With 2023 mostly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward and assess what 2024 has in store for the travel industry.

Before we do that though, let’s pat ourselves on our collective backs because we’ve made it through another year. And we didn’t just survive these past 12 months, many of us thrived.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2023 Economic Impact Research, it’s estimated world tourism hit $9.5 trillion this year, just 5% below the 2019 level when travel was at its highest peak. The 2024 year looks even brighter as the U.S. Travel Association predicts domestic leisure travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic trends in 2024.

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An issue of Leisure Group Travel that has everything

Our Industry Forecast edition of Leisure Group Travel shines a spotlight on the white-hot tourism industry with our annual Titans of Tourism series. This year’s piece features six leaders sharing their insights on the changes and trends within their organizations and how they affect our industry at large.

LGT also debuts our Showtime in 2024 story, which highlights the best travel trade shows in 2024. This valuable guide for tour planners shares important details about each of the major shows that will take place across the country in the coming year.

Fans of the Hoosier State can rejoice because the Indiana 2024 Group Tour Planner has returned. This year’s edition showcases Indiana’s many wonderful attractions and features itineraries that blanket the entire state. If you want to know the best place to view the eclipse or want to learn about the state’s military and basketball histories, you’ve come to the right place.

Finally, this issue sports the latest edition of Group Travel Destinations, our annual compendium of domestic tour destinations that tour guides find invaluable. GTD showcases the newest group-friendly attractions, restaurants and experiences from across the country and brings them to you in an easy to digest format.

There’s a wealth of quality information in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

It’s going to be another good year.

Jason Paha

Chief Editor

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