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Issue No. 24January 2012  
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Welcome to the January issue of The Group Travel Minute, the monthly e-newsletter for The Group Travel Leader publication. This issue features news on Cuba; a new experiential tour in Wales; Group Travel 101; a photo quiz; and a new group game!


Ever since the U.S. government halted travel to Cuba in 2004, desire to explore the country has been building.

Since the government lifted travel restrictions on people-to-people travel in 2011, more people have been booking Cuban tours than most tour operators predicted.



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Inside a private Gothic home, guests can dine while listening to stories from a local Wales family on Trafalgar's recently released "The Britannia" trip.

This new experience is part of Trafalgar's expanding Be My Guest experiences that immerse groups in the local culture.



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The Group Travel Leader's staff plans to attend three more conferences this winter, so we hope to see you there!

Coming up first is the BankTravel Conference in Memphis, Tenn. This conference is for bank loyalty directors to sit down with travel industry members for new travel ideas.  



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On January 6-10, tour operators met with travel industry representatives from destinations and travel service suppliers in Grapevine, Texas. Watch our six video interviews from the floor of the ABA Marketplace. 

Charlie Presley, Group Travel Family
Lynn Berry, Branson CVB
Yakov Smirnoff, Yakov Smirnoff Theater
Bill Canter, Tunica CVB
John Lamparski, Bentonville CVB


Do you recognize this unusual activity where a person gets inside a rolling ball? Take our online quiz to see if you can correctly identify this recently developed tourist activity.

Where in the World Quiz 

January Group Game



Spice up traveling between two destinations with a option for your groups to win big! Take a look at these prize ideas to see if you can adapt them to your next group trip.

Mystery Box Auction Game

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There are a lot of benefits to traveling with a group, so how does the potential group leader begin getting a trip off the ground? It starts with identifying your potential travel companions.

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The Westin Verasa Napa; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and other tourism organizations have recently had personnel changes.

To find out more details, read the January travel industry news.

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Click on the links below to access the media kit and editorial calendar for the 2012 The Group Travel Leader.


2012 GTL Media Kit 

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