Teach & Travel November 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE: 2023 EDUCATORS' BUYERS GUIDE

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MARCIE ELLISON Outerbridge President, Student and Youth Travel Association General Manager of Sales and Group Travel, Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd.

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Fall has arrived, and we are quickly moving into the holiday season! In fact, here in Canada we have already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving and are dusting off our skis and skates in preparation for the winter season. Canadian students are enjoying all that Canada has to offer this year and we are once again welcoming the world to experience our country from coast to coast to coast! As student travel slowly—depending where you live—returns, we want to continue to examine how to deal with a changing world, how to bring newcomers into the world of student travel, and how to overcome today’s challenges. To that end, this issue of Teach & Travel has tips for dealing with technology in modern travel, training chaperones to be an incredible asset, and the latest etiquette and safety for busses and motorcoaches. That last point happens to tie into another story, in which an Alabama marching band’s bussing was cancelled just hours before their big trip. Don’t worry, they still made it to the performance on time! Whether you’re a brand-new educator just getting started or a seasoned veteran, it’s always good to be aware of the newest changes and challenges in travel.

Of course, we also love stories about the people doing it right, so I hope you enjoy our look at the winner of this year’s SYTA Youth Foundation Visionary Award, a man who has dedicated his life to mentoring and leading students. And you can hear directly from today’s youth with an essay from a World Is A Classroom finalist, Asher Boiskin—an incredible young man who recently set a record by visiting 35 embassies in one day in Washington, DC. If you’re looking for great destinations, this issue we take a look at Chicago, Alabama and France, three places that could each fill an entire magazine on their own. As we settle into the new school year, it is easy to forget that even a year ago we were still living and working under unusual circumstances in many parts of the world. There have been growing pains however please take a moment to appreciate and give thanks to everyone in the tourism and hospitality fields that are ready, willing and able to provide their services and welcome us to their establishment and destinations. We have come a long way and I look forward to the new year ahead!

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DESTINATION UPDATES

CHANGING TIDES Leading up to the Shedd Aquarium’s 100th anniversary in 2030, the organization’s multi-faceted Centennial Commitment is a transformational investment in Chicago communities and aquatic ecosystems around the world, requiring half a billion dollars and eight years to accomplish. Expect a modernized aquarium experience, new educational and experiential programs, compelling digital engagements, and more. Learn more at sheddaquarium.com.

planetarium has significant upgrades to its technological capabilities. Read about it at airandspace.si.edu.

BLASTING OFF The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC is finished with half of a monumental multi-year renovation, which began in 2018. Transforming every visitor's experience, all 23 exhibitions have been completely reimagined, with new presentation spaces and attractions. On October 14, half of the building opened up, with eight new and renovated exhibitions and hundreds of new artifacts. Plus, the

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stage where many of the province’s most important stories played out. At this gallery, a deep and layered view of history through geological time explores human connections to the land across thousands of years. Watch and listen to the flurry of birds at Whitewater Lake; examine layers of history in an eroding riverbank; walk into an oldfashioned schoolhouse, and more. Dig in at manitobamuseum.ca.

DIG THROUGH TIME The plants, animals, and fungi of the prairies, superbly adapted to the unique challenges of their environment, are showcased in the new Prairies Gallery at Manitoba Museum. Prairies are a defining landscape of Manitoba, and the

FARM-TO-CLASSROOM In late 2021, Indigenous Experiences in Ontario opened up the new Mādahòkì Farm, building on the growing interest in agritourism, farm-to-table culinary experiences and authentic cultural experiences


from an Indigenous perspective. Visit for authentic Indigenous experiences like traditional tea, rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses, music workshops, and more. Plus, they have a series of Indigenous events celebrating the seasons! Check out indigenous-experiences.ca.

GET CRACKING The New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is here for students to enjoy from November 25 to December 31 at the Lincoln Center. The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting in this production unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The most famous example is the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 41 feet, evoking audible gasps of disbelief from the audience at each performance. Head to nycballet.com to learn more.

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TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR TRAVEL

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In today’s world, there’s no way to avoid technology, which means you’re better off embracing and managing it. As all parents and educators know, technology certainly has the potential to distract. Practically every single student has a smartphone at this point. What you don’t want is for tech to overshadow the experience, instead of students soaking up the world around them and talking to each other. That said, a no-phone policy is basically impossible to enforce for an entire school trip, and it’s missing out on potential learning opportunities. Nowadays, there are more ways than ever for students and teachers alike to use their phones to actually enhance a school trip, rather than detract from it. Here are a few of our tech tips. ESTABLISH TECH-FREE TIMES If students are mostly allowed to use their phones, they should be able to handle moments without them. Consider tech-free times during particularly important moments, such as when addressing the group with plans, or when experiencing a reverent cultural practice. If needed, have chaperones collect and hold onto phones temporarily, to avoid any temptation. REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY Smartphones are at a high risk of being lost, broken or stolen while on tours. Make sure students have security measures set, and at least try to keep them from dropping their phone off a cliff or into a river. CELEBRATE PHONES AS A WAY TO PROCESS AND DOCUMENT THE WORLD You might think it’s best for students to be tech-free during all experiences, but for many of them, being able to take pictures and record video is an essential part of how they process things. Remember, at this point, they’ve all grown up with this technology and are attached to it. What better way to make and capture memories than with photos and video?

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE NEW TECH AT DESTINATIONS Many museums and other venues have added ways to enhance the experience with phones. From bespoke apps to QR codes to augmented reality, there are tons of ways students can use their phones to dive even deeper into an experience, rather than being distracted from it. Look online for these opportunities before you go! USE PHONES TO COMMUNICATE EFFICIENTLY The joy of technology is that if a student isn’t in sight, you can text or call them, rather than walking around a museum yelling their name. Designate a specific form of communication and use that consistently so students and chaperones know what to watch for. DOWNLOAD TRAVEL APPS Most people already know to have apps like Google Translate and WhatsApp ready for trips, but there are so many more. Flush locates public restrooms. Timeshifter manages jet lag. PackPoint helps determine what to bring. And check out Group Travel Videos, which lets you keep track of others in your group, makes group texting simple, helps share documents, allows private photo sharing, and more. Some tour operators even have their very own app!


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PROFILE

JOHN REED

LAUNCHING STUDENTS INTO SUCCESS You don’t always have to work in the classroom to change students’ lives. In fact, John Reed of Georgia is leading youth to success entirely as a volunteer.

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As program director for the afterschool Arrow Youth Leadership Council, Reed has dedicated his life to mentoring young leaders since 2011, which is why he won this year’s SYTA Youth Foundation Visionary Award. The Visionary Award is given to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to enriching student lives through travel and/or contributing to the advancement of our industry through education, volunteer activities or community service. Reed won this year’s award after being nominated by Arrow Youth Founder, Dr. Maya Taylor. “For 11 years, John Reed has dedicated, burning the midnight oil, helping us to train our babies to be difference makers, and we are so excited that through his leadership, we have been able to impact over 2,000 young people through our organization,” Taylor said. “He is a passionate, loving man who tells the funniest dad jokes, and he keeps everyone on fire. He is the epitome of what you would call a crossbow: All you have to do is place a young child in his process and he launches them to their destiny.” Arrow Youth’s afterschool program largely focuses on raising young leaders, doing school and community outreach, and preparing students for college and careers. They do this through four Rules of Engagement: Mind, to be thought leaders; Mouth, to be change leaders, Heart, to be focus leaders, and Hands, to serve humanity.

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Reed is involved in many ways, and for the last eight years, he has also directed the program’s annual college/ career road trips during spring break. As a result, students have been exposed to museums, cultural sites and visited some of the nation's top schools. Taylor also testifies that Reed is a dynamic life coach and father figure to many of the program’s students who come from low-income households and neighborhoods. He is a historian and has a passion for impacting the future generation through teachings about the past. On top of all that, he exposes his students from underserved communities via service-learning projects within their community. Through annual Christmas and back-to-school drives, along with an initiative to feed those experiencing homeless, he shows students that charity should start at home first. In Taylor’s words, “John is a great visionary that sees a brighter future for our children, and passes that vision along to them.” While Taylor said Reed serves self lessly without asking for compensation, his view on things is that it doesn’t even feel like working when he’s with students, as he loves to spend time with them. Reed feels the youth help him continue to pursue the curiosity we all innately have when younger. One program he’s leading is Black Wall Street 2.0, fighting to combat generational poverty through social economics and educational equity. This was inspired by the original Black Wall Street, a district in Tulsa. “In Tulsa, the Greenwood District was very aff luent for some very specific reasons, and they were literally destroyed by a mob out of jealous for what they did,” Reed said. “With so much focus on all the destruction, what I really wanted our kids to do is focus on, what did they do well as an organization and community? What they did in Greenwood before the massacre, is they took the businesses that were there and looked at


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the needs of their community. They said, we can build businesses, we can create places, we can provide for our own, and we can strengthen not only the families that are here, but the entire community. So learning from history, we draw from that to point us in the direction we need to go.” Reed felt it was key to get the students to not only study some first-person narratives, but also relate that to where we are now in our community, and how we can grow that and take it to the next level of prosperity. It was a big project, but Reed says one really important part of it all was bringing the opportunity full-circle and traveling to the Greenwood district in Tulsa during their next college/ career road trip. “The students got a chance to walk those streets, and the history that they saw in the book, they were able to see right in front of them. We also connected with an entrepreneur who was there creating new things. So the students were able to see the past, the present and the future as a part of an experience they will never forget.” Reed is going to keep working as volunteer program director for the Arrow Youth Leadership Council as they continue to expand their reach and broaden even more kids’ horizons. He’s not going to stop launching students to success any time soon. “When I look at students, I really think about, every student is like a seed, in that they possess everything that they need inside of them to be great, and to be a functioning and successful part of our community,” Reed said. “So the role that we play

is to encourage that seed, make sure that it’s in good soil, make sure that it’s watered, make sure we have those conversations, that we speak life into them and raise them up to really be those things, those things that we need all around us. We speak on shooting students

as arrows into their future with all of the potential that they possess, to really hit the bullseye of that purpose inside of them. I am just so grateful. I thank God for this opportunity, and thank you all for recognizing the work that we do.”

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HOW TO PREPARE THE PERFECT CHAPERONES

Chaperones are a crucial part of any school trip—one teacher simply can’t keep track of dozens of excited and energized students. That said, you don’t always get to pick who your chaperones are, unless you’re lucky enough to have a flood of volunteers. So before you go on your trip, it’s important to make sure they are fully prepared to be the best they can be—you don’t want to end up chaperoning the chaperones. Here are just a few of our tips for ensuring someone’s fit to be a chaperone, and how to train them for student travel.

Check with the administration. Whether it’s your tour operator or school administration, there are bound to be policies in place around chaperones. Most important is the student-to-chaperone ratio, which determines how many you’ll need. If possible, go above the bare minimum, in case a chaperone needs to step away for any reason. Make your pick. If you have a choice, we suggest fellow teachers as chaperones rather than parents. Either way, consider how they interact with students, if they garner respect, if they have travel experience, and any other skills like first aid or a second language. Also consider gender, as you’d ideally have chaperones that reflect your group. Get them involved early. You really want to make sure chaperones know this isn’t a free vacation. Everyone should be expected to earn their way onto this trip, just as the students did 10

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through hard work, and possibly money. Get your chaperones involved in the preplanning and organizing so they feel personally invested, becoming experts before the trip starts.

for bigger emergencies like a missing student. It’s also a great idea to provide each chaperone with printed emergency contact info, medical info, and dietary restrictions for each traveler, as well as an itinerary.

Outline expectations. We suggest doing this in writing. The last thing you want is a chaperone who’s upset and overwhelmed because of a misunderstanding. Are they expected to participate in activities or just escort? How many students will they be responsible for? Will they have any scheduled free time at all? Do they get their own room? And the big question: Are they allowed to drink alcohol, even in their free time?

Lay down the law. Familiarize chaperones with all rules applying to students—from the school and tour company and as local customs dictate: dress code, public displays of affection, language, cellphone use, curfew and whether they can leave the hotel. Discuss how infractions will be handled—you don’t want a chaperone yelling at students for every little thing, but you also don’t want total anarchy.

Prepare for emergencies. Ideally, each chaperone would have their own travel kit with things like bandages, wipes, sanitizer, a thermometer, medicine, a little extra cash, etc. But you also want them to be trained

Stay positive. It’s not always easy, but where you can, you want an infectious good mood that spreads to the chaperones and then to the students. Student travel may not be a free vacation, but it still is fun!


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LEARN ON THE LAKE IN CUTTING-EDGE CHICAGO

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A bustling metropolis filled with diverse culture, world-renowned museums and incredible views along Lake Michigan, Chicago is a gem of the Midwest. The Windy City is a year-round playground offering an abundance of educational, recreational and performance opportunities for student travel. It’s the third-most populous city in the United States, yet remains shockingly easy to visit and navigate. From the lakeshore to the skyscrapers, here are a few of Chicago’s top attractions for student groups.

SEE IT ALL Start your trip by gaining a little perspective, heading up 103 stories to Skydeck. Situated at the top of the Willis Tower—the third tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and formerly known as Sears Tower—this goes beyond the typical observation tower. Of course you get amazing views of the Chicago skyline and far beyond here, but students will also walk through the new Skydeck experience, a fun and interactive museum sharing the rich history of

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the city. At the top, there are simulated views from other iconic spots in the city, as well as The Ledge, a glass box extending out at 1,353 feet in the air. Not too far off, but closer to the water, 360 CHICAGO towers over the city’s Magnificent Mile. With beautiful views of the city in one direction and Lake Michigan in the other, you can even see parts of neighboring states on clear days. This observation tower also has TILT, billed as “Chicago’s highest thrill ride,” 94 f loors up. Grab hold and lay against glass windows as you’re tilted down over the edge of the building for a couple minutes, as though you’re f lying.


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ALL THE CITY’S A STAGE Chicago is filled with the arts, including a thriving theater scene. The Great White Way meets The White City (an old nickname for the city) with Broadway In Chicago, a treat for all students. The upcoming lineup includes: Wicked for the witches, The TwentySided Tavern for the gamers, The Lion King for Disney fans, Dear Evan Hansen for anyone who’s experienced bullying, A Magical Cirque Christmas, Chicago, Les Misérables, Cats, 1776, Annie, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, A Soldier’s Play, Disney’s Aladdin, MJ and more. Workshops and theater tours are available as well! For something entirely different, check out ComedySportz Theater, a top comedy theater in one of the comedy capitals of the world. These shows are accessible for everyone, especially the f lagship show, ComedySportz, in which two teams compete in comedic games. Also check out Trapped In a Musical, a completely improvised 60-minute musical, and the holiday shows like Home for Hanukkah. Or get involved (in-person or virtually) with the High School League, meant to train students in the art of improv.

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STEM AND BEYOND The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is the largest science center in the hemisphere, and one of the largest science museums in the world. More than 400,000 square feet of interactive and hands-on exhibits feature everything from learning labs to a big dome theater, f light and motion simulators, live science experiences, a VR transporter, and beyond. You can even set up an experience to dissect a cow eyeball in person. Plus, there are fun and educational exhibits like The Art of the Brick, which features more than 100 LEGO sculptures made from more than a million bricks. Don’t leave out the language arts lovers in the group—next, head to the American Writers Museum, a unique museum experience focusing entirely on the incredible diversity, history and impact of American writers. Poetry, lyrics, speeches, fiction, nonfiction, journalism and more are celebrated here, with at least two hours of thorough interactive exhibits. In one trip, you can experience the “surprise bookshelf,” a readers hall, the amazing Word Waterfall, the Mind of a Writer gallery, and much more, including a temporary exhibit on Black American writers.


IT'S ONLY NATURAL The Field Museum of Natural History is so impressive, it demands to be seen. Located right on the Lake Michigan shoreline, this sprawling museum holds nearly 40 million specimens and artifacts. Students will love SUE, the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex fossil, along with Maximo the titanosaur. The Field documents new species, conserves ecosystems, educates budding scientists and explores cultures with exhibits like Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories. Come here to learn about everything from colors in nature to ancient Egypt. If you’re not afraid to get a little wet, head to the Shedd Aquarium, highly beloved by families and students of all ages. Who doesn’t love to see and learn about 32,000 aquatic animals up-close? The massive aquarium is filled to the gills with things to see and do, including encounters with dolphins, sea otters and penguins. There are also field trip programs tailored to student groups, teaching about marine ecosystems, animal

behavior and more. Plus, the Shedd is working on a half-billion dollar renovation that will take eight years to complete, so get ready for new experiences! A short walk from both the Field and Shedd, the Adler Planetarium will take your students to outer space. This public museum is America’s first planetarium, founded in 1930. It’s filled with interactive games, ships to walk through, antique instruments, an observatory, and three full-size theaters offering educational and entertaining movies. Also, you can “see” through the light pollution of Chicago’s night sky with the Atwood Sphere, the oldest operating sky simulator in the world. GET A GUIDE If you want to experience Chicago with the knowledge and know-how of professionals, consider Big Bus Tours. Visit all the top Chicago landmarks with open-top buses, pre-recorded commentary, a free mobile app, both day and night tours, and an option to hop-on/hop-off at various stops. Or travel by boat with City Cruises. Go sightseeing on the Chicago River, take a dining cruise on Lake Michigan with studentfriendly food, or ask for an educational field trip.

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T O U R O P E R AT O R S . S U P P L I E R S . Knowing who you can turn to when planning student travel has never been more impor tant. As the leading source for educators who plan student travel, Teach & Travel is proud to bring you the 2023 Educator ’s Buyers Guide. Teach & Travel is sponsored by the Student & Youth Travel Association (SY TA), whose mission is to provide life - enhancing educational travel experiences for students and to establish qualit y and safet y standards for travel providers. The Educator ’s Buyers Guide, provides you a list of SY TA member companies who are: »

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WHAT IS SYTA? SY TA is the nonprofit professional trade association that promotes student and youth educational travel and seeks to foster integrity and professionalism among student and youth travel service providers. SY TA is "The Voice of Student and Youth Travel.®"

OUR MISSION The Student & Youth Travel Association is the premier association of businesses dedicated to providing life-enhancing educational travel experiences to students and young people. We instill confidence in our travelers by establishing quality and safety standards for travel providers, and we empower our SY TA members through advocacy, education, training, and networking opportunities.

SYTA'S SAFETY COMMITMENT SY TA is announcing a significant expansion of its student travel safety program, including the establishment of new comprehensive standards for student travel operators and suppliers and the creation of a certification program for individuals and companies specializing in student travel. In 2020, SY TA launched the Certified Student Travel Organization certification and re-established the requirements for the Certified Student Travel Professional certification. CSTO & CSTP respectively, provide a framework for student travel organizations and their staff to learn, train, and guide their clients—in thorough safety standards and protocols. SY TA members actively participate in health and safety measures that are in place for student travel.

CENTER FOR STUDENT TRAVEL SAFET Y Saf ety st an d ard s an d c e r t i f i c a t i o n p rograms w ere d eve lo p e d w i t h e d u c ators, ad mi n i st r a t o r s , a n d s c h o o ls wh o sh are t h e same p a s s i o n f o r t r a v e l a n d stu d en t travel s a f e t y a s S Y TA m emb ers. T h e c ert i f i c a t i o n p r o g r a m s wi l l b e ad mi n i stered t h r o u g h t h e C e n t e r for S tu d en t T ravel S a f e t y . NOTE: Currently, only Student Travel Organizations and Professionals are eligible for certification.

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SYTA believes student travel safety is a partnership between student travel companies and their clients. To that end, SYTA provides education, research, and resources to educators through Teach & Travel magazine and e-newsletters, the new Safety Resource Center on SYTA.org, and the Teach & Travel EdWeb community.

The Student & Youth Travel Digest provides data on all aspects of student travel, domestically and globally. SYTA is committed to providing research that informs and educates student travel professionals and group leaders on trends affecting student travel. In the SYTD on Educators, you will be able to review your travel program against those of other educators to compare trip purpose, destinations, length of stay and costs.

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www.academicexpeditions.com

Academic Travel Services, Inc. / www.academictravel.com Contact: Info@academictravel.com / Address: PO Box 547, 795 Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28793 / Phone: (800) 523-4293 As former educators, we are sensitive to the unique needs and requirements of all types of educational and performance tours. ATS is dedicated to providing a tailor-made experience to all North American and European destinations. AdvantEdge Tours, LLC

6480 S. Downing St., Centennial, CO 80121

(303) 794-4391

www.advantedgetours.com

Adventure Student Travel

27176 State Highway 6, Kirksville, MO 63501

(877) 397-5700

www.adventurestudenttravel.com

Affinity Group Tours

817 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC V4M 3V3, Canada

(604) 737-3121

www.af finitytours.com

Alta Voyages (formerly Voyages Tour Etudiant)

874 Archimede St., Levis, QC G6V 7M5, Canada

(418) 835-3336

www.altavoyages.ca/en

American Christian Tours

201 E. South St., Rice Lake, WI 54868

(715) 234-6500

www.acts-tours.com

American Edventures

25283 Cabot Rd., Ste 108, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 768-1776

www.americanedventures.com

American Travel Consulting

PO Box 750, Albertville, AL 35950

(256) 572-0669

www.americantravelconsulting.com

Apple Student Tours

2727 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 219 San Diego, CA 92108

(619) 299-9686

www.applestudenttours.org

Artist Travel Consultants

250 W. 57th St., 19th Fl, New York, NY 10107

(212) 707-8170

www.artisttravels.com

Asia Getaway Inc.

7668 El Camino Real, Ste 104-618, Carlsbad, CA 92009

(760) 672-0898

www.asiagetaway.com

Atlas Workshops Inc.

45 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 475-0141

www.atlasworkshops.com

Benedict’s Bus Service

2166 Charleston Rd., Wellsboro, PA 16901

(570) 724-5867

www.benedictsbus.com

Bob Rogers Travel

3440 LaCrosse Ln., Naperville, IL 60564

(800) 373-1423

www.bobrogerstravel.com

Branson On Stage Live!

PO Box 6609, Branson, MO 65615

(417) 334-5599

www.bransononstagelive.com

Capital Tours, Inc.

200 Merrimack St., Ste 401, Haverhill, MA 01830

(978) 373-9140

www.capitaltours.net

CE Tours

PO Box 423, Allen, TX 75013

(469) 270-1255

www.cetours.net

CCIS / Discover Student Travel Contact: Bryan Stevenson, bryan@ccistravel.com / Address: 6965 Piazza Grand Ave. Suite 315 Orlando FL. 32835 / Phone: (800) 432-5095 CCIS, Complete Custom Itinerary Service, was established in 1993 and provides first-class customer service while delivering a boutique experience with concierge level inclusions, focusing on customized, all-inclusive trips. Discover Student Travel offers “Budget Friendly Adventures” and was created to ensure that ALL students have access to travel, while providing first-class customer service and attention to detail. CETA Tours

3120 Schneider Ave. SE, Ste 1B, Menomonie, WI 54751

(715) 232-8541

www.cetatours.com

CHA Educational Tours

400 Market St., Ste 460, Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 923-7060

www.cha-tours.com

Choice Music Tours, a Direct Travel company

2 Penn Center West, Ste 220, Pittsburgh, PA 15276

(866) 583-6061

www.choicemusictours.com

Class Travel, LLC

11098 E. Mission Ln., Scottsdale, AZ 85259

(480) 699-3418

www.classtravelllc.com

Close Up Foundation

1330 Braddock Pl., Ste 400, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 706-3300

www.closeup.org

College Campus Tours

697 Lawton St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

(404) 755-3535

www.collegecampustours.net

Corporate Travel Service, Inc.

41780 W 6 Mile Rd., Ste 100, Northville, MI 48168

(313) 565-8888

www.ctscentral.net

Dance the Magic!

15061 Springdale St., Ste 105, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

(714) 890-5678

www.dancethemagic.com

DC Trails

8025 Mims St., Lorton, VA 22079

(703) 360-2800

www.dctrails.com

Director’s Choice

10701 Upland Ave., Lubbock, TX 79424

(877) 328-2583

www.directorschoice.com

Edu Trips

PO Box 19, Orangeburg, NY 10962

(845) 848-2767

www.edutrips.com

Educational Discovery Tours

7050 Windstar Dr., Reno, NV 89523

(530) 582-6030

www.educationaldiscoverytours.com

Educational Experiences

2629 Alhambra Ave., Deland, FL 32720

(800) 761-2556

www.educationalexperiences.org

Educational Tours & Travel Corporation

1079 E. Riverside Dr., Ste 101, St. George, UT 84790

(435) 656-4849

www.ettours.com

Educational Tours Inverness, FL

1123 Sterling Rd., Inverness, FL 34450

(352) 344-3589

www.edtours-us.com

Educational Tours, Inc. / www.tours-eti.com Contact: info@tours-eti.com / Address: 2385 Delhi Commerce Dr., Ste 1-A, Holt, MI 48842 / Phone: (800) 654-4560 / Fax: (517) 699-0677 For over 39 years we have been providing exceptional group tours and great service all over North America. We even made ‘Services’ our middle name.

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Educational Travel Adventures

4400 Route 9 S, Ste 1000, Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 410-5677

www.etadventures.com

Educational Travel Consultants

915 Holly Knoll Dr., Anderson, SC 29626

(828) 693-0412

www.educationaltravelconsultants.com

Educational Travel Services, Inc.

PO Box 82605, Portland, OR 97282

(503) 653-3988

www.etsi.ws

Educational Travel Tours, Inc.

PO Box 9028, Trenton, NJ 08650

(609) 587-1550

www.educationaltraveltours.com

EduTravel, Inc.

42 Sousa Mendes St., Toronto, ON M6P 0B2, Canada

(416) 923-4683

www.edutravel.com

EF Explore America

Two Education Cir., Cambridge, MA 02141

(617) 619-2001

www.efexploreamerica.com

Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd

311 Main St., Exeter, ON N0M 1S7, Canada

(519) 235-2000

www.ellisontravel.com

EPN Travel Services

1784 W. Schuylkill Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518

(888) 323-0974

www.epntravel.com

EXP Trips

1430 W. Broadway Rd., Ste 201, Tempe, AZ 85282

(602) 638-2016

www.exptrips.com

First Class Tours

12703 Eastex Fwy., Houston, TX 77039

(281) 590-8800

www.firstclasstours.net

Flamingo Educational Tours

10049 NW 1st Ct., Plantation, FL 33324

(954) 915-9199

www.flamingoedutours.com

Florida and Beyond Group Travel

6334 Parson Brown Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 624-4787

www.fabgrouptravel.com

Four Seasons Tours

2582 Maguire Rd., #218, Ocoee, FL 34761

(800) 421-4159

www.fourseasons-tours.com

Four Winds Tours and Travel

6800 Jericho Tpke., Ste 120W, Syosset, NY 11791

(516) 334-2400

www.fourwindstours.com


SY TA's Educators' Buyers Guide / 2023 / Members as of September 2022

ORGANIZATION

ADDRESS

PHONE

WEBSITE

Gerber Tours, Inc.

214 3rd St., Mineola, NY 11501

(516) 826-5000

www.gerbertours.com

GL Travel

8780 Auburn Folsom Rd., Granite Bay, CA 95746

(800) 681-4578

www.gltravelco.com

Global Travel Alliance, Inc.

12750 Nicollet Ave., Ste 210, Burnsville, MN 55337

(407) 816-8784

www.globaltravelalliance.com

GLR Tours

400 Tradecenter Dr., Ste 5900, Woburn, MA 01801

(617) 420-5002

www.glrtours.com

Go Student/Go Performing Tours

PO Box 1390, Stephens City, VA 22655

(540) 869-1864

www.gostudenttours.com

Good News Tour & Travel, Inc.

1818 Wooddale Dr., Ste 103, St. Paul, MN 55125

(651) 487-0661

www.gntt.travel

Good News Travels

3504-12 Hwy 153, Greenville, SC 29611

(864) 220-3506

www.goodnewstravels.com

Grand Classroom, Inc.

PO Box 7166, Charlottesville, VA 22906

(434) 975-2629

www.grandclassroom.com

Green Light Group Tours

7 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 819-1820

www.greenlightgrouptours.com

Greenspring Tours Inc.

PO Box 358, Timonium, MD 21094

(401) 561-1119

www.greenspringtours.com

Group Travel Consultants, Inc.

8902 Compton Shore Ln., Orlando, FL 32829

(407) 207-4371

www.grouptravelconsultants.com

Group Travel Network

9907 8th St., Box 430, Gotha, FL 34734

(407) 347-5921

www.grouptravelnetwork.com

Grueninger Music Tours

9011 N. Meridian St., Ste 100, Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 465-1122

www.gogmt.com

Guardian Music and Group Travel

1008 Frances Pkwy., Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 957-7293

www.gmgtravel.com

Hampton Jitney

253 Edwards Ave., Calverton, NY 11933

(631) 283-4600

www.hamptonjitney.com

Harmony Tours

1001 E. Harmony Rd., Ste A-300, Fort Collins, CO 80525

(800) 284-2177

www.Go2Harmony.com

Hawaii Tours / www.hawaiitours.com Contact: info@hawaiitours.com / Address: 55-541 Naniloa Loop, Honolulu, HI 96762 / Phone: (808) 379-3701 Our ohana takes great pride in showing the natural, historical, and cultural splendors of our tropical paradise and helping you make memories you'll cherish forever. Hemisphere Educational Travel

1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Ste 530, Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 541-7575

www.hemispheretravel.com

Holbrook Field Trips

1502 New Hill-Olicew Chapel Rd., Apex, NC 27502

(919) 363-6276

www.busfieldtrips.com

Integrity Tours / www.integritytours.com Contact: Eric Liedholm, info@integritytours.com / Address: 300 SE 2nd St., Suite 600 Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301 / Phone: (888) 462-9566 Integrity Tours is an Eco-Friendly, service-focused student travel company with 35+ years of experience planning and executing top-notch, educational student tours. Junior Tours

935 Route 34, Ste 3C, Matawan, NJ 07747

(732) 566-0050

www.juniortours.com

Kaleidoscope Adventures, Inc.

301 S. Tubb St., Ste H-1, Oakland, FL 34760

(800) 774-7337 (100)

www.mykatrip.com

Kelly Tours, Inc.

2788 US Hwy 80 W, Savannah, GA 31408

(912) 964-2010

www.kellytours.com

Landmark Educational Tours

200 Broadway, Ste 205, Lynnfield, MA 01940

(781) 850-3317

www.landmarkeducationaltours.com

Latitude Group Travel Pty Ltd

D3.0 63-85 Turner St., Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia

(+61) 3968 16044

www.latitudegrouptravel.com.au

Legacy Tour & Travel

703 Dudley St., Decorah, IA 52101

(563) 382-1271

www.legacytourtravel.com

Live Travel and Tours

Carlton House, 19 West St., Epsom, Surrey KT18 7RL, United Kingdom

(+44) 1372 722154

www.livetravelandtours.com

Main Street Travel, LLC

3215 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN 37075

(615) 345-6663

www.mstctours.com

Mann Travels

4400 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 556-8300

www.manntravels.com

MARS Tours & Travel

PO Box 1390, Stephens City, VA 22655

(540) 869-1864

www.takeafuntrip.com

Maximum Tours

3132 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572

(516) 594-2000

www.maximumtours.com

Music Celebrations International

1440 S. Priest Dr., Ste 102, Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 894-3330

www.musiccelebrations.com

Music Festivals & Tours/Music Showcase Festivals

PO Box 4579, Reading, PA 19606

(800) 545-0935

www.musfestivals.com

Music Travel Consultants

5348 W. Vermont St., Ste 200, Indianapolis, IN 46224

(317) 637-0837

www.musictravel.com

NationsClassroom

2211 Dickens Rd., Ste 204, Richmond, VA 23230

(804) 269-4027

www.nationsclassroom.com

Noteworthy Tours, Inc.

231 West Washington Row, Sandusky, OH 44870

(419) 627-2757

www.noteworthytours.com

Nowak Tours

1395 Barn Run Dr., Valley City, OH 44280

(330) 483-4900

www.nowaktours.com

Omnitour

105 Cote de la Montagne, Quebec, QC G1K 4E4, Canada

(418) 692-1223

www.omnitour.ca

One If By Land Tours

PO Box 78798, Charlotte, NC 28271

(704) 884-2415

www.oneifbylandtours.com

Our Group Tour

4903 Ashley Cir. SE, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763

(844) 286-6227

www.ourgrouptour.com

P.A.C.E. Travel

805 Greenwood Dr., Hendersonville, NC 28791

(828) 698-0634

www.pacetravel.net

Peak Group Travel

6542A Lower York Rd., Ste 144, New Hope, PA 18938

(215) 598-8690

www.peakgrouptravel.com

Pearl Harbor Tours

891 Valkenburgh St., Honolulu, HI 96818

(808) 312-3705

www.pearlharbortours.com

Perform America-TX, LLC

5517 Louetta Rd., Ste B, Spring, TX 77379

(281) 886-7690

www.perform-america-tx.com

Performance Tours

PO Box 188, St Paul, MN 55042

(763) 576-6909

www.perf tours.com

Performing Arts Consultants Music Festivals

807 Mantoloking Rd., Ste 100, Brick, NJ 08723

(732) 475-6200

www.usafest.org

Perspectives Eduscho Ltd

1830 Walkley Rd., Ste M052, Ottawa, ON K1H 8K3, Canada

(613) 443-6358

www.perspectives-edu.com

Premier Tour & Travel

499 N. Hermitage Rd., Ste B, Hermitage, PA 16148

(724) 342-4546

www.premiertourandtravel.com

Prime Tours

565 Metro Place S., Ste 300, Dublin, OH 43017

(614) 766-5553

www.eduprimetours.com

Prodigy Student Travel, Inc.

1001 High St., Worthington, OH 65737

(614) 436-8747

www.prodigystudenttravel.com

Prometour Educational Tours

339 Rue St. Paul E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H3, Canada

(800) 304-9446

www.prometour.com

Receptively Yours

1349 Olympia Park Cir., PO Box 1220, Ocoee, FL 34761

(407) 905-0992

www.receptivelyyours.com

Red Line Group Travel

PO Box 8223, Van Nuys, CA 91406

(323) 371-0373

www.redlinetours.com

Rein Teen Tours

30 Galesi Dr., Wayne, NJ 07470

(973) 785-1113

www.reinteentours.com

Richmond Tours

101 Seaview Ave., Staten Island, NY 10304

(718) 979-3111

www.richmond-tours.org

RODOTOURS

Jose Benitez 2186, Col. Obisapdo Monterrey Nuevo L., 64060, Mexico

(407) 590-9363

www.rodotours.com

Sapphire Tours & Travel, LLC

601 Route 206, Ste 26-426, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

(646) 504-9390

www.sapphiretours.com 5


EBG | TOUR OPERATORS ORGANIZATION

ADDRESS

PHONE

WEBSITE

Scholastica Travel, Inc.

601 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601

(724) 837-4600

www.scholasticatravel.com

School Tours of America

9600 Long Point Rd., Ste 350, Houston, TX 77055

(713) 973-1189

www.schooltoursofamerica.com

Schools Out Tours

101 Gerald St., Charlottetown, PE C1A 2M9, Canada

(877) 955-2244

www.schoolsouttours.ca

Short Hills Tours

46 Chatham Rd., Short Hills, NJ 07078

(973) 467-2113

www.shorthillstours.com

Small Journeys Inc and All Journeys, Inc.

20 Ingham Rd., Briarclif f, NY 10510

(914) 762-4700

www.smalljourneys.com

Son Tours, Inc.

PO Box 1839, Duluth, GA 30096

(770) 813-4696

www.son-tours.com

Southwestern Travel

2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214

(800) 222-4441

www.southwesterntravel.com

Steve Kay Productions

170 W. 73rd Ste. 9A-1, New York, NY 10023

(646) 872-3786

www.stevekayproductions.com

Straight A Tours & Travel

6526 Old Brick Rd., Ste 120, #508, Windermere, FL 34786

(800) 237-5440

www.straightatours.com

Student Adventures

PO Box 1203, Grand Blanc, MI 48480

(877) 873-7550

www.studentadventures.org

Student Horizons

PO Box 412, Spring Hill, Brisbane, GLD 4004, Australia

(+61) 7-3067-3649

www.student-horizons.com

Student Tours International

9835 Lake St., Pavilion, NY 14525

(585) 768-5345

www.stitours.com

Students Fare

24701 Swanson Rd., South Field, MI 48033

(248) 801-9320

www.studentsfare.com

Summit Tour & Travel

PO Box 682240, Orlando, FL 32868

(407) 290-6777

www.SummitTourTravel.com

Summit Travel and Tours, LLC

PO Box 5732, Round Rock, TX 78683

(512) 656-6823

www.summittravelandtours.com

Super Holiday Tours

116 Gatlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806

(407) 851-0060

www.superholiday.com

Superior Travel and Tour

411 Walnut St., #16919, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

(888) 713-8078 (101)

www.superiortravelandtour.com

Taylor Tours

645 Main St., Ste 202, Tell City, IN 47586

(812) 547-2923

www.TravelTaylorTours.com

TK Tours, Inc.

805 Abacos Ct., Greer, SC 29650

(800) 352-1644

www.tktoursinc.com

Tour Resources Consultants

12460 W. 62nd Terr. Suite B2, Shawnee, KS 66216

(913) 538-5524

www.tourresource.com

Tour-Rific of Texas, Inc.

13810 Champion Forest Dr., Ste 200, Houston, TX 77069

(281) 587-9555

www.tour-rific.com

Tour Time

27 Grand Dr., Orewa, Auckland, 0931, New Zealand

+64 9 426 8037

www.tourtime.co.nz

Travel With Barb / www.travelwithbarb.com Contact: Barb Mock, barb@travelwithbarb.com / Address: 11711 M Circle, Omaha, NE 68137 / Phone: (402) 614-9793 / Fax: (402) 614-9743 We are passionate about creating memorable educational and performance travel experiences combined with incredible value and outstanding service. Unique Travels & Tours, Inc.

PO Box 516, 912 W. Ave A, Hooks, TX 75561

(903) 280-7161

www.uniquetravels.com

Vamonos Tours

PO Box 7842, Wilmington, DE 19803

(888) 366-6121

www.vamonostours.com

Viajes A Plus, Inc.

PO Box 361443, San Juan, PR 00936

(787) 722-7587 (221)

www.viajesaplus.com

Visions in Education

3000 Green Mountain Dr., Ste 107-340, Branson, MO 65616

(417) 31-4892

www.visionsineducation.com

Voyages Objectif Terre

1200 Blvd. Roland-Therrien, Longueuil, QC J4J 4L6, Canada

(450) 679-2227

www.objectif-terre.ca

Westbridge Travel, LLC / www.westbridgetravel.com Contact: Tim Branson, Managing Partner, info@westbridgetravel.com / Address: 2687 Greenville Hwy, 490, Flat Rock, NC 28731 / Phone: (888) 368-7477 With more than 50 years of combined experience in group travel and in the classroom, we fully understand the challenges associated with planning a trip for your students. We focus on the details so you can stay focused on the #1 priority: your group. Westcoast Connection

154 E. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck, NY 10543

(914) 835-0699

www.westcoastconnection.com

Wolfe Adventures & Tours LLC

163 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950

(978) 255-1645

www.wolfetours.com

WorldStrides

218 W. Water St., Ste 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(800) 999-7676

www.worldstrides.com

WorldStrides - Adventures America

124 Washington Ave., Ste A, Point Richmond, CA 94801

(510) 234-3144

www.adventuresamerica.com

WorldStrides - Explorica

145 Tremont St., 6th Fl., Boston, MA 02111

(617) 210-6155

www.explorica.com

WorldStrides - Explorica Canada

3280 Bloor St. W, Ste 901, Toronto, ON M8X 2X3, Canada

(888) 378-8845

www.explorica.ca

WorldStrides - Higher Ed Custom Programs

218 W. Water St., Ste 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(800) 999-7676

www.worldstrides.com/higher-ed-custom

WorldStrides - Oxbridge Academic Programs

218 W. Water St., Ste 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(800) 999-7676

www.worldstrides.com/oxbridge

WorldStrides - USA Student Travel

5080 Robert J. Mathews Pkwy., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

(604) 666-2150

www.usastudenttravel.com

WorldStrides Performing Arts

218 W. Water St., Ste 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 982-8610

www.worldstrides.com/performing-arts

WorldStrides Sports

218 W. Water St., Ste 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(800) 999-7676

www.worldstrides.com/sports

Young Transportation & Tours

843 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28804

(828) 258-0084

www.youngtransportation.com

SYTA IS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACHIEVING THEIR CERTIFICATION. 6


EBG | SUPPLIERS UNITED STATES AL ABAMA Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association

www.civilrightstourism.org

Alabama Tourism Department

www.alabama.travel

Decatur Morgan County Tourism

www.decaturcvb.org

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.birminghamal.org

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.huntsville.org

Learning Campus at Gulf State Park

www.learningcampusgsp.com

US Space and Rocket Center, Home of Space Camp

www.spacecamp.com

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park

www.ussalabama.com

Visit Mobile

www.mobile.org

AL ASK A Premier Alaska Tours, Inc.

www.premieralaskatours.com

Visit Anchorage

www.anchorage.net

ARIZONA Sound Education Programs

www.soundep.com

Travel Safety Solutions, LLC

www.travelsafetysolutions.com

CALIFORNIA Anaheim Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

www.desertpalmshotel.com

Apple American Group

www.appleamerican.com

Avalon Transportation

www.avalonbus.com

Best Western Stovall’s Hotels of Anaheim

www.stovallshotels.com

Broadway in Hollywood

www.broadwayinhollywood.com/groups

California Academy of Sciences

www.calacademy.org

California’s Great America

www.cagreatamerica.com

Carreras Tours, LLC

www.carrerastours.com

Catalina Express

www.catalinaexpress.com

Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort

www.clarionanaheim.com

Dance the Magic!

www.dancethemagic.com

Disney Imagination Campus at Disneyland Resort

www.disneycampus.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Buena Park

www.hibuenapark.com

Doubletree Los Angeles Norwalk

www.losangelesnorwalk.doubletree.com

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego - La Jolla

www.sandiegolajolla.embassysuites.com

Embassy Suites Hotel Los Angeles Downey

www.losangelesdowney.embassysuites.com

Embassy Suites Santa Clara/Silicon Valley

www.santaclarasiliconvalley.embassysuites.com

Forum Music Festivals / Forum Educational Travel

www.forummusicfestivals.com

Grammy Museum

www.grammymuseum.org

H & L Charter Company, Inc.

www.hlcharter.com

Hampton Inn and Suites San Diego Airport Liberty Station

www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sanlbhx-hampton-suites-san-diego-airport-liberty-station

Holiday Inn & Suites - Anaheim

www.hianaheim.com/

Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Maingate

www.homewoodsuitesanaheim.com

Hotel Zephyr Fisherman’s Wharf

www.hotelzephyrsf.com

Hyatt House/Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort-Convention Center

www.hyatthouseanaheim.com

J. Paul Getty Museum / www.getty.edu Contact: Cori Garfias, groups@getty.edu / Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049 / Phone: (310) 440-6168 The Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa near Santa Monica exhibit works of art of the highest quality, dramatic architecture, spectacular scenery and tranquil gardens. Knott’s Berry Farm

www.knotts.com

Legends Attractions

www.legends.net/en-US/global-attractions

Legends Attractions - SoFi Stadium Tours

www.sofistadium.com/stadium-tours

Live Nation Special Events

www.specialevents.livenation.com/group-dining

Lux Bus America Co.

www.luxbusamerica.com

Miyako Hotel Los Angeles

www.miyakola.com

Paramount Pictures Studio

www.paramountstudiotour.com

Portofino Inn and Suites

www.portofinoinnanaheim.com

Red Line Group Travel

www.redlinetours.com

Redding Tourism and Marketing Group

www.visitredding.com

Royal Coach Tours

www.royal-coach.com

San Diego Padres & Petco Park Tours

www.padres.com

San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

www.sandiegozoowildlifealliance.org

SeaWorld San Diego

www.seaworld.com/san-diego 7


EBG | SUPPLIERS CALIFORNIA (continued...) Segerstrom Center for the Arts

www.scf ta.org

Sonesta Anaheim Resort

www.sonesta.com/us/california/anaheim/sonesta-anaheim-resort-area

The Anaheim Hotel

www.theanaheimhotel.com

The Original Farmers Market

www.farmersmarketla.com

Transportation Charter Services, Inc.

www.tcsbus.com

UC Santa Barbara Conference & Hospitality Services

www.conferences.ucsb.edu

Universal Studios Hollywood

www.universalyouthprograms.com

Unlimited Biking

www.unlimitedbiking.com

USS Midway Museum

www.midway.org

Visit Anaheim

www.anaheimoc.org

Visit Buena Park

www.visitbuenapark.com

Visit Concord, CA

www.visitconcordca.com

Visit Sacramento

www.visitsacramento.com

Visit Vallejo

www.visitvallejo.com

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

www.wbstudiotour.com

WeTravel

www.wetravel.com

COLOR ADO Choirs of America

www.vocalmusic.org

Denver Police Activities League, Inc.

www.ddayleadershipacademy.com

Golden Corral Corp. Group Sales Office

www.goldencorral.net

Harmony Tours

www.Go2Harmony.com

History Colorado

www.historycolorado.org

MTD Research

www.mtdresearch.com

The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

www.cograilway.com

Tour Colorado

www.tourcolorado.org

CONNEC TICUT C & F Travel Insured International, Inc.

www.travelinsured.com

The Adventure Parks of Outdoor Ventures

www.myadventurepark.com

DEL AWARE SSN Hotels

www.ssnhotels.com

Vamonos Tours

www.vamonostours.com

DISTRIC T OF COLUMBIA ARTECHOUSE DC

www.artechouse.com

Courtyard by Marriott Washington DC / US Capitol

www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasus-courtyard-washington-dc-us-capitol

Destination DC

www.washington.org

Ford’s Theatre

www.fords.org

Guide Service of Washington, Inc.

www.dctourguides.com

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - National Mall

www.hicapitoldc.com

Jimmy John’s

www.jimmyjohns.com

Museum of the Bible

www.museumof thebible.org

National Geographic Museum

www.natgeomuseum.org

National Museum of African American History and Culture

www.facebook.com/NMAAHC

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

www.airandspace.si.edu

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

www.kennedy-center.org/groupsales

The International Spy Museum

www.spymuseum.org

Unlimited Biking

www.unlimitedbiking.com

FLORIDA Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Restaurant & Entertainment Complex-(FL, TX, GA)

www.andrettikarting.com

Animado Events

www.animadoevents.com

Bacarai, Inc.

www.bacarai.com

Band Room | Band Instrument Specialists / bandroomorlando.com Contact: bandroomorlando@yahoo.com / Address: 3233 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando, FL 32806 / Phone: (407) 897-7080 Orlando Destination? Disney, Universal Studios or the Florida Coast band percussion & orchestra Instruments for RENT! Take the worry out of shipping. Band instrument specialist since 1989.

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Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites

www.bestwestern.com

Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel

www.bworlando.com

BookMyGroup

www.bookmygroup.com

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Boomers Parks

www.boomersparks.com

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

www.buschgardenstampabay.com

CICIS Pizza

www.cicis.com

Coco Key Resort and Water Park Orlando

www.cocokeyorlando.com

Comfort Suites Maingate East

www.comfortsuitesfl.com

Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.daytonabeach.com

Disney Imagination Campus at Walt Disney World Resort

www.disneyyouthprograms.com

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

www.drphillipscenter.org

Dusk to Dawn Chaperones

www.dusktodawnchaperones.com

Earl Enterprises Restaurant Brands

www.earlenterprise.com

Educational Experiences

www.educationalexperiences.org

Empire Coach Line, Inc.

www.empirecoachline.com

Fun Spot America Florida and Georgia

www.Fun-Spot.com

Galleria Palms Hotel

www.gphkissimmee.com

GoPegasus

www.gopegasus.com

Group Travel Odyssey

www.grouptravelodyssey.com

GroupCollect

www.groupcollect.com

Hard Rock Cafe

www.hardrock.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites South Lake Buena Vista

www.calypsocayorlando.com

Holiday Inn Orlando Celebration

www.hicelebration.com

Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista

www.hiresortlbv.com

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg N/Clearwater

www.theclearwaterhotel.com/index.php

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk Orlando

www.margaritavilleorlando.com

Kaleidoscope Adventures, Inc.

www.mykatrip.com

MCA Transportation

www.mcatransportation.com

Mears Transportation Group

www.mearstransportation.com

Merlin Entertainments

www.merlinentertainments.biz

Museum of Illusions Orlando

www.moiorlando.com

Music USA Festivals, Inc.

www.musicusafestivals.org

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Old Town Kissimmee

www.myoldtownusa.com

Orlando Magic

www.orlandomagic.com

Receptively Yours

www.receptivelyyours.com

Rentyl Resorts

www.margaritavilleresortorlando.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista

www.marriott.com/mcorl

Ron Jon Surf Shop

www.ronjonsurfshop.com

Rosen Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

www.rosenhotels.com

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

www.seaworldorlando.com

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

www.sleuths.com

SpringHill Suites & TownePlace Suite Orlando at FLAMINGO CROSSINGS Town Center

www.marriott.com/mcofm

Springhill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista

www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mcolx-springhill-suites-orlando-lake-buena-vista-in-marriott-village/overview

St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra VCB

www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com

Super Holiday Tours

www.superholiday.com

Superblue

www.superblue.com

Universal Orlando Resort

www.universalorlandoyouth.com

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/places-to-stay/universals-cabana-bay-beach-resort

Visit Orlando

www.orlandotravelacademy.com

Visit Tampa Bay

www.visittampabay.com

Whisper

www.whisper-system.net

WonderWorks

www.wonderworksonline.com

GEORGIA Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau

www.discoveratlanta.com

Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.atlantasdekalb.com

Explore Georgia

www.exploregeorgia.org

Explore Gwinnett

www.exploregwinnett.org

Georgia Aquarium

www.georgiaaquarium.org

Hilton Atlanta Northeast

www.atlantanortheast.hilton.com

IHG InterContinental Hotels Group

www.ihg.com

Legends Attractions - Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

www.cfbhall.com

Legends Attractions - Illuminarium Atlanta

www.illuminarium.com

The Fox Theatre Atlanta

www.foxtheatre.org

Visit Sandy Springs

www.visitsandysprings.com

Visit Savannah

www.visitsavannah.com 9


EBG | SUPPLIERS GEORGIA (continued...) Visit Tybee Island

www.visittybee.com

World of Coca-Cola

www.worldofcoca-cola.com

HAWAII Hawaii State Tours

www.hawaiistatetours.com

Polynesian Adventure Activities

www.polyad.com

ILLINOIS 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

www.360chicago.com

American Writers Museum

www.americanwritersmuseum.org

Aries Charter Transportation, Inc.

www.ariescharter.com

Big Bus Tours

www.bigbustours.com

Broadway In Chicago Group Sales

www.broadwayinchicago.com

Chicago Architecture Center

www.architecture.org

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.tourchicagosouthland.com

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

www.fieldmuseum.org

Choose Chicago

www.choosechicago.com

City Cruises

www.cityexperiences.com

ComedySportz Theater

www.cszchicago.com

Drury Lane Theatre

www.drurylanetheatre.com

Freehand Chicago Hotel

www.freehandchicago.com

Hilton Chicago Northbrook

www.chicagonorthbrook.hilton.com

Macerich Shopping Centers & Fashion Outlets

www.macerichtourism.com

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

www.msichicago.org

Shedd Aquarium

www.sheddaquarium.org

Pinstripes

www.pinstripes.com

Skydeck Chicago

www.theskydeck.com

Vandalia Bus Lines

www.vandaliabuslines.com

Visit Springfield, IL

www.visitspringfieldillinois.com

INDIANA Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.thisisindiana.org

K ANSAS International Motorcoach Group (IMG)

www.imgcoach.com

KENTUCK Y Ark Encounter/Creation Museum

www.arkencounter.com

Louisville Tourism

www.gotolouisville.com

meetNKY Northern Kentucky CVB

www.meetnky.com

LOUISIANA Destrehan Plantation

www.destrehanplantation.org

Hotard Coaches, Inc.

www.hotard.com

Lafayette Travel

www.lafayettetravel.com/groups

Lewis Coaches, Inc.

www.lewiscoach.com

Louisiana Northshore

www.louisiananorthshore.com

Louisiana Office of Tourism

www.louisianatravel.com

Louisiana Travel Association

www.louisianatravelassociation.org

New Orleans & Company

www.neworleans.com

New Orleans Pelicans and Saints

www.pelicans.com/groups

New Orleans Steamboat

www.steamboatnatchez.com

River Parishes Tourist Commission

www.lariverparishes.com

The National World War II Museum, Inc.

www.nationalww2museum.org

Visit Jefferson Parish / www.visitjef fersonparish.com Address: 1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 411, New Orleans, LA 70123 / Phone: (504) 731-7083 / Toll Free: (877) 572-7474 Jefferson Parish’s wetlands exploration, science and space discoveries, and the culinary and musical heritage is an educational experience filled with adventure and fun!

MAINE

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Giri Hotel Management

www.girihotels.com

NorthEast Charter & Tour Co., Inc.

www.northeastchartertour.com


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MARYL AND Annapolis Tours & Cruises by Watermark

www.watermarkjourney.com

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

www.bsomusic.org

Baywood Hotels

www.baywoodhotels.com

Cambria Hotels

www.choicehotels.com/cambria

Experience Prince George’s

www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com

Gaylord National

www.gaylordhotels.com

Gunther Charters, Inc.

www.gunthercharters.com

Historic Ships in Baltimore

www.historicships.org

Marriott International

www.marriott.com

Marriott International - Mid Atlantic

www.marriott.com

Maryland Office of Tourism / www.visitmaryland.org/groups Contact: Rich Gilbert, Travel Trade Sales Manager, rgilbert@visitmaryland.org or rich.gilbert@maryland.gov Address: 401 East Pratt St, 14th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202 / Phone: (410) 767-6288 / Fax: (410) 333-6643 Maryland offers a world of student travel experiences, close to Washington, D.C. From educational excursions, historical sites to performing venues, there is something for everyone. National Aquarium, Baltimore

www.aqua.org

Ocean City MD Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.ococean.com

Orange Moon Student Safety Services

www.orangemoonsss.com

Student Watchers

www.studentwatchers.com

The Capital Wheel

www.thecapitalwheel.com

The Magic Duel Comedy Show

www.themagicduel.com

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

www.marylandzoo.org

Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia

www.tobysdinnertheatre.com

Visit Baltimore

www.baltimore.org

Visit Frederick, MD

www.visitfrederick.org

Visit Hagerstown

www.visithagerstown.com

Visit Montgomery County

www.visitmontgomery.com

MASSACHUSET TS Boch Center

www.bochcenter.org

Boston Duck Tours

www.bostonducktours.com

Boston Red Sox

www.redsox.com/tours

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops

www.bso.org

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

www.bostonteapartyships.com

Comfort Inn Boston

www.comfortinnbostonhotel.com

Freedom Trail Foundation

www.thefreedomtrail.org

Great Wolf Lodge / New England

www.greatwolf.com/newengland

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.bostonusa.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth Lafrance Hospitality

www.lafrancehospitality.com

Hampton Inns of New England

www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/promotions/locations-test/usa-new-england.html

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

www.jfklibrary.org

New England Aquarium

www.neaq.org

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

www.plimoth.org

Salem Witch Museum

www.salemwitchmuseum.com

Three Chics Hospitality

www.threechicshospitality.com

MICHIGAN CampDoc

www.campdoc.com

Michigan’s Adventure

www.miadventure.com

Serendipity Media

www.serendipity-media.com

MINNESOTA AFC Travel

www.afctravel.com

Fly My Group | Headquarters

www.flymygroup.com

Mall of America

www.mallofamerica.com

Safe Endeavor

www.safeendeavor.com

Youth Travel Planner

www.youthtravelplanner.com

Valleyfair

www.valleyfair.com

MISSISSIPPI Visit Mississippi

www.visitmississippi.org

Coastal Mississippi

www.coastalmississippi.com

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EBG | SUPPLIERS MISSOURI Aquarium at the Boardwalk

www.aquariumattheboardwalk.com

Beyond The Lens! Branson

www.beyondthelens.com

Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau / www.explorebranson.com Contact: Lenni Neimeyer, CTIS, CSTP, Director of Leisure Group Sales, lneimeyer@bransoncvb.com / Address: 4100 Gretna Rd., Branson, MO 65616 / Phone: (417) 243-2105 Branson is a destination for youth groups of all ages. Best known for live entertainment we also offer outdoor adventure including Dogwood Canyon, Track Family Fun Parks and Silver Dollar City. Branson IMAX/Branson Restaurants

www.bransonimax.com

Branson On Stage Live!

www.bransononstagelive.com

Branson’s Best Restaurants

www.bransonsbestrestaurants.com

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Branson

www.dpstampede.com

Drury Hotels, LLC

www.druryhotels.com

Explore St. Louis

www.explorestlouis.com

Gateway Arch and Riverboats

www.gatewayarch.com

Grand Oaks Hotel

www.grandoakshotel.net

Hughes Brothers Theatre

www.hughesbrotherstheatre.com

Johnny Morris Foundation Conservation Attractions

www.visitzarks.org

King’s Castle Theatre

www.kingscastletheatre.com

Myer Hotels

www.myerhospitality.com

Silver Dollar City / Showboat Branson Belle

www.silverdollarcity.com

St. Louis Ballpark Village

www.stlballparkvillage.com

The Track Family Fun Parks

www.bransontracks.com

Titanic Museum Attraction

www.titanicbranson.com

Trip Mate, Inc.

www.tripmate.com

Westgate Resorts

www.westgatedestinations.com

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

www.worldsof fun.com

NEBR ASK A Travelex Insurance Services

www.travelexinsurance.com

NEVADA Cirque du Soleil - Touring Shows Division

www.cirquedusoleil.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE Air Planning, LLC

www.airplanning.com

NEW JERSEY Academy Express, LLC

www.academybus.com

Adventure Aquarium

www.AdventureAquarium.com

American Dream

www.americandream.com

Days Hotel North Bergen

www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/north-bergen-new-jersey/days-inn-north-bergen-nyc-area/overview

Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization

www.goelizabethnj.com

Greater Newark CVB

www.newarkhappening.com

Group Dining Destinations

www.groupdiningdestinations.com

Hilton Newark Airport

www.newarkairport.hilton.com

Hotel Partners Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development

www.visithudson.org

Liberty Science Center

www.lsc.org

Performing Arts Consultants Music Festivals

www.usafest.org

Starr Bus Charter & Tours

www.starrtours.com

Statue Cruises

www.statuecruises.com

TravelAdvocates

www.traveladvocates.com

Travmark

www.travmark.com

NEW YORK 9/11 Memorial & Museum

www.911memorial.org

Alicart Restaurant Group - Carmine’s & Virgil’s

www.alicart.com

American Museum of Natural History

www.amnh.org

Aon Travel Practice

www.aontravpro.com

Applebee’s NYC

www.applemetrorestaurants.com

Beyond Times Square / www.btsq.com Contact: sales@btsq.com / Address: 300 Park Ave 2nd Fl, New York, NY 10022 / Phone: (212) 564-1001 Looking for high-quality, inspirational group travel in NYC and beyond? BTSQ offers tailor-made, authentic local experiences with supreme hospitality. Get a quote today!

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Blue Man Group

www.blueman.com

Broadway Direct Group Sales

www.broadwaydirect.com

Broadway Inbound / www.broadwayinbound.com Contact: groups@broadwayinbound.com / Address: 520 8th Ave., 11th Fl | New York, NY 10018 / Phone: (866) 302-0995 Broadway Inbound is the ticketing source for tour operators, group buyers, and educators, providing superior service, simple booking, shareable content and seamless access to box office inventory at unbeatable prices. Broadway Plus

www.broadwayplus.com

Carnegie Hall

www.carnegiehall.org

Center Stage Broadway Sales Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

www.circleline.com

Destination Niagara USA

www.niagarafallsusa.com

Disney on Broadway

www.disneygroupsales.com

Disney Theatrical Sales / www.disneytheatricalsales.com Contact: DTG.Group.Sales@Disney.com / Address: 214 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036 / Phone: (800) 439-9000 Book direct with Disney to experience THE LION KING and ALADDIN on Broadway with your group of 10 or more! Empire State Building Observatory

www.esbnyc.com

Food On Foot Tours/Gourmet NY Tasting

www.foodonfoottours.com

Group Photos, Inc.

www.groupphotos.com

Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com

www.broadway.com/groups

Hampton Jitney

www.hamptonjitney.com

Havana Central Times Square

www.havanacentral.com

Hersha Hospitality Management NY

www.hhmhospitality.com

Hilton Worldwide

www.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn

www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/brooklyn/bxyln/hoteldetail

Hudson Yards

www.edgenyc.com

Inside Out Tours

www.insideouttours.com

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex

www.intrepidmuseum.org

Israel Ministry of Tourism

www.goisrael.travel

Legends Attractions - One World Observatory

www.oneworldobservatory.com

Luna Park in Coney Island

www.lunaparknyc.com

Margaritaville Resort Times Square

www.margaritaville.com

Marriott Hotels North East Region

www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycmq-new-york-marriott-marquis

Museum of Modern Art

www.moma.org

Niagara Power Vista-New York Power Authority

www.nypa.gov/niagarapowervista

NYC & Company

www.nycgo.com

On & Off Broadway, Inc.

www.oobnyc.com

On Location Tours, Inc.

www.onlocationtours.com

Park Central Hotel

www.parkcentralny.com

Playland Park

www.playland.com

Pod Times Square Hotel

www.thepodhotel.com

Qatar Airways

www.QatarAirways.com

Roundabout Theatre Company

www.roundabouttheatre.org

ROW nyc

www.rownyc.com

SallyDavisBerry.com

www.sallydavisberry.com

Shear Madness

www.shearmadness.com

Spread Love Tours

www.spreadlovetours.com

SPYSCAPE

www.spyscape.com/nyc/schools

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

www.summitov.com

The Lexington Hotel

www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

www.metmuseum.org

The Metropolitan Opera

www.metopera.org

The Museum of Broadway

www.themuseumofbroadway.com

The National Comedy Center

www.comedycenter.org

The Ride Experience

www.experiencetheride.com

The Tour and Shop at NBC Studios

www.thetouratnbcstudios.com

Top of the Rock Observation Deck At Rockefeller Center

www.topof therocknyc.com

Topview Sightseeing

www.topviewnyc.com

Unlimited Biking

www.unlimitedbiking.com

VisitBritain

www.visitbritain.org

Visit Buffalo Niagara

www.visitbuf faloniagara.com

VISITFLANDERS

www.visitflanders.com

Whitney Museum of American Art

www.whitney.org 13


EBG | SUPPLIERS NEW YORK (continued...) Wicked

www.wickedthemusical.com

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

www.newyorkerhotel.com

NORTH CAROLINA Billy Graham Library

www.billygrahamlibrary.org

Biltmore

www.biltmore.com

Carowinds

www.carowinds.com

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

www.cedarfairyouthprograms.com

NASCAR Hall of Fame

www.nascarhall.com/groups

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau / www.outerbanks.org Contact: Lorrie Love, Group Sales love@outerbanks.org / Address: One Visitors Center Circle, Manteo, NC 27954 / Phone: (877) 629-4396 A giant open-air classroom awaits you on the Outer Banks. From History and Science to fun, you’ll find it here in the land of firsts. PhotoVision, Inc. / www.grouptravelvideos.com Contact: Dave Martinson, dave@grouptravelvideos.com / Address: 8300 Fairview Rd., Mint Hill, NC 28227 / Phone: (704) 846-7870 x205 What’s more important than group safety? Perhaps the memories! Our must-have app gives you both. Group geo-locators, messaging, documents and private photo sharing. And everyone gets a keepsake video!

OHIO Barons Bus, Inc.

www.baronsbus.com

Battleface

www.battleface.com

Cedar Point Amusement Park

www.cedarpoint.com

Destination Cleveland

www.thisiscleveland.com

Kings Island

www.visitkingsisland.com/groups/student-and-youth

Ohio Has IT!

www.ohiohasit.com

Shores & Islands Ohio

www.shoresandislands.com/groups

The Cleveland Orchestra

www.clevelandorchestra.com

TourTools by DataVast Technologies

www.tourtools.com/

PENNSYLVANIA Best Western Hotel Gettysburg

www.gettysburgbestwestern.com

Carlisle Sports Emporium

www.carlislesportsemporium.com

Chamounix Mansion & Carriage House

www.PHLMansion.org

Courtyard by Marriott Gettysburg

www.marriott.com/gettysburg

CSz Philadelphia

www.comedysportzphilly.com

Days Inn by Wyndham Hershey

www.daysinnhershey.com

Destination Gettysburg / www.destinationgettysburg.com Address: 1560 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg PA 17325 / Phone: (717) 338-3062 Gettysburg is an ideal location for your student groups to experience interactive museums, civilian stories, unique battlefield tours, agricultural experiences, and group-friendly dining options. Destination: Greater Pittsburgh

www.destinationgreaterpittsburgh.com

Discover Lancaster

www.discoverlancaster.com

Dobbin House Tavern

www.dobbinhouse.com

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

www.dorneypark.com

Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks

www.epntravel.com

Gettysburg Group Reservations

www.gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com

Gettysburg Heritage Center

www.gettysburgmuseum.com

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center / www.gettysburgfoundation.org Contact: Guest Relations, reservations@gettysburgfoundation.org / Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 / Phone: (877) 874-2478 The official start to your Gettysburg visit. Share the lessons of Gettysburg with your students. Set the framework for your visit with the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience. Visit legendary landmarks on a battlefield tour with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Engage your students in battlefield stories through National Park Service programs.

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Hershey’s Chocolate World

www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Innovative Coach, LLC - PA, MD, NJ, DC

www.innovativecoaches.com

Klein Transportation

www.kleintransportation.com

Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau

www.visitnepa.org

Museum of the American Revolution

www.amrevmuseum.org

National Constitution Center

www.constitutioncenter.org

Palace Entertainment

www.palaceentertainment.com/contact-us

Penn Museum

www.penn.museum

Philadelphia CVB

www.DiscoverPHL.com

Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield

www.gettysburgqualityinn.com


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Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours

www.riversofsteel.com

Seminary Ridge Museum

www.seminaryridgemuseum.org

Turkey Hill Experience

www.turkeyhillexperience.com

Visit Hershey Harrisburg

www.visithersheyharrisburg.org

Willow Valley Hospitality

www.willowvalley.com

PUERTO RICO Discover Puerto Rico

www.discoverpuertorico.com

SOUTH CAROLINA Alabama Theatre

www.alabama-theatre.com

Fort Sumter Tours

www.fortsumtertours.com

Greater Beaufort - Port Royal Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.beaufortsc.org

Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.visitmyrtlebeach.com

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

www.myrtlebeachseasideresorts.com

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

www.patriotspoint.org

Pirates Voyages Pigeon Forge

www.piratesvoyage.com

Red Roof Inn Myrtle Beach-Market Common

www.myrtlebeach.redroof.com

TENNESSEE Anchor Transportation

www.anchortransportation.com

Andrew Jackson’ s Hermitage

www.thehermitage.com

Beyond the Lens! & FlyRide - Pigeon Forge

www.beyondthelens.com

Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis Hotel

www.comfortinndowntownmemphis.com

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

www.countrymusichallof fame.org

Discovery Park of America

www.discoveryparkofamerica.com

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Pigeon Forge

www.dpstampede.com

Dollywood

www.dollywood.com

First Class Charter

www.firstclasscharter.net

Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.gatlinburg.com

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

www.gaylordhotels.com

Graceland & Guest House at Graceland

www.graceland.com

Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

www.opry.com/groups

Greystone Lodge on the River

www.greystonelodgetn.com

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Pigeon Forge

www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com

Memphis Tourism

www.memphistravel.com/student-and-youth-groups

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

www.visitmusiccity.com

Oaktenn Hotel Management - Smoky Mountains

www.greatsmokiesgreatlodging.com

Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville

www.trolleytours.com

Orpheum Theatre Group - Memphis

www.orpheum-memphis.com

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park

www.lumberjackfeud.com

Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism / www.mypigeonforge.com Contact: Mike Gwinn, Senior Sales Manager, mike.gwinn@cityofpigeonforge.com / Phone: (865) 453-8574 / Toll Free: (800) 285-7557 Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge guarantees group-friendly variety, beauty, and educational attractions that every student will love. Pigeon Forge Snow

www.pigeonforgesnow.com

Pirates Voyages Pigeon Forge

www.piratesvoyage.com

Premier Transportation

www.gopremiertn.com

Rowdy Bear Mountain

www.rowdybearmountain.com

Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.visitsevierville.com

SkyLand Ranch

www.skylandranch.com

SkyLift Park Gatlinburg

www.gatlinburgskylif t.com

Smoky Mountain Resorts/TourSmokies.com

www.smokymountainresorts.com

Soaky Mountain Water Park

www.soakymountainwaterpark.com

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

www.staxmuseum.com

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

www.tnvacation.com

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

www.tpac.org/

The Island in Pigeon Forge

www.islandinpigeonforge.com

The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton

www.parkvista.com

Tin Roof

www.tinroofbars.com

Titanic Museum Tennessee

www.titanicpigeonforge.com

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www.visitgoodlettsville.com

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www.arlington.org

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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www.firstclasstours.net

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www.lascolinas.stayhgi.com

Holiday Inn San Antonio NW - SeaWorld Area

www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/san-antonio/satof/hoteldetail

Medieval Times Entertainment, Inc.

www.medievaltimes.com

Redpoint Travel Protection

www.redpointtravelprotection.com

Reunion Tower Geo-Deck

www.reuniontower.com

Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark

www.schlitterbahn.com

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort New Braunfels

www.schlitterbahn.com

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www.SeaWorldsanantonio.com

South Padre Island CVB

www.sopadre.com

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www.visitdallas.com/students

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www.fortworth.com

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www.visithouston.com

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www.visitsanantonio.com

UTAH Peek

www.enterprise.peek.com

VIRGINIA Allianz Partners

www.allianztravelinsurance.com

Arlington Convention & Visitors Service

www.stayarlington.com

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Water Country USA

www.buschgardens.com

Charlottesville Albemarle CVB

www.visitcharlottesville.org

Colonial Williamsburg / colonialwilliamsburg.org/grouptours Contact: groupsales@cwf.org / Address: PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776 / Phone: (800) 228-8878 Single and multi-day tickets, self-guided or premium guided tours and interpretive stations (coming in 2023). Group rates available at official Colonial Williamsburg hotels. DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling - Dulles Airport

www.dullesairportsterling.doubletree.com

Doyle’s Outpost

www.doylesoutpost.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamsburg

www.marriott.com

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

www.mountvernon.org

Go Performing Festivals

www.goperforming.com

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

www.GreatWolf.com/Williamsburg

Hilton Springfield

www.springfieldva.hilton.com

Holiday Inn and Suites North Beach

www.vboceanfrontnorth.com

Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport - North

www.hyattplacesterlingdullesairportnorth

Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown / www.jyfmuseums.org Contact: group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov / Address: PO Box 1607 Williamsburg, VA 23187 / Phone: (888) 868-7593 Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Explore America's beginning through museum gallery exhibits and living history depicting 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. Open daily year-round.

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Kings Dominion

www.kingsdominion.com

Luray Caverns

www.luraycaverns.com

MARS Tours & Travel

www.takeafuntrip.com

Maryland Motorcoach Association

www.marylandmotorcoach.org

National Museum of the Marine Corps

www.usmcmuseum.com

National Museum of the US Army

www.thenmusa.org

Newport News Tourism

www.newport-news.org

Ramada Plaza Virginia Beach Oceanfront

www.ramada-vb.com

Richmond Region Tourism

www.visitrichmondva.com

Senator John Warner Maritime Heritage Center, Home of Tall Ship Providence

www.tallshipprovidence.org

Simon Property Group

www.simon.com

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum

www.museum.dea.gov

The Zone

www.thezoneusa.com/about-us

US Ghost Adventures and Junket

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Virginia Arts Festival

www.vafest.org

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau / www.visitvirginiabeach.com Contact: Jim Coggin, CTIS, CSTP, Group Sales, JCoggin@visitvirginiabeach.com / Phone: (757) 385-6642 With our rich history and thriving arts scene, unique coastal environment and variety of educational experiences, your student groups will love Virginia Beach. Virginia Living Museum

www.thevlm.org

Virginia Tourism Corporation

www.virginia.org

Visit Alexandria

www.visitalexva.com

Visit Fairfax

www.fxva.com

Visit Loudoun

www.visitloudoun.org

Visit Norfolk

www.visitnorfolk.com

Visit Prince William, Virginia

www.visitpwc.com

Visit Williamsburg

www.visitwilliamsburg.com

WorldStrides

www.worldstrides.com

WISCONSIN Destination Madison

www.visitmadison.com

VISIT Milwaukee

www.visitmilwaukee.org

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

www.wisdells.com

CANADA ALBERTA The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola

www.skilouise.com

MANITOBA Assiniboine Park Conservancy

www.assiniboinepark.ca

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

www.humanrights.ca

Holiday Inn Winnipeg South

www.winnipegsouthholidayinn.com

Parks Canada

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/traveltrade

Tourism Winnipeg

www.tourismwinnipeg.com

Travel Manitoba

www.travelmanitoba.com

ONTARIO Canada’s Wonderland

www.canadaswonderland.com

Canadian Museum of Nature

www.nature.ca

CN Tower

www.cntower.ca

Destination Toronto / www.destinationtoronto.com/travel-trade Contact: Maxine Morrell-West, CSTP, CTIS, Sales Manager, Travel Trade / Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 405, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7 / Phone: (416) 839-9680 Toronto will inspire curiosity as your students experience incredible performances, engaging museums and a world of cultures in the largest city in Canada. Grouper Booking Tools

www.grouperbookingtools.com

Mirvish Productions

www.mirvish.com

Niagara Falls Tourism

www.niagarafallstourism.com

Ontario Science Centre / www.ontariosciencecentre.ca Contact: Tiffenni Wilkinson, Group Sales, group.sales@OntarioScienceCentre.ca / Address: 770 Don Mills Rd. Toronto, ON M3C1T3 Canada / Phone: (416) 696-1000 / Toll Free: (888) 696-1110 Over 500 interactive exhibits, live daily demonstrations and films under the IMAX® Dome. Group rates, meal programs, free bus parking, unique performance spaces, and more! Ottawa Tourism

www.ottawatourism.ca

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com

Silver Hotel Group

www.silverhotelgroup.com

Wyndham Garden, Niagara Falls

www.fallsviewgroup.com

QUÉBEC Autocar Excellence / Excellence Charter

www.excellencecharter.com

National Battlefields Park Plains of Abraham

www.theplainsofabraham.ca

INTERNATIONAL AUSTR ALIA Educational Adventures

www.educationaladventures.com.au

Great Tour Experiences / www.greattours.vip Contact: Charmaine Edwards, Greattourexperiences@outlook.com / Phone: +61 02 4733 0638 / Mobile: +61 0455 040 707 We offer itineraries - Schools Youth, College, - Music / Performing Arts, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, and Summer Camp Adventure. We also work with special interest Adults tours in Australia and New Zealand.

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COSTA RICA Costa Rica Travel Excellence

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Green World Adventures - Costa Rica

www.greenworldadventures.com

ECUADOR Pure! Travel Group

www.pure-travelgroup.com

FR ANCE Voyages Services Plus

www.vsp-incoming.com

GERMANY Appina Travel

www.appina-travel.com

OIK - Organization for International Contacts gGmbH

www.oik.org

ICEL AND GJ Travel - Iceland & Greenland

www.gjtravel.is

Iceland Travel

www.icelandtravel.is

IREL AND Abbey Ireland & UK

www.abbey.ie

ISR AEL IsraelExperts

www.israelexpertstours.com

Vered HaSharon Travel & Tours

www.veredgo.com

JAMAICA Jamaica Volunteer Programs

www.jamaicavolunteerprograms.com

NETHERL ANDS Wens Travel

www.wenstravel.com

NEW ZEAL AND Tour Time / www.tourtime.co.nz Contact: Brent Imrie, brent@tourtime.co.nz / brent@tourtime.com.au / Phone: +64 9 426 8037 Family owned Financially Bonded New Zealand/Australia receptive group tour operators, 30yrs in business. Music, Sports, Educational specialists. Official Travel Partner: World Choir Games (NZ 2024), Gold Coast Games

SPAIN Spain Is Music

www.spainismusic.com

THAIL AND The Green Lion

www.thegreenlion.net

UNITED KINGDOM Live Travel and Tours

www.livetravelandtours.com

Pathfinders

www.pathfinders.co.uk

Sovereign Tourism

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TRAVEL FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE IN ALABAMA

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Down south, a state with a storied past remains a cornerstone of history. Bordered by four states and home to 1,500 miles of waterways, Alabama is connected to the country in many unique ways. Alabama is f lush with civil rights history, from Birmingham to Mobile to Montgomery, which makes it perfect for student groups from all over. It’s also home to the famous Space Camp in Huntsville, along with more educational entertainment in the form of zoos, rivers and battleships. Reckoning with the past and looking forward to the future, Alabama has it all. Here are a few top options for your student groups.

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WALK THROUGH HISTORY Any trip to Alabama is going to be founded in the legacy of civil rights. The heart of the movement during the mid-20th Century was founded there, from Rosa Parks’ refusal to take the back seat to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. It makes sense, then, to start with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This multimedia facility houses exhibitions of historical events starting with WWI racial segregation and running up through the present-day fight for equity. Experience a rendition of a segregated city in the 1950s, examine a replica of a Freedom Riders bus, and see the actual jail cell door from which Dr. Martin


Luther King Jr. penned his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Plus, art and artifacts capturing the momentous moment in time. While in the city, you can also stop by the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. Further south, capital city Montgomery is often regarded as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, and is full of must-see historical attractions. Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is a state-of-the-art, active memorial to the life of the civil rights icon and the lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The fight for racial integration in transportation was centered here, and the museum includes a 1955 Montgomery city bus alongside artifacts relevant to the boycott, to Rosa Parks life, and to the Civil Rights Movement at large. Follow that up with a double feature at Freedom Rides Museum, formerly the Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station. Operated by the Alabama Historical Commission, this museum chronicles the Freedom Riders, an integrated group of young college students who rode on busses together, fighting violence with non-violence and courage. Stop by for exhibits both indoors and outside. To celebrate the successes and mourn the losses of the Civil Rights Movement, head to the Civil Rights Memorial Center, located just

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around the corner from the historic Dexter King Memorial Baptist Church, where MLK Jr. served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It’s a ref lective space, especially the Martyr Room, which honors 40 people who died at the hands of hatred, whether they were targeted for their activism or “random” victims of white supremacist violence. Other exhibits dive into today’s activism and encourage students to fight for what’s right.

THIS MEANS WAR Of course, Alabama is filled with history beyond civil rights, including the state’s involvement in world wars. For a bit of both, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought the war both overseas against the Axis powers and at home against racism. This museum features multiple awardwinning videos and exhibitions taking students back to what it was all like decades ago. While the state is largely landlocked, Alabama likes to dip its toes into the Gulf of Mexico, and that’s where you’ll find the port city of Mobile. This coastal town is full of fun and celebration, and is home to one of the state’s top attractions: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. This 680-foot-long, 45,000-ton war machine was crewed by 2,500 Americans and came to be known as the “Heroine of the Pacific.” Touring this behemoth and seeing its many inner workings is the main draw here, but the park is also full of exhibits, 25 historic planes, military vehicles, memorials, a recreational area and the USS DRUM, a 311-foot-long submarine also used in WWII. CLASSROOMS AWAY FROM HOME Home to the famous Space Camp, one of the top attractions in Alabama is the US Space and Rocket Center, replete with interactive exhibits. Head to Huntsville, aka “The Rocket City,” to see an authentic Saturn V moon rocket (one of only three displayed in the world), explore the development of the International Space Station, and enjoy hands-on experiences like Apollo 11 VR, Multi-Axis Trainer, Flight Simulator and more. There’s really nowhere else like this, and you can double up with the Huntsville Botanical Garden for outdoor fun. Switching from the left side of the brain to the right, visit the free Birmingham Museum of Art, with a permanent collection of 27,000+ objects and a sculpture garden outside. Here you can see art from all over the world across a three-story, 180,000-square-foot facility. Meanwhile, down on the water is the Learning Campus at Gulf State Park, a new facility for learning through immersive programming and hands-on experiences connecting to the natural and cultural heritage of the park. For even more great student group ideas, head to alabama.travel.

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BY JOSH VEAL

SEE FRANCE FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

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With centuries of history and a lifetime of things to see and do, France is a destination that deserves to be savored. While France is the most-visited country in Europe, many travelers arrive in Paris and tend to stick around the area—but there is so much more to see and do across “L’hexagone,” you owe it to yourself and your students to branch out. From the history of Normandy to the agriculture of Provence and the royalty of Versailles, France is a varied place with endless options for groups to explore. As the Olympics are coming to Paris in 2024, you’ll definitely want to explore the countryside. With the help of a few international tour operators, let’s take a look at just some of the hidden gem destinations and attractions in France.

THE OTHER SIDE OF PARIS You already know about the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and they’re well worth visiting. However, Shannan Carter of Live Travel & Tours suggests a different perspective of the City of Lights, with adventures like the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck. From 656 feet up, you can enjoy an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower and beyond. Or, follow the suggestion of tour operator WorldStrides and see the city’s underside in the Catacombs of Paris, an astonishing labyrinth five stories underground, containing the remains of several million Parisians. It’s not just bones— students can learn about geology, ancient fossils and the history of public health. The Louvre is iconic to be sure, but for a more manageable art museum, check out The Musée de l’Orangerie, full of impressionist

and post-impressionist paintings, such as Monet’s wall-length Waterlilies. Then head to the Rodin Museum with its chateau and garden featuring The Thinker on a pedestal, with a wonderful view of the Eiffel and the gold dome of Les Invalides. Next, most visitors f lock to Versailles to explore the opulent Palace Apartments and catch a glimpse of the vast gardens, but WorldStrides suggests a bike tour, offering the opportunity to get away from the crowds and explore the gardens’ 2000 acres and all its secrets. Hidden in the gardens is Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet, a stunning model village complete with a mill that the Queen had built as a retreat for her family and friends. For more options in Paris, Live Travel suggests Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris; The Marais neighborhood,

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featuring private mansions with magnificent architecture; Rue des Thermopyles, a hidden laneway with artwork and gardens; and Opera Garnier, the setting for Phantom of the Opera. Meanwhile, operator EF Tours suggests heading to the Seine River for a cruise through the city.

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TO THE NORTH Outside of Paris, a highly popular destination for North American groups is Normandy, well-worth a visit thanks to all the WWII history. For instance, Live Travel suggests the Civilians in Wartime Memorial in Falaises dedicated to the lives and survival of civilians. Or visit the famous Omaha Beach, but go sand kiting or fat-tire biking for a different perspective of the D-Day Landings. Similarly, rail biking through the Normandy countryside is beautiful. Also in Normandy is the impossibly picturesque commune Mont Saint-Michel, the stunningly beautiful harbor city Honf leur, the seaside resort Deauville, and Monet’s House and Garden in Giverny. Groups not from the U.S. should be sure to enjoy the Somme region, full of WWI history connections, such as the network of quarry tunnels in Arras, not to mention art and literary history, such as Jules Verne’s House in Amiens.


CENTRAL FRANCE To really get away from the bustle of crowds, head to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central France, full of old châteaux to take in and magnificent modern gardens. For a unique student group experience, WorldStrides suggests some experimental learning at Guédelon Castle in northern Burgundy. Here, a team of 40 master-builders have taken on the extraordinary challenge of building a castle using the technology and materials of the Middle Ages. Student groups have the wonderful opportunity to take part in the adventure and participate in workshops to help restore the f lour mill, the castle and the surrounding village using traditional methods. Then, on the far outskirts of Paris lies Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which provides a truly unique group experience. The chateau was known in the past for its exceptional feasts and lavish parties, so today, groups can visit the chateau and learn about French etiquette with its dedicated staff. The fun workshop introduces groups to 18th-century French gastronomy, table manners, dress code and the art of conversation.

TO THE SOUTH Along the southern coast of France, far from the City of Lights, lies the famous French Riviera and its surrounding regions. Travel south to l’Occitanie, a region featuring Carcassonne, a medieval fortified city with a fortress dating back to the 5th century. Here, you can also see the Canal du Midi, an engineering feat established in the 17th century, going all the way from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Speaking of which, don’t miss out on the cities of Toulouse, known as The Pink City for its terra-cotta bricks, and Montpellier, with a blend of contemporary and traditional treasures. The neighboring region of Provence borders Italy and has a diverse landscape, where agriculture, sunshine and a slower pace of life reigns. With cities like Nice, Monaco, and a number of quaint villages, this is the France we dream of—the industries and way of life here are absolutely worth the trip, according to Live Travel. Finally, WorldStrides suggests capping it all off with a perfumer’s apprentice workshop at Fragonard Perfume in Eze. Set in a gorgeous building on the French riviera, the Fragonard Perfume factory holds workshops to introduce groups to the art of French perfume-making. Create your own personal Eau de Cologne using a blend of traditional and modern methods. While there’s so much we haven’t covered here, from the culture and environment of the Alps to the beach towns and delicious cuisine of the west coast, France is waiting for you to explore—and tour operators like Live Travel & Tours, WorldStrides and EF Tours are here to help.

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Several years ago, I authored an article about bus etiquette for students. My key point was that the location of your seat on the bus determined your behavior. The well-behaved students sat in the front of the bus, the quiet ones sat in the middle while the bad students, those who did not want to follow the rules, sat in the back. In middle school, yes, I sat in the back of the bus and played “Truth or Dare” with my classmates. As an adult, do I continue to sit in the back of the bus and be guilty of misconduct? Absolutely not! Ironically, I now want to sit in the front of the bus. This is not because I claim to be well- behaved, but because I want to observe, hear, and experience everything first-hand. However, my student trip experiences well-prepared me to serve as a leader of high school and college educational trips that involved

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bus travel and how to promote good bus etiquette. Does this belief (seat location determines behavior) still apply today? Possibly. I believe that teachers must be pro-active in their approach to bus etiquette. According to the American Federation of Teachers, “Discipline on school buses is a big problem confronting bus drivers.” The bus driver’s role is to transport riders in a safe manner. It is the teacher’s responsibility to oversee the conduct of the students. Teachers/chaperones should remind bus riders that there is a student code of conduct that must be adhered to and if not, there will be consequences. This is the same conduct expected in the classroom which includes respect, appropriate language, and cooperation. Students must respect each other. They need to be courteous of the driver, other students, chaperones, and people

outside of the bus. This means no bullying, pranks, or inappropriate behavior. They also must respect property, whether it belongs to the bus or other people. Finally, students should use language that is not degrading or offending to others. One thing that has changed and created more challenges with bus etiquette is the access and use of cell phones, tablets, and other technology. There may be a variety of ages on the bus, students with access to cell phones and others with none. How does a teacher oversee and ensure that appropriate behavior is adhered to on social media or with technology? Teachers can ask parents and students to sign an agreement about suitable student conduct in terms of technology usage. They may also set limits on when and how long technology can be used, outside of emergencies, of course.


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"SAFE AND APPROPR IATE B EHAVIOR ON THE BUS IS THE E XPEC TATION , AND NOTHING LESS SHOUL D BE ACCEP TABLE."

One way to avoid the technology problem is to encourage teachers and chaperones to engage the students. Play a game, pose questions about a destination you will visit or a place that you just visited, or ask students to share their favorite experience so far. If you set it up in advance, you can even poll the students and ask them to give their answer via cell phones. When I led a People to People International trip around Europe, the bus driver played music and we sang along. Our group decided to do a f lash mob to Miley Cyrus’s, “Party in the USA.” The song was played many times so we could memorize the words. Years later, I cannot hear that song without thinking about our f lash mob under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I also took a high school group to Australia. The tour guide was well-prepared with a CD of her favorite Australian music including Men at Work’s “Land Down Under” and songs by Olivia Newton John. Finally, I spent a month in South Africa with a group of college students. Every time we got on the bus after a safari, the driver played Toto’s, “Africa” or the Lion King’s, “Circle of Life.” The bus drivers and tour guides not only kept us

entertained on the bus rides but created fond memories. To manage student behavior on the bus, teachers should spread out, not all sit together. Research conducted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recommends three strategies for teachers to enforce good bus etiquette. The strategies include positive reinforcement, extinction, and discipline. First, when students behave appropriately on the bus, teachers can praise the students which may encourage others to follow suit. The second tactic is to not overlook or ignore annoying or attention-getting behavior. The behavior may cease; however, it may continue and lead to more dangerous behavior. Finally, teachers should reprimand wrongdoings. However, chaperones must be prepared that students may retaliate, so the discipline should “be a part of a behavioral management plan that spells out the consequences of inappropriate behavior or for behavior infractions,” stated AFT. Another concern about bus etiquette is safety. Teachers and drivers should review and enforce the bus rules: remain seated, keep noise level to a minimal, wear a seat belt, keep the bus aisles clear and do not distract the driver.

Growing up in a small rural town in Ohio, I rode the bus to/ from school each day. One day, I remember a group of students misbehaving at the back. The bus driver made comments to those students and asked them to settle down. The inappropriate behavior continued and frustrated the driver, who slammed on the brakes to get the students’ attention. The driver’s response sent all of us f lying forward, since we did not have seat belts on the bus. One girl had carried a small fishbowl to school for show and tell. Her fishbowl, like us, fell to the f loor. Broken glass and water were now in the aisle of the bus which could have caused more problems. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The incident happened near my house, so I got off the bus and walked home. When I told my father, a teacher, what had happened, he called the school and reported the bus driver’s irrational behavior. The driver was disciplined by the principal for her behavior. This story reminds us why it is important for teachers to take control, utilize discipline strategies and ensure that students practice proper bus etiquette. Safe and appropriate behavior on the bus is the expectation and nothing less should be acceptable. take control, utilize discipline strategies and ensure that students practice proper bus etiquette. Safe and appropriate behavior on the bus is the expectation and nothing less should be acceptable.

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Patrick Dailey’s first trip with his band at Arab High School in Alabama saw immediate roadblocks. Having traveled every two years with his former employ, Ardmore High School, band director Dailey is no stranger to student trips. Those trips were put on hold due to the pandemic, however, which meant Dailey was unable to actually travel with his students at Arab until recently. He knows what it’s like to miss out on travel—at his own high school alma mater back in 1999, Dailey remembers joining just one year too late for a trip to perform at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC. Ever since, it’s been a dream and a goal, one he hoped to fulfill with his students at Arab. Then the call came that the motorcoach company was backing out, mostly due to staffing reasons, just a few weeks before the trip. Dailey didn’t panic, and his operators at Super Holiday Tours helped set up a new motorcoach.

Everything seemed to be in place, until the second motorcoach company also cancelled, with no explanation, roughly 10 hours before the scheduled departure. It became harder not to panic. Still, Dailey wanted to keep the situation from getting worse. He called the students together in the band room and told them what was going on, and the fact all of this was completely out of his and Super Holiday’s control. Meanwhile, the whole Super Holiday staff dropped what they were doing to make this trip happen. The company never once mentioned the idea of just cancelling the trip. Instead, they found a third bus company at the last second, and the Arab High School band was off to DC with 100 students and their instruments in tow, just six or so hours after the scheduled departure. “I’ve always been impressed with Super Holiday’s care for their clients, but our travel this year only

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When the Nazis stormed into Lithuania on June 22, 1941, the fate of Lithuanian Jewry seemed sealed. The Jews of Lithuania were immediately rounded up and forced into ghettos they were told would protect them from the war. The Nazi regime, with the help of Lithuanian collaborators, murdered 120,000 Lithuanian Jews within two months. Within the span of an additional two months, 80 percent of Lithuanian Jewry had been slaughtered. A few months ago, I traveled to Israel, as part of Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, a Jewish high school study abroad program, where I took part in a Holocaust seminar. I met Holocaust educators and learned to look critically at the timeline of the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazis. At Nir Galim, a kibbutz, I walked into a cattle car, used to deport Jews to their deaths. I came out of the cattle car with many questions. So, I called my grandmother, a Jewish educator and Holocaust museum docent, to help me unravel my feelings and thoughts. I told my grandmother about all I had seen during the

seminar, and in return, she told me a story about Ben-Zion Raff, who lived in Krakes, Lithuania: one of my ancestors whom I knew little about. He survived the Holocaust. As the Nazis took over Lithuania, the Einsatzgruppen – mobile killing squads – would destroy shtetls, ruthlessly murdering Jews and forcing them to dig their own graves. This is exactly what BenZion saw, hidden among the trees of a nearby forest. He watched the Nazis eliminate his entire family and burn down the community he had worked to help maintain. After seeing this, Ben-Zion went into hiding and joined the 16th Lithuanian division of the Red Army before eventually making his way to Israel years later. As he fought against the Nazis, he wanted to share what he had seen with the world. Unlike me, though, he did not have his grandmother to speak to: the Nazis had murdered her in front of his own eyes. Instead, in Israel, Ben-Zion made sure others knew his story. He married another Holocaust survivor and raised a child,

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Malka. Although Ben-Zion was not a famous person, he shared his stories about the atrocities of the Nazis. Ben-Zion was a hero and one I would never have discovered without traveling to Israel. He exemplifies the importance of understanding and discovering one’s personal history through travel. Now, for me, exploring the world in the footsteps of Ben-Zion is more than just a choice -- it's a legacy, and one I plan to always follow. I’ve fulfilled part of the legacy by traveling to Israel, and I will continue to fulfill the rest by sharing my stories, especially about the wonders of travel. Through travel, I have discovered much about myself; as I write, overlooking Jerusalem’s old city walls, I recall how Ben-Zion was forced to learn independence. I chose to do the same by studying at an international boarding school. I’m learning the language and culture of Israel, touring the land, and meeting its people. Along the way, I’m sharing my stories and keeping Ben-Zion in my mind.

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