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FAQs with Spotlight’s Founders.

Spotlight Sojourns
Marilee Kostadimas
Spotlight Sojourns
Paul Enrico Kostadimas

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Who are you, and how did you get here?

We’re Marilee Kostadimas, CMP, DMCP, and Paul Kostadimas, founders of Spotlight Sojourns.

We’re visual storytellers for travel, tourism, and hospitality brands – including arts, cultural, and historic organizations.

We’re travel partners in life, through life, for life. Meaningful travel is part of our own story from the very beginning:

We met on an archaeological dig in Greece, as graduate students from the University of Ottawa (Paul) and San Francisco State University (Marilee)…

Got engaged in Rome, Italy …

And married in San Francisco, California.

He’s a classically trained photographer; I (Marilee), a writer. And I said to him that long-ago summer:

Your pictures, my words, our travels.”

Life took those plans and tossed them like a Greek salad.

What makes Spotlight Sojourns different?

We're from content creators, influencers, or advertising agencies.

We’re uniquely qualified to help make your location a must-visit bucket-list destination.

Our proprietary framework builds on a foundation of deep expertise and lifetime travel experiences –

professionally for the world’s biggest corporations. Personally for ourselves.

And all along the way we’ve partnered with countless destination marketers (DMOs / CVBs / TPAs, Chambers), hoteliers, venues, and suppliers of all kinds to research, design, and deliver success.

What are your qualifications?

Here’s some of our fancy-pants qualifications:

• Strategic consulting – Marilee is an award-winning strategist specializing in incentive travel programs, corporate events, and destination management.

Paul’s 25-year career in litigation management and cloud software consulting developed strategic and operational skills in managing complex scope, difficult stakeholders, and impossible deadlines for measurable, repeatable, scalable success.

Paul also delivered critical consulting support of the largest bankruptcy of a utility company, with $37 billion in pre-filing assets.

Spotlight’s clients know we’ll deliver for them, too.

• Industry leadership - Marilee has led multiple professional industry associations, uniting diverse members behind a singular vision and mission.

As President of the world’s largest chapter of the world’s largest association of meeting, event, and hospitality professionals, Marilee guided the chapter to a history-making, record-breaking year culminating in two global awards for excellence [LINK TO BLOG POST].

• Global standards – Marilee holds credentials as Certified Meeting Professional (Events Industry Council) and Destination Management Certified Professional (Association of Destination Management Executives International).

She’s taught, mentored, and proctored fellow professionals in incentive travel, corporate meetings / events, and destination management.

She’s also a byline contributor to the international planner’s indispensable Events Industry Council Manual 9th Edition: A Working Guide for Effective Meetings and Convention

• Global perspective – We believe that meaningful travel broadens horizons, creates connections, and deepens understanding.

Paul embodies this belief: He’s lived in the capital cities of Ethiopia, Greece, and Canada; and speaks three languages fluently.

Why do you do what you do?

At the peak of our careers, we suddenly and unexpectedly stepped out of the spotlight to care for our last parent on her final journey. Which turned out to be two years. Then we set out to circumnavigate the globe.

Because we believe that meaningful travel is the ultimate self-care.

A transformational moment in Lisbon, Portugal, led us to re-focus, re-define, and re-design Spotlight Sojourns. Our new purpose, passion, and path is to help:

  • Travel, tourism, and hospitality brands tell their stories in new ways.
  • Travelers collect moments that echo in memory.
  • People to seek beauty and find joy, wherever they are.

Because we believe that meaningful travel is part of a meaningful life.

And stories enrich the meaning.

Ready to work with us?

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