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Courtesy Visit Salt Lake 47 W W W . T A P I N T O T R A V E L . C O M NORWEGIAN'S DANYLUK WINS TAP AWARD "We're going to Michigan to combine Traverse City and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island," Calderazzo said. "It's all about the 1920s and 'The Great Gatsby.' It's a perfect time of year up there — fall foliage is at its peak. You get to see Traverse City, a beautiful gem in northern Michigan, and each night is a 1920s-themed event." Depending on the details of their bookings, most groups attending the event will f ly into Detroit and may tour some attractions around the city before making their way up to Traverse City, where the opening evening's entertainment will feature a singalong with a 1920s tribute band. Many attendees will wear 1920s costumes for pictures. "The next day we'll go up to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island," Calderazzo said. "It's amazing — there are horse-drawn carriages that take you back and forth to the hotel. It's a beautiful five-star resort with the longest porch in the world, overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. "We'll start with a reception, followed by a five-course dinner. Afterwards, we're going to have everyone dressed in Gatsby character, and we'll do a promenade through the lobby. Then we'll go into the ballroom where the orchestra will be playing, and we'll have a costume competition. There will be dancing and Champagne as well." The day after this grand gala, visitors will be able to enjoy the resort and explore the surrounding Mackinac Island at their leisure. Available activities include golf, lawn games, afternoon tea, movie screenings and horse-drawn carriage tours of the island. The final evening will feature another five-course dinner, a signature of the Grand Hotel, followed by a dance accompanied by the hotel's resident orchestra. "We're going to have a singing and dancing competition," Calderazzo said. "There will be contests for best dance couple, best singer, etc. It will be a wonderful event." PLANNING INFORMATION The Great Gatsby Getaway SpecTAPular is sched- uled for October 1-4. Individual travelers can book their tickets at the organization's website, www.tapintotravel. com. Group leaders can make arrangements by working directly with a TAP tour operator. In addition to the October event in Michigan, Calderazzo said plans for future SpecTAPular events are always in the works, although it's too soon to say for certain what coming years will bring. "We're working on some exciting things and looking at actual tours instead of just events," Calderazzo said. "We're thinking about doing a true SpecTAPular tour, but I don't want to give away too much." Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) gave its 2016 Spirit of TAP Award to Jodi Ann Danyluk, program manager, emerging markets at Norwegian Cruise Line. Danyluk was nominated by TAP members for her outstand- ing role in the tourism industry. She is admired for always going above the call of duty and her willingness to always lend a helping hand. "The partners have seen the determination that Jodi has to advance the travel industry and to enrich product offerings through her knowledge of Norwegian products," said TAP executive director Stefanie Gorder. "She is not only a friend to many of the TAP partners but a true teammate in their individual businesses." The Spirit of TAP Award was established in 2012 after the passing of Ann Thomas, owner of TAP tour operator Western Discovery. The award annually recognizes a Preferred Professional Travel Provider who truly encompasses the TAP vision and embodies the true spirit of TAP. Rather than waiting for others to ask for help, the awardee asks "What can I do for you?" and "How can I help?" The Spirit of TAP Award was announced at the June 7 luncheon during TAP Dance, the annual convention held by TAP, this year in Duluth, Minnesota. Tracy Gruber, Ann Thomas' daughter and the meeting and event coordinator for TAP, presented the award. Courtesy Grand Hotel THE GRE AT GAT SBY GE TAWAY WILL FE ATURE BIG-BAND MUSIC AND PERIOD COS TUMES.

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