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Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli is the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, a unique, members-only networking group that offers enterprise-level women in the retail industry a place to learn, connect and grow. She is also the brand and content director of the Retail and Travel Group at NAPCO Media.Prior to those positions, Melissa spent ten years at DM News, where she was first a senior editor and then deputy editor. She’s also a leading expert in small business e-commerce and author of the books “Entrepreneur Magazine’s Open an Online Business in 10 Days” and “55 Surefire Internet Businesses You Can Start for Under $5,000.”In her free time, Melissa loves exploring New York City and Brooklyn and spending time with her family.

3 Luxury Travel Trends for Brands to Capitalize On


Using travel advisors for travel bookings, the emergence of new payment methods, and the rise of purposeful travel are three key trends in the world of luxury travel, according to Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel, who spoke recently at the Skift Global Forum. “Across the globe, everybody wants to talk to a travel...

The Cranky Customer Conundrum


If it seems like more travel and hospitality customers are cranky lately, you’re right — at least, according to this Wall Street Journal article quoting employees in the hospitality industry. Likely due to renewed gloom from the COVID-19 Delta variant following the optimism from spring vaccinations, temper tantrums from unruly travelers are happening more frequently....

Let's Celebrate Women in Travel Tech!


Let’s take a minute to talk about women in technology positions within the travel and hospitality industry. While the actual number of women in travel tech is hard to come by, in general, it’s safe to say that when it comes to tech professionals, it’s a man’s world. In fact, a recent Accenture report, Cracking...

Happy International Day of Friendship! 


Happy International Day of Friendship! (At least a few days early.) July 30 was proclaimed International Day of Friendship in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly (U.N.), with the idea being that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. It’s meant to be a day...

Hybrid Work is Here to Stay


Let’s face it: Hybrid work is here to stay. Sure, many people are returning to the office. In fact, while remote work peaked in April 2020 when 70 percent of workers were off-site either fully or part-time, that number has since dropped to 56 percent, according to a recent Gallup poll. While in-person office work...

A Special Mother's Day Note


Happy (Almost) Mother’s Day to all of the moms in our Women Leading Travel & Hospitality community! I know the last year has been very challenging for us all, especially navigating an unprecedented work environment while also being President in Charge of Everything for our families. Even though I’m the mom of two teenagers vs....

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