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  • Attention to Detail on a Global Scale

    Carey Kaspari began her career planning group travel for leading international travel companies, so it's really no surprise that she co-founded Global Tracks. Carey received business degrees in international studies and marketing, has traveled to more than ninety countries, and has a love of travel that continually grows as she strives to serve her staff and clients.

  • Dea Hoover and Declan Rutan: Are We There Yet?

    Dea Hoover, a 2015 Groups Today Innovator of the Year, founded Are We There Yet? LLC, which she runs with her husband, Declan Rutan, a 2015 Groups Today Top 10 Next Gen. Dea is also the third owner of Discover St. Louis, a Woman Owned Business Enterprise she's developed into a full-service receptive tour company. Dea and Declan plan, operate and lead all Are We There Yet? tours—across the country and the globe—and have traveled to all of the United States and 12 countries.

  • Effective Communication=Happy Travelers

    Dan Gleason went to the University of Northern Iowa for a degree in leisure, youth, and human services. Little did he know, the internship he took with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau would become his stomping ground for many more years to come.

  • 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.

  • Innovating to Meet the Next Generation of Travelers

    Although it was his mother who started Maxima Tours twenty-four years ago, it wasn’t until five years ago that Damon Allan joined the company and helped shape it into a solely family-owned business.

  • 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. 

  • Using Social Media to Maximize Reach

    Lisa Itel had spent her whole work life in retail—until her general manager at Woodburn Premium Outlets in Woodburn, Oregon, gave her a tourism project she dove into with all she had. Seven years later, Lisa’s passion for tourism blossomed into her current job of bringing tourism to Oregon, working hand-in-hand with community partners (even in the surrounding states), and helping to give the travel industry a voice on Capitol Hill.

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.