Our December Issue Looks Ahead to 2020

Emerging destinations, insights from association leaders and results from our Reader Intentions Survey paint a picture of today’s group travel landscape

December 2019 Issue

Industry Forecast

This December, Leisure Group Travel presents our annual industry forecast where we illustrate how leaders are guiding group tourism into the future. We interview five Titans of Tourism who provide their thoughts on the trends shaping the industry and we share the results of our 2019 Reader Intentions Survey, giving you valuable insight into what makes the group travel industry flourish.

LGT investigates why small group tours are surging in popularity as we speak with operators who are embracing tinier tour options. We also visit the Chesapeake Bay and take a look inside seven historic Tennessee homes. This issue even contains the Smoky Mountain Tour Guide, featuring a definitive look at the attractions in the Smoky Mountain region, and the 2020 Voyages Cruise Guide, which spotlights a host of popular cruise options.

Don’t Miss

Sample Itineraries & Site InSpections


Discovering Winona’s Art Treasures

Overlooking the mighty Mississippi, the small river town of Winona shares a treasure chest of scenic views and art options.

Step Back in Time – Owatonna, Minnesota History Tour

In the heart of Southern Minnesota, Owatonna has been at the crossroads of history for decades. From long-forgotten history to architectural masterpieces, Owatonna showcases an array of historic treasures to explore.

Castles, Pubs and Rails

Travel back in time and around the world on this unique two-day Lake County tour.

Site InSpections

Entertainment Thrives in Atlantic City

Groups will find an endless selection of attractions, dining options and retail stores.

Always Insightful

Features & Destinations

Join LGT on a trip across the country as we explore a number of group-friendly attractions and destinations.


On My Mind – 20 Years of Lessons Learned

by Jeff Gayduk

On Track – Selling Your Business? Here Are Some Tips

by Bob Sweeney and Doug Haugen


On to New Experiences – New Experiences Are Great Experiences Waiting to Happen

by John and Mary Stachnik


Titans of Tourism

Five association leaders share insights on their organizations and how travel trends are affecting the industry at large.

2019 Leisure Group Travel Reader Intentions Survey

Responses to our survey paint a picture of today’s group travel landscape.


The Incredible Shrinking Group Tour

Small group tours and adventure tours are growing in popularity.

by Jason Paha

Great Places for Gaming

These group-friendly gaming casinos offer a multitude of entertainment options.

Destinations – South & West

7 Outstanding Historic Tennessee Homes

Mansions and humble homes tell the state’s remarkable story

By Dave Bodle

Florida Agritourism Association Adds New Dimension to Industry

The Sunshine State is ahead of the agritourism curve

By Dave Bodle

Rocky Mountain States Create a Winter Wonderland

Be dazzled by astonishing light displays and holiday attractions

By Lauren DeLorenzo

Destinations – Central, East & International

Minnesota’s Ethnic Heritage

Native American and Scandinavian communities in Minnesota offer travelers a cross-cultural exchange

By Nabiha Asim

Eat Like a Swede in Minnesota

Minnesota’s Swedish food is more than meatballs and pickled herring

By Nabiha Asim

Tour the Chesapeake Bay

Discover quintessential Maryland while bay watching

By Mary Lu Laffey

Relish in the Groaning Board That is Chesapeake Bay

Groups can eat happily and heartily in the bay

By Mary Lu Laffey

6 Emerging Destinations

There are still places in the world that are ripe for discovery

By Randy Mink

Terrific Tenerife

The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands offers scenic splendor and culinary treats

By Randy Mink