ABA 2015 Marketplace Draws 3,000 To St. Louis

More than 3,000 travel industry delegates met in St. Louis, Missouri, January 10-13, for the 2015 American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace. While many of its members also run intercity and school bus operations, ABA is the largest membership organization for the group tour and charter industry in North America.



Governors’ Vision Created A Lasting Legacy for Travel South

Travel South USA is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, and executive director Liz Bittner has a pretty good idea why.



Duane Parrish Likes the Leverage Travel South USA Creates

Duane Parrish, the current chairman for Travel South USA, feels his state’s participation in Travel South USA creates marketing and sales opportunities.



Changing Horizons in the Cruise Industry

Bob Hoelscher reviews a dozen examples of innovative “packaged travel” products that are now readily available in the cruise marketplace.



Group Travel Family Announces 2015 Conference Schedule

In 2015, The Group Travel Family will feature seven major conferences where groups may network and find new travel products.



Tourism Cares Brings 
300 to L.A. Waterfront

Tourism Cares took its traveling workforce to the West Coast in November for restoration efforts on the Los Angeles waterfront



Inbound Operators From 17 Countries Attend Travel South

Travel South International Showcase drew 430 participants to New Orleans December 1-4, including 125 international inbound tour operators.



San Diego Park Celebrates Centennial

SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s Balboa Park, often referred to as the Smithsonian of the West for its concentration of major cultural institutions, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. The 1,200-acre Balboa Park features eight gardens, 15 museums, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe theater and the San Diego Zoo. Originally built for temporary use during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Balboa Park has…


Editorial And Sales Staff Look Forward To Busy 2015

Forging and maintaining dynamic industry alliances has long been a guiding principle at The Group Travel Leader Inc. As a result, a huge travel year looms in 2015 for the staff of the group travel industry’s most respected media company. “Our industry partners have grown accustomed to seeing our faces and enjoying the benefits of a strong working relationship with us,” said publisher…


Atlantic City Debuts Meet AC

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Atlantic City has reorganized its tourism promotion efforts and created a new entity, Meet AC, to handle leisure group tourism and convention marketing. Meet AC is a private, non-profit sales organization funded by the city’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). It takes the place of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVA), which was merged into the…