Kendra Thornton

Kendra Thornton has been an authority on travel for over two decades. She makes monthly appearances on WGN-TV in Chicago and regularly appears on national and regional news programs including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and many more. An expert on family adventures and travel deals, she’s frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and more. Kendra grew up in the travel industry with parents who founded Royal Travel & Tours, the largest travel agency chain in north central Illinois. She began working for the family business in 2014 and took over the company as president and owner in January 2016. Prior to joining Royal Travel & Tours, Kendra ran Thornton Public Relations, a boutique travel PR firm she started in 2005, and was the director of corporate communications for during the company's early growth years from 2002 to 2005. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

• 20+ years of experience working in the travel industry
• Member of T+L’s A-List Travel Advisory Board
• Owner of Royal Travel & Tours
• Travel expert on WGN-TV, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and more
• Received a bachelor's degree in English and French from Northwestern University

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