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  • Writer's pictureStefan Merkl

Explore Marketing Update - Issue 20

Explore Marketing Sales Missions

As we reflect on 2018, we want to take this opportunity to thank you - our clients, friends and partners in the travel industry - for your continued support and would like to wish you all the best for the holidays and New Year. Over the course of 2018, we have worked on a number of exciting projects including leading domestic and international sales missions to a number of countries across Europe, Asia, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to discussing our clients’ products with trade partners during these trips, we have also had a series of interesting conversations with trade partners and attained valuable feedback on the market performance and trends. A summary of a presentation given during the RTO Summit Orlando can be found here.

Given the success of our travel trade sales missions, we will expand on these events in 2019. To date, we plan for nine boutique sales missions and decided to limit participation to six organizations per trip to offer maximum exposure and interaction.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season and a great new year ahead!


Now Open: The Flyer – San Francisco

The world's first 3D flying theater experience is now open at Pier 39, San Francisco. The Flyer — San Francisco combines motion seats, live action and computer-generated 3D imagery to take guests above San Francisco and under the Golden Gate Bridge, into Alcatraz and through the Redwood National Forest. A thrilling and inspiring attraction for all ages, The Flyer — San Francisco is a perfect introduction to San Francisco and a riveting ride for locals, who will see San Francisco in a whole new way! To experience this brand new attraction, email Clayton Hill.

The Flyer - San Francisco ride

Bikes & Bites in New York City

Calling all foodies! Bike & Bites is a 2-hour guided bike tour around lower Manhattan and across the Brooklyn Bridge during which you can get a taste of New York City. Photo opportunities are plentiful as the bridge itself is architecturally stunning. Additionally, crossing over to the Brooklyn side of the bridge will provide you with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. The tour will conclude in Dumbo, a hip area of Brooklyn that is home to a diverse variety of food shops and vendors. The area is particularly popular in the summer, when local and visitors flock to try the innovative food creations. This tour will make stops at three local eateries for guests to sample the unique New York City food experience. Tours can be adjusted and customized to accommodate special requests. Book your experience now!

Edgewood Tahoe

Relax Amongst the Majestic Redwood Trees

A visit to the Muir Woods National Monument would be perfect as we take some time to reflect on this past year. Visitors to Muir Woods National Monument can enjoy solitude and peace, through the cool, moist air as they stroll through majestic 1000-year-old redwood trees towering 260 feet. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of the senses as visitors journey through a piece of ancient California history. With no mobile phone reception or wifi, this is truly a spot to relax and be away from the day-to-day stress, and get acquainted with mother nature. For further information on getting there, go to Note: Entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument will increase to $15 per person (from $10 per person) effective January 1. More details here.

Splashing in Tahoe South

New Underwater Trail at Emerald Bay

On October 1, the California State Parks and the Sierra State Park Foundation opened California’s first Maritime Heritage Underwater Trail at Emerald Bay that leads to four sites in Emerald Bay. The trail leads visitors to a boat graveyard from the 1920’s and 1930’s — and provide those in boats with a chance to peer down into the lake for a glimpse of the past. Scuba and snorkel diving visitors will be able to explore an underwater “trail” of historic features at several sites along the shoreline of Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe. The Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage (underwater) Trail celebrates the history of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe’s culture of recreation by way of shipwrecks. The bay is the final resting place of several recreational boats, launches and barges used on the lake during the early 20th century. This was the heyday of the Emerald Bay Resort (1920s and 1930s) and the construction of the Scandinavian “castle,” Vikingsholm (1929).


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Tourist at Niagara Falls

Explore the City with the Most Skyscrapers

Known as the city with the most skyscrapers, 303 in total, a few of the top places to enjoy this magnificent view include from Victoria Peak, offering panoramic views across the harbor to Kowloon, and from sky100 HK Observation Deck, located 393 meters above ground on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Center. Offering savings to these and other top Hong Kong attractions, the Hong Kong Pass is available as 2, 3, or 4-day pass, and pass holders can simply show their mobile pass or printed physical pass at any of the top 14 attractions included for the duration of the pass. The pass is only activated after the first visit and is valid for 24-hour periods. Learn more

Hong Kong Skyline


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