Category: Take 5 Interviews

Brandon and Stephanie Zarbo: We Must Dash

Brandon and Stephanie Zarbo, from Buffalo, New York, used their destination honeymoon to launch a group vacation business for millennial travellers. Leveraging social media marketing and video acumen, they are taking like-minded travellers to far-flung locations like Thailand, Peru, Vietnam, Iceland and Laos. Learn how in this edition of Take 5.

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Michael Grueninger: President, Grueninger Tours

Mike Grueninger grew up in his family’s tour business. Indianapolis-based Grueninger Tours was started by his parents in the 1950s and today with Mike at the helm, the company is a serious player in the adult and student markets. As the current president of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA), Mike has an inside perspective on student market developments and trends. Learn the secrets to his success in this edition of Take 5.

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Mary Lewis: Experiencing the Heart of Virginia

With a passion for her home state of Virginia, Mary Lewis set out to create her own tour company to showcase the abundant experiential opportunities for groups. The Heart of Virginia was successfully launched in February of 2016 and continues to grow. Learn the story of The Heart of Virginia in this edition of Take 5.

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Jim Plaunt, Bike Tour Vacations

A victim of corporate downsizing, at age 55 Jim Plaunt found himself out of a job and looking for his next act. An avid bicyclist, Jim combined his passion for two-wheel transportation with a business model he discovered while on vacation in Vermont. Learn the story of Bike Tour Vacations in this edition of Take 5.

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Shannon Stowell: Adventure of a Lifetime

It’s been said that adventure travel is the future of tourism. But how does the industry balance growth with responsible tourism initiatives? We talked with Shannon Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association to learn what’s fueling the growth and how the organization is trying to ensure that the travel industry pushes towards a more responsible future.

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