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  • Student Travel Destination: Toronto

    Looking for the perfect destination to pitch to student group leaders? Consider Toronto. With theater opportunities, a "melting pot" atmosphere, and a range of sports and cultural activities to choose from, it's a destination that provides international flavor without international expense. Students don't even need a passport.

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  • ABA Announces Moxie Award

    The American Bus Association is pleased to announce that Groups Today magazine and Serendipity Media will be presenting their first Moxie Award at Marketplace, January 10 – 13, in St. Louis. ABA member companies may sign up now for consideration.

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  • Plzeň, Czech Republic: Metropolis of European Culture

    One of the world's largest artistic carousels with giant puppets spun in Western Bohemian Plzeň in early September, beginning the city's transformation into the European Capital of Culture 2015.

    Next year will be rich in extraordinary events in the Czech Republic. Traditional festivals and celebrations will be topped off in May by the World Championship in Ice Hockey. Meanwhile, West Bohemian Plzeň shall become the cultural capital of Europe. The project, which starts January 17, will offer more than fifty large shows and upward of six hundred other events during the year.

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Spotlight Collection

  • Magill's Famous Pizza & BuffetMagill's Famous Pizza & BuffetWelcome to Magill's Famous Pizza and Buffet - the premier restaurant for tour groups, school groups and birthday parties. For over 25 years, Magill's has been providing wholesome, quality food at reasonable prices to tourist groups, gatherings of friends ...
  • OMCA - Ontario Motor Coach AssociationOMCA - Ontario Motor Coach AssociationOMCA (Ontario Motor Coach Association) is one of the largest travel and tourism-related associations in Canada. Our members consist of bus operators, tour operators, product and service providers, and tourism suppliers (attractions, destinations, hotelier ...
  • Visit TucsonVisit TucsonWelcome to Tucson, a place that's comfortable. A bit off the beaten path, Tucson attracts the free-spirited, genuine, and young-at-heart. You'll find yourself in jaw-dropping, natural surroundings from sunrise to sunset, able to roam comfortably through ...
  • Edmonton TourismEdmonton TourismWhether you know us as the River City, Capital City, The City of Champions, or Canada’s Festival City, one thing’s for sure – if you are looking for an unforgettable and original experience you’ve come to the right place! We’re a big city with small town ...
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Featured Content

Trade Shows: Make the Most of Your Investment

Attending a trade show could represent a significant outlay of your marketing budget, depending on travel cost, booth rental, a professional display, promotional materials, and shipping. This could be a sound investment of marketing dollars, however, since attendance at trade shows is growing. According to the Center for Exhibition Research, trade show attendance has been growing steadily since 2009, with the travel industry ranking in the top three sectors for growth.

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AnnapolisNOW: There’s an App for That!

During the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau's (AAACCVB) 24th Annual Meeting on September 23, Chief Marketing Officer Frank DiVenti introduced the organization's AnnapolisNOW app, and invited the 105 guests in attendance to download the app to their smartphones on the spot. Designed to help visitors make the most of their time in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay, the app provides immediate access to information--from dining and lodging, to shopping and nightlife, to tours, attractions and events.

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LGBT Travel: Where are You Going?

Providing clients with a top-notch experience is always priority one. When working with LGBT clients, identifying gay-friendly destinations has always been a major factor. While some cities and regions have long billed themselves as LGBT-friendly, there are many destinations that have more recently decided to market themselves to this demographic. More options are always nice—and from coast to coast, there are more choices than ever for LGBT clients to consider.

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Recent Blogs

Your Next Customer May Have Said “NO” in the Past.

I was attending a conference about four years ago and it was the last day of the conference in the middle of "after lunch" appointments. In between appointments, I was talking with a friend, discussing the conference—the highs and lows, and everything in between. Then I looked at my watch and realized that I was two minutes into my next appointment. I told my friend that I would be right back, as I had talked with this particular person for the previous three shows and was told, "No, we're not going to offer our clients an international tour; it's too far away and not what we want to do."

Appreciation: It Goes a Long Way.

Every year, Destination DC hosts a feel-good event called "DC Loves Buses" day. This is a day where the tourism industry in Washington, D.C., comes together to thank tour bus drivers for all they do to bring group business into the city. The drivers are surprised with goodie bags and lunch, provided by our industry partners.

Learning to Go with the Flow

This personal story from Ragan Myers, one of Group Today's Top 10 Next Gens in Group Travel, is a perfect example of how tour planners need to be flexible and creative when things don't go as intended.