Laura Powell serves as RLA Global’s VP of Wellness Real Estate. Her multi-decade career sits at the nexus of hospitality, wellness and travel.
Laura’s career started at CNN, where she was among the start-up team for CNN International and was one of the creators of the network’s travel programming. She covered travel for CNN for five years.
While running her own travel industry consulting and production company, Laura worked in tandem with the American Hotel & Lodging Association on special projects for more than a decade and has also worked for associations ranging from the World Travel & Tourism Council to US Travel. Other clients included several of the world’s top hotel companies, including Hilton, Marriott and Choice Hotels International.
During the past decade, Laura has focused on wellness and luxury travel. She has penned white papers on a range of related topics, including:
• Where Luxury Hospitality is Going Next
• The State of Global Wellness Travel and
• The Role of Wellness in Destination Management
From 2017 through 2020, she served as the editor of luxury and wellness correspondent for Skift.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She has a master’s degree in European Politics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and pursued additional studies at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy.