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 7 most recent (2018, 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."
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 four 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.