Leisure Group Travel October 2013

Leisure Group Travel October 2013

For those who think eating out and exploring a region’s food scene is half the fun of travel, Leisure Group Travel’s October issue has plenty to whet your appetite.

In “Yodeling Through Wisconsin Cheese Country,” Leisure Group managing editor Randy Mink writes about the Monroe area—home to cheese factories, cheese shops, even a cheese museum. Melinda Hughey writes about gastronomic delights as she tracks down the best places for wine, cheese and chocolate along “New Hampshire’s Culinary Trails.”

Leisure Group Travel readers chime in with their favorite culinary experiences in the On the Record column, while guest columnist Dr. Lucy M. Long, author of Culinary Tourism and director of the non-profit Center for Food and Culture, explores what culinary travel is all about.

Religious travel is another theme in the October issue. “Best Faith Travel Sites” looks at top religious attractions in the U.S. and Ireland. Sidebars to our Wisconsin and Alabama features focus on Catholic shrines worth working into your itineraries. Guest columnist Kevin J. Wright, director of growth markets for NTA, offers tips on developing new business in “How to Innovate in Faith-based Tourism.”

Group travel planners also get advice on expanding their markets in columns by publisher Jeff Gayduk, associate publisher Dave Bodle and long-time contributor Marty Sarbey de Souto. Jeff talks about what the millennial generation is looking for, while Dave’s “On Marketing” column offers observations on attracting baby boomers. In “Analyze Your Market,” Marty has suggestions for reaching out to new clientele, suggesting we “bring new blood into our nest of old-timers” by expanding into segments like women’s weekends, guy getaways, learning vacations and inter-generational family travel.

Dave Bodle, fresh from a swing through the Deep South, writes about what not to miss in Baton Rouge and Birmingham. Our West coverage spotlights “Colorado Gold,” a fall foliage feature by contributor Sue Arko. On the international front, Randy Mink chronicles his winter cruise along the coast of Norway, a one-week adventure from Bergen to Kirkenes.