Last May, I wrote a column in this magazine with some advice for tour operators and travel planners about acting professionally during familiarization (FAM) tours and professional events. Some readers in the travel industry have since asked for a follow-up article that would address FAM tours from their point of view. In 15 years of…

 
 

Inspired by his lifelong interest in architecture and gardens, world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly has created installations for a wide variety of settings, from public spaces and museums to private homes and gardens—now including Biltmore®. Offered May 17–October 7, 2018, Chihuly at Biltmore is a monumental exhibition showcasing breathtaking large-scale glass sculptures in an equally…

 
 

A trip to Chickasaw Country promises adventure, history, culture and beautiful scenery in south-central Oklahoma. From a celebrity eatery to nationally renowned festivals, groups traveling to the area can expect adventures tailored to every interest. The largest tribal cultural center, located in Sulphur, Oklahoma, immerses guests in the story of the Chickasaw people. Nestled in…

 
 

A  few months before the birth of our daughter in 2014, my wife, Laura, and I took a “babymoon” trip to Nashville to enjoy one last weekend of freedom before becoming parents. We took it slow, sleeping in late and enjoying brunch at a local hot spot, then spent Saturday afternoon at Cheekwood Estate and…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s your favorite way to spend the Fourth of July?” Find out our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. “Our family starts the day off at the local neighborhood Fourth of July parade and picnic at the park. The rest of the day is spent with…

 
 
 

Every decision I have made today has been with one goal in mind: Tonight, I want to fall asleep sitting up straight. As I write this column, I’m waiting at a departure gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport. It’s about 8 p.m., and I’ve been traveling since early afternoon. Two flights down, and one more…

 
 

When sending your clients to Southern California, a “Must-Shop-Stop” is the Outlets at Tejon, conveniently located approximately an hour north of LA on I-5. You will find your favorite American brands with savings up to 65% at more than 60 upscale fashion, home goods and accessories stores. Your clients will love it when you add…

 
Mac Lacy

Meaningful Media

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on May 16, 2018

 
 

As evidenced by this outstanding magazine, print is far from dead. At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the publishing industry, I’ll just say that current events are confirming that every type of media is ultimately judged for what it can and cannot do. It is digital media that is under the microscope…

 
 

Taking group trips can be amazing. But organizing, marketing, selling and collecting payments? Not so much. If you’re like most tourism professionals, you got into the business because you love travel and you love people. Days on the road with a group of your friends can be among the highlights of your year. And your…

 
 

Be Native Tours is a tour operating company out of Oklahoma City specializing in group tour opportunities throughout the south-central region of the United States. Be Native Tours offers custom itineraries, fly-drive tours, one-day excursions, step-on guide and transportation services. Be Native Tours can assist groups in reaching a variety of destinations, including but not…