Insight Vacations, a world leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, has chosen Bollywood star and philanthropist Lisa Ray as its new Global Brand Ambassador for the Exotics and Gold Collections. The India-born actress, TV host, entrepreneur and humanitarian began her career in Mumbai as a model and is best known in North America as the host of Top Chef Canada. 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. Lisa has since starred in several films including Canada’s Oscar-nominated film, Water.

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“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 who has lived in Paris, Milan, London and Los Angeles, and has homes in Mumbai and Toronto. “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.”

She recently returned from India and Italy where she experienced two of Insight Vacations most popular trips: “Imperial Rajasthan” and “Italian Vogue.” Her journeys were documented via her social media channels and in a new video: www.insightvacations.com/lisaray. Previously, Lisa filmed a six-part travel series for the Discovery Channel India. Her book memoir will be published in 2015 by Harper Collins.

“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.”

Insight Vacations provides premium escorted tours and cruises to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, India, United States, and Canada. Tour Directors personally tailor each trip to traveler interests, arrange exclusive access, and escort travelers to extraordinary destinations. Insight’s “Art of Touring in Style” features gourmet cuisine, signature experiences, extended business-class legroom on luxury coaches, and nearly 60 signature hotels, including beautiful châteaux and manor houses.