Dan Beschloss

Executive Director Industry Relations

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Biography

Dan Beschloss is a 40+ year veteran of the travel industry. He began his career in 1978 and spent his first ten years working for several foreign airlines in various capacities, including reservations, cargo and passenger sales.

In 1988, Dan left the airline side of the industry to work for a London-based travel agency specializing in business and entertainment travel. He helped run their New York office, where he was responsible for business development and meeting planning.

Dan joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 1993 as Director of Corporate Affairs. Currently, as Executive Director, Industry Relations, Dan is the primary liaison between Valerie Wilson Travel and many travel-related suppliers, including hotel, car, DMC’s and On-sites. He regularly represents VWT on several Advisory Boards and at travel industry events. Dan lives in Northern Westchester with his wife Gillian. His son Marcus is a Graphic and Digital Media Designer in the hospitality industry.

How did you get into the travel industry?

Quite by accident! My goal was to become, first a military pilot and then a commercial pilot. When I found out I had poor depth perception, (I flunked that part of the eye exam), I began working for the airlines anyway in a multitude of capacities with the exception of flying the plane. After 10 years of that, I hopped over to the TMC side and here I am today – doing exactly what I love to do.

Favorite Destination

My favorite travel destination is Italy. I have a great passion for food & wine and for me there is no more idyllic place on earth where you can enjoy some of the very best food and wine tied in with truly authentic experiences, such as visiting many of the smaller run family wineries and enjoy tastings with the families. One of my favorite “ less commercial” spots which I recently visited was the Piemonte (Langhe) region, home of Barolo, Barbaresco and truffles.