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Planners Talk Back: A Surprise Success

Select Traveler asked these group travel planners, “What tour was more successful than you expected?” Check out their responses.


Erica Perkins

Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Woodsville, New Hampshire

“We did a music- and train-themed tour to West Virginia a few years ago. It was so popular we had to add another bus, making our group a total of 97. Our group is most drawn to areas that have a similarity to where they are from in the northern New Hampshire region but offer a different cultural experience. Most rural destinations have a safer, more comfortable feel to our group.”

Cindy Cullins

Relyance Bank Destination Club, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

“Our Alaskan cruise on Oceania was very popular. Most of the customers had never traveled on Oceania and wanted to see how it compared to other cruises.”

Juliana Fermin

HJ Travels, Cypress, Texas

“Our Soca on the Seas music-theme group toured Spain, France and Italy in May 2018. Our time spent in Rome was amazing, as we were able to visit the Vatican, the Colosseum and several other fascinating and historic landmarks. Days later we visited Pisa and Naples at length, so our clients were thrilled. Our nights at sea enhanced our entire trip, as the entertainers we brought onboard entertained us with their reggae and soca music.”

Leslie Jerden

Truity Credit Union, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

“A Kenya Wing Safari tour with Tanzania as a five-day extension was very successful. It was also the most expensive tour I had offered to that date. I started marketing it 18 months in advance after I had taken a FAM to the destination. I used my FAM photos and short clips to create my own slideshow presentation and formally introduce it myself. I felt those decisions helped sell it. People wanted to see exactly where they would be staying, what the food looked like and the quality of the safari drives themselves. Once I could show them my own photos and voice my own experience, it helped them make a decision.”

Cheryl Walter

Norwin Express Tours, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

“Sicily stood out for me. I anticipated a great trip, but our tour guide made it a fabulous trip. Our group never realized the beauty and history that we would witness on this adventure.”