Monday, August 30, 2010

Resume Suggestions

Tory Johnson from ABC Good Morning America has some very good resume suggestions. I particularly like her suggestions on how to present dates. Many new tour directors and guides are mature but you don’t want to appear ‘old’ on your resume.

I’m often asked about ages. If you go to Collette’s webpage you’ll see a picture of their tour directors. A wide range of ages are represented.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Student Tours

Liz Moran has written a wonderful new section for the “Tour Director Training Guides”. on student tours. Here’s a section I think you’ll find very helpful if you’re considering student tours.

“A one-stop resource to finding a list of student tour operators can be found on the Student and Youth Travel Associate website at On the home page, locate the tab “For Educators/Group Leaders” and from the drop down menu choose “Find An SYTA Tour Operator.” This will bring you to another page where you can search for operators by country, state or types of tours. Do not conduct a search under “Origination Locations” because it doesn’t matter where the tour operator is located! I work for student operators located in Northern California, Michigan and Illinois! Just conduct a broad search: Under “Destination Locations,” choose United States from the drop down menu. This will give you a list of ALL student tour operators who are members of SYTA.”

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tourism Continues to Rebound!

Good news. Tourism continues to rebound in 2010. “ visitors spent an estimated $11.1 billion ...marking the sixth consecutive month of growth ...spending has increased, on average, $732 million a month in 2010. ..Travel purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services ...$8.6 billion during June, an increase of nearly 14 percent... Passenger Fare Receipts: 17 percent to $2.5 billion for the month, an increase of $362 million...visitors have spent an estimated $64.6 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to increase of 7 percent ...“

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Surveys Give Insight Into U.S. Travelers and Spending Trends

Interesting survey on the direction of tourism. “Among men who were surveyed, the top destination was Australia, while most women chose Italy.” After seeing the Italy pizza scenes in “Eat, Pray, Love” I’m guessing Italy will become even more popular with women.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Eat, Pray and Love

We’re all counting on the movie boasting international tourism. Tour operators are already adding “Eat, Pray and Love” tours. Should be fun tours to lead. I'm ready! I love Bali.