Name: Peter Day
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Home Base: Oakville, ON
Bio: Peter Day is a successful Canadian entrepreneur whose work in industries ranging from telecom to personal care were all preparatory for the creation of Endo Networks. As a result of Day’s vision, Endo has grown into the North American leader in in-field sales and marketing automation. He lives in Oakville with his wife Elena and 2 daughters.
Q: Most visited destination for business
A: Major cities in the U.S.
Q: Local knowledge tip
A: Don’t trust any airport restaurant that claims to serve “authentic” dishes.
Q: DIY vs. travel agent
A: My wife Elena is my travel agent – she cares about how much time I am gone, and how much money we save!
Q: Most impressive airport
A: While Beijing Capital International Airport is spectacular, I’m impressed by the sheer convenience and expediency of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and its services are only getting better.
Q: Preferred luggage
A: Practical Samsonite, and lots of them – I do not like to travel light if I don’t have to!
Q: What three things are on your must-pack-or-will-suffer-a-meltdown list?
A: Phone charger, a new paperback novel, and a pack of gum.
Q: Preferred airline
A: I don’t have one – there really isn’t one that I find to be significantly better than any other in terms of flight availability, traveler experience and price.
Q: Aisle or window
A: Aisle – leg room!
Q: Jetlag strategy
A: Avoid drinking alcohol on the plane, drink water, and workout. And, don’t change your sleep pattern if it’s a short trip.
Q: Staying in shape on the road
A: There is no excuse not to do a 20-minute crossfit-style workout in your room.
Q: A travel moment that sparked an entrepreneurial idea or solution
A: Almost every flight I take, I sit next to someone who has something interesting to share, either related to what they do for a living, or from their comments on what I do for a living.
Q: Most interesting foreign brand unknown in North America that you think gets it right
A: Ginza Project restaurants in Russia, huge selection, properly prepared, great environment, great service and each one is unique yet really well executed.
Q: Your preferred conference hotel
A: If I am traveling expressly for the conference, then I want convenient access for fast in and out. If I am traveling with my family (which is my preference), I like somewhere from which we can do fun day trips, stay a couple extra days and experience a new place.
Q: Best hotel for makeshift office options
A: My office is in my briefcase, and I no longer need anything from the hotel but electrical power and a chair.
Q: Time & money saving tips
A: NEXUS Global Entry, it’s a must-have for frequent travelers to the USA.
Q: What hotel has truly lived up to the hype?
A: Chicago Waldorf Astoria.
Q: On the flipside, a hotel that has been a crashing disappointment?
A: Never had a crashing disappointment with a hotel in recent memory – its too easy to check them out online in advance.
Q: Your most amusing or regrettable holiday souvenir
A: Cow Tipping mug from Iowa – amusing, not regrettable.
Q: What foreign phrase do you most enjoy tossing about?
A: Déjà Vu.
Q: Brushes with greatness: Most famous or interesting person you have spotted or bantered with on your travels…
A: I was once stuck in an airport for a couple days with John Candy... Oh wait, that was a movie I saw on a plane.
Q: Tell us about a great little place you recommend to friends.
A: There is a restaurant at Key Colony Inn in Marathon in the Florida Keys that isn’t fancy or expensive, but dishes out delicious, fresh seafood.
Q: Confess to one thing you’ve nicked from your hotel room
A: Slippers from Fairmont. But it wasn’t intentional…
Q: Favourite island
A: Hong Kong on a clear day is spectacular.
Q: UNESCO World Heritage Site that blows your mind
A: Rapa Nui (Easter Island). It is truly mind-blowing.
Q: A travel themed film that has really moved you
A: The Red Balloon – does that count? How many times did Air Canada play that back in the day…
Q: A beloved travel book, fiction or non-fiction
A: In my office bookshelf I have Mutiny on the Bounty, the biography of William Lear and Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss.