TL TALKS GLOBAL: The world in the height of transformation

Leaders from different markets unite to discuss the key to creating a new and innovative future.

• Filip Boyen: CEO – Forbes Travel Guide (UK)
• Valerie Ann Wilson: Founder – Valerie Wilson Travel(USA)
• Chris Blackwell: Founder – Island Records and Island Outpost Hotels (Jamaica)
• Zachary Rabinor: CEO – Journey Mexico (Mexico)
• Sylvio de Barros: Executive and angel investor in digital companies across the USA and Brazil (Brazil)


Filip Boyen

He is a global leader in the world of tourism with a career spanning more than three decades in luxury hospitality that led him to be CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Before that, he spent 18 years at Orient-Express, a famous precursor to the Belmond brand, first as general manager of Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in Tahiti, then as Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for Orient-Express. In addition, his various roles included Regional Vice President, Africa, Australia and Latin America. At TL Talks he will elaborate on the process of updating the training of world tourism leaders to adapt to the new requirements.

Valerie Ann Wilson

After more than 35 years in the travel industry, she is still as passionate about her work as she was the day she opened the doors of Valerie Wilson Travel in New York in 1981. Under the leadership of Valerie, along with her two daughters, Jennifer Wilson Buttigieg and Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-chairs and owners, the company is one of the largest private family travel agencies in the United States. Valerie Wilson Travel has become a powerhouse in the travel industry and is frequently cited and nominated for awards by the most recognized international publications such as Travel Weekly, Virtuoso, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, Forbes, among others.

Chris Blackwell

London-born Chris Blackwell has become the face of Jamaica and a world icon. The Island Records founder signed reggae artists such as;  Lee “Scratch” Perry, Burning Spear and The Wailers, as well as the legendary Bob Marley and U2. After selling the record company, he transitioned his career and bought his first hotel in the Bahamas. Today Blackwell is co-CEO of Island Outpost hotels, a portfolio that includes the celebrated GoldenEye, a 52-hectare hotel where Ian Fleming wrote the novel,  James Bond. Since its opening in 2010, the hotel has hosted Jude Law, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and other close friends. At TL Talks Chris will speak about the hotels being more isolated and located in exotic destinations and why they have the potential to be the future of tourism.

Zachary Rabinor

He has always been enchanted by Mexico’s vibrant culture. In 2003 he founded a company specialized in travel to share his love for the country with travelers from all over the world. Under his leadership, Journey Mexico quickly became the dominant Mexican travel
company in the market, serving leading companies, as well as several top educational and nonprofit institutions. Journey Mexico is the exclusive receptive operator for the world’s most recognized travel brands and continues to grow along with Mexico’s reputation as an international destination, collecting awards and nominations by Travel + Leisure, Virtuoso, CondéNast Traveler, National Geographic, Travesías, among others. He is a reference for the path that Mexican travelers will follow after the pandemic.

Sylvio de Barros

He graduated with a degree in business administration and after working as an executive in General Motors, Chevrolet and Volkswagen, he founded the company Webmotors. At a time when the internet was still unfamiliar, he created a website for his business that became one of the most important Brazilian online portals in the sector. Ten years ago, after selling the company to Itaú, Sylvio created iCarros, which was so successful that it took the lead from its predecessor. Today Sylvio is at the forefront of zFlow, a technology startup focused on enabling e-commerce in the automotive market. His role in the conversation is to show the traveler’s side, who will soon return to tourism and how technology can play a part in the current scenario.
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