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Brian Jewell

Looking to the Future

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on January 19, 2017

 
 

If you went to meet your maker tomorrow, what would become of your organization? No, I’m not here to sell you life insurance. But I do think it’s important to talk about the future. Because if there is value in what you do as a travel leader — and I believe there is — then…

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While planning your next group getaway make sure to take a look at the convenience and diversity of Jim Beam Country in Shepherdsville-Bullitt County, KY, Just south of Louisville. For groups large and small, retired or working. We have the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. This 200 year old landmark features the fascinating art of bourbon…

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Located in the heart of Central Georgia, Macon is an engaging and welcoming city that invites you to stop and explore our beautiful architecture, cultural histories, and thriving arts & cultural communities. Macon is the perfect spot for a day-trip, vacation, or weekend getaway. Our central location makes Macon a convenient and affordable destination. Steeped…

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Nestled in south-central Oklahoma sits 7,648 square miles spread across 13 counties known as Chickasaw Country. In Chickasaw Country you’ll experience culture, nature, recreation, festivals, events and attractions. Groups visiting Chickasaw Country will uncover destinations for day trips, mystery tours, business meetings, family reunions, weekend retreats and getaways, as well as endless adventures such as…

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A relaxing escape, Georgia’s Coast has it all from miles of shoreline and windswept dunes to historic ports and towns. While a drive down I-95 might only take a couple hours, the journey is a lot more complete when you take the time to get better acquainted with the charming area. Travel along Scenic US…

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Top Travel Trends for 2017

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on December 29, 2016

 
 

It seems travel in 2017 will focus more on one thing: relaxation. Many of the top trends predicted for the year include popular ways to make travel easier and more laid back. Whirlwind trips with a checklist continue to fall in popularity, while a slower, simpler style of travel appears to be the tonic to…

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We asked our staff: “What is the most memorable hotel you have ever stayed in?” See our staff’s responses below!   “On a trip to New Orleans we stayed in the historic Omni Royal Orleans in the French Quarter. The hotel is gorgeous, the service was excellent, and the food was amazing. We enjoyed a…

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Brian Jewell

Get to Know America Again

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 09, 2016

 
 

One of the most overlooked benefits of travel is the opportunity it affords to get to know people who are unlike us in almost every way. We often think about the trips we’re planning based on the places we want to go and the things we want to do when we get there. Our itineraries…

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The Past Ten Years of Travel

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 02, 2016

 
 

What a difference a decade makes. I recently celebrated my 35th birthday, and the nostalgia of the occasion got me to thinking about what my life was like a decade ago. The differences are striking. I did a ton of traveling in 2006, including numerous research trips to destinations around the United States. The highlights,…

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Last month, I sat in on a presentation by a receptive tour operator who was giving travel industry representatives some advice about how they can succeed in working with tour operators. I was surprised to hear how often she emphasized the importance of returning client phone calls and emails, a best practice that some tourism…

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