Born and educated in England, Geoffrey Weill has lived in the United States since 1973.
His career began with Thomas Cook, first in London, then as Assistant Manager of the Thomas Cook office on New York’s Fifth Avenue, then as Manager of the Thomas Cook office in Baltimore. His career has been entirely devoted to positions and fields related to travel.
From 1976 until 1984, Geoffrey was Executive Director of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, in North America with primary responsibility for the Israel Government Tourist Office’s Public Relations and Advertising. From 1984 until May 1995, he directed the AJCongress International Travel Program, an outreach program to forty countries around the world, sponsored by one of America’s oldest human rights organizations.
In the summer of 1995, he opened WEILL (Geoffrey Weill Associates), a company specializing in tourism and travel-related promotion and public relations. The company has grown and broadened, with WEILL winning some 100 HSMAI public relations awards. In 2014, Geoffrey was honored with the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Geoffrey is a widely published travel writer and photographer and has visited over 100 countries. He has lectured on travel and tourism at Oxford University, England, at New York University and at a variety of United States locations. He has co-chaired two conventions of the Society of American Travel Writers. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN and a variety of local television and radio stations. He has also served as a guest lecturer aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 and guest historian aboard the MS Silver Cloud. He speaks, reads and writes four languages, and can struggle by in two more.
In 2021, the University of Wisconsin Press published his ALL ABROAD: A Memoir of Travel and Obsession.
On this episode, Geoffrey shares his one way ticket to Venice. He also opines on the “Golden Age of Travel”, shares his fabulously unique travel poster collection, offers the meaning of “hotel pleasure”, and takes us on a journey through his deliciously written memoir.