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  • Writer's pictureStefan Merkl

Explore Marketing Update - Issue 26

Thanksgiving – Giving Thanks to Partners

With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to you, my clients and friends in the travel and tourism industry. As some of you may remember, I started Explore Marketing in May 2016, three-and-a-half years ago, and it's been an amazing journey so far thanks to your continued support. In particular, a special shout out goes to not only my year-round clients and team members at the Leisure Pass Group, Tower Tours, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, The Flyer – San Francisco and Unlimited Biking but also to organizations that have joined me on our sales missions during this time, including Hornblower Cruises & Events, the Empire State Building, California Academy of Sciences, San Mateo County & Silicon Valley CVB, California Northcoast, Visit Oakland, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pier 39, Monterey Bay County CVB, Roaring Camp Railroad, Incredible Adventures, and Red and White Fleet which have been instrumental in keeping Explore Marketing moving forward. Additionally, through the support of two amazing trade professionals, Ms. Sofia Williamsson and Ms. Ann Tok, I'm also able to further assist clients with their marketing efforts as well as growing their businesses. We all have reason to give thanks and be grateful, and here are just some of mine. On that note, Happy Thanksgiving!


Winter Recreation in Tahoe South

November 22, weather permitting, marks the opening of the 2019-2020 Lake Tahoe ski and ride season. With 40 feet of snow, Lake Tahoe provides the optimal condition for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more. There are dozens of world-class ski resorts and acres of backcountry skiing trails, so visitors can glide down groomed slopes or take a cross-country ski tour of the winter woods. For those who prefer to relax, enjoy lesser-known activities including taking a dip in a hot spring, go shopping or just sit back and relax in one of the spas in the area. Read more


New Product: Go Singapore Pass

Since becoming the backdrop of the famous Crazy Rich Asian romantic comedy, Singapore continues to escalate to become one of the top destinations in South East Asia. For guests who are planning a visit, the Leisure Pass Group has introduced the Go Singapore Pass offering savings of up to 52% on entry to 30+ Singapore attractions including Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo, Universal Studio and more. Guests can choose between the All-Inclusive Pass which allows them to see as many attractions as they want via the 2,3,4,5,6 or 7-day pass, or pick the Explorer Pass for access to 3,4,5,6 or 7 attractions within 30 days from first use. Learn more


Christmas at Pier 39

If you or your clients are in San Francisco from November 26, remember to stop by at Pier 39 to see the dazzling Christmas tree transform into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors. Then, warm up indoors and see San Francisco like you’ve never seen before via a ride on The Flyer –- San Francisco. Located at the entrance of The PIER, board The Flyer – San Francisco to feel the unparalleled sensation of flying and riding through San Francisco’s most iconic and breathtaking landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and more. This thrilling and fun attraction for all ages takes travelers high above San Francisco’s biggest landmarks for scenic views and daredevil drops.

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Explore Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge

Known as the cradle of New York City, Lower Manhattan was where it all first started - skyscrapers, financial power and more. Discover more about this neighborhood and Brooklyn on a guided bike tour with Unlimited Biking. On this two-hour tour, an experienced guide will take guests around Manhattan’s southern tip, climb into the City Hall area, then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge itself, stopping at the Brooklyn-side tower of the bridge for photos. The entire New York Harbor will be visible, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn, and several miles of the New Jersey coastline. Then, the tour will descend into Brooklyn, offering views of the Financial District from across the river, followed by historic houses of Brooklyn Heights. Public tours depart daily and private guided tours can also be scheduled. Email Annie Zou


A Walk in the Woods, Wine Tasting & Sausalito Shops

Tower Tours has launched a new daily tour which combines three of San Francisco’s must-visit places - a visit to California’s coastal redwoods with Sonoma Valley wine tastings and a relaxed stroll through Sausalito! Beginning in San Francisco, the tour will 

venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to a place of unforgettable natural beauty and  tranquillity. Muir Woods National Monument is home to more than 500 acres of ancient coastal redwood trees, towering 260 feet tall. Be prepared to be wowed by Mother Nature’s masterpiece, as you discover redwood alleyways that first took root more than a thousand years ago. Guests will have 90 minutes to explore the woods at their own pace and entrance fee into Muir Woods is included in the tour. Next, the tour will stop for one hour in Sausalito, the Mediterranean-style village on the bay, famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. Ready to wind down? The next stop is Sonoma Valley, one of the world’s most renowned wine-producing regions. Don’t miss the chance to try some Chardonnay, the grape most often associated with Sonoma Valley. Guests will be taken to two top wineries for tastings (included in the price of the tour) and exclusive estate tours. An expert wine host will walk guests through the family history of the winery, fermentation process, barrel aging, and bottling. This relaxing visit includes opportunities to sip and enjoy 3-5 included tastings of the signature blends at each of the wineries, before time to shop for take-home bottles at the cellar door. For more information or to reserve a spot for your clients, email Cassandra Jew.


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