Mel Tye: Tye’s Top Tour & Travel Inc.
Jun05

Mel Tye: Tye’s Top Tour & Travel Inc.

Industry veteran Mel Tye has adapted his tour business to meet the changing needs of customers. Learn how he’s running more tours now than ever before in this installment of Take 5.

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Brandon and Stephanie Zarbo: We Must Dash
May10

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
Mar29

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
Mar15

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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Architectural Adventures
Nov29

Architectural Adventures

The American Institute of Architects isn’t the first association to offer tours, but they are unique in that architecture plays such an important role in some of the world’s most significant historical sights. Learn how this association is leveraging its stellar reputation to create member-based tours from our conversation with Luke Diorio and David Spindler. Why did you decide to start a tour program? David: The idea of architectural...

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Jim Plaunt, Bike Tour Vacations
Oct24

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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Debra Asberry, Women Traveling Together
Sep07

Debra Asberry, Women Traveling Together

As the leader of the largest women’s-only tour company in the U.S. Debra and her team produce and ship nearly 70 tours per year. Learn the secrets to her success in this edition of Take 5.

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Jason Shames – Captaining a New Frontier in Online Group Hotel Reservations
Aug05

Jason Shames – Captaining a New Frontier in Online Group Hotel Reservations

From students to seniors, sports groups to friends and relatives, their model is gaining traction. Learn how Skipper evolved from a previous business model in this Take 5 interview with founder Jason Shames.

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