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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

  • Jazz at Lincoln CenterJazz at Lincoln CenterJazz at Lincoln Center is a world-renowned cultural institution under the leadership of Managing & Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. Centrally located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, Jaz ...
  • Great Wolf Lodge SanduskyGreat Wolf Lodge SanduskyGreat Awaits... Great Wolf Lodge - Sandusky is the perfect venue for your school’s next outing. With group-friendly rates, private space to gather, banquet menus for any budget and ample free bus parking, an amazing adventure is waiting. Perfect for sch ...
  • Papillon Grand Canyon HelicoptersPapillon Grand Canyon HelicoptersGRAND CANYON HELICOPTER, AIRPLANE & BUS TOURS Sign up! • Make Bookings! • Earn Money! Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters' and Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines' Internet affiliate program. Sign up for the affiliate program and book via www.Papillon.com or www ...
  • Travel JuneauTravel JuneauIn Juneau, Alaska's scenic capital city, cosmopolitan charm and rich history combine with the stunning wilderness of the Tongass National Forest and the bountiful waters of the Inside Passage. Juneau is Southeast Alaska's hub with convenient air and ferry ...
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Featured Content

Networking When You’re an Introvert

Introverts value quiet time—it's what recharges them. Introverts value in-depth conversation, but making small talk can feel draining. While we all acknowledge the importance of building a professional network, networking events can be stressful for introverts. Even people who don't necessarily consider themselves introverts might find themselves feeling uncomfortable at the prospect of engaging with a large group of strangers. How many times have you attended a networking event only to see people from the same office interacting mainly with each other? It's our tendency to stick within our comfort zone. Here are some tips to maximize your networking opportunities:

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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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Recent Blogs

Persistence Pays Off: Turning No into Yes

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.