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Clifford’s little black book—filled with nearly three decades of influential contacts—makes him the type of party planner who can book the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice for a private after-hours tour followed by a rooftop dinner. In Northern Ireland, he arranged a surprise birthday party at the Bushmills Inn, and connected a client’s family with a genealogist who introduced them to distant relatives.

Discovery: Isla Holbox, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is only accessible by small plane or boat. Clifford loves its laid-back ambience, as well as eco-minded properties like Casa Sandra, where you can take writing workshops or swim with whale sharks.

Specialties: Destination celebrations, hotels and LGBT travel

John Clifford

Clifford’s little black book—filled with nearly three decades of influential contacts—makes him the type of party planner who can book the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice for a private after-hours tour followed by a rooftop dinner. In Northern Ireland, he arranged a surprise birthday party at the Bushmills Inn, and connected a client’s family with a genealogist who introduced them to distant relatives.

Discovery: Isla Holbox, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is only accessible by small plane or boat. Clifford loves its laid-back ambience, as well as eco-minded properties like Casa Sandra, where you can take writing workshops or swim with whale sharks.

Specialties: Destination celebrations, hotels and LGBT travel