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American Tours and Travel Just Named Top Producer for Festival Disney, Again!

Friday, July 20th, 2012

At last week’s Disney Symposium in California, American Tours & Travel was named the Top Producer for Festival Disney for the 2011-2012 school year.

This distinction is given to the agency that brings the most student groups to the festival in a given year. American Tours & Travel also received Top Producer recognition for the 2009-2010 school year. As long-time partners of the Walt Disney World Resort, we are honored to be involved with Festival Disney and excited and proud that we have been recognized for our efforts.

Festival Disney is an annual musical performance festival open to concert bands, marching and parade bands, orchestras, jazz bands, vocal ensembles, show choirs, and auxiliary performers, such as Color Guard and Majorettes. This festival typically runs for multiple weekends in the Spring and is one of Orlando’s premier performance destinations for the musically or instrumentally inclined. Students can also enter the park and enjoy a day of fun with their group at Walt Disney World.

For more information on Festival Disney, contact American Tours & Travel to book your group at the next festival.

Student Group Travel Tip #5: Pick The Right Destination

Monday, February 13th, 2012

When planning a trip for 100 or more rambunctious, instrument-toting students, it’s easy to overlook small details. Of these seemingly minor details, one that warrants some attention is picking the right destination. Finding a destination that works for your group, meets your expectations, and makes sense financially and logistically is not always as easy as it sounds.

So, what do we mean by by the right destination? Well, you can make sure that your destination is the ‘right‘ one by considering a few factors:

1. Easy To Get To

We recommend selecting a destination that has multiple incoming flights per day. This ensures that if your whole student group, or even just a handful of students, misses the scheduled flight you won’t get stuck sleeping in the airport or trying to come up with last minute accommodations. Although changing plans last minute is never ideal, the option to board another flight is a nice one to have.

2. Easy To Navigate

Once you arrive at your destination, how easy will it be to get around? Will you spend a lot of time waiting in traffic, trying to get from Point A to Point B? You must consider the proximity of your hotel to transportation, attractions, dining and your performance venue. Then, you have to consider how easy your destination city will be to navigate on foot. In tourist-dense areas, it may be challenging to walk through throngs of people with 75 choir students in robes. Add to these considerations a lack of local knowledge and the responsibility on your shoulders becomes overwhelming.

3. Easy to Enjoy

You’ve reached your destination, you’ve figured out how to get where you’re going–now what? Another consideration when planning a large student group trip is picking a destination with plenty to do and see. Although a remote town in Iowa may be hosting an inexpensive student band competition, if there is nothing exciting to occupy your students in their downtime, that trip probably won’t go down in the record books as a class favorite. Selecting destinations like Orlando, New York City, and Chicago guarantees that your group will never be short on entertainment. Class trips as well as student band and choir trips don’t happen everyday, and should be both memorable and rewarding for students and Directors.

Considering all of the elements detailed above while simultaneously coordinating performance rehearsals, selecting chaperons, and planning fundraising opportunities will guarantee that you won’t be able to think straight by the time your competition date rolls around! Save yourself the headache, focus on your students, and let American Tours & Travel do what we do best–planning student group travel.

Click here to start planning your next student group adventure today!

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Student Group Travel Tip #4: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Monday, January 16th, 2012

While erring on the side of caution is generally a good idea, it can be costly in matters of student group travel. Estimate your group size and their needs appropriately. If you are traveling with 50 students, it’s not necessarily a good idea to reserve attraction tickets or seats at a restaurant or theater for 75.

Preparing for and juggling all the aspects of a trip can be hectic and stressful enough, without the added pressure of remembering to call at least 15 days ahead to cancel those extra 25 seats! Many venues will not refund the cost of those tickets or meals, despite their not being used. Extra expenditures add up and avoiding them could mean an extra day at the parks or getting to travel by plane instead of bus.

At American Tours & Travel, we utilize our nearly 40 years of industry experience to reserve an adequate amount of tickets, hotel rooms and meal vouchers on behalf of your group. We are experts at making conservative allowances in the number of travelers without stretching your budget or tying up money in wasteful waysYour trip should be memorable for all the right reasons, and we can help you get there.

Contact us today and start planning the trip of a lifetime for you and  your students!

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