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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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Visual Affects: Selecting Photos to Market Your Trip

Apr 27, 2018 |

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| by Christa Markley

You’ve chosen your destination, crafted your itinerary, and devised your marketing plan – now it’s time to advertise your trip. Whether you’re using print ads, social media, posters, or brochures, there’s one unifying element that goes a long way to your success: photos....

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Tips & Resources: Strategies for Building Group Camaraderie

Mar 23, 2018 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

“One of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible.” – Ella Maillart, Swiss adventurer...

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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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Group travel and social media: ways to increase participant engagement

Feb 14, 2018 |

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| by Christa Markley

In an increasingly internet-centric world, marketing advice seems to funnel through one concise – albeit vague – pointer: use social media. But what does that mean? Social media is a huge cultural vehicle, with countless ways to set and measure goals, across a variety of channels, to a vast ...

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Alert: US State Department Launches New Travel Warnings System

First announced last November, the US State Department followed through on its promise to revise the travel warnings and alert system. The new system uses four standard levels of warnings, with a description of the risks and steps U.S. citizens should take. Plus, this measure has been applied ...

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Understanding Group Travel Insurance

Should I or shouldn't I? As consumers, we face this decision to buy insurance with almost any major purchase these days. While we’ve all been through the car rental dilemma of buying coverage (and sales pressure!), the group travel insurance decision is more complex. If you are a group ...

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Choosing the right travel provider for your group or organization

Whether you are a veteran travel planner or organizing your first group travel program, you’ve most likely been approached by multiple travel providers or “tour operators” to help you. Whom to choose? What criteria should you use to select a new travel provider?...

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How to Organize a Group Travel Program

Aug 28, 2017 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

An international travel program for your organization or school can be a rewarding way to learn about another culture or environment and build affinity among members, but if you’re never done it before it might seem overwhelming. Below, we break down the steps to show you how easy it can be!...

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Go Safe or Go Home: 6 Tips for Ensuring Health and Safety on a Travel Program

Jul 21, 2017 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

From the mundane (“Is it safe to drink the water?”) to the catastrophic (“What if the volcano erupts?”), it’s normal for travelers to have concerns about their health and safety while abroad, no matter the destination. As the organization representative or leader, it’s your job to help prepare ...

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