The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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T H E 8 GROUP G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 20 1 7 MEMBER S HIP S A R E NO W AVA IL A BL E SALEM, Ohio — The Group Travel Family is opening its 2017 membership drive to the travel industry with the invitation to join any one of its seven organizations. The Group Travel Family serves 25,000 organizers of group travel and has membership categories in each organization. Membership can cover all segments of group travel or target one specific market, such as faith- based groups, bank programs, boomers, African- American groups, meeting planners or the mature market. Memberships start as low as $395 annually, with discounts for multiple market members. "Group travel is about building relationships with the travel planner, and membership in The Group Travel Family of Brands is the basis for build- ing those relationships," said Teresa Burton of The Group Travel Family. For details on membership, please contact Burton at 800-628-0993 or visit: W W W.GROUPTR AVELFAMILY.COM SALEM, Ohio — The Group Travel Family has announced the appointment of Alexander Luciano to the position of multi-media producer. The addition signals the growth of the company's involvement in online and social communica- tions and marketing. The Group Travel Family is the umbrella company for major industry conferences serving the group travel industry and more than 25,000 group travel planners. The organization has built a YouTube channel following that includes more than 90,000 views of group-travel-related videos, most dedicated to destination awareness and training seminars. "Alex comes to us with a fresh objective on group travel and online communications in group travel," U C I A O T A P P F O U T I A P O I O FA M I LY M AT T E R S said Charlie Presley, founder of The Group Travel Family. "Mr. Luciano brings a background in video and sound technology as well as media produc- tion. He will be responsible for the production and delivery of all multimedia content derived from the organization's conferences and trade shows. The Group Travel Family began developing mul- timedia communications in 2013 and has expanded the effort into most of its conference expansion. An example of this effort is the development of confer- ence mobile apps that are now included in more than 40 meetings and conferences annually. "Mobile apps have added great value to the delegate experience for attendees of our confer- ences, and Alex will simply add his knowledge and expertise to their attendance of these events," said Presley. To view The Group Travel Family's YouTube channel, visit: W W W.YOU T U BE .COM /GROU P T R AV E L FA M I LY ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — More than 40 elaborate costumes from 13 recent movies based on classic books will be on display at Biltmore House from February 10 through July 4, 2017. "Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics" will include a costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes" and Nicole Kidman's Isabel Archer costume from "The Portrait of a Lady." Other films include "Finding Neverland," "Anna Karenina" and "Pride and Prejudice." The film fashions will be displayed along with the original books from George Vanderbilt's 22,000-volume library that served as cinematic inspiration. Vanderbilt began to read at a young age and at age 12, he started keeping a record of books read, numbered consecutively, including the title and author of each work completed. These journals log 38 years and 3,159 books, and will be on display during this exhibition. W W W. BI LT MOR E .COM / DES IGN EDF OR DR A M A B I L T M O R E H O U S E E X H I B I T W I L L H I G H L I G H T C L A S S I C M O V I E C O S T U M E S THE BILTMORE'S NEW EXHIBIT OF HOLLYWOOD COSTUMES WILL INCLUDE THIS DRESS FROM "PORTRAIT OF A LADY." Courtesy e Biltmore Company ALEXANDER LUCIANO

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