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“I’m going to die. I’m going to die,” I kept repeating dramatically. Don’t worry; no, I was actually in no danger whatsoever. I was 14 and at the height of my adolescent melodramatics. I repeated the statement to my mother to underline my current suffering of trying to sleep in a stuffy car in the…

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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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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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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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With brewing traditions dating back to the earliest historical records, Europe remains king of craft beer. Beer aficionados will argue endlessly over their own personal favorite European beer locales, but a few stand out as especially celebrated. Here are six of the best places to drink a beer in Europe that should be included on…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “If you could have lunch with any figure from American history, who would it be, and what would you ask them?” Find out the who their American idols are below!   “It may sound cliche, but I would love to have a meal with George Washington….

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When was the last time you did something that wowed your customers? Group tours and cruises offer a level of service unmatched anywhere else in the travel industry. But if you’re not delivering “wow” experiences to your travelers, you’re missing out on the opportunity to convert them from occasional customers to loyal followers. If you…

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