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Virginia Beach is an ideal destination for group travelers thanks to its three distinct beaches, well-known and off-the-beaten-path attractions and opportunities to explore its 18,600 acres of parks and wildlife refuges in addition to the city’s great restaurants and shops. The Virginia Beach CVB also offers groups customizable packages through its “Live the Life Adventures,”…

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It’s been a long time since I’ve switched on a hotel room television. Last spring, in anticipation of the birth of our daughter, Daisy, my wife and I made the difficult decision to discontinue our cable service at home. In its place, we began subscribing to Netflix and Hulu, two online streaming video services that…

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In 1859, New Orleans’ fabled French Opera House opened at Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter, becoming a focal point of Deep South society. For 60 years, hundreds of operas were presented there. There were also elegant balls and social events for New Orleans’ Creole society.  The Opera House is long-gone, but the…

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It’s easy to find fun for your group in Columbus. That’s because the city is loaded with a diverse range of experiential activities, attractions, districts, and dining spots that are sure to please even your most discerning. Here, we share a glimpse of what Ohio’s largest city shares with you. Treasures that’ll have you traveling…

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If the taxi industry had innovated when it had the chance, it wouldn’t be shaking in its boots over Uber. If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, you soon will. This technology-based ride-sharing company enables people who need transportation to open an app on their smartphones, input their location and destination, and then wait just…

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Lincoln, Nebraska has always been considered one of the best-kept secrets of the Midwest. With a population over 260,000 Lincoln offers all the amenities of a metropolitan city with all the charm and friendliness of a small town. Lincoln is a year–round destination that has something for everyone: one-of-a-kind restaurants, world-class shopping, historic sites and…

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Most people know Philadelphia is the Birthplace of the Nation, but do they know it was dubbed the #3 destination in “52 Places to go in 2015” by The New York Times? And have you heard the news about the Pope making his first visit to the United States to take part in the 8th…

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If there were one thing about group travel that you could change, what would it be? Our industry is in the middle of an important transition period. Tour operators and travel suppliers understood the previous generation of travelers well and tailored group trips to fit their tastes. But as the Greatest Generation ages out of…

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One of my favorite little-known units administered by our National Park Service is the extraordinary John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (JDFB), created in north-central Oregon by Act of Congress in 1975. This facility deserves to be upgraded to full “National Park” status, but regardless, it makes an ideal addition to a tour itinerary visiting…

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The recent free fall of petroleum prices has reminded me that as a youngster, I would regularly walk from my family’s suburban St. Louis home to a nearby discount service station (self-serve had yet to be invented) with a gallon can to get gasoline, so I could cut the grass with our power lawn mower….

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