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  • How to Network When You're an Introvert

    As the travel show season arrives, extroverts may relish the opportunity to make new connections and see old aquaintances, while introverts might be a bit apprehensive. Introverts value quiet time—it's what recharges them. Introverts value in-depth conversation, but making small talk can feel draining.

  • Is Your Passport in Order?

    Help your clients be sure that their trip of a lifetime isn't marred by passport problems. Here are some tips to pass along on your website or newsletter to keep your clients on top of passport guidelines.

  • Lessons Learned

    Experience can be a great teacher, but sometimes the lessons are painful. May our contributors' collective wisdom save us all a few lumps.

  • Look Smart: Office Attire for Summer

    Office or beach? It really shouldn't be a guessing game. Your work attire needs to remain office-appropriate, even during the tricky summer months.

  • Niche Market: Wellness Travel

    The new year brings with it a sense of new begininnings. For many, that means attempts to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Wellness travel, a niche market that spans yoga retreats to plastic surgury, could be a timely pitch to your clients. Consider these elements of the market, reported by Wellness Tourism Worldwide:

  • Notice Anything Different About Groups Today eNews?

    You may have noticed your Groups Today eNews is being delivered daily, in smaller increments, instead of several stories in a weekly edition. Why the change?

  • Offering Woman Traveler Tours

    For women who want to travel but are single or have an uninterested partner, the option of traveling solo may seem like no option at all. That's where women traveler groups can meet a variety of needs, among them safety issues, logistics, and the desire for camaraderie.

  • Prepare for a Crisis: Beforehand

    Accidents are inevitable within the motorcoach industry. It's not if, but when your company will be involved in one—and you must be prepared.

  • River Cruising: On the Rise

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

  • 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.

  • Social Media: Are You Posting to the Right Place?

    Maintaining your social media presence can feel like a full-time job. In fact, for some people, it is!

  • Staying Sane During the Holidays

    This is a time of year when many are dealing with multiple stressors: Bad weather, family obligations, flu, planning for the holidays, and employees being away from work can all build up. Here are a few tips for keeping it together during the holiday season.

  • 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.

  • Top 10 Tips for Surviving Trade Show Season

    1. Bring business cards—lots of business cards. And be prepared to manage the ones you receive. Whether you use an app to scan and organize business cards or simply jot a few notes on the back of each, make sure they don't end up floating around your luggage for the next six months.

  • Top Apps for the Trade Show Season

    Attending a trade show this season? Try these apps for seamless presentations, data management, and overall organization.

    1) Microsoft PowerPoint: Turn your tablet into a streaming digital display without having to learn a whole new system.

  • Tourism Industry Quick to Embrace Pokémon Go

    If you haven't yet heard of the Pokémon Go craze, all you have to do is crawl out from under your rock and take an evening stroll in your closest populated area. Immediately, you should witness groups of 20-somethings walking around, heads down, staring at their phones. In fact, Pokémon Go already has as many Daily Active Users as Twitter—and the number is still increasing!

  • Trade Show Follow-Up

    How do you plan to keep in touch with people you met at your last conference or trade show? With the conference season in full swing, it's time to strategize how to make the most of your networking and trade show time and effort. These tips and tactics will be useful after your conference to continue growing your relationships.

  • Travel Exchange Appointment Scheduling

    NTA Members Await Opening Bell for Appointment Scheduling

    When NTA's Travel Exchange appointment scheduling system opens September 30, buyers and sellers will start making connections that will generate big-time business for them. One-on-one appointments are a key component of the convention in New Orleans, Jan. 18–22, 2015. At Travel Exchange '14, participants generated more than $150 million in total business.

  • 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:

  • Trip Insurance: Be Covered

    The added expense of trip insurance could be one of the best investments your clients make—but convincing them could be a hard sell, as many may mistakenly believe they are adequately covered through their credit cards, current health insurance, or tour provider. Educating clients is vital.

Recent Blogs

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

As it turns out, there's not enough testosterone on the golf course. Or in pools with swim-up bars, on lounge chairs under the shade of palm trees, and in fishin' boats on serene lakes. Travel is one of the best ways for men to build meaningful relationships with their friends, but the eminent "guy getaways" and "brocations" are taking a turn toward adrenaline-fueled activities.

4 Ways to Dive Deep in Group Travel

Time to dive deep into group travel.

Literally.

13 Things That Can Go Wrong on Group Tours

Anything that can go wrong on a group tour hopefully won't, but probably will ... at least once during your career.