After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1993, Claire Newell opened Jubilee Tours & Travel Ltd., which has become one of the top producing independent travel agencies in Western Canada. Now, Claire continues to helm the successful company and also appears 6 times a week on Global Television, every Thursday afternoon on CFUN 1410AM radio, and writes a regular travel column in TV Week magazine.
At Jubilee Travel, Claire oversees all aspects of the business, but she focuses most of her time on her true passion—negotiating the best deals and marketing them via television, radio and print. Claire is most proud of the continued increase in Jubilee’s sales every year, despite some devastating blows to the travel industry like 9/11, SARS, and the Canada 3000 bankruptcy.
Claire is certainly a mover-and-shaker in the travel business world. In 2004, she was appointed as a member of the inaugural Travel Industry Advisory Group (TIAG) by the Board of Directors of the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority of BC, which was created to identify customer and industry related issues and potential solutions. In 2004, Claire was also chosen by Business in Vancouver as one of BC’s top business achievers under the age of 40.
Claire and her husband live in Vancouver, BC with their two children, Lauren and Grant.
In 2008, Claire published her first book Travel Best Bets.
Travel Best Bets : An Insider's Guide To Taking The Best Trips Ever
Author Claire Newell$19.95 ISBN: 9781552859131 Binding: Trade Paper Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd. Publication Date: 2011-03-10