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11/06/19
Cathy Greteman Named President of Agricultural Tour Operators International

Star Destinations is pleased to announce that company president, Cathy Greteman, has been named the president of Agricultural Tour Operators International (ATOI). Established in 1996, ATOI is an association of professional tour operators specializing in agriculture tourism in forty countries.

Greteman was elected president by members during ATOI’s 2019 General Assembly in Ireland in October. Greteman and two additional members of the Star Destinations team attended the annual General Assembly to network with international tour operators from varying agricultural backgrounds. In addition to attending daily meetings, the Star Destinations team joined other ATOI attendees in touring iconic Irish attractions and various dairy, beef, sheep, and water buffalo farms.

Star Destinations is a custom tour operator with deep roots in the heart of the midwestern United States’ agricultural scene. The company’s agritourism division has more that thirty-five years of experience in designing both inbound and outbound tours that combine culture and sightseeing with hands-on educational opportunities tailored to each group’s interests. From livestock and crops to research and manufacturing, Star Destinations is a leader in connecting agricultural executives, farmers, and students around the globe. It is this experience and leadership that make Cathy Greteman the perfect choice to guide ATOI into the future. As ATOI president, Greteman will work with the association’s members to create more awareness for agritourism and continue to grow the industry.

Those interested in a custom ag tour can contact Jen Eason at jen@stardestinations.com or visit http://www.stardestinations.com/plan-group-travel/agritourism

05/22/18
The Travel Industry Is Growing

I find great comfort when I read the news in the travel industry about the steady growth of tourism worldwide. It seems to me that the more I travel, the more I see people from around the world taking advantage of this planet's amazing wonders – both natural and man-made. Travel opens new windows of opportunity and certainly gives you a new perspective on life. 

The World Travel and Tourism Council’s reports that Economic Impact Research proves the travel and tourism industry is a booming business. The research indicated the industry was responsible for the creation of 7 million new jobs around the world. The report also found that 2017 was a big year for the global travel and tourism sector as a whole, which grew 4.6 percent—or 50 percent faster than the global economy as a whole, which experienced a growth rate of 3 percent in 2017.

“Travel and tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO. “Our research shows that our sector was responsible for the creation of one in five of all jobs globally." 

This is the seventh straight year the travel and tourism sector has outperformed the global economy. In 2017, it was the fastest-growing broad economic sector globally, showing stronger growth than all other sectors, including manufacturing retail and wholesale agriculture, forestry and fisheries and financial services.

I think this is an awesome report and certainly bodes well for all of us in the travel and tourism industry. People from all over the world are getting out more, exploring places they had never dreamed of and discovering that no matter where you go – at home or abroad - people are all alike. We all have the opportunity to encourage travelers to stretch a little – to go a bit further to the edge and explore places – to not be content to just look from the window. There are so many exciting and inspiring experiences that can be had by just getting out there…talking to locals…getting immersed in their history, culture and cuisine…having a really FULL travel experience that brings you home wanting more…wanting to pack those bags and get back out there!

We at Star Destinations have spent 35 years focusing on creating experiences that excite, immerse and fulfill the dreams of our travelers. We love reading the comment cards that share the overwhelming satisfaction of their adventure that went way above and beyond expectations. We are thrilled and humbled that we can be a small part of creating lifetime memories for our valued travelers. You are invited to join us.

Cathy Greteman

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