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

What's on the Horizon? Generation Z Travel Trends

Millennials better make some room in that plane, train or automobile: Generation Z is beginning to enter the travel scene. Consisting of people born in the late 1990s to 2010s, they have grown up in a connected and instantaneous environment. They're adaptive and technologically savvy global citizens with aspirations to change the world.

And they want to see the world, too.

Natural Disasters and Tourism

The recent hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, the earthquake in Mexico, and floods occurring in parts of Europe ought to serve once again to remind us that much of the tourism industry is dependent on Mother Nature. Although we tend to focus tourism security more on human actions such as terrorism or crime, these acts of nature are as or often even more deadly than acts perpetrated by humans.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Brand Activism in Diverse Political Climates

West Michigan was unseasonably warm last month.

I was beginning to think sweating was my new way of life.

The weather certainly seems to be symbolic of where we are as a country right now—chaotic, confused and heated.