What's New at Explore Marketing
Welcome to the first edition of our monthly Explore Marketing update. This newsletter aims to keep you informed on what’s happening in the U.S.' hospitaIity and tourism world. It has now been four months since Explore Marketing launched. During our first quarter, we conducted sales missions to New York City, Miami and Orlando and begun our international sales outreach with client appointments in Beijing and Shanghai through meetings with top-level decision makers at China’s largest tour operators and OTAs. A summary of our findings including where the U.S. stands as a long-haul destination, favorite destinations and top activities was published in The INBOUND Report. Our next international sales calls will be conducted in Germany from December 12 - 16 and applications to join us is now open until November 15.
Saving Time and Money On Your Vacation
Most travelers have a budget to adhere to and do not have much time to spend waiting in line while on vacation. To solve these dilemma, Smart Destinations, offers the Go City Cards and Explore Passes, which are multi-attraction passes that maximize the fun, savings and convenience of sightseeing with flexible purchase options for every type of traveler. With the card or pass, travelers can skip the line at attractions, and save up to 55% compared to purchasing individual attraction tickets. In addition to that, it also includes comprehensive city guides that offer insider tips and bonus discounts on shopping and dining. Available in multiple destinations including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oahu, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., the Go City Cards and Explorer Passes provide admission to over 400 top attractions such as the world famous San Diego Zoo, Empire State Building Observatory, the Kennedy Space Center, and hundreds more. Go City Cards and their corresponding guides are available digitally or as a physical pass, making distribution via the travel trade as easy as 1-2-3. To find out more about ways to include this in your packages, email Stefan Merkl.
Year-round Outdoor Activities at Lake Tahoe
Recipient of numerous accolades including “America’s Best Lake” by USA Today, No. 1 ski destination with Rand McNally and Orbitz, and No.1 travel destination with Tripadvisor, it is no surprise the city of South Lake Tahoe is the destination offering year-round outdoor adventures and entertainment to travelers of all ages. Located 1,897m (6,225 ft) atop the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the California and Nevada Border, this natural treasure offers the ultimate high country experience with superb outdoor recreation and magnificent scenery throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is a lakes, mountains and beach holiday, all in one place, with world-class skiing in the winter! Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and is known for its crystal clear waters and majestic scenery. Did you know that Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in the world? Email us for further information on ways to incorporate South Lake Tahoe into your itineraries.
The Best Way To See A City Is...
The best way to familiarize yourself with a new city is to take a hop-on, hop-off tour aboard open top double decker buses. Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours and Transportation, a family-owned business for more than 25 years, offers multi-lingual (English, German, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) guided tours and transportation services in and around Philadelphia for guests to access more than 100 of Philadelphia’s most iconic landmarks including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, City Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, and Christ Church. See all the sights with one, two, or three day passes and attraction packages. In addition to public tours, Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours’ double-decker buses, enclosed trolleys and vans are also available for private and corporate charters, including airport transfers, convention shuttles and excursions to the Philadelphia Countryside. To find out more about accessing these services, email Yuhnis Sydnor.
Travel Site For Travel Trade Researching Ideas TourOperatorLand.com (formerly thetouroperator.com) is the only travel site designed for international, domestic and receptive tour operators, travel media and travel agents researching new ideas for products. Created 15 years ago, TourOperatorLand.com aggregates trade content for over 80 North American destinations so that tour operators can find what they need to build products from one website. New to the site are local step-on guides, ethnic dining, royalty-free photos, live like a local, itinerary building, destination contacts and more. To learn how to create products in a simple way, watch a demonstration video or email Betsy Cooper.
7D Experience At Pier 39 San Francisco
Experience the thrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game all at once at the 7D Experience on Pier 39 in San Francisco! The 20-seat theater, massive movie screen and the newest 3D technology will keep your senses reeling as you RIDE, BLAST and COMPETE your way into other dimensions! This is a great experience for student groups, FITs with a sense of adventure and MICE groups in need of a unique and fun private event space. Contact Stefan for more information.