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  • Family Tradition, New Technology

    Following his family’s tradition of founding its own student travel companies, Justin Shuler created Group Travel Network in 2004, with a mission to create and grow relationships with the student groups the company helps plan trips for.

  • Flying with Musical Instruments

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a new rule that will take effect March 6, 2015, regarding United States airlines' obligation to accept musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage.

  • Robin Parker: Bringing Joy

    Robin Parker has spent nearly three decades in the student travel industry. When she graduated college in 1977, there were few jobs in her health and physical education major—just one opening for every 500 applicants. She was making $6,000 a year, working full time for a Catholic school, when a college friend mentiond his job as a tour director for a Pennsylvania company. He thought it would be a good fit for Parker; she needed other work to help survive.

  • Tapping the Student Travel Market

    Samuel Vetrak entered the student travel industry 15 years ago. He soon realized it was underdocumented, and that there was industrywide demand for data and insights. He founded market intelligence and business development company StudentMarketing in 2007, with the aim of providing the industry what it lacked.

  • Travel Trends by Age Demographic

    Knowing your demographic aids in planning your trip offerings, and in marketing. These are the recent trends associated with Student, Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom travelers:

Recent Blogs

Tale of a New Tourism Town

Could any small town in the world fathom receiving 1 million visitors in 40 days? It is not a dream, but a reality for Danzhai Wanda Town in China.

The Brain, Heart and Courage of ‘Wicked’

Since its premier in 2003, Wicked has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design.

"It's a great show. The music is fun. It's got a lot of spectacle. So many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked is very clever. People enjoy watching a take on a story they thought they knew so well," said Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of Wicked.

What's on the Horizon? Generation Z Travel Trends

Millennials better make some room in that plane, train or automobile: Generation Z is beginning to enter the travel scene. Consisting of people born in the late 1990s to 2010s, they have grown up in a connected and instantaneous environment. They're adaptive and technologically savvy global citizens with aspirations to change the world.

And they want to see the world, too.