April 2016 Leisure Group Travel

April 2016 Leisure Group Travel

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10 Great Midwestern Waterparks to Get Your Wet On

10 Great Midwestern Waterparks to Get Your Wet On

Editor

Looking for a way for your group to cool off in the summer heat? These waterparks are the perfect way to beat the heat and have fun while doing it.

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These 13 Southern Musical Gems Prove That the Hills, Bayous and Plains are Alive with the Sound of Music

These 13 Southern Musical Gems Prove That the Hill…

David Bodle

Not all American music originated in the South. Sometimes it just seems that way. Regardless of where your groups travel, there will be music waiting for them.

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6 of the Best Theme Park Experiences in Florida

6 of the Best Theme Park Experiences in Florida

Editor

Central Florida is home to some of the best theme parks in the world and there is always something new to discover.

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2016 Travel South Domestic Showcase Receives High Marks

2016 Travel South Domestic Showcase Receives High…

David Bodle

Winston-Salem hosts a conference that continues to be a favorite with travel planners and suppliers

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Outstanding Aquariums in the West

Outstanding Aquariums in the West

Vanessa Day

If you’re fascinated by the ocean, or you just like sea creatures, visit some of the top aquariums in the western U.S. and learn more than you ever thought possible about life under the water’s surfac…

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New York Offers Up a Solid Broadway Line-Up in 2016

New York Offers Up a Solid Broadway Line-Up in 201…

Randy Mink

Sparkling spring openings, coupled with long-running favorites, ensure a solid lineup for New York-bound groups

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Fresh Discoveries Await Groups in Manhattan

Fresh Discoveries Await Groups in Manhattan

Editor

New York City continues to reach new tourism heights as strong visitor numbers, a spike in hotel inventory and a constant flow of new attractions cement its position as a travel magnet. The changing f…

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16 Must Visit Aquariums in 2016

16 Must Visit Aquariums in 2016

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Millions flock to these magical places for an up-close and personal look at ecosystems that feel so far away—oceans, rivers and other bodies of water with slippery creatures of all kinds, many of them…

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The Legacy We Leave

The Legacy We Leave

Jeffrey Gayduk

My dad was a huge car guy. From the day I could walk he would provide running narrative of the autos on display, like how you could tell the difference between the front grills on the 1950 Packards an…

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These 11 Midwestern Dinner Theaters Will Feed Your Appetite and Entertainment Craving

These 11 Midwestern Dinner Theaters Will Feed Your…

Miles Dobis

You don’t have to go to show biz hubs like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago to enjoy these productions; local theater groups and traveling shows offer quality entertainment anywhere in the country.

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Our Top 4 Historic Southern Theaters of 2016

Our Top 4 Historic Southern Theaters of 2016

David Bodle

Having stood the test of time these glorious venues are still welcoming groups to their magnificent halls.

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Top 5 Texas Amusement Park Picks for 2016

Top 5 Texas Amusement Park Picks for 2016

Editor

There is no shortage of fun for your group in the Lone Star State. The second largest state in the country provides ample opportunities for your group to have the time of their lives.

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Your Trips Should Reflect Your Personal Touch

Your Trips Should Reflect Your Personal Touch

Marty Sarbey de Souto

So what can you do as a tour operator to fulfill this unspoken but necessary role? Do not assume that once they enrolled on your trip and submitted their deposit, they are yours – that they don't need…

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The Evolution and Revolution In Touring

The Evolution and Revolution In Touring

Mike Schields

History is full of businesses that did not adapt their products, marketing, and distribution. Know your customers and constantly challenge your definitions of what is cool and hip with your products,…

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The Upcoming London Theater Season Offers a Bounty of Applause-worthy Choices

The Upcoming London Theater Season Offers a Bounty…

Randy Mink

At any one time the choice includes more than 200 offerings, from serious plays to splashy musicals.

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Itineraries from this Edition

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From small-town venues in the Appalachians to the booming Broadway theater scene, April’s Leisure Group Travel shines the spotlight on entertainment offerings across the United States.

In “Dinner and a Show,” staff writer Miles Dobis describes Midwest dinner theaters that will satisfy your group’s appetite for food and entertainment—all in one place. Managing editor Randy Mink looks at the exciting spring season in “Broadway Bonanza” and also reveals the best upcoming theater fare in “London Showtime.”

In his South Region feature, associate publisher Dave Bodle focuses on music in 13 states. He points out the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Trail, and the Blues and Country Music Trails in Mississippi. Music meccas like Branson, Myrtle Beach and the Tennessee Smokies are also included. And don’t miss the sidebar on historic Southern theaters that have stood the test of time.

America’s great aquariums also take center stage in the April issue of Leisure Group Travel. Highlighted are the best aquatic showcases in all parts of the country. Theme and water parks are featured as well—find out what’s new at Central Florida’s big-time attractions, check out the Midwest’s best water parks and discover what Texas offers in the way of fun kingdoms.

Keeping its finger on the pulse of the group travel industry, Leisure Group Travel talks with Armir Harris, president of Shofur, who has introduced a new model of charter bus reservations. See how his use of smart technology is leveling the playing field for small bus companies.

Dave Bodle reports on the recent Travel South Domestic Showcase, and guest columnist Mike Schields gives us a perspective on how travel has changed over the years and how today’s planners can stay on top of things. On Tour columnist Marty Sarbey de Souto offers tour operators some tips on building anticipation and engaging travelers before the trip even begins.

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