Last month our team of almost 70 Tour Directors gathered in Eau Claire, WI for two days of continued learning and internal networking opportunities. While Holiday Vacations is based in Wisconsin, our team of Tour Directors live throughout the United States. This group is often traveling the world, leading our guests to amazing destinations, so moments like these are a good opportunity to get to know one another and share stories and strategies.
The packed schedule included a number of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions on a variety of topics such as handling challenging situations, Tour Directing overseas, and the nuances of traveling by train and cruise ship. A major highlight featured longtime tour host Dave Webber, whose humorous anecdotes provided spectacular insight into the minds of the TV and radio personalities that join community members in their area for a special Holiday Vacations tour.
We also celebrated the retirements of four longtime Tour Directors: Jan Jenson, Sue Webb, Roger Groenewold, and Judy Marquardt. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Holiday Vacations guests have experienced their genuine warmth, contagious passion, and strong sense of professionalism. It is personalities like these that have helped make Holiday Vacations a leader in guided tour travel. We wish them well as they set out for new adventures.
This biennial conference enriches and polishes every facet of a Tour Director’s responsibilities. They are the face of Holiday Vacations while you enjoy a luxurious getaway, ensuring that your vacation is everything you have dreamed of. We can’t wait to have everybody back for the next one.