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Small Business Snapshot: smarTours

Small Business Snapshot: smarTours Credit: smarTours

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Greg Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, explains how this image represents his business.

smarTours is a guided tour company that has taken almost 200,000 travelers to 40 destinations worldwide. Our tours go to Asia, India, Africa, South America, Cuba, Europe, the Baltics, India and Nepal, Australia and New Zealand, and Israel. We are known industry-wide for providing excellent quality at very affordable prices.

My co-CEO, David Rosner, and I were classmates at Harvard Business School. After graduation, despite both having backgrounds in finance, we wanted to get involved in our real passion: travel. When the opportunity arose in 2013 to buy smarTours, we leapt at it. We've never looked back and have no regrets!

The photo above is of one of our tours in China. China is one of our more popular destinations, and it was smarTours' first destination as a company back in 1996. We will have at least 30 trips going to China in 2017.

The biggest challenge by far has been managing through an uncertain and unstable world. We cover the whole globe and have dealt with natural disasters, geopolitical instability, public health crises and more. However, what's been so uplifting is to see how resilient the American traveler has been. Americans want to travel and have not been deterred.

Going forward, we will continue to apply our high-quality, value-oriented approach to more and more destinations around the world. We have a good chunk of the globe covered, but we will still have more work to do. 

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Taylor.