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Bob Hofmann talks theater (and who knows what else) with longtime NTA member John Stachnik of Mayflower Tours on the Travel Exchange floor. and then, on a second night, individuals choose which show they want. However the operators handle it, the result is that many groups see multiple shows, and we love that. And of course there are always theater junkies who will schedule eight shows in a week. That’s what I used to do when I first started traveling to New York. I have to admit that satisfying my theater habit is made a little easier these days by living here. What would you say to tour operators who are on the fence about packaging Broadway? Hofmann: Jump off the fence and come talk to me about why you were up there in the first place! I think we can answer any questions you might have. Broadway is a unique destination within New York City. It’s absolutely electric, and most travelers coming to the city want to see a show. We want to make sure you can provide them with that experience. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. For more information about Broadway Inbound, visit Top right: Broadway professionals lead a variety of workshops and tours for groups of any age. Middle right: The Broadway luncheon at Travel Exchange always attracts the week’s largest crowd. Bottom right: “Waitress” cast members acknowledged the Travel Exchange crowd after performing in St. Louis. 15