All Stars.

With an ear to the ground, he’s always seeking out under-the-radar boutique and design hotels, and his Black Book is a Who’s-Who in the hotel industry, filled with top hotel owners and general managers with whom he keeps close-ties with to stay up-to-the-minute on what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next.

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