June 2015 Leisure Group Travel Magazine

June 2015 Leisure Group Travel Magazine

June’s cover story spotlights the mountainous realms of western North Carolina, a collection of friendly towns and scenic places in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. As associate publisher Dave Bodle writes, groups will enjoy activities like shopping in downtown Asheville, touring Biltmore, getting in touch with Cherokee traditions and taking a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Readers get a further taste of Appalachian culture in Dave’s piece on the Ohio river city of Huntington, West Virginia and environs. The Eastern United States also is covered in articles on Florida museum exhibits and the monuments and memorials of Washington, DC.

The Iowa Tour Guide, a special section, comprises a collection of articles on agritourism, ag innovation and culinary finds around the state, plus sample itineraries suggested by the Iowa Group Travel Association. “A Fresh Look at North Dakota” showcases new developments in the Upper Midwest.

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2015 Iowa Tour Guide

2015 Iowa Tour Guide

Randy Mink

The Iowa Tour Guide, published as a special section in the June 2015 issue of Leisure Group Travel Magazine, abounds with itinerary ideas for group travel planners.

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Top Summertime Cruises of 2015

Top Summertime Cruises of 2015

Lauren Reiniger

Summer days are longer and warmer, and the sun’s sparkling reflection on the water sets the stage for a relaxing way to sightsee—on a cruise.

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Switzerland Attracts Faith-Based Groups

Switzerland Attracts Faith-Based Groups

Randy Mink

Looking for a spiritual vacation like no other? Come experience Switzerland and see the religious, cultural and scenic highlights of Lucerne, Zurich and Geneva.

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Scenic Trains Beckon Tour Groups

Scenic Trains Beckon Tour Groups

Don Heimburger

Dozens of railroads across the country offer a trip down memory lane, providing sentimental journeys for young and old alike. Here, for your group’s next outing, we highlight some of America’s best ex…

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A Fresh Look at North Dakota

A Fresh Look at North Dakota

Randy Mink

Groups can look forward to dramatic new additions to old favorites and join in the 50th anniversary celebrations for the state park system and Medora Musical.

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Four Seasons of Fun in the Beautiful Blue Ridge

Four Seasons of Fun in the Beautiful Blue Ridge

David Bodle

North Carolina’s mountains and foothills have a well-deserved reputation for outstanding fall color, holiday tours and winter sports. Spring and summer also are perfect for group travel.

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Monumental Washington, DC

Monumental Washington, DC

Randy Mink

Millions of visitors in Washington gravitate to the National Mall to remember great presidents, honor veterans and celebrate the nation’s commitment to freedom and equality

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Getting Down to Business at Midwest Marketplace

Getting Down to Business at Midwest Marketplace

Editor

Besides making valuable contacts, attendees at Circle Wisconsin’s regional trade show in Madison had time for sightseeing, evening fun and making new friends

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Give Your Travelers Extra Care En Route

Give Your Travelers Extra Care En Route

Marty Sarbey de Souto

Columnist Marty Sarbey de Souto, CTC, suggests ways that group planners that can make their tours stand head and shoulders above the rest.

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A First Time for Everything

A First Time for Everything

Jeffrey Gayduk

Publisher Jeff Gayduk recounts a recent airline flight with novice passengers and reflects on the first flight he ever took.

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Discovering Huntington, West Virginia

Discovering Huntington, West Virginia

David Bodle

Itineraries in this Ohio River city and the mountainous Tri-State area focus on fine arts and Appalachian culture

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Fun, Fascinating and Fresh: Florida Museum Exhibits

Fun, Fascinating and Fresh: Florida Museum Exhibits

Lauren Reiniger

What does it feel like to fly? Have you ever come face-to-face with a robot? Would you survive prehistoric Earth? Answers and more await in Florida.

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Improving Your Trade Show and E-Newsletter Marketing

Improving Your Trade Show and E-Newsletter Marketing

David Bodle

Marketing columnist Dave Bodle gives tour planners some hints on trade show preparation and follow-up, plus tips on producing a results-oriented email newsletter that will turn subscribers into prospe…

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Stepping Up: More Countries Show Potential for Adventure Tourism

Stepping Up: More Countries Show Potential for Adventure Tourism

Vanessa Day

The Adventure Travel Trade Association rates developed and developing countries on their competitiveness in the adventure travel arena.

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The Switzerland special feature covers the highlights of Geneva, Zurich and the Lake Lucerne region, with emphasis on religious sites popular with faith-based groups. Switzerland also gets some ink in our report on countries that are stepping up to become adventure travel hot spots.

Another highlight in June’s Leisure Group Travel is the eighth annual Group Itinerary Planning Guide, which presents 34 sample itineraries submitted by CVBs and other tourism organizations. Divided into South, Midwest, West and Northeast, the planner provides day-by-day details on trips that tour organizers may wish to offer their groups. Destinations range from Ocean City, Maryland to Elko, Nevada. A full page is devoted to each itinerary.

Tour planners who want to mix up their itineraries with train trips and sightseeing cruises will get a number of ideas from the June issue. “Scenic Rail Railroads Beckon Tour Groups” looks at popular tourist trains like the Mount Washington Cog Railway and Essex Steam Train. A companion piece provides a glimpse of top sightseeing cruises around the U.S., from Mississippi River outings to tall-ship adventures in Virginia.

Regular Leisure Group Travel columnists provide best-practices advice for tour planners. Marty Sarbey de Souto suggests extra touches that planners can employ to make their tours stand head and shoulders above the rest. Marketing columnist Dave Bodle offers tips on trade show preparation/follow-up and producing an effective email newsletter.

 

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