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Leslie Cohen

Executive Vice President & Owner

Since she joined LDPR in 2000, Leslie has worked alongside Laura Davidson to expand the agency’s client roster, develop its talented staff, and guide the company forward with new strategies in a fast-paced and highly competitive industry. Throughout her notable career, Leslie has represented clients in all segments of the travel and hospitality industry — from tourism boards to city hotels and island resorts, from cruise lines to airlines and tour operators — she brings a personal and professional passion to each opportunity. Always on top of customer research and emerging trends, Leslie guides her teams to consider external and internal elements that will impact a client’s business. Prior to LDPR, Leslie was a senior vice president at Porter Novelli in New York, where she ran the company’s Travel Group with clients ranging from Princess Cruises and Southwest Airlines to the Bermuda Department of Tourism. Leslie is also deeply involved in the travel PR world outside of the agency. She is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Travel and Tourism Section and HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International). As an expert in her field she is called upon to moderate panels, judge industry awards and speak at conferences. When she’s not living the good life in Brooklyn, Leslie and her husband are avid travelers always looking forward to the next adventure.

Favorite LDPR Memories: One of my best LDPR memories is riding on elephants with Laura in Thailand and holding on tight! I hadn’t realized how huge these animals are until we were very high up.

Next on the Travel Bucket List: I’m always adding to my travel bucket list -- next is Spain and Morocco-- I can’t wait to explore the history, culture, food and local experiences.

Where can you find me on the weekend: My weekends are a combination of enjoying my neighborhood and checking out a new exhibit at a museum or going to the theater -- and of course I walk just about everywhere to keep discovering amazing NYC!

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“America's Best PR
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Lifetime Achievement Award
Founder Laura Davidson
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Client Testimonials

We started working with LDPR in January 2020. Even with such minimal start-up time, they rose to, or rather, went beyond, expectations in guiding us through these challenging times. We cannot imagine a better partner to weather the demands of this past year. Their knowledge, creativity and resilience, not to mention flexibility, is remarkable. The wins they were able to achieve for The Islands of Tahiti, even with border closures and stringent health protocols, are remarkable. LDPR has quickly become part of the Tahiti Tourisme family, and we look forward to a bright future and long-term collaboration.
Kristin Carlson
Managing Director
Tahiti Tourisme
LDPR has been terrific to work with; their team professional and personable allowing for a smooth working relationship. Their efforts have produced fruitful relationships with world-class writers and editors of major hospitality publications, which have led to fantastic coverage for us. LDPR’s strategic planning and flexibility to pivot as needed and provide inspirational social support have been instrumental as we navigate through the recent hospitality upheaval. Thank you to the team at LDPR for your partnership.
Amy Taylor
Area Director of Commercial Strategy
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hawaii
We are so impressed with the results that LDPR delivers time and time again for both PR and social media. They are always responsive to our requests and are dynamic storytellers that move the needle. They've taken our social media presence to the next level by developing content that has created an engaged community around our resort, especially during the current pandemic. We are thankful to have them as our partner!
Melissa Michaane
Marketing Manager
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Client Testimonials

Ocean House, Rhode Island
Every time they deliver we raise the bar, and every time we raise the bar they manage to deliver. I cannot recommend them highly enough to any luxury hotel looking for world-class public relations representation.
Daniel Hostettler
Former Managing Director of Ocean House RI
Abercrombie & Kent
Our goal in using LDPR as our New York-based national PR agency was to expand our reach and frequency in luxury lifestyle media and launch a new product line, Extreme Adventures. Impressions in 2008 tripled with placements in the New York Times, Departures, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, Elite Traveler, Men’s Journal, Vogue, InStyle and emerging social media such as Globarati, Gadling and Paradizo.
Pamela Lassers
Director, Media Relations
LDPR are an extension of the VisitScotland team, consistently going above and beyond to help us achieve truly integrated activity resulting in a host of quality coverage through relationships with key media and brands. The team’s strategic guidance and ability to pivot in the face of the many challenges of 2020 has been invaluable. Their insights have undoubtedly informed our approach and elevated our work and will continue to do so as we navigate what the pandemic means for future travel.
Laura Mitchell
PR Manager
The speed, enthusiasm, creativity and attention to detail that LDPR puts into everything they do is evidenced in the amount and quality of press coverage generated for our Aman properties. Their network of contacts is vast and they have a very positive and reliable reputation within the industry. They are very much an extension of my in-house team and a joy to work with.
Anna Nash
Chief Marketing Officer