February 2014 Magazine Features

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Few activities get group travelers more energized than shopping, and the February issue of Leisure Group Travel gives tour planners a number of options for beefing up their itineraries with retail recreation.

In “Retail Revelry Swings into Gear,” shopping industry consultant Carolyn Feimster has the scoop on brand new malls around the country and expansions underway at existing centers—from Boston to Honolulu. We also interview Diana Ford of The Shopping Co., a tour enterprise that packages dream trips for ladies. For shopping opportunities on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, associate publisher and Myrtle Beach resident Dave Bodle has all the insider info.

Dave’s feature on Virginia Beach CVB’s “Coastal Harvest Feast” culinary itinerary talks about everything from ham to clams. Come along as he samples seafood, Smithfield Ham and other treats in Eastern Virginia.

In “Missouri with a French Accent,” managing editor Randy Mink gushes over the small-town joys of Ste. Genevieve, a historic spot famous for its French Colonial heritage, festivals and nearby vineyards. Speaking of festivals, the article “Texas Celebrates” singles out some of the Lone Star State’s best rodeos, fairs and other special events.

“Discovering Central Connecticut” explores a group-friendly slice of territory that runs through the Connecticut River Valley. Highlights include the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Yale University museums in New Haven and charming waterside towns like Essex.

In “10 OKC Must-Sees,” we present 10 top attractions in Oklahoma City. “Top 10 Caribbean Beaches” and “Top Casino Picks” also spotlight the best in two divergent categories.