June 2016 Leisure Group Travel

June 2016 Leisure Group Travel

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Midwest Marketplace Shines a Bright Light on Southern Wisconsin

Midwest Marketplace Shines a Bright Light on South…

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The third annual Midwest Marketplace shines a bright light on Southern Wisconsin

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Nick Mancino’s Spirited Journey

Nick Mancino’s Spirited Journey

Jeffrey Gayduk

Veteran religious tour operator Nick Mancino celebrates 47 years serving faith-based groups. Learn his secret to a long career and trends he sees in the religious market in this edition of Take 5.

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Your 12-Step Plan for Evaluating Tour Operators

Your 12-Step Plan for Evaluating Tour Operators

Marty Sarbey de Souto

Whether you board a few of your travelers on to their group tour or have the operator custom-design a trip for your private clientele, do you really check out the operator? If not, you should

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Making an Impact with Fathom Cruises

Making an Impact with Fathom Cruises

Randy Mink

A new cruise venture in the Dominican Republic provides hands-on opportunities to help people in need

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9 Great Midwest Urban River Walks

9 Great Midwest Urban River Walks

Miles Dobis

Riverside promenades overflow with possibilities for urban tour itineraries

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How to Fulfill Your Passion and Purpose with Group Travel

How to Fulfill Your Passion and Purpose with Group…

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What is your passion? For some people, answering this question is easy. Yet for others, it can be difficult.

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Celebrating Everything Martin Luther

Celebrating Everything Martin Luther

Don Heimburger

Travelers from around the globe are flocking to Germany as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches

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22 of the Best Sightseeing Cruises in the U.S. for 2016

22 of the Best Sightseeing Cruises in the U.S. for…

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These 22 sightseeing cruises around the country allow groups to get closer to nature, learn about historic cities and relax on beautiful bodies of water.

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The Best 19 Hot Springs in Western Colorado

The Best 19 Hot Springs in Western Colorado

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Thermal springs flow abundantly throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Five premier hot springs destinations in the western part of the state—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood S…

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The Best 7 Classic Resort Towns in the Eastern US

The Best 7 Classic Resort Towns in the Eastern US

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Every town along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Maryland offers its own take on summer fun at the shore. Whether your group members want to experience a quaint New England fishing village or a livel…

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Discover the Ancient Waters of Israel

Discover the Ancient Waters of Israel

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Certain words echo in the traveler's ears while visiting Israel, and the words conjure up images of water. They speak of ancient water sources: Ein Gedi. Ein Kerem. Ein Prat. Ein Avdat. Ein Yael.

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7 Southern Lakes Making a Splash with Groups

7 Southern Lakes Making a Splash with Groups

David Bodle

Always popular as places for family vacations, reunions, youth outings and faith-based retreats, lake destinations appeal to traditional senior groups as well

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Can the 800-Pound Gorilla Save Us?

Can the 800-Pound Gorilla Save Us?

Jeffrey Gayduk

On stage in a packed hotel ballroom in 1998, two prognosticators debate the influence of the baby boomer generation as either A) Savior for the group travel industry or B) Extra-terrestrial invasion t…

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Itineraries in this Edition


Just in time for summer vacation season, this “On the Water” issue of Leisure Group Travel celebrates watery pleasures in every region of the country. “Getting into Hot Water,” the cover story, showcases the hot springs resorts of western Colorado, with ideas for getaways to Glenwood Springs, Pagosa Springs, Steamboat Springs and other places that beckon travelers to soak in their mineral-rich pools.

The feature “7 Classic East Coast Resort Towns” singles out seven of the best from Maine to Maryland, including Bar Harbor, Hyannis, Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City. In “7 Southern Lakes Making a Splash with Groups,” Associate Publisher Dave Bodle talks about tours, attractions and recreational activities at favorites like Lake Murray in South Carolina and West Virginia’s Summerville Lake. Urban areas take center stage in “9 Midwest River Walks,” which mentions waterside promenades in cities from Cincinnati to Omaha. Each region also features a select list of sightseeing cruises that groups can easily incorporate into an itinerary, whether it’s a wildlife-watching excursion in Alaska or paddlewheeler on the Mississippi or Ohio.

Organizers of faith-based travel groups will be inspired by a number of ideas in June’s Leisure Group Travel. “Celebrating Everything Martin Luther,” written by Germany expert Don Heimburger, reports on the fanfare leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Regina Tours President Nick Mancino, a veteran operator of tours for Catholic and Protestant groups, is profiled in our Take 5 interview. Also of interest to religious travel specialists is the feature on a brand new cruise line that offers its passengers hands-on opportunities to help villagers in the Dominican Republic.

The Iowa Tour Guide, a special section, spotlights the state’s cultural side as towns promote the 125th anniversary of the birth of Iowa native Grant Wood, best known for his iconic American Gothic.  Along with sample itineraries suggested by the Iowa Group Travel Association, coverage includes a look at Iowa’s European ethnic communities and prime examples of must-see art and architecture around the state.

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