Insight Vacations Announces Bollywood Star and International Actress Lisa Ray as New Global Brand Ambassador

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DELRAY BEACH, FL, July 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight Vacations ®, the leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, is thrilled to announce Bollywood star and philanthropist Lisa Ray ( as its new Global Brand Ambassador for the Exotics and Gold Collections.

Lisa is an internationally-acclaimed film actress, TV host, entrepreneur and humanitarian. She began her career in Mumbai when she was catapulted into a high-profile modeling career at the age of 16. During her time in India, she went on to excel in the world of fashion and entertainment, including notable television and film roles.

Named one of the "10 Most Beautiful Indian Women of the Millennium" by the Times of India poll, she heightened her profile as an iconic figure in India before leaving for drama school in London and other opportunities around the world. Lisa starred in Canada's Oscar-nominated film, Water, among other prestigious credits. For the past four seasons, she has also been the host of Top Chef Canada.

A world traveler, Lisa has lived in Paris, Milan, London and Los Angeles, and maintains residences in Mumbai and Toronto. She recently returned from India and Italy experiencing two of Insight Vacations most popular trips, "Imperial Rajasthan" and "Italian Vogue." Lisa enjoyed the brand's outstanding signature hotels and immersive Signature Experiences while mingling with her fellow travelers. She documented her journeys and shared with her loyal global fan base via her social media channels, including 206,000 Facebook fans and 200,000 Twitter followers. Lisa will be creating content for the award-winning brand with her storytelling skills, personal videos, photography and blogging. In the coming months, she will be making special media appearances across the globe and sharing her latest Insight Vacations adventures.

Lisa's India adventures are captured in this stunning video showcasing her experiences:

"Lisa's vibrant personality, incredible passion for traveling and penchant for living life to the fullest has enabled her to create an engaging online audience which continues to grow with her curated content," says Phil Cappelli, President of Insight Vacations. "Her loyal international fan base, along with her Indian and European ancestry, gives her the wonderful ability to be a 'bridge' for Eastern and Western cultures, making her an authentic Global Brand Ambassador."

"I'm pleased to be Insight Vacations' first ever Global Brand Ambassador since I've been an avid traveler and nomad for most of my life," said Lisa Ray. "I've lived in several continents, yet my recent experiences with Insight have given me a unique perspective on travel. I'm proud to be associated with this premium escorted journey company that takes care of all the hassles of modern travel - this is truly the best way to experience a new country while indulging the 'travelista' in me."

About Lisa Ray
A nomadic spirit at heart, Lisa Ray returned to Toronto in 2009 after a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer. She chose to go public with her diagnosis at the launch of one of her films during the Toronto International Film Festival and chronicled her experiences with cancer in an acclaimed blog called the "Yellow Diaries." After a stem cell transplant in December 2009, Lisa filmed a six-part travel series for the Discovery Channel India, hosted the highly rated Top Chef Canada on the Food Network and debuted her sari fashion line in the US. Her memoir is slated to be released in 2015 by Harper Collins. Lisa appeared in a newly created documentary titled "A Day Without Cancer." She is currently completing a clinical trial for treating blood cancers at Princess Margaret Hospital. Follow Lisa on Twitter & Instagram: @lisaraniray and on Facebook:

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Insight Vacations® is proud to provide the most authentic and unique premium escorted tours and cruises to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, India, United States and Canada. Expert Tour Directors passionately help you tailor each trip to your interests, arrange exclusive access into the history and daily lives of the locals, and escort you to the most extraordinary destinations and monuments. With the perfect balance of guided experiences and independent exploration, Insight ensures you will experience every country like never before.

Enjoy The Art of Touring in Style® with extended business-class legroom on Insight's luxury coaches and relax and unwind in the finest properties. Insight offers nearly 60 spectacular signature hotels, including beautiful châteaux and manor houses set in breathtaking locations. Our Signature Experiences vividly capture the imagination of travelers, whether olive oil tasting in Provence or observing sheepdog training in the Scottish highlands. With hundreds of dollars of included meals, sightseeing experiences, and unexpected flourishes, you will be astounded by the value of an Insight Vacation.

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