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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Shannon Stowell: Adventure of a Lifetime
Jul20

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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Polina Raygorodskaya: Tapping Millennial Wanderlust
Jul01

Polina Raygorodskaya: Tapping Millennial Wanderlust

Frustrated by her own experience in searching for reliable ground transportation, Polina Raygorodskaya conceived the idea of Wanderu, a meta-search site that aggregates schedules and pricing for point-to-point bus and train travel.

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Nick Mancino’s Spirited Journey
Jun01

Nick Mancino’s Spirited Journey

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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