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Issue No. 31August 2012  
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Welcome to the August issue of The Group Travel Minute, the monthly e-newsletter for The Group Travel Leader publication. This issue features new rail journeys to Canada; new exhibit comes to National Aquarium; USA Today names the best small towns in America; Group Travel 101; a photo quiz; and a new group game!

SEATTLE - Canadian rail operator Rocky Mountaineer has launched the first luxury train service connecting the U.S. and Canada.

The 10-day Coastal Passage route departs from Seattle and travels up the Pacific Northwest coastal shoreline to Vancouver. 



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BALTIMORE, Md. - A new $12.5 million exhibit is coming to the National Aquarium in the summer of 2013.  

The Blacktip Reef exhibit will replicate a saltwater Indo-Pacific ocean habitat with creatures new to the National Aquarium



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BARDSTOWN, Ky. - On July 17, the "Best of the Road" contest sponsored by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA Today announced the five winners designated America's most beautiful, friendly, tasty, patriotic and fun small towns.



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Travel Thoughts:
Herb Sparrow recounts some of his recent experiential travels, such as when he pet a live cheetah. These hands-on activities taught Sparrow how group travel today is more than just sitting on a motorcoach.

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Can you identify this famous American monument? Take our online quiz to see if you can correctly identify this historic structure.

Where in the World Quiz 

Animal Fare Game


This game tests your knowledge of the animal kingdom. See how many animal phrases and famous animals your group can name.

Animal Fare Game
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Planning a group trip can be a daunting task, but group leaders don't have to go it alone. Professional, qualified tour operators can take on all of the travel logistics and deliver superior experiences to your group.

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Should the U.S. end travel restrictions to Cuba?

Take our Group Travel Leader poll to see nationwide results.


Survey results for:
Have you or your group ever participated in voluntourism?
Brian Jewell recently traveled to Cuba with Premier World Discovery. Watch as he reports from various Cuban cities.

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