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Planners Talk Back: January 2018

Select Traveler asked these group travel planners, “What is one thing you’ve learned over the past year?” Check out their responses.


Libby Gierach, President/CEO

Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, Hilliard, Ohio

“Using social media extensively to promote our trips has been very successful in reaching potential travelers, who then become travelers with us. Videos and testimonials on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter work for us to promote our trips.”

Kathy Leesekamp, Connect Club Director

Farmers State Bank, Marion, Iowa

“Travel brings people together. We all see and feel different things when we travel, so it is great to be able to share your experience with a group of people who have been on the same tour as you. Travel allows you to build strong bonds with your fellow club members that last a lifetime.”

Carolyn Berens, Vice President

First Bank Kansas, Salina, Kansas

“We aim to be organized, have detailed itineraries, stay on schedule, play games on the bus and have fun. Our passengers love the all-inclusive trips we offer.”

Dianne De Wit, Signature and Regional Events Coordinator

Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa

“On the last two trips, we’ve gifted our guests with a coffee-table photo book of the trip. This has been greatly appreciated and is a great way for them to share with others.”

Jay Wolz, Director of Alumni Relations

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

“I’ve learned to trust the knowledge and experience of our travel partners. They have the expertise to coordinate travel experiences that wow our tour participants. Our partner travel organizations, including Collette and First Class Travel of Cape Girardeau, have also taken the time to know our organization and members, which helps ensure that our tours are as flawless as possible.”