And the winner is… National Parks

Global Connections Announces Top Traveler Activity for 2017

April 11, 2017Global Connections Inc. (GCI), a pioneer in the travel club industry, has announced that “National Parks” has come up the winner of the 2017 Vacation Activities Bracket pairing, voted on by members of Global Discovery Vacations.

According to Tom Lyons, President and CEO of GCI, "We've taken 16 popular activities that travelers enjoy while vacationing. Each day members vote for their favorite.  Over the course of three weeks, the destinations will be narrowed down one by one until reaching the final four."

When it came down to the final four activities the most popular pursuits among GDV members were Cruising, Nature Hikes, Beaches and the winning National Parks. Beaches and National Parks paired up for the final round of vacation activities championship competition -- with the latter easily outdistancing its competition.

The Vacation Activities Bracket is the second in a series of popularity contests run similarly to the annual basketball tournament which takes place in March. Global Bracketology is quickly becoming one of Global Connections most popular contests. Last year, members voted on vacation destinations with Lake Tahoe coming out on top with first-place recognition.

According to Tom Lyons, President and CEO of GCI, “We took 16 activities that our GDV members enjoy on vacation. Each day members voted for their favorite. The activities ranged from “Winter Sports” to “Getting Lost and Exploring.” Over the course of three weeks, the destinations were narrowed down one by one until reaching the final four.”

The “final four” destinations were paired up against each other. On the west side of the equation, top-seeded “Nature Hikes” handily defeated “Watersports” and then ran over “Museums and Landmarks” to reach the top. “Wineries/Breweries” were easily taken by finalist “Beaches.” In the east, “Live Entertainment” prevailed over “Shopping”; “Taking a Tour” easily overtook “Relaxing.” In the end, it was “Beaches” vs. “National Parks,” with “National Parks” reaching the top billing.

“Our social media engagement program is highly successful. This year we are proud to say two of our social media contests were Finalists in the American Resort Development Association Awards Program. These contests are one way we keep our GDV members in a vacation mind-set even when they are not travelling, “explains Lyons.

About Global Connections, Inc.

Global Connections, Inc. is based in Overland Park, KS, opening in 1996 as a travel club fulfillment and service provider.  Considered a leader in the travel club industry, GCI offers the members of its Global Discovery Vacations club program a wide variety of leisure benefits and vacation options at more than 700 North American resorts.  GCI is the developer and owner of resorts in California, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as well as owning and leasing numerous resort condominium units throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. For more information about GCI visit

About Global Discovery Vacations

Global Discovery Vacations is a respected membership based travel club offering its members access to condominium accommodations, cruise and tour vacations, a full-service travel agency, a concierge program, and other leisure benefits. For more information about Global Discovery Vacations visit


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