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On My Mind jeff gayduk

❖ jeff gayduk

It’s Showtime!

Vol. 22, No. 2 April 2012 Editorial & Advertising Office

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Publisher – Jeffrey Gayduk

Managing Editor – Randy Mink Senior Editor – Dave Bodle

Welcome to the annual theater

readers tell us that they like this maga-

issue of Leisure Group Travel, our

zine for the great travel ideas our editorial

showcase of live entertainment across

team digs up, not extra large pictures of

the United States.


Director, Design & Production – Robert Wyszkowski

You can’t cover theater and not include New York! As Randy Mink articulates in “Broadway Boom” (pg. 52),

onlIne – AlWAyS GroWInG At press-time we are flipping the switch

Regional Business Development Managers Illinois – Jim McCurdy

from Spider-Man to Blue Man, there’s

on the latest version of our uber-cool

lots new on the Big Apple theater scene.

directory search engine, GroupTravel-

Traveling west on I-78 opens up a Version 5 takes the art

whole world of theatrical possibilities in

of search to a new level where you can

Northeast & Eastern Midwest/Canada – Harry Peck

Pennsylvania – dinner shows, big-time

plan a complete group vacation online.

concert halls and historical venues.

The site is comprehensive without being

P 330.830.4880 • F 630.794.0652

Newcomer Coley Nelson covers eight

daunting. Big maps help you zero in on

must-see theaters in “Curtain Call,”

geographic regions. Easy search bars

page 46.

help refine look-ups. Browse videos,

This issue also has a strong international flair, with two of my favorite destinations – Costa Rica (Lance Harrell,

photo galleries and supplier deals in a new “Groups Wanted” section. Our new website

pg. 18) and Switzerland (Don Heimburger,

is growing nicely. Already with 250+ fresh

pg. 21). Though separated by 5,800

itineraries for your group, by summer’s

miles, the commonality between the two

publishing of this magazine’s fifth annual

is their natural beauty and commitment

Itinerary Planning Guide we’ll have over

to environmental tourism.

500 posted.

We are always trying to make

Not to be outdone, our flagship

Leisure Group Travel the most readable

website,, will

publication in the group travel market.

debut a new look in May. It’s the most

We continue to roll out design and

visited magazine site in group travel

content changes to further your reading

according to, driving 2.5

enjoyment. Wider columns, bigger

times as many visitors per month as our

pictures and a more readable font are

nearest competitor.

just a few recent enhancements. These

We’ve been doing online “right” for a

are done within the context of a trade

long time. I’m proud of our accomplish-

magazine as we strive to focus on the

ments, and what’s to come.

written word, understanding it’s the most important element of a good magazine.

Mid Atlantic – Ellen Klesta

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Leisure Group Travel (ISSN-1531-1406) is published bi-monthly by Premier Tourism Marketing, Inc. 621 Plainfield Road, Suite 406, Willowbrook, IL 60527. The magazine is distributed free of charge to qualified tour operators, travel agents, group leaders, bank travel clubs and other travel organizations. Other travel-related suppliers may subscribe at the reduced rate of $12.00 per year. The regular subscription price for all others is $18.00 per year. Single copies are $4.95 each.

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Enjoy the show! A

I have seen other magazines take re-


All rights reserved. Materials may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.

designs to excess by removing complete editorial sections for ginormous photos.

Jeffrey Gayduk, Publisher

That’s awesome…if you’re Vogue, but

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