About The President
John Clifford - DS, LS, RMP is the founder and President of ITM.
A native of New York City, John is a multi talented, dynamic leader in the travel industry, highly regarded as an expert in: adventure travel, cruises, design hotels, fashion industry, gay & lesbian (LGBT) travel, honeymoons, international travel, luxury travel, and travel management for top executives. John has lived in New York, Santa Fe, New Mexico, La Jolla, California and currently resides in lovely San Diego, California.
Travel+Leisure Magazine named John an A-List All-Star in 2004 and on the 6 most recent (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) A-Lists: The World's Top Travel Advisors, honoring his expertise as one of the World's Best, Most Influential Travel Professionals:
"Clifford’s address book of prime contacts has been built over more than three decades. Obsessed with the “most secret, best run, and brightest,” he’s the type of advisor who can just as expertly plan a luxurious mountain, river, and beach trip through Nicaragua as a weeklong wedding celebration in Lecce, Italy. Often invited to preview under-the-radar properties, Clifford is known for finding glass-slipper fits for clients, whether an emerging bed-and-breakfast or a high-design urban hotel."
Travel Agent Magazine named John to the 25 Leading Travel Advisors of 2011: "The annual feature showcases 25 travel agents who have shown excellence at their craft and made important contributions to the industry. The winning criteria was based on endorsements from suppliers and clients, their associations and affiliations, certifications, travel specialties and sales technique.
What started in 2009 with the goal of spotlighting those agents who go above and beyond their normal job duties has evolved into a key driver for identifying future industry leadership. John is on the forefront of new design and boutique hotels, always looking out the next big thing, long before it’s on the radar of mainstream travel magazines, or spoiled."
Travel Age West, a leading travel industry publication named him as one of
The Best Of The West -- The Innovators. "Among the top in sales and innovation, these cutting-edge agencies are helping define the future of the industry."
Demonstrating his committment to continual education and growth, he has attained three recognized industry professional designations:
DS - Destination Specialist: Southeast Asia, Australia/New Zealand/Fiji/Tahiti, Bahamas+Caribbean, Belize, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe: United Kingdom..Ireland..Italy/Sicily..France..Greece..Spain..Portugal..Turkey.
LS - Lifestyle Specialist: Luxury Travel.
LS - Lifestyle Specialist: Gay & Lesbian Travel.
RMP - Registered Meeting Planner.
His career spans over thirty one continuous years, having held senior level positions with the industrys' top travel companies such as: American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Navigant and Maritz Travel Company, prior to founding ITM.