Longwoods International Hires Top Tourism Research Executive

Anna Blount, who was formerly the Director of Market Research at MMGY Global, has joined Longwoods International as the company’s first Director of Research Services. Longwoods is the leading tourism research consultancy in North America and its U.S. headquarters is in Columbus, Ohio.

“The breadth and depth of Anna’s tourism research experience and expertise is outstanding,” said Bill Siegel, founder and CEO of Longwoods International. “We are so pleased to have a professional of her caliber joining the Longwoods team.”

Anna’s previous work included managing the research relationships with clients such as the U.S. Travel Association, the American Society of Travel Agents, Orbitz, Visit Florida, the South Dakota Department of Tourism, Tourism Vancouver, Japan National Tourism Organization, Jordan Tourism Board North America, and The Leading Hotels of the World. She will be based in Orlando, Florida and officially joins the team on February 19th.

“I am thrilled to be joining Longwoods International, a company with a 40-year history of tourism research leadership and innovation,” said Anna Blount. “Longwoods is the gold standard for using data to inform insights which help their clients maximize their marketing efforts.”
Prior to joining MMGY Global, Anna was a member of the market research team at Publix Super Markets, Inc., a Fortune 100 regional grocery chain. While there she managed and contributed towards primary and secondary research projects, including customer segmentation, product trends, and competitive intelligence.

“Anna is the consummate tourism research industry professional,” said Amir Eylon, President and Partner, Longwoods International. “We look forward to her making significant contributions to the momentum we have at Longwoods as we enter our fifth decade of excellence for and service to the tourism industry.”

Longwoods International is a leading travel and tourism research company with offices in Toronto; Columbus, OH; Bedford, TX; Clifton, VA; and Lake Geneva, WI. It conducts Longwoods Travel USA®, the largest ongoing survey of American travelers, as well as image, advertising effectiveness, advertising return on investment and other custom research in 12 countries around the globe.