Mike Keenan is a versatile, award-winning writer with undergraduate degrees in English (Western) and Kinesiology (McMaster) and a Master's degree in Education. (State University of NY at Buffalo) Myriad interests include travel, history, athletics, sport, politics,
poetry, education, humor, food, hotels, wilderness canoeing and the
performing arts. Samples of each are located on his What Travel Writers Say website which also features close to 1,000 travel articles spanning the globe by 108 travel writers.
Mike served four consecutive terms as a municipal councilor and was elected to the AMO (the Association of Municipalities of Ontario). He planned and was MC for the Federal Leader's Regional rally that resulted in the election of the Prime Minister of Canada as well as all five Niagara MPs.
After a brief fling with the Calgary Stampeder football team, Mike returned to Ontario to teach high school, coach and lead outers club canoe trips for three decades. He served on various boards, including the Ontario Orienteering Association and the Canadian Authors Association. He also founded and incorporated a non-profit charitable corporation, The Council on World Affairs of Canada, dedicated to creating political awareness in youth. For 20 years, he organized an annual three-day, hotel-based conference, (INMUN) attracting 500 senior high school delegates from around the world, which involved coordinating a volunteer university staff of 40.
As an editor, columnist, freelancer, photographer, speaker and award-winning poet, he has participated in most types of media, and has led writing workshops including a week-long course at The Chautauqua Institution in New York. He served as president of TMAC - Ontario (Travel Media Association of Canada) where he instituted a co-presidency linked with an industry member, and he is currently a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers).
Besides writing for the five Niagara Postmedia newspapers, Mike has been published in every major newspaper across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun. He has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City, Seniors Review and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine. With hundreds of reviews, photos and helpful votes, he has earned
Trip Advisor's "Top Contributor Badge" and is considered an "Expert" in both Hotel and Restaurant reviews. Mike posts his photos to
Pinterest where he has a following of four thousand viewers (and quickly growing).
Travel industry feedback has been positive as demonstrated by these brief samples -
Thank you for your thorough and detailed review. I was happy to read that you managed to try all the facilities of the hotel and found the location convenient. As you mentioned you did have the prime view of all the coming and goings around Kensington Palace that day. We all hope that you get the chance to come back and stay with us again in the near future. Andrew Pike General Manager, The Milestone Hotel, London, England
WOW that is just an amazing review. Robert Dinu, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express London - Park Royal
Thank you very much for posting a review of our hotel and surroundings. I am extremely impressed with your precise description of the hotel, amenities, services and surroundings. Yannick J. Simovic, General Manager, Vancouver Airport Marriott, 604.232.2824
What a kind and certainly comprehensive review you provided of your recent visit to the Grande Colonial. We appreciate your singling out Thierry from our restaurant Nine-Ten. Terence Underwood, General Manager, Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla 888- 828-5498.
Wow! You've made my job easier today. There is nothing I would add to your fantastic review. Thank you. Don L., Executive Assistant, JW Marriott Hotel, Chicago, 312-660-8200
Wow... we extend our sincere thanks for the nice review as a result of your recent stay here at Wyndham San Diego Bayside! Further, we appreciate all the wonderful comments about our location and all that San Diego has to offer due to our excellent location! Manager, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, 619-232-3861.
Your historical recap was so appreciated and sure to be a hit with TripAdvisor readers. Manager at Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park, Vancouver. 888-317-6648, email@example.com
I read your review yesterday: WOW, so nice! Valerie Brive, Marketing & Communications Manager, Delta Toronto, 416-416.637, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike - that is terrific coverage. Thank you very much for featuring us in all of the Niagara papers! Hope you can return in the fall. Craig Foster, Owner, Foster's Inn, Stratford, Ontario, 519.271.1119, email@example.com
Thank you for writing such a detailed and inspiring review of our hotel. Yann Vanzo, Front Office Manager, Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale
I can't thank you enough for your amazing article on travel to Rochester. The pickup was fantastic! Thank you for shining such a bright light on Rochester. Claire Wysokowski, Media Coordinator, Visit Rochester, 585.279.8325, www.visitrochester.com
Your article is great! It captures the vibrancy of our city. Sonu Purhar, Travel Media Relations Specialist, International & Trade, Vancouver, 604.631.2873, firstname.lastname@example.org
You certainly know how to make me smile! Your article is truly wonderful. Thank you for everything. Joe Timko, International Marketing Manager, San Diego Tourism Authority, 619-557-2812, JTimko@sandiego.org
Greatly appreciate all of the coverage you have produced for the Myrtle Beach area! Kimberly Hartley for Myrtle Beach Area CVB, 905-582-9252, email@example.com
Thanks for all the amazing AmaWaterways coverage! Kara Freedman, Hemsworth Communications, Kara.Freedman@hemsworthcommunications.com
- wonderful to see the end result of your travels to Vancouver! I am glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us, we were pleased to host you! Leanne Novak, Sales & Event Manager, The Fish House in Stanley Park, T: 604-681-7275, LNovak@silverbirchhotels.com
I am only too glad to submit this piece, as your super way of presenting a story/country is in the top calibre of all E-Zines! Thanks for the opportunity to contribute, Irene and Rick Butler, Travel Writer and Photographer, Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footprints; Twelve Countries in Twelve Months, firstname.lastname@example.org
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