While agents each had their own highlights, a couple stood out for the group as a whole. These included Nashville, which emerged as a clear favourite in a ‘raise your hands survey.’ Graceland was also a standout and a bucket list experience for many, with the tour director, Peter Visceglia, donning an Elvis costume for the visit. It was one of his many theme outfits, along with his local knowledge, that helped bring the destinations to life. In Nashville, special experiences included creating a group song that was then recorded at RCA records in the same studio where music icons, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Ray Orbison and many others once stood. And singing karaoke in a Honky Tonk in Nashville was for many in the group a ‘once in a lifetime experience.’ In Chicago, a food tour was a highlight with local indulgences including deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs. As the group ventured further south, they also discovered the art of a good Bourbon, and, in New Orleans, cocktail making.
Globus family of brands New Zealand general manager, Troy Ackerman, led this year’s Supertour, his seventh. ‘The destination lent itself really well to highly immersive experiences which made for a lot of fun, and as always it is the people you share this with and the people that make it all happen that create the real magic,’ he says. ‘This isn’t a famil. This is a reward trip where our top performing agents get to experience and enjoy a very special Globus experience just as our guests do, plus a few special extras.’ The group also had free time for shopping and exploring the destinations visited. The Globus USA & Canada 2020 programme is on sale now and features four US South and Midwest Tours that range from seven to 10 days and include Music Cities and America’s Musical Heritage tours. The qualifying period for ‘Supertour’ 2020 has begun for agents wishing to get on board for next years’ destination.