Wayfarer TV exclusive: Wyndham CEO Ballotti positive on 2023 travel outlook for America, Australia and beyond

by James Wilkinson

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ President and CEO, Geoff Ballotti, is confident of a successful 2023 for the popular lodging business, as business and leisure travel continues to make a spectacular recovery.

Speaking exclusively on camera to Wayfarer at the company’s headquarters in Parsippany in New Jersey, Ballotti said leading the charge, particularly in the United States, was previous quiet travel days and seasons now turning busy and it was resulting in a better performance in 2022 than record-setting 2019.

Excitingly, Ballotti was also excited about the performance and growth for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific region as travel continues to grow across the globe.

To view the not-to-be-missed interview, click on the YouTube video above.


The best way of getting to New York City in comfort and style.

Book a flatbed seat on Air New Zealand in Business Premier


Air New Zealand has launched flights to New York City direct from Auckland, the new flagship route for the airline.

The new flights are operated by Air New Zealand’s flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which features three cabins, Economy, Premium Economy and up the front, Business Premier, headlined by flatbed seats (featuring mattress toppers and large pillows for overnight flights), fantastic food and wine, thousands of hours’ entertainment and brilliant Kiwi hospitality.

The flights to New York feature a new international menu showcasing the best New Zealand to one of the world’s leading gourmand nations, the United States of America.

Expect fantastic food and wine onboard Air New Zealand in Business Premier

Onboard, premium customers can enjoy the likes of seared salmon from Marlborough, free-range chicken from Waikato and crisp salads picked straight from orchards and fields in Gisborne, Waikato and the Manawatū.

On the wine front in Business Premier, expect some of New Zealand’s best drops, including Felton Road’s 2016 Block 3 Pinot Noir from Central Otago, the Stonecraft 2018 Crofters Syrah from Hawke’s Bay and the Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyeard Chardonnay.

To find out more about Air New Zealand’s new direct NYC flights and what to expect onboard, Wayfarer’s Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke on camera to the carrier’s Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Leanne Geraghty.

When it comes to USA flights, Air New Zealand flies direct from Auckland to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Houston and Chicago. For all bookings, visit airnewzealand.com