Brian Jewell

I Can and I Will

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on June 01, 2017

 
 

“I can and I will.” I have uttered that mantra under my breath dozens of times over the past two months. And I’m starting to believe it. If you have been involved in the tourism industry for any length of time, you may have noticed that this line of work comes with some specific occupational hazards….

 
 

We asked our staff, “What are your summer travel plans?” Discover what our staff will be up to with their responses below.   “We are making our annual summer trek to Grayling, Michigan, to visit my parents and go fly fishing and canoeing on the Au Sable River. My kids are also begging me to…

 
 

Group tours come to Birmingham from across the country for the year ‘round menu of special events. The calendar is packed with outdoor art shows, ethnic and regional food festivals, and music events showcasing bluegrass, country and symphony pops performances. Other events spotlight independent film, locally-crafted beer and wine, and historically significant events from Birmingham’s…

 
 

I just finished my favorite “quick read” on travel trends for the year ahead. Nothing tells me more about what groups are doing and not doing than the comments we get from our buyer breakout sessions held at the annual Select Traveler Conference each February. So here are seven travel trends or ideas I gleaned from…

 
 

In Clarksville, Tenn. hospitality, heritage, and hometowns reign supreme. It’s in the friendly smiles of strangers. It’s the at home feeling you get even when you’re far from home. From our picturesque historic downtown to our rolling countryside, Clarksville welcomes you with open arms. Bringing your group to Clarksville means you are going to get…

 
 

Be Native Tours is a receptive tour operator company based in Oklahoma City that specializes in group tour opportunities throughout the south-central region of the United States. Be Native Tours offers an array of tour options from custom itineraries, step-on guide services and fly-drive tours to one-day excursions and extended adventures. No group is too…

 
 
 

With airlines, sometimes the price isn’t the only consideration. Just read the news to learn why some consumers desire customer service over the bottom line. For those looking for an airline that will treat them right, one of the best ways is comparing their frequent flier programs with other airlines. The U.S. News and World…

 
 

We asked our staff, “If you could travel to any historic site in the world, what would it be?” Learn the top historic attractions on our staff’s bucket list below.   “I’m going to have to say I’d like to visit and play the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, which is traditionally considered…

 
 

CASEY NICHOLAW AND HIS JOURNEY TO BROADWAY’S BIGGEST NEW HIT, ALADDIN For twelve years he sang and danced in the choruses of multiple Broadway shows. Then, while performing in the Dr. Seuss musical Seussical, Casey Nicholaw had an epiphany. He says, laughing, “I was in a cage on stage in a purple yarn suit singing…

 
 

Make Milwaukee a stop on your next tour – this urban-easy city on the coast of Lake Michigan is full of surprises! It’s been a long time since Milwaukee earned the name “Brew City,” but this brew is far from flat. The city’s unique combination of brewing history, brewing giant MillerCoors and passionate craft breweries…