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An Informed Customer is a Smart Customer
By TONY FUNDERBURG
There are many factors involved when choosing a charter bus company and price should not be the #1 factor. Safety, quality, insurance and adhering to government relations are at the top of the list when considering your travel company.
With the number of Chinese tourists visiting Virginia booming in recent years, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced plans to add a new Chinese-language landing webpage to the state’s tourism website. The page will join 15 other language-based landing pages on the site.
The latest to take note of Minnesota’s bubbling craft beer scene? The state’s tourism agency.
This month, Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild partnered for an advertising campaign promoting “Brewcations” to the more than 50 craft breweries now operating in the state. Clint Roberts, the guild’s executive director, said the campaign spans a webpage with a map of breweries and reports on fall colors to brochures placed in visitor centers statewide.
22 don’t-miss travel destinations for 2015 (New York Post, 12/16/2014)
Your what, where, how and why guide to 2015.
Alaska tops 2015 U.S. destination survey; Las Vegas slips to 5th
USA Today/Cruise Log blog (12/24)
Falling Canadian dollar leading more Americans to cross-border shop (CBC News, 1/29/15)
The latest figures from Canada Border Services Agency show a silver lining in the falling value of the Canadian dollar, with more Americans travelling to B.C.
Louisville--ABA's Marketplace 2016 host city--made #8 on Outside Magazine's list of the top 16 places to live. ABA members already love the city for bourbon and horses, but what the population of 605,000 may be most proud of is Louisville’s future. “There are so many cool things in the works,” says one resident.
Relaxed visa rules are expected to increase Chinese tourism and real estate investment, but it will also have a less obvious beneficiary: American museums.
ABA advocates for more National Mall parking (Washington Post, 3/24/15)
As many as 1,200 tour buses a day operate in and around the Mall during peak season. But with so few parking spaces for large buses, many of them end up circling city streets for hours, or worse, double parking and disrupting traffic.
New Corning museum wing expected to boost tourism (Democrat & Chronicle, 3/17/15)
The museum, which attracts visitors from around the world to the Finger Lakes region, isn't expecting a big jump in total numbers. But museum officials do anticipate changes in visitor patterns that could have a big impact on the local economy.
Member launches new sightseeing service in DC (Press release, 3/23/15)
Martz Group's Gray Line DC has launched a new hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour and fleet consisting of open-top coaches as well as traditional, fully enclosed double-deckers.
The so-called “I Love New York Bus” service will send Hampton Jitney-operated motor coaches up the Hudson Valley and out to Long Island’s Southampton beach, with overnight trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the thoroughbred races in Saratoga Springs and to Niagara Falls.