Steve Gillick

President, Talking Travel

Steve Gillick loves to travel and loves to talk to people who love to talk about travel. He’s been at it since 1967 when he visited nine European destinations on a school trip and kept a detailed diary of all his experiences. Steve worked as a tour guide, became Vice President of a tour company, experienced a stint as a full time summer camp director and then joined the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors, where he ultimately served as President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2012 Steve founded his own consultancy Talking Travel: Global Travel Training Solutions with the goal of training travel professionals to enhance their destination sales and marketing skills through customer engagement and ‘dynamic positivity’; all in the service of revenue generation. Over the years, Steve has presented at industry events across Canada, the United States, and internationally. His style has been described as energetic, electric, interactive and effective, and his use of highly creative visuals is both educational and entertaining. Steve has authored “The Travel Coach” column for Travel Industry Today since 2010 and his unique insights have appeared in Travel Market Report, Selling Travel, Dreamscapes-Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, Canadian Traveller Magazine, and others. To date, Steve has explored 72 countries and over 600 destinations. He is forever completing his first book about, what else…travel!

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