Take 5: Bus.com
Nov16

Take 5: Bus.com

At the intersection of technology and transportation are disruptive companies like Uber and Lyft that are changing the way we travel. Those business have shaken the foundation of automakers, livery, cab and shuttle companies. In a similar fashion, companies like Bus.com are looking to make group transportation easier. Read how in this edition of Take 5.

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Paul Melhus: Tours By Locals
Nov06

Paul Melhus: Tours By Locals

Competent local guides can turn a drab city tour into a memorable experience. But finding and vetting local guides is a pain point most organizers deal with like a trip to the dentist. What if you could hand-select local guides based on their knowledge base, languages spoken and past customer reviews? What if this service were available in 1,200 destinations worldwide? On a group trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, Paul Melhus befriended...

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Aaron Wolf: Adventures Accessed
Jul06

Aaron Wolf: Adventures Accessed

This Former Marine found his true calling in the great outdoors and is now sharing his love with urbanites in need of a break from their busy lives with his new company, Adventures Accessed.

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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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