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Traveling Tribes Episode 11: Jim Marini from Railbookers Group

Railbookers Group is the home of Amtrak VacationsRailbookers, and Yankee Holidays that travelers can utilize to build their ultimate rail vacation with choices of destinations, hotels, rental cars, dining and activities customized to your liking. Jim Marini is the Director of Sales and an industry expert that knows how to utilize train travel for vacations, and has a long history in the business. A worldwide rail operator, there are options from the United States to Canada, Europe and around the world. With rising gas and airline prices, train travel is the new trend. Jim Marini also talks business recovery for train travel, discussing recent awards, the company’s switch-over to virtual and the reaches into the travel industry that are now opening up for rail vacations. 

Traveling Tribes Episode 10: Mitch Bach from TripSchool

The CEO of TripSchool, Mitch Bach, presents his personal take on how to develop from being interested in travel to working as a tour guide. Earn insider knowledge on how you can develop your guide skills. Not only does Mitch cover essential tips for anyone starting out or curious about travel guide work, but expands on the industry travel trends everyone is looking forward to. 

You can find out more about TripSchool on their website.

Read about the Pathways Project that TripSchool sponsors.

Traveling Tribes Episode 9: Vicki Varela from Utah Office of Tourism

Vicki Varela is the Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism, and presents the many ways Utah kept its tourism numbers steady through the recent hardships many have been experiencing. She provides tips on where to go in Utah, as well as the ways groups can experience Utah and it’s many National Parks. With the international market looking to travel and experience America’s natural landscape, Utah is the place to go. Learn all about the ways Utah has expanded its welcome to all who wish to visit. 

Contact Vicki Varela

801-538-1369 |

Utah Website

Traveling Tribes Episode 8: Jonathan Elkoubi

Jonathan Elkoubi has been involved in the tourism marketing industry for over a decade, developing his expertise and strategy for predicting the upcoming trends in the travel market. With so many challenges and unexpected factors added on to travel, many travelers have turned to experts like Jonathan in order to know how to prepare themselves for travel. Along with travel trends, learn how AI and technology is shaping the travel industry, hear stories of Jonathan’s recent travels in New York and glean some tips for marketing your destination for travelers to feel safe and have a good time. You can find Jonathan Elkoubi on his LinkedIn profile.

Traveling Tribes Episode 7: Mike Marchev

Mike is one of America’s most refreshing and down-to-earth motivational speakers who owes his success to his ability to “connect” with his audiences. A sought-after convention speaker, corporate facilitator and personal business coach, Mike has been asked to share his views and feelings with audiences in 18 countries on five continents. He has been called on to re-energize employees in a variety of industries, including: telecommunications, real estate, investment banking, healthcare, import/export, automotive, manufacturers, scientific research labs, and various governmental agencies.

Contact Info:
Mike Marchev, CTC
Michael Marchev Associates
Phone: 848-702-1009

Traveling Tribes Episode 6: Mary Collins from Blue Fern Travel

Specializing in making the world a smaller place Mary connects people to community through stories, culture and of course food. After traveling all over the world, Mary realized the beauty of connecting to the local community and the importance of giving back. Combining these passions, Mary creates unique experiences and tours for individual guests, parties and private events, inviting people to learn more about their cities, their neighborhoods and their neighbors, all while giving back through a one-for-one food tour program.

Blue Fern Travel, formerly Carpe DC Food Tours is part of the Official Cherry Blossom Festival Washington, DC tour provider, Georgetown, U Street, 14th Street and DC food tour that helps feed local residents in need.

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Traveling Tribes Episode 5: David Naczycz & Andy Maunder with WeVenture

David Naczycz & Andy Maunder are expert travelers with experience as tour operators and business developers. Their company, WeVenture, seeks to transform the way people experience a place, as either a resident or a visitor, by vastly improving the quality and sustainability of travel and ensuring that guests leave the places they visit better than they found them. WeVenture offers join-in day tours, custom & group tours, and multi day tours around the U.S with operations in 11 cities. The company was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to 10 more cities and served well over 300,000 guests. Follow this link for more information:

Traveling Tribes Episode 4: Sally Davis Berry

Sally Davis Berry is a professional travel industry trainer who specializes in helping tourism entities ramp up their group sales strategies. She’s honed her skills from previous experience at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Finger Lakes regional destination marketing organization and for an inbound receptive operator. Check out her monthly webinar and blog at Tribes listeners can save 15% on any of Sally’s training modules by using code Premier.

Traveling Tribes Episode 3: Peter Pantuso

A special feature at the American Bus Association Marketplace in Grapevine Texas. This special interview with President of ABA Peter Pantuso. With a year off from 2021 Marketplace, 2022 was bustling with business. Peter discusses the exciting opportunities developing for bus tour companies, opening the door in 2022 for group travel.

Traveling Tribes Episode 2: Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann, Founder and CEO of Guidester, is the person that can help you plan a trip to Europe. Jeff and Jack discuss the positives of having a personalized trip, as well as the current travel environment and areas of interest in Europe. Hear personal stories from Jack of his own travels through Europe, and find some inspiration for your next international trip.

Traveling Tribes Episode 1: Bob Cline of U.S. Tours

Jeff Gayduk of Premier Travel Media debuts his podcast, Traveling Tribes. Guest starring Bob Cline of U.S. Tours, they discuss the group travel business and how to succeed amid the rebound of the travel industry following an international pandemic.