Rick Martinez is editor of Group Tour Media, publisher of Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour magazine, Spotlight e-magazine and affiliated websites and niche and custom publications focused on the group travel industry.
A Ball State University graduate who has done graduate studies at Grand Valley State University, he has worked in communications and the news media in various roles.
An Indiana native and former New Hampshire resident, Rick currently lives in Jenison, Mich.
The married father of three is a news media, political, sports and travel junkie. He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, his faith, giving back to his community and alma mater, following his daughter’s Jenison Senior High School marching band and tennis teams, rooting for Ball State and all Boston pro teams (except the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and MSL’s Chicago Fire), jazz music, good food and wine and reading for recreation when he can.
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Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration hoists sail on Labor Day weekend
The War of 1812 is sometimes called the Forgotten War, but it's being remembered this summer with the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and vicinity.
Neuschwanstein Castle named top place to visit in Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Europa Park and Cologne Cathedral were named the top three places to visit in Germany, according to a poll by the German National Tourist Board.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites highlight German heritage and culture
Germany is a multi-faceted destination for cultural travel with 37 UNESCO World Heritage Site across the country.
Helinski World Design Capital 2012's effects carry on into 2013
While the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012's program of events were completed last year, the Finnish capital design-related activities and efforts continue on into 2013.
New England Air Museum aloft with Connecticut aviation history
New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn., outside Hartford shares tales of flight with group excursions for students and adults.
George W. Bush Presidential Center opening in Dallas
The center is home to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum and George W. Bush Institute. The library and museum opens to the public May 1.
Booming womens travel market looms for group tours
Veteran women's group tour operator Phyllis Stoller offers group travel tips for the women who travel from the Baby Boom generation and group tour operators seeking to reach them.
Mother's Day: 8+ destinations that remind him about his Mom
With Mother's Day on Sunday, remembering Mom through some of her favorite places.
Tulip Time Run yields 13 running, hiking, walking & biking destinations
Embracing the great outdoors through hiking, running, walking and biking have all been a part of Group Tour Media Editor Rick Martinez's efforts through the years.
Canada Media Marketplace shows Canada has plenty to explore
Taking part in the Canadian Tourism Commission's Canada Media Marketplace was a compressed way to explore Canada's offerings for group tours and travel.
Super Bowl Sunday makes mind wander to football destinations
Six football-focused locales in the U.S. and Canada that are great for group tours and excursions.
Seven trends for group tours in 2013; one guy's list
Epicurean experiences, experiential tours, river cruising, smaller group tours, friend treks, historical trails and instant interactions are seven group travel trends to watch for in 2013.