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Auburn-Opelika CVB Hails Smaller Meeting Sites

SALEM, Ohio — Domestic tourism is a major economic force in America as more vacationers hit the road and as more people enjoy travel as a group. Group tourism is booming because of a strong economy and the fact that 10,000 people turn 65 in America every day. That’s 91,000 busloads of new travelers each year, which account for a lot of hotel rooms, meals and museum admissions.

Along with the strong tourism uptick comes the desire to visit and experience new destinations and venues. The Group Travel Family has recognized the travel needs of group and meeting planners for over 25 years and has built a strong presence to help travelers discover towns and cities they would otherwise never experience.

“We pride ourselves in holding a travel conference in the midsize or smaller city that allows the travel planner to discover new destinations and venues,” said Joe Cappuzzello of The Group Travel Family.

The Group Travel Family is dedicated to group travel planners and operates seven national travel meetings each year. Conferences include the Select Traveler Conference, the Going On Faith Conference, the African American Travel Conference, Boomers In Groups, the AgritourismWorld Summit, the Small Market Meetings Conference and TravelTalks.

“I love these off-the-beaten-path locations you all choose, like Berlin, Ohio; South Bend [Indiana]; and now French Lick, Indiana,” said Cindy Pugh of the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau in Alabama. “I love all of your shows and prefer them over the big obnoxious ones that are held at massive resorts with speakers that cost $100,000. Keep up the great work.”

From midsize destinations like Little Rock, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama;  Cheyenne, Wyoming; Green Bay, Wisconsin; South Bend; and Ontario, California, to jewels including French Lick; Holmes County, Ohio; and Merrillville, Indiana, The Group Travel Family will keep spreading the word about tourism in the “real” America.

You can reach Pugh and the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau at 866-880-8747 or visit online at