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Issue No. 26March 2012  
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Welcome to the March issue of The Group Travel Minute, the monthly e-newsletter for The Group Travel Leader publication. This issue features news on the Smithsonian's new museum, Sports Empire's new Southwest tours; the African American Travel Conference; Group Travel 101; a photo quiz; and a new group game!

WASHINGTON - On Feb. 23, construction started on the Smithsonian Institute's 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum will highlight African-American culture and importance in the country's history.



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LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Sports Empire Inc., a tour operator selling sports and events travel packages for North America, announced the creation of a new division in the company called SoCal Group Vacations.

SoCal Group Vacations will specialize in custom designed packages for groups going to Southwest destinations.



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BALTIMORE - Close to 200 group leaders will travel to Baltimore for the 13th annual African American Travel Conference - a record number.

Running from April 18-20, the conference will bring together African-American travel groups and travel industry members for two Marketplaces, sightseeing tours and other evening events.



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On March 4-7, the Travel South Showcase brought together tour operators and Southern travel suppliers for business opportunities in Louisville, Ky. Watch seven video interviews from the floor of the conference, as well as a special Reasons to Travel South Video that asked attendees to tell why people should head South. 

Liz Bittner, Travel South USA
Michael Blowen, Old Friends
Stacey Yates, Louisville CVB
Hank Phillips, Ky. Dept. of Travel and Tourism
Angela Millett, Macon CVB
Meghan Johnson, Visit Savannah
Teresa Jenkins, Marietta CVB

Video Hub sponsored by Montana Tourism

Do you recognize this scenic hotel meant to look like a castle? Take our online quiz to see if you can correctly identify this famous hotel.

Where in the World Quiz

March Group Game


See your groups get in the competitive spirit as they strive to be the first one to find license plates from all 50 states in the License Plate Scavenger Hunt.

License Plate Scavenger Hunt

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You've got a group of people eager to travel together, and have done the legwork required to have liability and insurance safeguards in place. So how do you about putting your first group trip together?

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Donia Simmons reveals how a recent cruise with her children and parents helped her see the beauty of multi-generational travel. Even more precious than the scenery was the treasured time with family.

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2012 GTL Media Kit 

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