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Ken Aiken - Touring Roads. Montreal, QC, CA

Ken Aiken

author/writer/photographer | Touring Roads

Montreal, QC, CANADA



Author: "Touring Vermont's Scenic Roads," "Motorcycle Journeys Through New England: 4th ed," and co-author "Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada." Ghost Writer: Motorcycle Journeys Through New England: 3rd ed." Photography: interior "Venice Revealed" by Paola Barbaro.
Writer: ThunderPress; Rider; Backroads; Road Bike; Road Runner; Street Bike; CC Motorcycle News; Italian America; Italian Food, Wine & Travel; Gun Digest; The Accurate Rifle; Muzzle Blasts; Fine Tool Journal; Rock & Gem; and others. Freelance travel writer for CanWest.
Tourism Consultant: Developing motorcycle tourism market for Charlevoix, Quebec.
Goldsmith: 30 years experience all phases. Certified gemologist and horologist. Former owner of Designers Edition, Ltd.
Was in charge of the restoration of the Treasure of the Concepcion. Product Developer of The World Treasure Society division of International Coins & Currency.
Historian: specialty is mass production in early 19th century America.

Industry Expertise (5)

Travel and Tourism



Print Media

Museums and Institutions

Areas of Expertise (2)

Motorcycle Tourism

The Emergence of 19th Century Manufacturing

Accomplishments (2)

State of Vermont Certificate of Merit (personal)

Recognized by the Vermont Legislature for efforts in the adoption of Hessonite garnet as the official state gemstone.

John T. Amber Literary Award (professional)

Recipient of the 2001 award for "Birth of the Modern Firearm" that appeared in the 2000 edition of "Gun Digest."

Education (1)

Goddard College: Masters, Liberal Arts 1978

Goddard wasn't like other educational institutions, but was at the forefront of experimental education. My studies were somewhat, shall we say, esoteric.

Affiliations (2)

  • Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association
  • International Motorcycle Journalist Association

Event Appearances (2)


Ward Francillon Time Symposium  Yorktown, PA



Americade (1999-2011)  Lake George, NY

Sample Talks (1)

Niche Markets For Tourism

Identifying appropriate niche markets and reaching the target audience requires something other than simply repackaging the conventional shotgun approach to tourism marketing. Using motorcycle-touring as an example, a range of special-interest tourism is presented with a focus on how to promote cities and regions as popular destinations. Overlapping markets are presented and practical strategies that can be tailored to meet specific objectives are explored.


  • Keynote
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


500 to 5000