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  • Caution Reminders for Foreign Travel

    Last week's attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis,Tunisa, left more than twenty foreign tourists dead in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants as "the first drop of the rain." What does this mean for tourism, in this region and beyond? Certainly a decrease in travel to countries in this area.

  • Effective Connections, Beyond the Latest Trends

    When Justin Osbon worked as an intern to get through college, his current job really found him more than he found it. Image Tours is a three-generation family-owned company, and Justin has become a part of the family through his years of personal growth and thirst for learning.

  • 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.

  • Fine-Tuning a Legacy of Customer Service

    Next gens Elizabeth, Joe, and John Hall Jr. grew up together in the travel industry, under their father’s wing. They joined his tour groups in destinations such as Nashville, Florida, Arizona, and Alaska. When they were older, each sibling chose separately to rejoin their father and continue his business.

  • Is Cuba the Next Big Thing?

    How will recent changes impact the travel industry?

    With major changes in U.S. policy in regards to Cuba, U.S. travelers may soon discover what European and Canadian travelers have known for years: Cuba is a highly desirable vacation destination.

  • Mississippi Charm

    If you can dream it, you can do it in Mississippi. There's no better way to immerse yourself in this Southern haven than to let the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B flow through your head while the people and sights capture your heart.

  • Mr. Maryland: Rich Gilbert

     For those of us who’ve been in the group travel industry awhile, when you think of Maryland you automatically think of Rich Gilbert. The small state operates on a tight budget, but its consistency in the marketplace, creative marketing efforts, cooperative programs, and partnerships have positioned Maryland to be successful in all it does.

  • New Tourism Developments in 2014

    The staff of the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is excited about the new opportunities that tourism industry partners will make available to York County visitors in the New Year. Additions to major attractions and new developments will give York County’s tourism amenities a competitive advantage.

  • One Packed Colorado Springs Itinerary

    Breeze through Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas where your groups will take in the arts, history, military, and culture of the region's past, present, and future.

  • Quilt Man on Making an Impression on Visitors

     Batman has Robin. Quilt Man has Bobbin. Then again, maybe more accurately, Quilt Man has Paducah, Kentucky

    Who is Quilt Man? We wanted to know about this colorful character who flies outside of the box and makes an impression upon Paducah visitors. We neededto know. That sparked a conversation with Fowler Black, Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau sales director and the man behind the elegantly rendered mask.

  • Sharing the Long Beach Love

    Ragan Myers was born and raised in the Long Beach, Washington, tourism community, and it’s easy to hear her enthusiasm for Long Beach and her job. With a face-to-face meeting or phone conversation, anyone could tell that she enjoys talking with people—the thing she loves most about her day-to-day life. Ragan doesn’t think of strangers as strangers, but rather people she’s just not friends with yet.

  • Shopping+Tourism: What’s Not to Love?

    With her background in retail, it seems as though a career at Mall of America would be the perfect fit for Isabella Rhawie. While was growing up, she helped her parents run their jewelry store and was always taught that hard work is good for you.

  • Sold on Washington, D.C.

    Through the eyes of her seventh-grade self, Morgan Maravich fell in love with Washington, D.C. Every year after that initial trip to the nation’s capital, her parents gave her the chance to travel back to the city she loved and leave her home in Pittsburgh, so she could keep alive her dreams of one day working for the city. 

Recent Blogs

Lessons Learned During 2017

Once again, the travel and tourism industry faces both new and ongoing challenges. Travel and tourism cannot be separated from the world context in which they operate. Be that context political states of war, or one of health issues or of economic undulations, what occurs throughout the world touches every aspect of tourism. It is for this reason that every once in a while, it is good for travel and tourism professionals to take a step back and to review at least some of the basic fundamentals of their industry.

Tour Planner Versus the Internet: Why (and How) the Travel Planner Will Win

We are in the midst of a digital transformation. More and more, travelers use the Internet to find travel inspiration and information. They can easily book flights and hotels—now more than ever, thanks to Google. There are apps to hail transportation, book table reservations and more.

10 Key Travel Moments from 2017

Each new year brings an air of hope. When the Trump administration instated the first travel ban in January, however, it looked like 2017 was off to a turbulent start for the travel industry. This year definitely had its rough patches, yet there were good things, too.

With each setback, the travel industry rallied together and proved that the industry isn't just an industry—but a community determined to change the world through remarkable destinations and extraordinary experiences.