Kate Simpson on the Smithsonian Journeys blog

Below is the latest blog from Kate Simpson, President of Academic Travel Abroad as seen on the Smithsonian Journeys blog page: China: Understanding Etiquette July 1st, 2009 by Kate Simpson Kate Simpson is President of Academic Travel Abroad, where she began her career as a China Program Manager in 1998 after completing a degree in East … Continue reading

China: Build it, and we will come. Complete it, and we can go elsewhere?

Dear Friends,   It seems like an eternity ago when I was a young China program manager for ATA and spent my time running tours with titles like “Decorative Arts of China,” “To The Edges of the Empire,” and “History through the Dynasties.”  That was back in the 1980s, before Tiananmen Square took place.   … Continue reading

The Resilience of the Travel Industry

Dear Friends, Reading the daily news has become an increasingly depressing exercise of late. We, in the travel industry, have our fair share of woes, as discretionary spending slows, retirement funds are halved, and consumer confidence wavers.  So it was a surprise and comfort to me when I attended a meeting in Savannah last week … Continue reading

Thoughts on Family Travel

Dear Friends, When I think back on the success of our family vacation this summer, I realize that there are key elements that contributed to our enjoyment. I wanted to share these with you: 1. My Children’s Ages We’ve traveled to Europe many times before with Nick and Sasha. This time, at ages 10 and … Continue reading

La Tournette, Haute Savoie

Dear Friends, A week after our Ste. Victoire adventure, I was fortunate to bring my children and husband to another favorite peak of my past–La Tournette, in Haute Savoie, France. I had discovered this corner of France 15 years earlier when David Parry, ATA’s chairman, and I conducted R+D for a hiking tour I had … Continue reading

NAFSA 2008

Hello, Friends of ATA! It’s been a while since I last posted anything.  I received wise advice–don’t blog unless you have something to say.  Since my return from Harvard, I have been immersed in day to day management, while applying some strategic lessons learned from HBS to better lead the company toward a strong and … Continue reading

Back From Harvard

On April 17, the OPM37 class of over 150 graduated. It was a gorgeous spring day in Boston and we were thrilled to have our friends and family in attendance.  One of the highlights of the ceremonies was our key-note speaker, Robert Kaplan, interim CEO of the Harvard Management Company and our class Leadership professor for … Continue reading

At Harvard: Part 4

After some very late nights working on our “OAS” (Objective, Advantage, Scope) statements, we met in groups of 8 at 8:30am to review each company’s OAS, comment, question and challenge the strategy declared. In my group, we had a software provider who works with logistics companies Down Under, a Nigerian mobile bank and payment system, … Continue reading