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  • Holiday Travel Packing Tips

    As we enter a busy family-travel time of year, many clients may be anticipating the stress of canceled flights and lost luggage. Help them eliminate one of those stressors by sharing these tips for traveling carry-on-only.

  • How To Be Social Online

    Business used to be conducted at a conference table, on the golf course or over drinks. Though this is still commonplace, more and more business is being done online.

  • 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.

  • Matt Lauer Had to Go. Here's Why.

    For as long as I can remember, my mornings started with Matt Lauer on the screen. One morning, when my boys were young, one looked at the screen and thought Matt was my husband. (They have the same haircut. We giggled for days over that one.) For years, Matt was a staple in our home, bringing us news and events.

  • 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.

  • Skyrocket Your Social Ad Success

    Are you focusing on creating engaging visual content for your clients online? Do you want to skyrocket your reach? Social ads are the answer! Let's dive into five targeting tactics to launch your next campaign.

  • 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!

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.