Destination Directory

Profiles

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

Jackie Antonucci | Sales & Marketing Manager, Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia | Co-founder, Party Partners of Philadelphia

Jackie Antonucci celebrates 12 years with Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, as of January 2016. She co-founded Party Partners of Philadelphia, a powerful group of women in the hospitality industry. She works closely with the CVB and consistently travels for sales calls and trade shows to drive new business into the venue. Jackie volunteers on the SYTA board committee for 2016. She attends Arcadia University, studying for her MBA with a global perspective and graduating in May.

Jeff Homad is joining the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau as its vice president of convention sales and services. In this role, Homad will direct all convention sales and services for the CVB and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The time has come! Nominate the women you believe to be the upper echelon of the group travel industry. Groups Today magazine wants to recognize the Most Influential Women in Group Travel, and the 2016 nomination period has begun! Click here for the 2016 nomination form. The winners will be featured in the upcoming print edition of Groups Today magazine. Read on for a glimpse of some of the previous winning women.

Heather Colache is the National Tourism Manager for Meet AC, Atlantic City Convention & Group Sales. During her 25-year tenure in the tourism industry, Heather has learned that there is often more to a city than first meets the eye. 

Cazenave Argentina has been a trusted group tour operator since 1991—and the company's director, Jorge Cazenave, has been there every step of the way. While this family business began as an outbound agricultural tour operator arranging trips to the United States, Canada and Australia, it has since diversified its offerings.

Recent Blogs

This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.