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The Wide World of Sports Travel with Jay Smith

Jay Smith found his calling at the intersection of sports and travel.

Smith, founder of Sports Travel and Tours, joins the Gather and Go podcast to talk about how he creates incredible value for his customers by taking them to sports events. He also shares how he found his place in tourism, how to stand out in a crowded market and how he gauges customer interest in new travel products.

Plus, we have news about the cruise industry’s record-breaking sales season; a Road Tip about how to remember your hotel room number; and a Hot Minute looking back on the third anniversary of the COVID shutdown.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

To learn more about Sports Travel and Tours, call 800-662-4424 or visit

Find our U.S. Civil Rights Trail Travel Guide at

Key Moments From This Episode

0:51 — Travel News: A recording-breaking sales season for cruise lines

2:02 — Road Tip: Never forget your room number again

5:50 — Discover America’s civil rights history

9:22 — How Jay Smith found his place in tourism

13:27 — The benefits of packaging sports events

17:34 — Standing out in a crowded travel market

20:47 — Combining sports with tourism activities

22:51 — The beautiful diversity of the sports travel community

27:39 — Managing travel groups at crowded sporting events

30:15 — Solving the affordability problem in sports travel

44:40 — Hot Minute: Looking back on three years of COVID

About the Podcast

Gather and Go with Brian Jewell is a podcast that helps group travel leaders plan, promote and lead better trips. Tour operators and travel agents listen to each episode, as do affinity group travel planners, destination marketers, museum leaders, church travel leaders and other tourism professionals and enthusiasts around the world. Each show includes a featured conversation with a smart and influential travel leader. You’ll also hear travel news, road tips and more. New episodes are released about twice monthly.

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