“Spud has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on. Audience evaluation of his presentation was very high overall. Given the opportunity, I would hire Spud again for a speaking engagement.”

Allen cox, travel & words conference

“Both funny and engaging, Spud also hits all the important topics for writers who look to people like him for ways to reach his level of expertise and success.”

heide brandes, travel journalist, attendee travelcon 2018

“The Godfather of travel.”

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, photographer, author, editor

“We were fortunate to have Spud Hilton as the keynote speaker for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Global Tourism Summit in 2015.  … With his experience, it’s not surprising that Spud is a great storyteller, but what makes him a great speaker is his humor, wit and energy.”

Krislyn Hashimoto, Senior V.p., Stryker Weiner & Yakota PR (Hawaii tourism authority)

“Spud is an excellent Keynote Speaker! He has spoken at our events several times over the years including a keynote in Stockholm. He worked hard to customize his presentation for our group. He kept the audience interested from beginning to end with a combination of great actionable information and humor.”

rick calvert, CEO & cofounder, Blogworld & new media expo

“Spud’s keynote presentation on travel storytelling at Alaska Media Road Show was spot on. It was easy to see he put a lot of time and thought into the presentation. We heard from several people in attendance that he was one of the best keynotes we’ve had — both entertaining and educational.”  

Jennifer Thompson, CEO & president, Thompson & Co. PR

“This guy is the real deal. He is so knowledgeable, so funny, so smart, so on top of the trends. I was travel editor at The Associated Press for many years and met him a few times over the years at industry events, while following his work online. I can’t say enough good things about him. Honestly, there are a lot of folks you meet in the travel industry who are poseurs. Spud is the guy who actually knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got an engaging, fun way about him to boot.”

Beth Harpaz, Editor of SUM, City University of New York