15 Years And Counting!
Sometimes it is difficult to ‘toot your own horn’, but in business we must in order to convince you that we are not like all the others. We prefer to let our past clients do this for us, however, over the years we have achieved certain milestones.
So it Begins!
August 2004 – After running the performance program at a major Orlando theme park, John DeCrotie established Group Travel Consultants. Although he worked for another travel planner for 6 years prior to another 6 years at the theme park, the main goal for this new company was to provide a better and higher quality travel experience for performing arts groups traveling to Florida.
March 2005 – Group Travel Consultants hosts it’s first traveling group into Orlando. The ‘Big Red Band’ from Freedom, PA traveled with 150 folks and enjoyed all that the theme parks had to offer and performed in Disney’s Magic Music Days performance program. Also the same month, GTC hosted the Scott’s Branch HS Marching Band to be followed by hundreds of bands, choirs, orchestras, dance groups and more.
Spring 2006 – Growing at a rapid pace, Group Travel Consultants hires additional staff to assist to personally escort every group traveling in Orlando – a requirement set by John. From the time each group arrives into Orlando, each group will see at least one or more GTC staff members at meals, during performances, during check-in, check-out and at any other time GTC arranged something other than just riding rides in the parks.
PLUS! After only 2 travel seasons and during its 3rd year in business, GTC is honored with an enormous and historic achievement … recognition by Disney Youth Markets as a Top National Travel Planner!
Constantly trying to find ways of making group leaders lives easier and stress-free, GTC starts a new service: “Hotel Pre Check-In”. GTC sends a staff member to the hotel earlier in the day and before the group arrives and checks-in the group with the hotel. What this does is allows GTC to check the rooms and prepare the room keys in advance. By offering this service, once the group arrives, it is a quick process getting all your tired students right to their rooms.
For the second year in a row and after only four years in business, Group Travel Consultants is recognized by Disney World’s Youth Markets as a National Top Planner for youth programs.
More Than Orlando
Although GTC was started in Orlando with the intentions of solely working with groups coming here. This year, however, would be different in that GTC now formally introduces multiple US destinations with the same higher-end services we offer in Orlando. Things such as a GTC staff member at your destination (not a hired tour guide), nicer hotel properties and resorts and all the higher-quality services they typically offer.
For the third year in a row, Group Travel Consultants is recognized by Disney World’s Youth Markets as a National Top Planner for youth programs.
More Than Schools!
Celebrating 5 years, GTC continues to add value-added services for each group they work with. From Group Leader Gifts to high-end resorts at standard hotel property prices, GTC leads the youth travel industry. This same year, GTC ventured into the adult travel markets by providing travel for groups on golf-outings and family reunions.
For the FOURTH year in a row, Group Travel Consultants is recognized by Disney World’s Youth Markets as a National Top Planner for youth programs.
Tops With Disney…Again!
For an astounding FIFTH year in a row, Group Travel Consultants is recognized by Disney World’s Youth Markets as a National Top Planner for youth programs.
In addition, GTC won the national top honors for Disney’s Theme Park Adventure volume.
Big Domestic Travel Year!
This year was one of transition at GTC as they actually had as many groups travel to destinations outside Orlando as they did in Orlando. In addition to the popular Florida destination, GTC worked for groups traveling to Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Hawaii, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans and Honolulu.
In order to maintain the high-level of personalized service that their clients have come to expect from them, GTC has created a calendar of service in order to maintain a reasonable number of groups traveling at any one time to any one destination.
For an amazing SIXTH consecutive year, Group Travel Consultants is recognized by Disney World’s Youth Markets as a National Top Planner for youth programs.
Costa Rica Added!
After years of working for groups in the domestic USA, we handled our first groups to Costa Rica! Much more beautiful than expected and safer than many cities in the US, Costa Rica offers everything from the city to the beach, the valleys to the cloud forests…all just an hour or two away from each other.
New York, New York!
Wow what a year this was! New York was in high demand and it showed with our best year working with groups staying in and outside the city yet!
A BANNER YEAR!
GTC’s growth has been, in no small part, due to our past guest experience! More new groups are referred to us from past group leaders than EVER BEFORE!
We are grateful and thankful for our past groups and look forward to bigger and better years ahead!
ON-LINE PAYMENTS ARRIVE
Our ongoing efforts to make group travel easier and stress-free, many folks asked about accepting on-line payments.
In 2018 we were able to fully implement on-line payments for groups that chose to pay this way.
What people are saying about us!
Group Travel Consultants is definitely one of the best trip companies I have worked with. You were flexible with us with payments when needed, you were almost always available for a phone conversation to discuss trip details, you let me know of problems that might arise with the trip, you had multiple soluitions to problems that did arise, and you were personally available throughout the trip even late at night when the bus was having it’s problem.
GTC is a truly superior travel company for student groups. I’ve used John and the GTC team for 3 years now with my high school band. These guys are really the best. If you are going somewhere with a school group, especially Orlando or NYC, you simply can’t beat these guys for a great deal and amazing trip!
From the initial contact we had with you until the time we left Orlando for home, you were there for any questions, problems or concern that we had. I know it’s not easy to smoothly coordinate any trip for 190 people: therefore, I can truly say that your company is an excellent resource for group travelers.
This letter is to strongly endorse Group Travel and all of the services that it has to offer. I have used Group Travel for two years and the service only gets better and better.
I love how you were there to greet us and get everything started for each event of the trip. Just amazing! You and your staff made everything so easy that it was the perfect Spring Band trip.
They are a comprehensive tour group that will assist you and having the best travel experience with any size group. I have used them for many years and they keep getting better and better. Their customer service is phenomenal and they are always there to help you. I would recommend group travel to anyone looking to have a great experience traveling.
We have used your company for over 10 years now and your constant attention to detail, customer satisfaction, planning & communication has made all of our trips so memorable for our staff, students and chaperones.
Your travel agencies assistance was excellent. You all went on and beyond in making sure our trip was a success. Having you address the group and informing them of the daily activities made our days run smoothly.
Today is the last day of our 5-day excursion to The Big Apple! We have a stop at Independence Hall on the way through Philly. I’ve been on quite a number of trips like this over my 27 years as a band director and having the President of Group Travel Consultants, John DeCrotie, accompany my group every step of the way was hands down the best service ever from a group travel agency! It made it possible for me to feel like a participant, enjoying the sights and sounds of NYC, and not always the person in charge every step of the way! When the director has fun, it was a great trip! Thanks John and GTC!
I usually don’t write these types of letters, but I wanted you guys to know what an incredible job you have done in planning our band trip to Orlando. YOU GUYS ROCK! our 118 students and chaperones just got back from performing in the Universal Stars Program and we had a blast thanks to your wonderful preparation and hard work.
…nothing short of fantastic.
The experience exceeded all of my expectations in every way, and I am known to be picky!
When our trip finally arrived, everything was thought of and prepared for, which made things seamless and our travels free of snags My parents and kids though you and Rachel were from Washington DC because you were so comfortable and knowledgeable about the area.
Our low-income area makes it very difficult for many families to even dream of such a trip. Our rescue came in the form of Group Travel Consultants. They worked with us to plan a trip that would meet our specific needs and be affordable for our families.
I just wanted to take a second to thank you and your staff for all of your hard work in planning our trip to Disney this past February. There were no details that were overlooked and everything was handled extremely well.
The GTC staff is top notch, when it comes to our trip planning needs! They’ve planned our in state (Texas) trips, as well as our multiple trips to Orlando. For the foreseeable future, GTC is our go-to source for traveling.
Throughout the process of preparing for the trip, GTC was on top of every detail. Every step, from initial payments to itinerary preparation to the trip itself was made incredibly easy by the GTC reps.
In the past five years our school has used them (GTC) to book almost ten different trips to Hawaii, Orlando, NYC, and other places. They truly go the extra mile to make sure that our groups are taken of and all accommodations are met. Special requests and emergencies have always been dealt with quickly. And, personally, they are the people that I want to work with because they make the effort to connect on a personal level. I couldn’t recommend them any higher, it’s the way to go.
From our initial contact through trip planning, hotel check-in, and our Disney performance, you and your staff provided stress-free and enjoyable trip for the Hanna band students and staff.
We all really feel we received a tremendous value for the low fees we were charged.