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  • Airplane Etiquette

    Survey Reveals Americans' Attitudes About Air Travel Behaviors

  • Bon Voyage Mementos: Market Your Business. Show Your Clients Appreciation.

    Gifts for the trip could be an excellent way to market your business and show your clients you appreciate them. The cost/benefit ratio is important, though, as is choosing items that are highly useful: You don't want items to end up shoved in a drawer or, worse, in the trash. Consider how best to include your logo.

  • 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.

  • Discouraging ID Theft

    People travel for different reasons, but their potential risks are the same. Whether you're on a mandatory business trip, traveling with a group or jetting off on a vacation you've been planning for years, you could let your guard down. 

  • Eating My Way Through My First Business Trip to China

    At this time in my career, I am lucky to say that I've had the opportunity to travel around the world to promote live theatre in New York. When I first started promoting Broadway to the international travel market, I was tagging along with my bosses to places such as London and Berlin. For the most part these were pretty "easy" markets to work with--there was not typically a language barrier, the people were familiar with the products, and I had seasoned professionals with decades of international travel experience to guide me.

  • 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.

  • From the Field: Preventing Negative Experiences

    No group tour provider wants to hear that his or her clients aren't happy with their lodgings. Justin Shuler and Camille Sperrazza share tips for preventing dissatisfaction.

  • Handling Stragglers: Tips & Tricks

    You'd think the excitement of travel—of an anticipated trip—would have people champing at the bit and raring to hit the road. Mostly, that's true. But what if you have a straggler or two who throws things off for fellow travelers? If this is a problem you need to tackle—or nip in the bud—consider these tips, tricks, and tactics.

  • Influencing the Decision Makers

    It's estimated that women make 80 to 90 percent of the decisions regarding leisure travel for their families.

  • 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.

  • River Cruising: On the Rise

    For clients who don't see themselves as the "cruise type," river cruising may be just the thing.

  • Safeguarding Passports

    Each year more than 300,000 passports are reported lost or stolen by U.S. citizens, according to State Department statistics.

    The US Travel Insurance Association (USTIA) advises

  • Security Matters: 5 Must-Do Items

    I was honored when Raymond "Bud" Geissler (SYTA Youth Foundation treasurer) and the Student & Youth Travel Association invited me to present at the 2014 SYTA Summit in Puerto Rico. According to TSA News, infringement of passengers' civil rights is one of the most controversial and unpleasant aspects of travel, and is extending to bus and train systems, as well. The Transportation Security Administration detains and conducts searches on citizens at bus and railroad stations, ferries, tunnels, ports, subways, truck weigh stations, rest areas, and special events. My presentation? Security Matters: 5 Must-Do Items.

  • The Ebola Effect: Tour Operator Amends Cancelation Policy

    It's a highly unlikely event, but should health officials report a confirmed case of Ebola within 500 miles of an Austin Adventures vacation host city, the company is announcing that it will waive its trip cancelation fee.

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.