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Issue No. 33October 2012
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Welcome to the October issue of The Group Travel Minute, the monthly e-newsletter for The Group Travel Leader publication. In this issue: A study shows leisure travel moving more upscale; Austin-Lehman Adventures introduces Nicaragua itineraries; review of the BiG Conference; Travel Thoughts; a photo quiz; and a new group game!

After years of "staycations" and budget-focused travel, a new survey by MMGY Global/Harrison Group suggests many Americans are turning towards more upscale travel options. 

The annual travel study surveyed 2,527 U.S. households with an annual household income of $50,000 or more.  


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BILLINGS, Mt. - Groups looking for a new adventure destination can surf down black volcanic sands and kayak past boisterous monkeys on Austin-Lehman Adventures' first Nicaragua tour. 


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Boomers in Groups held its BiG Weekend Sept. 28-30 in Milwaukee, where 250 delegates enjoyed "Elevator Pitch" presentations from five brave members of the travel industry.

The boomer groups had the chance to vote on winning elevator speeches.



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Travel Thoughts

For our recent Group Travel Industry Buyers Guide, Mac Lacy was asked to compile a list of five favorite places he has been that could be considered hidden gems.  

Here are four in the United States and one in Italy that certainly fit that description.

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Mac Lacy recently traveled to Switzerland. Watch as he reports from various stops along the road.
Anna Loeser, The Dolder Resort
Ronald Fontanive, Jungfrau Railway
Thomas Willem, Schynige Platte Hotel

Can you identify this ancient city? Take our online quiz to see if you can correctly name this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where in the World Quiz

Matching Riders and Horses Game

Test your group's knowledge of famous horses from history and the pages of novels with this matching game. With every horse, there is one corresponding rider for your group members to identify.

Matching Riders and Horses Game
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The Global Faith-Based Travel Directory published each year by Going On Faith magazine will be mailed in mid-December.  It features lots of how-to information on travel planning for religious groups and destination listings from across North America and abroad. 

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Which of these social networking sites do you use the most?

Take our Group Travel Leader poll to see nationwide results.


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

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