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Celebrating the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard

The 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
Celebrating the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
On September 29th we gathered at Little Owl The Townhouse to honor the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard, visionaries shaping the future of travel. From the hotelier connecting with local communities to the entrepreneur bridging the gap between education and exploration, these leaders are harnessing the power of travel to incite change. Scroll through these 10 photos for highlights from the evening.
By Lucy Flanagan, AFAR Contributor
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    The 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
    The 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
    Guests of honor Helen Hill, CEO of the Charleston Area CVB; Glen Fu and Zoey Zuo, Founders of 54Traveler; Ruben Caldwell, Leigh Salem, Brian Smith, and Jou-Yie Chou, Partners at Studio Tack; Abby Falik, Founder of Global Citizen Year, and Pam Codispoti, President of Chase Branded Cards pictured with Greg Sullivan, Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Jenn Flowers, and Joe Diaz from AFAR.
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    Talking Travel
    Talking Travel
    AFAR chief revenue officer and senior vice president Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and AFAR cofounder Joe Diaz welcome the crowd.
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    A Toast to The Visionaries
    A Toast to The Visionaries
    AFAR cofounder and CEO Greg Sullivan and deputy editor Jennifer Flowers gave the honorees and their guests a warm welcome.
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    Celebrating the Vanguard
    Celebrating the Vanguard
    A hundred industry leaders and friends of AFAR gathered to celebrate the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard.
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    Travel Vanguard Honorees Glen Fu and Zoey Zuo
    Travel Vanguard Honorees Glen Fu and Zoey Zuo
    The founders of 54Traveler—an outfitter changing the way Chinese travelers see the world—flew in from Shanghai to join the festivities. They’re pictured here with AFAR’s Greg Sullivan.
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    The Travel Vanguard Issue
    The Travel Vanguard Issue
    The November/December issue of AFAR, which includes in-depth profiles of each Travel Vanguard honoree, was on display at the event.
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    Travel Vanguard Honoree: Abby Falik
    Travel Vanguard Honoree: Abby Falik
    The visionary entrepreneur Abby Falik founded Global Citizen Year to encourage high school students to live and work in developing countries before continuing on to college.
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    This Way to the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
    This Way to the 2017 AFAR Travel Vanguard
    We worked with chalk artist Steven Fragale to bring the Vanguard to life within Little Owl The Town House.
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    Cocktails and Conversation
    Cocktails and Conversation
    Guests chatted over signature drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres prepared by Little Owl The Townhouse—including a dedicated choose-your-own Negroni bar.
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    Learning AFAR Charity Auction
    Learning AFAR Charity Auction
    Guests helped raise money for Learning AFAR, our travel scholarship program which aims to ensure that all youth, regardless of background, have opportunities to experience the world and realize their potential. Thanks again to our partners at Intrepid Travel, Emirates, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and Elite Island Resorts for your generous donations to the auction.

    Check out more Vanguard event photos in our Facebook Album.