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Doing Durango and Southwest Colorado

Fanning out from the historic town of Durango, groups can savor Western ambience, sample Native American heritage and marvel at the incomparable majesty of the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.

Epicurean Escapades: Cooking Vacations are Hot

Edible Destinations.com dishes up flavorful forays for travelers open to exploring regional cuisines and dabbling in the culinary arts

The Godmother of Educational Travel: J. Mara DelliPriscoli

In an interview conducted on the inaugural cruise of the Avalon Impression, Leisure Group Travel publisher Jeff Gayduk talks with J. Mara DelliPriscoli, president of Travel Learning Connections, about the state of educational travel

Simple Strategies for Building Your Tour Business

Hosting a FAM tour, developing theme itineraries and partnering with like-minded people all should be part of a game plan to expand group travel business.

Expand Your Horizons and Offer Learning Vacations

Tour planners can satisfy the increasing demand for tours with an educational component by designing their own program or buying into an existing trip offered by a company that specializes in learning vacations.

Rewarding Superior Performance: Group Travel Awards

Readers of Leisure Group Travel are invited to vote for their favorite group travel suppliers in the new Group Travel Awards program sponsored jointly by the magazine, its sister publication in London and Hotel Planner.

Gordon Bartlett: When it comes to the tour business, this guy really did write the book

Gordon Bartlett took advantage of an early retirement package from IBM in 1991 to start a tour business with his wife in Lake Havasua, AZ. For nearly 20 years, Gordon and Patty escorted 171 tours and cruises, taking 7,315 passengers on tours ranging from the Western U.S. to destinations in all parts of the world. Bartlett sold his company in 2011 and while preparing the new owner for a successful transition, he created a book titled How to Start and Operate a Profitable Tour Business.

Clarissa Erickson: From DMO to DMC

Some people in this business you know by name alone. Others by LinkedIn profile, or by email exchanges. The characters? You know them from trade shows. Amidst the sea of suits, some people stand out. Clarissa Erickson is one of those. Enjoy this edition of Take 5, as Clarissa takes you on her journey from behind the bar to behind the microphone.

Michael Embrey, FunMe Events

Michael Embrey has navigating the shifting group travel market by staying one step ahead of trends

Latest News

Tennessee Smokies Awaits New Dolly Parton Resort

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee opens in summer of 2015.

World’s Largest Duty-Free Shop Opens in China

The city of Sanya on China’s Hainan island is renowned for its beaches and tropical setting, but it’s now also home to the world’s largest duty-free shopping center.

Wave of New Theme Parks Following Disney’s Lead in China

With the $4.4-billion Shanghai Disney resort slated to open in 2015 or early 2016, other major theme parks, including Universal Studios and Six Flags, are following suit and investing in China