Food and Travel Nation with Elizabeth Dougherty
The TRUTH about Food and Travel
Original Broadcast Date:  1/20/2024

We’re two weeks into the new year and already, mandatory gratuity fees are going up.  Holland America sent notices to travel agents and made changes to its website confirming the tip increases for all voyages beginning on or after February 14, 2024. The rate increase will apply to all guests regardless of what type of cabin they are staying in.

Elizabeth has some serious questions for the cruise companies regarding tipping… and this will be a shock, many of the questions are exactly the same being asked of the restaurant/hospitality industries.

Who gets the tip money and how is it distributed?

Are the cruise companies withholding the tips in any way, or does 100% go to crew members?

Since the tipping charges are mandatory, will there be transparency to us (as the customers) as to where our money goes?

Are the cruise companies passing along the tips to the crew members we may have had direct contact with or is the money pooled and distributed?

Is tip money just that, a tip, or are the companies using the money as part of the employee’s compensation?

About the show:  Food And Travel Nation with Elizabeth Dougherty is the fusion of food and travel. This fresh, compelling nationally-syndicated weekend program includes information for homesteading, traveling, gardening, taste tests, and in a twist, listeners hear what restaurant servers say about customers.

  • Each week our listeners get the very latest food and travel information
  • We produce homemade videos of healthy, easy to make recipes
  • We feature no-holds barred interviews in a LIVE, fast-paced, nationwide call-in show.
  • Elizabeth Dougherty is a writer, trained chef, world traveler and now an award-winning talk show host.
  • Food And Travel Nation was on the forefront of presenting expert guests with vital information about GMOs, at a time when no one was talking about or even knew about the subject.
  • We give our listeners, advertisers and stations a LIVE SHOW. (NO “BEST OF’S” EVER!)
  • We present hard-hitting topics and interviews without the same old political spin.
  • We are very social media conscious and stay in touch with our audience. (200,000 plus)
  • We work closely with advertisers and stations to ensure their success.
  • We are ready to deliver a fresh, tight, first-class show to your station from our digital studio utilizing Comrex Access and our own automation system.

Executive Producer – Michael Serio



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About elizabethd

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food And Travel Nation has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on and stations around the country.

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