The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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K E L L Y @ G R O U P T R A V E L L E A D E R . C O M Y T Y 8 8 8 . 2 . 0 4 5 5 The GROUP TRAVEL LEADER is published ten times a year by THE GROUP TRAVEL LEADER, Inc., 301 East High St., Lexington, Kentucky 40507, and is distributed free of charge to qualified group leaders who plan travel for groups of all ages and sizes. THE GROUP TRAVEL LEADER serves as the official magazine of GROUP TRAVEL FAMILY, the organization for traveling groups. All other travel suppliers, including tour operators, destinations, attractions, transportation companies, hotels, restaurants and other travel- related companies may subscribe to THE GROUP TRAVEL LEADER by sending a check for $59 for one year to: THE GROUP TRAVEL LEADER, Circulation Department, 301 East High St., Lexington, KY 40507. Phone (859) 253-0455 or (859) 253-0503. Copyright THE GROUP TRAVEL LEADER, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without the written consent of the publisher is prohibited. M A C T . L A C Y Founder and Publisher C H A R L E S A . P R E S L E Y Partner B R I A N J E W E L L Executive Editor H E R B E R T S P A R R O W Senior Writer D O N I A S I M M O N S Creative Director D A V I D B R O W N Art Director E L I Z A M Y E R S Online Editor C H R I S T I N E C L O U G H Copy Editor S A V A N N A H O S B O U R N Staff Writer A S H L E Y R I C K S Circulation Manager K E L L Y T Y N E R Director of Sales & Marketing S T A C E Y B O W M A N Advertising Sales Director . 4 TRAVEL LEADER T H E table CONTENTS T HE C H A R T I N G T H E E V O L U T I O N O F G R O U P T R A V E L GROUP D E PA RT M E N T S T R AV E L S O U T H 1 5 2 8 2 0 1 0 9 T O U R P L A N N E R E D I T O R ' S M A R K S C H A N G I N G H O R I Z O N S F A M I L Y M A T T E R S I N D U S T R Y N E W S C O N F E R E N C E S C E N E 14 8 10 12 6 AN OHIO INDUSTRY EDUCATION BILLINGS, MONTANA THEME HOTELS VOL 27 | ISSUE 1 T H E M I C R O B R E W B O O M T H E S O U T H A F T E R D A R K S O C I A L M E D I A M O M E N T S S A V O R Y S O U V E N I R S G U I D E D A D V E N T U R E S Come along on a trip from Columbus to the Lake Erie coast. F E AT U R E S Spring brings new life to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo by Jerry D. Greer www.jerrygreerphotography.com ON THE COVER T H E S E H A P P E N I N G S A R E H A L L M A R K S O F T H E S E A S O N . of I S S U E J A N U A R Y 2 01 7 SPRING

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