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Profiles

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

Dea Hoover, a 2015 Groups Today Innovator of the Year, founded Are We There Yet? LLC, which she runs with her husband, Declan Rutan, a 2015 Groups Today Top 10 Next Gen. Dea is also the third owner of Discover St. Louis, a Woman Owned Business Enterprise she's developed into a full-service receptive tour company. Dea and Declan plan, operate and lead all Are We There Yet? tours—across the country and the globe—and have traveled to all of the United States and 12 countries.

As you gear up for the travel show season, making appointments and deciding with whom you wish to spend your precious networking time, consider catching up with Groups Today's Next Gens, recognized in our January/February 2015 edition: Rebekka Betts, Fowler Black, Ali Brewer, Nicholas Faranda, Roger Dudley, Allison French, Matt Luckett, Declan Rutan, Robert Miller, Esq., and Daniel Stuby.

Pam Inman entered travel and tourism in the early 1980s, working for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and, later, the Tennessee Department of Environment, where she oversaw marketing of the state's resort parks.

Those with years in the travel industry have faced big changes and incredible challenges.

Since 1991, Bob Hofmann has worked to make a deeper connection between Broadway and the travel industry, focusing on wholesale distribution programs including group and individual FIT ticketing and promotions. All the while, he's felt strongly about the importance of youth group travel.

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.