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Planners Talk Back: Hotel Experiences

Select Traveler asked these group travel planners, “What is a hotel or accommodation that proved an important part of a tour?” Check out their responses.


Marlene Shirley, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

Shawnee, Kansas

“When our group went to Ireland, they were able to stay at Ashford Castle. They had a formal dinner, and the experience was the highlight of the trip for many. Having an opportunity to sleep in a setting that is beautiful and has a rich history is an experience no one forgets.”

Chris Harris, Central Bank Classic

Jefferson City, Missouri

“The White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, New Hampshire, is a destination unto itself. Over the last five years, we’ve literally brought hundreds of travelers there to take part in the fall foliage, local history and great scenery of the area. The hotel itself is a destination because of the great service and cozy feel of a locally owned property. It has relative seclusion while still being in a tourist area. I think the thing that really sets it apart is how they handle groups. They take care of every aspect of the tour from accommodations and transportation to day trips and food. Groups get to order off the menu in their on-site restaurant. I always joke that travelers will come for the leaves but remember the food.”

Desiree Ozburn, First State Bank

Shannon, Illinois

“We stayed at the Parkhotel Valkenburg in Valkenburg, Netherlands. Valkenburg is a charming village that offers many dining options, where the owners and servers not only serve excellent cuisine but they also take an interest in getting to know you. Many shops and activities await you after returning from your day away. Valkenburg was an excellent choice for a place to lay our head down after returning from tours in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and various other destinations in the Netherlands.”

Ronni Hannaman, Carson City Chamber of Commerce

Carson City, Nevada

“Thus far, the Jekyll Island Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia, has been a highlight of our Southern packages. We have much interest in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. We have a large group booked there for 2021.”

Rosie Mosteller, Dalton Whitfield Senior Center

Dalton, Georgia

“Some of our favorites are any Disney resort in Orlando; Dolly’s DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; and Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. We have made many trips to these resorts, and the group loves everything offered there.”