News, guidance, and resources for group travel planners

The Holbrook Insider

Christopher Bensley

Chris is recent birding author but no stranger to special interest travel

Recent Posts

Cuba Update: Will the recent change in travel advisory help Cuba bookings?

Sep 19, 2018 |

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| by Christopher Bensley

In case you missed it, on August 23rd the U.S. State Department softened its stance on travel to Cuba, lowering it to a Level 2 from a level 3. With this change, will Cuba become popular for groups again?...

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What’s in a Name? Why your program title is important.

We may not want to admit it, but our loyal travelers aren’t as loyal as we think. They are scouring numerous options as they consider their next destination:  “which Peru (or other) program is right for me?”...

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Field Report: Site Inspection - Uncovering Belize’s Jewels

Aug 1, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Christopher Bensley

Photos can be deceiving. Who hasn’t been fooled by the nice wide-angle pictures of a clean lodge room interior, only to be surprised when you swing open your door on a vacation or business trip? Regular site inspections are vital to ensuring the quality of your program - not to mention happy ...

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Customizing your travel program to your members

Much has been made in recent years about the need to reach your organization’s members programs that are geared to their special interests, information that is relevant to their interests. Customizing a travel program to differentiate you from the many trips available on the market will help ...

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5 Tips for Reviewing Travel Proposals

You’ve been proposed to. It’s actually not so flattering. As a travel planner, you’re getting proposed to all the time! Deciding on an itinerary and tour provider is a bit like getting hitched. You need to make the right decision as this is a long-term investment....

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Cuba Travel:  The Latest News on Safety, Rules, and Embassy Staffing

Mar 23, 2018 |

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| by Christopher Bensley

“Travel to Cuba is both safe and legal.”  – Rich Shea, The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)...

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Up Close: Scalesia Galápagos Lodge, Isabela Island

Mar 23, 2018 |

Up Close

| by Christopher Bensley

Galápagos by cruise or land? The trend of eco-travelers to choose land-based accommodations is on the rise as noted in our prior article on Galápagos travel. But what constitutes a model ecolodge? The lodge should be harmonious with nature, follow best practices in conservation, have minimal ...

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Navigating Flights – When Group Airfare Makes Sense

You’ve chosen your next destination, decided on the itinerary, and you’re finalizing your brochure to get the word out to your travel community. Did you forget something? Often overlooked, a critical piece of your group program is your air travel. Not only can flights be the most expensive ...

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Behind the Scenes: U.S. Travel to Cuba - Setting the Record Straight

People to People Travel to Cuba remains safe, educational, enjoyable and legal When the Trump administration began rolling back the U.S. policy towards Cuba in June 2017, it caused uncertainty and fear among Americans interested in traveling to Cuba. It is also causing confusion among members ...

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