February 2016 Leisure Group Travel

February 2016 Leisure Group Travel

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The Best 19 Museums for Groups in 2016

The Best 19 Museums for Groups in 2016

Editor

Museums are a favorite among travelers and why wouldn’t they be? They provide a journey through different time periods and foreign worlds.

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8 Itinerary-Inspiring Seafood Festivals

8 Itinerary-Inspiring Seafood Festivals

David Bodle

Turn groups loose at a Southern seafood festival and they’ll discover a mainstay of the coastal culinary scene. Delightful food, great music and old-fashioned fun are the perfect recipe for a special…

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The Top 5 Foodie Hotspots in the Eastern US in 2016

The Top 5 Foodie Hotspots in the Eastern US in 2016

Randy Mink

Flavorful destinations in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island an Massachusetts reflect the growing importance of culinary culture and its impact on tourism

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7 Can't Miss Railroad Experiences in 2016

7 Can’t Miss Railroad Experiences in 2016

Editor

Ever since the 1800’s railroads have been a prevalent part of American transportation and culture. Rail roads have had played a significant role in transporting everything from supplies to travelers.

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Hospitality Champions Crowned at 2nd Annual AGTA

Hospitality Champions Crowned at 2nd Annual AGTA

Editor

A celebratory night filled with excitement and surprises marked the second annual American Group Travel Awards, presented by HotelPlanner.com.

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9 Reasons Why Most Salespeople Are Not More Successful

9 Reasons Why Most Salespeople Are Not More Successful

Mike Marchev

Here are nine reasons why the majority of salespeople are not more successful in building ongoing profitable business

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6 Great Food Markets of Europe to Put on Your Bucket List

6 Great Food Markets of Europe to Put on Your Bucket List

Randy Mink

Appealing to foodies, photographers and people-watchers, these beehives of activity dish up tasty tidbits of local life

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For the Love of Craft Beer

For the Love of Craft Beer

Editor

The microbrewery scene is energizing many smaller communities in the Midwest

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A Few Thoughts On Coach Protocol For Tours

A Few Thoughts On Coach Protocol For Tours

Marty Sarbey de Souto

You’re planning an upcoming tour, much of it on board a coach, van, bus – whatever the term. The success of your trip can often depend on this vehicle, so it’s wise to plan professionally.

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Sampling California’s Culinary Delights

Sampling California’s Culinary Delights

Marty Sarbey de Souto

From organic produce and fine wines to cheese, seafood and Danish pastry, your group will find a cornucopia of epicurean delights in the Golden State

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Check Out the New Look of Our Magazine

Check Out the New Look of Our Magazine

Jeffrey Gayduk

This February’s edition marks the fourth time we’ve taken this magazine “under the knife” and is by far our most extensive rework ever.

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Itineraries from this Edition


New Look for Leisure Group Travel

With the unveiling of its February 2016 issue, the industry’s leading group travel magazine trots out a fresh new design and new editorial content with a focus on regional destination articles and enhanced coverage of industry people and events. Themed around culinary travel, it’s also a mouth-watering issue.

The cover story, “Sampling California’s Culinary Scene,” spotlights everything from organic produce and fine wines to cheese, seafood and Danish pastry. Writer Marty Sarbey de Souto, a longtime California resident and columnist for Leisure Group Travel, covers places like the Danish-flavored town of Solvang, Berkeley and its Gourmet Ghetto, Napa and Sonoma wine country, and the Farmers’ Market at Ferry Plaza in San Francisco. This West Region report is complemented by side pieces on notable museums and scenic rail excursions.

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The East Region feature, produced by managing editor Randy Mink and staff writer Miles Dobis, singles out five foodie hotspots – destinations that are making a name for themselves in the culinary world. Groups will enjoy eating their way through New York’s Finger Lakes; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Burlington, Vermont; and Massachusetts’ Berkshires.

Associate publisher Daved Bodle, who covers the South for Leisure Group Travel, highlights some tasty annual events in “Itinerary-Inspiring Seafood Festivals.” Among the bashes: Labor Day weekend’s Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana. Midwest microbreweries and the burgeoning craft beer phenomenon takes center in the Central Region feature, “For the Love of Beer.” Internationally, we report on the “Great Food Markets of Europe.”

The brand new Take 5 interview feature on successful planners spotlights Jennifer Bohac, director of the Texas A&M Traveling Aggies, one of the nation’s top alumni travel programs. The Take Five interview series has appeared online for the past year, and now some of the one-on-ones are making it into print, signifying a stronger tie-in between LGT’s print and online portfolios. Also beefing up Leisure Group Travel’s industry coverage is a new feature on top events and trade shows; in this issue we cover the American Group Travel Award winners and provide a calendar listing spring/summer trade shows and conferences.

Is your bus safe? In her “On Tour” column, Marty Sarbey de Souto discusses the range of motorcoach issues that confront tour organizers. The column by marketing guru Mike Marchev spells out “9 Reasons Why Most Salespeople are Not More Successful.”

Finally, Leisure Group Travel in this issue inaugurates a new way of handling sample itineraries. Instead of the Itinerary Planning Guide that dominated the June issue, itineraries from CVBs and other travel organizations will be part of each issue. In February check out proposed tours for New York’s Lake George Area; Effingham and Champaign County, Illinois; Amish Country of Northern Indiana; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Virginia Beach.

 

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