John Kirk

John Kirk President, Editor in Chief, TravelPulse Canada


John Kirk is President and Editor-In-Chief of TravelPulse Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been in the Travel Industry for over 25 years, working in the Tour Operator and Aviation space with Porter Airlines, where he founded, and Thomas Cook North America as SVP E-Commerce and Retail Distribution. He was responsible for some of Canada’s legendary retail brands such as, The Last Minute Club, Bel Air Travel, Avion Travel, and Algonquin Travel, covering on-line, store front, and call centre, with annual retail sales in excess of over 500 million dollars generated by a retail sales force of over 350 Travel Advisors across Canada.

Latest Articles By John Kirk

  • Oct 10, 2019 6:25 AM ET

    “I Will Fly On That Plane": Turkish Airlines CEO on 737 Max

    Travel Pulse Canada was the exclusive Canadian Travel Trade media outlet on hand at The Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference held on October 8th, bringing one of the most important corporate travel events on the calendar to Istanbul.

  • Oct 4, 2019 6:54 AM ET

    gallery icon British Airways' A350 Inaugural Flight

    TravelPulse Canada was along for a ride this week as British Airways commenced their first North American long-haul service on their new A350 aircraft from Toronto.

  • Sep 24, 2019 6:36 AM ET

    John Kirk with Peter Mayers, Barbados Tourism Director

    TravelPulse Canada Editor in Chief John Kirk goes one to one with Canada's Director of Tourism, Barbados Peter Mayers on location at the beautiful Sea Breeze resort.

  • Sep 12, 2019 12:34 PM ET

    TPC at JAPEX: Tourism to Surge in Jamaica with New Airlift and Hotels

    TravelPulse Canada was on hand this week at JAPEX in Montego Bay, the annual product exchange conference where tourism suppliers, both large and small, have the opportunity to interact and do business with travel wholesalers and buyers.

  • Aug 20, 2019 10:15 PM ET

    1-2-1 With Kevin Froemming, Playa Resorts' CCO

    If you are looking for a solid update on Playa and the many things that are going on, this is it - the best way to get brought up to speed, sort of speak, and hear it straight from the big Boss. Take a few minutes of your day and listen to what Mr. Froemming has to say.

  • Aug 19, 2019 6:20 AM ET

    1:2:1 With Ash Tembe at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    TravelPulse Canada's EIC John Kirk met with Ash Tembe, VP Global Field Sales at AIC Hotel Group at Hard Rock Punta Cana and got the scoop about what agents need to know when booking clients at a Hard Rock.

  • Jul 9, 2019 11:46 AM ET

    Lindsay Pearlman Joins Travel Leaders

    Former Ensemble Co-President has joined Travel Leaders as Senior Vice President.

  • May 13, 2019 8:18 AM ET

    WestJet to be Acquired by Canadian Invest Company, Onex

    In a move that sent shockwaves through the Canadian travel community, WestJet today it’s being purchased by Canadian investment company Onex, headed by Toronto-based Gerry Schwartz.

  • May 7, 2019 6:17 PM ET

    1:2:1 with Flemming Friisdahl, Founder, The Travel Agent Next Door

    TravelPulse Canada EIC John Kirk went one to one with Flemming Friisdahl, Founder, The Travel Agent Next Door, at their annual conference in Puerto Vallarta last week.

  • Apr 23, 2019 7:10 AM ET

    1:2:1 with WestJet's Jane Clementino

    Our EIC John Kirk speaks with Jane Clementino, Director, Agency Sales, WestJet on the "New" WestJet and how important travel advisors remain to the airline as a key component to their overall distribution strategy.