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2 0 1 7 T A P T R A V E L G U I D E 46 SpecTAPular events have been a staple of TAP's product offerings since the first edition launched in 2012. They have taken place in destinations around the country, often drawing hundreds of travelers who come for experiences that aren't available on everyday tours. "The idea is to come up with something creative and to use our part- ners," Calderazzo said. "We have all these Preferred Professional Travel Providers we work with, and we use them to come up with these events. They're not simple things to create — they're difficult to come up with and to get just right." TAP aims to produce about one SpecTAPular event each year, although the unique demands of these programs mean that sometimes there will be more than a year between editions; other years might have two SpecTAPulars. GREAT GATSBY GETAWAY For 2017, the organization is planning the Great Gatsby Getaway, an encore to the similar 2015 SpecTAPular event that met with rave reviews. T he Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) know how to throw a party. Though every group trip has its highlights, few promise to be as glamorous and immersive as the soirees that have become the signature of SpecTAPular Tours and Events. "These are created to be very special tours and events — unique, one of a kind and just for our travelers," said Nick Calderazzo, president of TAP partner Twin Travel Concepts and the organiza- tion's SpecTAPular committee chair. "They're not open to outsiders. Only TAP partners can sell into them. Everyone who wants to come has to book the trip through a TAP partner, and all the events are private." A SpecTAPular ENCORE TA P ' S SIG N AT U R E E V E N T SE R I E S H E A D S BAC K TO T H E G R A N D HO T E L B Y B R I A N J E W E L L

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