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Sometimes what stands out from a movie most is not the characters or cinematic themes, but the backdrop. After learning that “The Sound of Music” filmed in Salzburg, Austria, I longed to go to the town that seemed so charming when Julie Andrews sang and danced down its streets. On a Sound of Music-themed tour…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader the question: “What is your best food memory from your childhood?” Find out what foodie memories these seasoned travelers recalled below!   I grew up on Ferrell’s Hamburgers in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Taciturn women in green aprons smash ground beef patties onto a sizzling grill, then load them…

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Brian Jewell

Counting Motorcoaches

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on February 16, 2016

 
 

“During our busy season, I drive past every hotel in town and count the motorcoaches in the parking lots every morning on my way to work. It’s the only way that we have any idea how many groups are coming.” During a research trip last year, I was discussing the issue of tracking group business…

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Virtual reality technology isn’t just a Star Trek episode, but a useful tool becoming more and more mainstream by the year. Though currently more of a luxury travel feature, as with most technology, it’s expected to filter down into all types of travel eventually. Stay on top of this rising trend by learning how you…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader the question: “What is one of your most memorable live music experiences?” Find out what unforgettable tunes these seasoned travelers recalled below!   Since my husband and I graduated college within a few months of each other we decided to celebrate with a trip to New Orleans….

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You might think that January’s cold drudgeries and brown landscape would be enough to convince someone to daydream their way into taking a vacation. Yet as more Americans work later in life, many group travel planners may find it challenging to convince employed potential travelers to take a break from the office and sign up…

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How do you appease both the beach bum and the avid explorer? An all-inclusive resort in a fascinating destination can pacify all types of travelers. Plus, it gives your more independent boomer travelers the autonomy to choose whether they would like to relax or seek out a memorable adventure. These all-inclusive resorts can function much…

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I’ll admit it — I’ve fallen asleep on a tour bus before, in the middle of a guide’s presentation. And I’m willing to bet that you probably have, too. It’s not just something that has happened once or twice. Whenever I’m on a tour that includes long stretches of driving and guide commentaries, chances are good…

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Even if you never turn on a computer or television screen, just walking through any major retail store will inform you of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie. “Star Wars” ice cream, makeup, bathrobes and even oranges line the aisles of shops as part of one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever….

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What does leadership mean to you? We use the term “leader” a lot around our office. Volunteer travel organizers are often referred to throughout the tourism industry as “group leaders.” And the word is even part of our company name and magazine title: The Group Travel Leader. But for all of the talk of group leaders…

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