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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Tony Etienne: Front and Central
May26

Tony Etienne: Front and Central

Tony Etienne had a storied 25-year career at Collette Vacations. Starting as a business development manager, Tony became the face of the brand in the group market, present at trade shows, conferences and group leader fams.

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Theresa Nemetz, For the Love of Food
May02

Theresa Nemetz, For the Love of Food

Inspired by a tour they took in New York City, Theresa Nemetz and her husband Wade started a food tour company in their native Milwaukee.

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