PAST PURSUITS & CHALLENGERS

Since the inaugural PURE Pursuit in Iceland in 2016, PURE Pursuits have ventured into Idaho, Norway, Italy, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Portugal, Colorado and Australia…

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Alquemie
  • Tourism Australia

BEYOND THE BEACHES

LOCATION

AUSTRALIA

DATES

8 – 13 MARCH 2020

PURE Pursuits Australia brought together a group of senior visionaries within the industry at a critical time for us all. It provided an incredible landscape to discuss and workshop the current landscape and provided invaluable learnings for everyone to move forward with in their businesses. It proved – as we all know – that we are #allinthistogether.

PURE Pursuits 2020: Australia

  • Alan Mandic

    Alan Mandic
    Owner and Director, Secret Dalmatia

  • Andy Lark

    Andy Lark
    Marketing & Digital Leader, Group Lark

  • Assefa Azene

    Assefa Azene
    CEO, Kibran Tours

  • Becky Harris

    Becky Harris
    Owner, Viaventure Central America

  • Debra Carr

    Debra Carr
    Director, Helloworld Travel Surrey Hills

  • Ennio Gonzalez

    Ennio Gonzalez
    Director, Brickell Travel Management

  • Jen Murphy

    Jen Murphy
    Freelance Travel Writer

  • Jesse Desjardins

    Jesse Desjardins
    Strategist, The Guest Experience Map

  • Lucas Kambic

    Lucas Kambic
    Managing Partner, Designer Trips Argentina

  • Maria Lilly Flakk

    Maria Lilly Flakk
    Co-Owner & Business Development, 62°NORD

  • Mark Sariban

    Mark Sariban
    Travel Editor, Vogue Australia

  • Nicola Billens

    Nicola Billens
    Group Marketing for Concierge Travel Group, Alquemie

  • Penny Rafferty

    Penny Rafferty
    Global Manager, Tourism Australia

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    Head of PURE Pursuits, This is Beyond Ltd

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Portugese Ways

INTO THE
MOUNTAIN PASS

LOCATION

USA

DATES

29 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 2019

PURE Pursuits Colorado was perfectly timed as the leaves started to turn, while our group of industry leaders journeyed through the mighty peaks of Colorado. We cycled, rafted and hiked along the way, including the once in a lifetime hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. Along the way there were expert-led workshops as well as thought-provoking discussions from the Challengers.

  • Alejandra Ramírez

    Alejandra Ramírez
    Founder & CEO, ÛNIK

  • Andrea Grisdale

    Andrea Grisdale
    CEO, IC Bellagio

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Founder, Ultimate Places

  • Enrique Velasco

    Enrique Velasco
    Director, COLTUR Peru

  • Jen Deacon

    Jen Deacon
    Founder, Quench Trip Design

  • Mark Hehir

    Mark Hehir
    CEO, The Small Maldives Island Co

  • Monika Valentini

    Monika Valentini
    Sales Manager, Dolomite Mountains

  • Murray Gardiner

    Murray Gardiner
    CEO, Giltedge Travel

  • Nicola Billens

    Nicola Billens
    Group Marketing for Concierge Travel Group, Alquemie

  • Raul Buenaventura

    Raul Buenaventura
    Founder & CEO, VM Elite

  • Simon Court

    Simon Court
    CEO & Founder, Value Partnership

  • Thomas Serrano

    Thomas Serrano
    President, Havas

  • Zoran Pejovic

    Zoran Pejovic
    CEO, Paradox Hospitality

  • Joe Solomon

    Joe Solomon
    CEO, Iconic Adventures

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    Head of PURE Pursuits, This is Beyond Ltd

  • Serge Dive

    Serge Dive
    CEO & Founder, This is Beyond Ltd

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Portugese Ways

WHERE THE STARS MEET THE SKY

LOCATION

PORTUGAL

DATES

2-7 JUNE 2019

PURE Pursuits Portugal took 18 Challengers deep into the untouched Alentejo region of Portugal where we slept under a dark sky reserve, hiked along Europe’s largest lake and cycled through ancient olive groves. Along the way there were countless discussions and two guru-led workshops topped off with a hot air balloon ride over the region.

  • Avi Lugasi

    Avi Lugasi
    Founder/CEO, Windows to Japan

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Founder, Ultimate Places

  • Bernhard Stingl

    Bernhard Stingl
    GM/Owner, Top Tours GmbH

  • Christianna Teixeira

    Christianna Teixeira
    Owner/Partner, Hotel Casa dos Arandis

  • Eunice Schleier

    Eunice Schleier
    Director, Alles Blau Viagens E Turismo LTDA

  • Gina Forte

    Gina Forte
    Principal, Atelier Group

  • Ishwar Kumar Basnet

    Ishwar Kumar Basnet
    Responsible Tourism Manager, Tiger Mountain Nepal

  • Jemima Mann Baha

    Jemima Mann Baha
    Co-Owner and Communications Director, Palais Amani

  • Jessica Pugh

    Jessica Pugh
    Founder & Director, Blue Moon Escapes

  • Kristin Valdimarsdottir

    Kristin Valdimarsdottir
    Iceland/Greenland Chief Executive, Luxury Beyond

  • Lindsy Terry

    Lindsy Terry
    Sales & Marketing Manager, Ellerman House

  • Marianne Suh

    Marianne Suh
    Managing Director, Jason Travel Service

  • Marit Miners

    Marit Miners
    Co-Founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, Misool

  • Matias Schwab

    Matias Schwab
    Managing Partner, Designer Trips Argentina

  • Nathan Sharma

    Nathan Sharma
    Managing Partner, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

  • Palma Michel

    Palma Michel
    Leadership & Mindfulness Consultant

  • Rohit Kohli

    Rohit Kohli
    Managing Director, Creative Travel

  • Senta Slingerland

    Senta Slingerland
    Brand Strategy & Creative Consultant

  • Pedro Quaresma

    Pedro Quaresma
    Co-owner, Portuguese Ways

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • 34 South

LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

LOCATION

NEW ZEALAND

DATES

3-8 MARCH 2019

The first Pursuit of 2019 saw our most global mix of Challengers yet converge in New Zealand: hiking Ben Lomond, rafting grade 4 rapids, cycling, jet boating and camping under the stars. Dynamic discussions and guru-led workshops took place along the way, with incredible backdrops and in bright sunshine, before the guitars came out to wrap up each day.

  • Alejandra Burro

    Alejandra Burro
    Founder, Boarding Pass

  • Alexandra da Sacco

    Alexandra da Sacco
    Partner, Beyond Dracula

  • Andy Lark

    Andy Lark
    Marketing & Digital Leader, Group Lark

  • Angie Bradbury

    Angie Bradbury
    Managing Director, Dig & Fish

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Founder, Ultimate Places

  • Caroline Ferguson

    Caroline Ferguson
    Founder, Luxury Bound

  • Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown
    Managing Director, dmAFRICA

  • Darren Humphreys

    Darren Humphreys
    Owner / Founder & CEO, Travel Sommelier

  • Don Martinson

    Don Martinson
    Director of Travel Industry Relations, Natural Habitat Adventures

  • Gonçalo Alves

    Gonçalo Alves
    Sales Manager, Vila Monte Farm House

  • Hiran Cooray

    Hiran Cooray
    Chairman, Jetwing Hotels

  • Joost Tania

    Joost Tania
    Owner & Founder, Thika Travel

  • Maria Alzamora

    Maria Alzamora
    Vice President Marketing, Mashpi Lodge / Metropolitan Touring

  • Miguel Cunat

    Miguel Cunat
    CXO, The Fabulous Getaway

  • Silvia Rico

    Silvia Rico
    CEO & Founder, Enigma

  • Sisinio Alvarado

    Sisinio Alvarado
    Co-Founder, Origen Escapes

  • Soliman Ma

    Soliman Ma
    Founder, LE Travel

  • Stavros Kapnias

    Stavros Kapnias
    Director of Sales & Charter, Abberley Yachts

  • Virgi Schiffino

    Virgi Schiffino
    Owner, Lux Voyage

  • Zoran Pejovic

    Zoran Pejovic
    Owner & Founder, Paradox Hospitality

  • Amy Cahill

    Amy Cahill
    Marketing & Community Director, This is Beyond

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Origen Escapes

JUNGLE OUT THERE

LOCATION

COSTA RICA

DATES

25-30 NOVEMBER 2018

The final Pursuit of 2018 saw challengers joining forces to hike through puma-populated jungles, raft down 20km of grade 4 rapids, cycle, climb and swim through some of the most remote and magnificent parts of Costa Rica. Along the way, we had Discussions and Workshops in some of our most incredible locations to date on any Pursuit including a thermal hot spring and in the ocean while the sun set. Pura vida!

  • Alex Malcolm

    Alex Malcolm
    Managing Director & Founder, Jacada Travel

  • Chase Poffenberger

    Chase Poffenberger
    Executive VP and Co-Owner, Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

  • Dominik Babel

    Dominik Babel
    Owner, Elegant Travel GmbH

  • Gabbi Cahane

    Gabbi Cahane
    Chairman, Multiple

  • George Koletsos

    George Koletsos
    Founder and MD, Kudos Life Experiences

  • Isabella Nardini

    Isabella Nardini
    Experience Leader, MESA

  • Jay Ahmed

    Jay Ahmed
    Managing Director, KMX Global

  • Justin Wateridge

    Justin Wateridge
    Managing Director, Steppes Travel

  • Karina Moreton

    Karina Moreton
    Director, Panoramic Journeys Ltd

  • Luke Brown

    Luke Brown
    Co-Owner, Vayeni

  • Maria Nikolakaki Koletsou

    Maria Nikolakaki Koletsou
    Founder and MD, Beyond Spaces Villas

  • Penny Rafferty

    Penny Rafferty
    Excutive Officer, Luxury Lodges of Australia

  • Rana Dababneh

    Rana Dababneh
    Owner, Pomalo Travel

  • Rebecca Dixon

    Rebecca Dixon
    Director of Sales & Marketing, Crafted Ireland

  • Siobhan Byrne Learat

    Siobhan Byrne Learat
    CEO, Adams & Butler

  • Stuart Campbell

    Stuart Campbell
    CEO, The Lodge at Blue Sky

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

  • Ryan Wallace

    Ryan Wallace
    Managing Director, We Are Africa

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Borgo Egnazia
  • Southern Visions

LA DOLCE VITA

LOCATION

ITALY

DATES

20-25 MAY 2018

The second Pursuit of 2018 saw our global group of challengers live La Dolce Vita, winding through the sun-baked Puglia countryside on foot, by bike and even vintage car. With days punctuated by burrata making, afternoon hikes and candlelit dinners in ancient caves, the discussions and workshops that followed were among our most productive (and provocative) to date.

  • Agustina Lagos Marmol

    Agustina Lagos Marmol
    Founder & MD, Dolomite Mountains

  • Alexis Vincent

    Alexis Vincent
    Founder, Dive Butler / Life Butler

  • Andrew Wallas

    Andrew Wallas
    Founder & CEO, Business Alchemy Limited

  • Caroline Wallace

    Caroline Wallace
    Owner, Caroline Travels the World

  • Daniel Fraser

    Daniel Fraser
    Owner, Smiling Albino

  • Emilio Heredia

    Emilio Heredia
    Director, Papayaplaya Project

  • Eva Stelzer

    Eva Stelzer
    Founder, Evia Active Travel

  • George Dominic

    George Dominic
    Executive Director, CGH Earth

  • Joe Solomon

    Joe Solomon
    President, Iconic Adventures

  • Katherine Usher

    Katherine Usher
    Director of Sales and Guest Services, Trek Travel

  • Lila Fox

    Lila Fox
    Owner, Lila Fox Travel Co.

  • Maria Victoria Saiz

    Maria Victoria Saiz
    Owner & CEO, MVS Travel

  • Marlene Soto

    Marlene Soto
    Sales Director, Inkaterra

  • Rhett Lego

    Rhett Lego
    CEO, The Conjoint Marketing Group GmbH

  • Rohit Kohli

    Rohit Kohli
    Managing Director, Creative Travel

  • Scott Morrison

    Scott Morrison
    Founder, The Boom!

  • SJ Lee

    SJ Lee
    Executive Director, The Travel&Leisure

  • Sunita Hedaoo

    Sunita Hedaoo
    Founder, Kora Journeys Powered by Frosch

  • Jessica Den Boer

    Jessica Den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

  • Serge Dive

    Serge Dive
    CEO & Founder, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • 62 Nord

LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

LOCATION

NORWAY

DATES

8-13 APRIL 2018

The first Pursuit of 2018 took our most global group of challengers to date to the land of the midnight sun where they kayaked, cycled and ski toured their way through Norway, all the while pushing themselves and their businesses forward together.

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Owner, Ultimate Places

  • Cornelius O’Shaugnessy

    Cornelius O’Shaugnessy
    Founder, Bodhi Maya

  • Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown
    Managing Director, dmAFRICA

  • Emily Brooke

    Emily Brooke
    Founder & CEO, Blaze

  • Fernanda Martin Del Campo

    Fernanda Martin Del Campo
    Independent Travel Advisor, International Travel Group

  • Giulio Da Sacco

    Giulio Da Sacco
    Entrepreneur, Beyond Dracula Travel

  • Greg Norris

    Greg Norris
    Director / Founder, OneNineFive

  • Nick DiBartolomeo

    Nick DiBartolomeo
    Vice President - Finance, Blackberry Farm

  • Nicolas Ramirez

    Nicolas Ramirez
    Founder & Director, Tanit Trails

  • Nicole Krenzien Ellison

    Nicole Krenzien Ellison
    Vice President, Paul Klein Travel

  • Pedro Quaresma

    Pedro Quaresma
    Co-owner, Portuguese Ways

  • Soliman Ma

    Soliman Ma
    Founder, LE Travel

  • Stavros Kapnias

    Stavros Kapnias
    Director of Sales and Charter, Abberley Yachts

  • Steve Mitchell

    Steve Mitchell
    Co-Founder & CFO, Angama

  • Yvonne Verstandig

    Yvonne Verstandig
    Co-Founder - Head of Leisure, Executive Edge Travel

  • Amy Cahill

    Amy Cahill
    Marketing & Community Director, This is Beyond

  • Emma Squire

    Emma Squire
    Event Director, This is Beyond

  • Jessica den Boer

    Jessica den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Mountain Travel Sobek

FRONTIER THINKING

LOCATION

IDAHO, USA

DATES

4-9 JUNE 2017

Our next group of challengers journeyed into the vast terrain of America’s Wild West, floating off-grid down the Salmon River and swapping WiFi connection for personal connection.

  • Aldo Melpignano

    Aldo Melpignano
    Founder, San Domenico Hotels

  • Alexis Vincent

    Alexis Vincent
    Managing Director, Dive Butler International

  • Antonello Losito

    Antonello Losito
    President & Founder, Southern Visions Travel

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Owner / Managing Director, Ultimate Places

  • Craig Beal

    Craig Beal
    Owner, Travel Beyond

  • Don Martinson

    Don Martinson
    Director, Natural Habitat Adventures

  • Felipe Artinano De Bedout

    Felipe Artinano De Bedout
    Co-Founder & VP Operations, Origen Extraordinary Escapes

  • Inderpal Kochhar

    Inderpal Kochhar
    Founder, Sewara

  • Jef Moons

    Jef Moons
    CEO, Knai Bang Chatt

  • Jen Murphy

    Jen Murphy
    Freelance Travel Writer

  • Jody Shield

    Jody Shield
    Author

  • Justin Huxter

    Justin Huxter
    Owner, Cartology Travel

  • Justin Wateridge

    Justin Wateridge
    Managing Director, Steppes

  • Knut Flakk

    Knut Flakk
    Founder & Owner, 62º Nord

  • Louise Beveridge

    Louise Beveridge
    Communication & Advisory

  • Luca Franco

    Luca Franco
    CEO & Founder, Luxury Frontiers

  • Reid Bader

    Reid Bader
    VP, Ker & Downey

  • Rodrigo Garza

    Rodrigo Garza
    President & Owner, Lozano Travel de Mexico

  • Wendy Davis

    Wendy Davis
    CEO & President, Zebrano Travel

  • Emma Squire

    Emma Squire
    PURE Event Director, This is Beyond

  • Jessica Den Boer

    Jessica Den Boer
    PURE Pursuits Manager, This is Beyond

  • Serge Dive

    Serge Dive
    CEO & Founder, This is Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • Nordic Luxury

FIRE AND ICE

LOCATION

ICELAND

DATES

2-6 MARCH 2016

The inaugural Pursuit took the first brave group of challengers to the land of fire and ice: Iceland, as they touched base off-road, hit the ground ski-dooing, took the dive into the blue sea thinking and got (their ice-axes) stuck into new ideas.

  • Aldo Melpignano

    Aldo Melpignano
    Founder, San Domenico Hotels

  • Ana Bru

    Ana Bru
    Owner, Bru & Bru Exclusive Travel

  • Barkley Hickox

    Barkley Hickox
    Co-Owner / Partner, Local Foreigner

  • Benedetta Mazzini

    Benedetta Mazzini
    Owner / Managing Director, Ultimate Places

  • Jessica Cook

    Jessica Cook
    Director of Sales, The Ranch at Rock Creek

  • Joyce Choi

    Joyce Choi
    Senior Travel Designer & Product Manager, Jacada Travel

  • Karl Olafsson

    Karl Olafsson
    Co-Founder, Nordic Luxury

  • Kate Corey

    Kate Corey
    Founder, Nomadic Souls

  • Kevin Callaghan

    Kevin Callaghan
    President & CEO, Mountain Travel Sobek

  • Marc Telio

    Marc Telio
    President, Entrée Destinations

  • Marina Safonova

    Marina Safonova
    CEO & Founder, Nordic Luxury

  • Mark Lakin

    Mark Lakin
    Co-Founder, Epic Road

  • MPS Puri

    MPS Puri
    Chief Exective, NIRA Hotels & Resorts

  • Quentin Desurmont

    Quentin Desurmont
    Owner, Peplum

  • Sarah Bisa

    Sarah Bisa
    Global Director of Leisure & Luxury Sales, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • Steve King

    Steve King
    Editor-at-large, Condé Nast Traveller UK

  • Thierry Teyssier

    Thierry Teyssier
    CEO, Maisons des Rêves

  • Tom Marchant

    Tom Marchant
    Co-Founder, Black Tomato

  • Emma Squire

    Emma Squire
    PURE Event Director, This is Beyond

  • Serge Dive

    Serge Dive
    CEO & Founder, This is Beyond