President, Talking Travel/Gillick’s World
Steve Gillick loves to travel and loves to talk to people who love to talk about travel. He’s been at it since 1967 when he visited nine European destinations on a school trip and kept a detailed diary of all his experiences.
Steve worked as a tour guide, served as Vice President of an educational tour company, directed a summer camp organization and then in 1995, joined the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors where he ultimately served as President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2012 Steve founded his own consultancy, Talking Travel, as a platform for coaching travel professionals to enhance their destination, niche market and specialist skills, with the ultimate goals of revenue generation, client growth and retention, and career satisfaction.
Wearing his “Travel Writer” hat, Steve’s articles (over 300 published to date) emphasize the need to connect with destinations. His unique insights into people, places, niche markets and travel trends have been featured in consumer publications such as Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine, Canadian (and American) World Traveller Magazine (Senior Writer), e-Tokyo News and others.
Steve writes a monthly travel trade column for Travel Market Report, a US based daily online trade publication with American and Canadian readership. His article, “A question of Travel Safety in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico” was identified by the readership as one of the top 10 articles in 2019.
Steve’s website is www.talkingtravel.ca (a.k.a www.gillicksworld.ca). The page “Steve Writes” includes a listing of his published articles. The page “publications” lists the story-board-version of some of Steve’s adventures over the years.
As an accomplished travel photographer, Steve has an archives of slides and digital photos that cover his own connections with people, places, history, culture, food, drink and nature, in most of the 84 countries and territories, comprising over 750 destinations (and 84 return visits) that he has explored to date.
Steve is a popular speaker at both travel trade and consumer events. His style has been described as ‘energetic, electric, interactive and effective’. His use of highly creative visuals is both educational and entertaining. Over the years, Steve has delivered keynotes, seminars and webinars, based on his travel experiences, for events in Canada, the United States, and Internationally.