Destination Directory

Profiles

Our writers share an in-depth look at the "who's who" of group travel leaders, business owners and suppliers.

Eric Peterson, President of The Air Travel Group, grew up in Menominee, a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His family never traveled—it simply wasn't in the budget. Yet, Peterson discovered his passion for travel when he visited Orlando, Florida, with BPA his senior year of high school.

Tim Wilson, nominated as one of the 2017 Top 10 Next Gens by Groups Today readers for making a difference in the industry, began working in the travel and tour industry during college—and has never looked back. Today, he serves as the Director of Business Development for United Bus Technology, Inc.

When Broadway Inbound brought its NYC Center Stage event to NTA Travel Exchange for the second year, the audience was delighted. The program, which began at IPW in 2012, features high-energy performances from Broadway actors, dancers and singers—with a twist.

"(Broadway Inbound Vice President) Bob Hofmann wanted to bring back New York as a destination, with Broadway as the calling card," notes Peter Waugh, Domestic Sales Manager, Broadway Inbound. Along with its partners, Broadway Inbound helped bring the city—and Broadway—to life through individual stories, told by the people who live and love New York. The connection is strong.

Julius Stecker, one of the 2017 Top 10 Next Gens nominated by Groups Today readers for making a difference in the industry, has worked in group travel for over 10 years. He currently serves as the Director of Group Sales and Business Development with Mayflower Tours.

In 2006, Daniel Andrew, one of the Groups Today 2017 Top 10 Next Gens, founded Trademark Tours while a student at Harvard. In 2011, he founded City Wine Tours, bringing his knowledge of the touring industry to wine-lovers in Boston and New York. Today, his companies employ over 100 people.

Recent Blogs

Generation X: Travel Trends

Once upon a time, Generation X was considered a cohort of apathetic, grungy loners blasting angry music, Today, they're working professionals and mature adults raising families. Sandwiched between the baby boomers and millennials, Gen X is sometimes considered the "Lost Generation," but they're about 68 million strong and account for 25 percent of the population—and 31 percent of total income, according to OpenForum. Gen X is at a point where they have money to spend on travel. Here are a few trends shaping their plans.

Giving Back to the Comeback City

"The only thing we ask is you love our city as much as we do," said Aaron Foley, appointed Neighborhood Storyteller for the city of Detroit and author of the book How to Live in Detroit without Being a Jackass.

Baby Boomer Travel Trends

For baby boomers, travel is, well, booming. According to the AARP 2017 Travel Trends Report, 99 percent of boomers plan to take at least one leisure trip this year, with an average of five or more trips. But why do they want to travel, and where do they want to go? The report uncovered several trends.