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As the heat of summer melts into cool autumn days and fiery colors fill trees, groups get on board when Amish Country meets Irish Country in this uniquely themed fall tour. Travel scenic byways bursting with color passing horse and buggies along the way on this group exclusive Fall Frolic Brown Bag Tour. Spend the…

 
 

*Article Sponsored by Rapid City CVB* Visiting America’s National Parks is always rewarding, offering exceptional access to nature, history and inspiring stories. But 2016 promises an even greater experience, thanks to two significant anniversaries: The National Parks Service Centennial and the 75th Anniversary of the Completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. With multiple parks and…

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All too often in life, there’s a disappointing difference between what you see and what you get. Fast-food hamburgers look fresh, plump and delicious in TV commercials. But when I unwrap a burger after pulling out of a drive-through, I’m always disappointed to find a stale, shriveled, greasy mess. The lettuce is not crisp, and…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “What is your favorite scenic drive in America?” Find out their favorite road trips below!   “I have not driven Highway 1 in California, nor have I driven those long, lonely stretches of highway across the American West, so I cannot claim a comprehensive reservoir of knowledge…

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*Article Sponsored by Paducah CVB* Watch Paducah’s new Signature Experiences video here. Take a deep dive into the key cultural attractions that acquaint you with Paducah, Kentucky’s significance as a UNESCO Creative City. Customize an itinerary of Paducah Signature Experiences, a collection of new and immersive tours, performances and experiences exclusively for groups. Amazing Fiber…

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Mac Lacy

2016 Travel Planner Trends

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on June 20, 2016

 
 

It seems to be a good use of this column once a year to summarize what I learned from the buyer breakout sessions at our annual Select Traveler Conference. At these sessions, I ask group travel planners various questions about their current trips. • On the issue of travel interests in light of international terrorism…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “What is your favorite patriotic attraction in the United States?” Find out the who their American idols are below! For me, Washington, D.C., is the most patriotic city in America, and walking around the National Mall is a great lesson in American history, but Arlington National Cemetery…

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*Article sponsored by the Greater Birmingham CVB* When tour groups get down to Birmingham, they get down to the business of exploring the city’s personality. Among the themed tours are trips to sample the city’s locally-produced snacks, real Southern dining and the influence of immigrants on the city’s cuisine. Other tours explore the diversity of…

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One day’s mysterious and inaccessible country can turn into the next tourism hot spot tomorrow in this fast-paced world. With modern advancements and familiarization with a destination, mindsets about travel can change within just a few years. Keep these exotic destinations in mind when planning your next or future group trips.   1.) Ecuador Since…

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Nobody likes to hear complaints. But if you deal with them the right way, complaints can help you hone your skills as a travel planner and build better relationships with your customers. If you take enough people on enough trips, sooner or later something is going to go wrong. And when that happens, someone is…

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