The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E T H E GROUP — O R L A N D O ' S T H E M E D R E S O R T S — OR L A NDO, FLOR IDA Travelers heading to Orlando's theme parks will enjoy the perks and interesting surroundings that come with staying at one of the many themed resorts. Shuttle service to and from the parks is a great time-saver and comfort after a long day, and affords the option to have your purchases brought back to your room instead of lugging bags around the parks. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort are great when seeking the most bang for your buck. Universal Studios Resorts has also been expanding its properties and has opened the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, a Caribbean-inspired hotel, this past summer. With f loor-to-ceiling windows, views of the waterfalls and a sand beach, this resort embodies the laid-back relaxation of a Caribbean vacation. A sixth resort, the Universal Aventura Hotel, is now under con- struction and is set to open in summer 2018. The new modern-style hotel will feature a rooftop bar — a first among the Universal Resorts — that will have dramatic views of the new Volcano Bay Water Park and Krakatau's nightly volcano effects. W W W.V IS I T OR L A N DO.COM 5 Courtesy Visit Orlando A LUAU BUFFET AT THE LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO Photo credit: Bruno Vega THIS LLAMA IS VALUED AT $168 MILLION. With more than 2.5 million travelers visiting Peru's 11 World Heritage Sites each year, it comes as no surprise that the country's $168 million annual tourism revenue is on the rise. That's why in 2011, Tourism Cares selected Peru for a sustainable tourism initiative that engaged peers from both the North American and Peruvian tourism industries to make an impact through volunteering and distributing $80,000 in grant funding. Visit TourismCares.org to see how your company can help make global sustainable tourism a reality. Join a growing roster of industry-leading companies committed to preserving the places we love and depend on.

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