The Travel Professor
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Heartland Travel Show

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the Heartland Travel showcase. Held last month in Pittsburgh PA this 4 day event brings together tour operators from across the nation and allows them to meet with representatives of attractions, museums, hotels and other travel and tourism related businesses and venues. The suppliers hail from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, plus Ontario, Canada.

During prescheduled meetings with the Midwest's top destinations for group tours I was able to uncover many authentic Heartland treasures and future group travel opportunities at this motor coach trade show. After 4 days packed full of educational programs and destination information my mind was spinning with all the new travel itineraries and possibilities. It is going to take me a couple of weeks to digest and process all the information.

I’ll share some of the interesting places that I discovered at Heartland. Some are fairly well known will others are off the much travelled path. Most if not all of the destinations are within an easy days drive and would make wonderful long weekend getaways for family, friends and evens romantics.