Convention Tours are a great way for new and experienced Group Coordinators to get together with Go Ahead staff to exchange ideas, meet each other, and share recruiting tips. While all Go Ahead tours give travelers lots of opportunities to learn about local culture and history, our exclusive Convention Tours take it a step farther, allowing Group Coordinators to also learn tools of the trade. Below are just a few things the team discovered on our most recent Convention Tour in Budapest.
4 Surprises the group learned about Budapest
Budapest has a split personality
The River Danube splits hilly Buda and flat Pest—the two sides joined in 1873 to become what we know as the city of Budapest. Shortly thereafter, the beautiful Chain Bridge became the first bridge in the Hungarian capital. Today, it’s joined by over a dozen bridges that connect the two sides of the beautiful city.
Hot springs are everywhere
A single day in Budapest sees 70 million liters of thermal water rise to the surface through its many hot springs. The hot springs fuel dozens of medicinal baths and create a popular bathing culture. On our recent Convention Tour, the baths offered a perfect way for Group Coordinators and their guests to relax and recharge in the midst of the trip’s activities and sessions.
Hungary boasts quite a few inventors…
The millions of unsolved Rubik’s Cubes out there are thanks to a Hungarian named Ernő Rubik who created the first one in 1964. Other Hungarian inventions include the ballpoint pen, binoculars, and opera glasses.
…and wine connoisseurs!
Hungarian wine has roots in Roman times and continues to be an important part of the culture today, with 22 wine regions throughout the country. Convention attendees visited the wine region near Lake Balaton to taste wines like the famous white dessert wine, Tokaji, and the aptly-named red wine, Bull’s Blood of Eger.
3 Recruiting tips Group Coordinators brought home
Help your travel tribe create great memories
At the Convention Meeting, Ambassador Debbie Howell showcased her suite of materials and mementos that she creates for her Group Members to keep them coming back on tour. This allows her group members to have everything they need to get ready for tour, while doubling as thoughtful pieces that help them remember the good times they had while traveling.
How to recruit using Meetup.com
Ambassador Ann Roy presented her expert techniques for using Meetup.com as a recruiting tool during the Convention meeting. She shared how to create groups and keep them engaged in this burgeoning online community.
Conga lines never get old
For the second Convention in a row, a spontaneous conga line found its way into the itinerary. Add music, a wine tasting, and a group of fun-loving Group Coordinators, and that is the happy product!
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