Group Travel Services
The Gateway Express/Acendas Group Travel Experts present a wealth of experience.
Sharing your travel experiences with friends enhances the experience exponentially. And very few agencies have the expertise in this specialty as the Gateway Express/Acendas team.
We are experts in Spring Break Travel having handled hundreds of families and groups on Caribbean cruises and to tropical beach locations such as Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, the Bahamas and Jamaica just to name a few! It is vitally important that you work with a specialist that knows the ropes. We know where to go and will advise you accordingly. Beyond the destination, we know which resorts or cruise lines maintain strict rules and assure a wholesome atmosphere - and those are the only ones we recommend. We insist upon family involvement and parental presence with all groups.
Take a look at our Spring Break Page for more on our background and expertise.
Destination Weddings are very popular and we provide a great deal of experience with all the vital details of planning a wedding at a tropical destination. The shortest route to disaster is choosing a resort that is not experienced in weddings. We know what resorts to trust with all the nuances and details. Choosing a destination is a bit trickier when you need to get friends and relatives to your big event. Getting to a more remote destination is okay for a party of two but flying 20 to 40 people in from various cities around the country can be tricky. This is just one of the things on which we guide you... things you might not have considered.
Come to the experts! Gateway Express/Acendas counselors Dee Bauer and Fran Syvrud are experienced in working with prospective newly-weds and, more importantly, the resort's on-site staff. Put yourself in "professional hands"!
We have handled dozens of Family Reunion projects ranging from 52 family members spanning 3 generations including children and grandchildren to an adults only reunion group of 8. Smaller groups - retired parents taking their adult children and spouses - have enjoyed luxury cruises through the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic seas. Other Family Reunion trips have involved Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, a dude ranch in Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska, St. Thomas, Ireland and Italy just to name a few. And cruises are very popular with reunion groups. We have managed family cruise groups in Alaska, Europe, Canada & New England, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera.
Special Interest Groups
We have arranged and escorted a Garden Club to Holland at Tulip Time, a Collectors Club to Waterford, Ireland, a Tennis Club to Wimbledon, a Theatre Group to New York, a Drama Club to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and a Card Club to Monte Carlo.
Whether you wish to have us escort your group or just be "sent on your way" knowing that every detail has been checked and double-checked, you can't find a better resource than Gateway Express/Acendas.
Each year, we send dozens of groups ranging from a foursome to as many as 44 golfers to Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Outside the continental U.S., we feature World Class golf trips to Hawaii, Los Cabos, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Ireland and Scotland. We have access to such famed tracks as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. Contact our golf vacations expert, Dee Bauer, for expert advice.
A key factor in motivating employees or key clients is a well-structured group trip. Whether your mission is to reward your top customers for their past business and to strengthen the bond for future business or to stimulate the imagination of your sales force, there is NO GREATER MOTIVATOR THAN LUXURIOUS GROUP TRIPS. We present many years of experience in planning such trips.
A dealer trip to Napa Valley for wine & spirits retailers was so successful, our client, a wine wholesaler, had us plan a trip to the Italian wine region of Tuscany. Another client treated their dealers to a Las Vegas trip. But, if that sounds "ordinary", this trip included a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, high-speed power boating on the Colorado River and a self-drive race car experience at the Las Vegas Speedway!
Some of our Incentive clients have been with us for the entire 25 years of our existence. If it's a 9-hour flight or less, we have had a group there! While Hawaii is the most repeated site for incentive trips, one of the most memorable projects was an incentive to Casablanca, Morocco for an insurance company. Whether you are looking for something comfortable or something exotic, we have the experience! Click here for more on our Incentive Services.