VP of Business Development
Home base: San Francisco Bay Area
Years in the travel industry: 14
James Moore, Vice President of Business Development, has worked in travel for the last 14 years, most of which he spent as a leading sales exec at Tripadvisor working with a list of clients that included Disney, Wynn Resorts, Hard Rock Hotels, Cirque du Soleil, Warner Bros. Studio Tours, Singapore Airlines, Alaska Air, Cathay Pacific, Virgin America, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Hornblower Cruises, among many others.
When it comes to travel, some of his favorite places to visit are Hawaii, “any island will do but Kauai tops the list,” he mentions, and a recent trip to Japan during cherry blossom season (sakura). He can’t wait to get back, he notes. “The people of Japan were so gracious and friendly. The food was world class.”
Learn more about James
What’s a favorite memory of a tour experience you’ve taken?
Seeing Philip Island penguins near Melbourne, scuba diving with manta rays on the Big Island of Hawaii as well as in Fiji on Mokusigas Island, taking private tours of Epheseus in Turkey and Mt. Olympus in Greece, are just a few of my favorite memories.
What is it about working in the travel industry that you love the most?
Like no other major global industry, travel brings joy, exploration, and by its very nature expands one’s boundaries. All traits that I greatly appreciate and want to be close to in life and “work.”
What’s been a big learning moment in your career?
When I moved from B2B in the tech world and into B2C in the travel world, just how much more joyful the latter industry is compared to the former.
What’s one of your proudest accomplishments in your career?
Bringing a major account, Disney Parks and Resorts, back from spending nothing to spending over $4 million annually. Then taking over the entire Walt Disney Company account at the enterprise level for all of the Americas.
What’s something surprising people might not know about you?
I am proud of the fact that I have a good amount of Native American blood in me. For example, my maternal grandmother was born in the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma.