Ethan Gelber

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Director of Editorial

Ethan Gelber is a professional freelance writer and editor, communications strategist, content marketer and translator of more than 20 years and scores of projects focused on travel, culture and education. He specializes in responsible and sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.

His most recent endeavors involving these passions include co-founding, a community-powered platform for identifying, celebrating and distributing excellent travel content; tackling projects as Director of Content for RW Social, which produces the New York Travel Festival, an immersive event (now in its third year) for a new generation of travelers; and editing The Travel Word, a website he founded that showcases responsible, sustainable and local travel.

Ethan has patrolled all corners of the travel industry. In the late 1980s, he co-founded and co-directed a Paris-based bicycle tour operator and in the mid-1990s and he founded and presided over a non-profit focused on “educational internet adventures.” Later, he was a staff writer/editor/producer for and the now-defunct; publications manager of the French Government tourist office (Atout France) in NYC; and his freelance work, including as a Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador, Huffington Post blogger and Open Places eco-columnist, has appeared (credited and uncredited) in dozens of magazines and websites.

More recently, for five years Ethan was Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world. He also co-founded Destination Accelerator, which managed education and networking opportunities for destination marketers; EcoAdventure Media, a content-marketing platform designed to support eco-conscious brands; and the Local Travel Movement, a platform for people passionate about local travel.

Ethan has a BA from Yale University and MIA (Master of International Affairs) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. After decades on the road, he is back in his native New York City with his wife and two little boys, though he still travels with them as often as he can.

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