• Stefan Merkl

Explore Marketing Update - Issue 28

Upcoming Explore Marketing Spring Sales Missions

As part of Explore Marketing’s services, we will be leading two sales missions – one to Poland and Hungary (June 29 – July 3) and another to a few countries including Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway (September 14 – 18). With the introduction of new non-stop flights by various airlines between Poland, Hungary and the U.S., and the inclusion of Poland as a member of the Visa Waiver Program, the number of travelers from both countries (Hungary has been a member of the Visa Waiver Program since 2008) are expected to increase in the coming years. Poland is one of the fastest-growing European international inbound travel markets for the U.S. From 2013 to 2018, Polish visitation to the U.S. increased by 53%. The U.S. is the No. 2 long-haul destination for Polish residents and accounted for 17% of all long-haul visitation from Poland in 2018. On the other hand, Hungarian visitation from 2018 – 2019 increased by 13.5%. In fact, the U.S. is a primary international destination. While Scandinavia constitutes a small market, it is an important market. With six weeks of paid vacation annually, Scandinavians are heavily incentivized to explore the rest of the world, offering an opportunity for U.S. suppliers to further attract these travelers to stay longer at their destinations and explore its attractions. To sign up for these sales missions or check out other sales missions scheduled for 2020, click here.

Explore Marketing will set up all appointments with 18 - 25 top travel trade companies, saving you weeks of preparation. This way, you can focus on training 75 - 125 staff to be experts of your products. Besides that, all of our sales missions are designed for small groups rather than large delegations, limited to only eight participants, to maintain exclusivity and so you have the opportunity to stand out. Learn more here.

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Go California Pass Includes San Diego, Los Angeles & Anaheim

For travelers planning to visit multiple attractions in a destination, including an attraction pass as part of the travel plan is one of the best options to save on admission tickets as well as time since select attractions also offer guests VIP entry and ability to skip lines. For those traveling to California, the Go California Explorer Pass is an option. Offering savings up to 34% off gate prices and the flexibility across three of California’s top visited cities – San Diego, Los Angeles and Anaheim – users can choose 3, 4 or 5 attractions from a list of 10 top attractions including San Diego Zoo, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego, and more. Valid for 30 days from the first day of activation, the pass offers the freedom to do as much as you want each day, and ability to create your own itinerary.

New Trip Planning App for Tahoe South

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority recently launched a new Tahoe South Guide trip planning app, providing guests with a new way to plan and best maximize their experience at the destination. The interactive app offers users the easy option to “Add to Plan” hotels, restaurants, activities, shopping, and more, that they want to explore through the itinerary they personally curate for their perfect trip. For groups, the itinerary can also be shared digitally via social media, email or SMS. Plan the perfect day in Tahoe South and carry your e-planner along on your phone.

Into the Woods: A Tour of California’s Coastal Redwoods

After being in the San Francisco tourism industry for almost 30 years, Tower Tours recognizes that most guests to Muir Woods National Monument are there for a once-in-a-lifetime visit and believes that this visit shouldn’t be rushed. Other tour operators make a brief stop at Muir Woods, however, Tower Tours ensures guests have sufficient time to really make the most of the experience. With 1.5 hours to explore the woods at their own pace, there’s plenty of time to inhale the fresh air and stimulate the senses as they journey through a piece of ancient California history. Entrance fee into Muir Woods is included in the tour. The daily tour also includes a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito. The Mediterranean-style village across the San Francisco Bay is famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. Need more time to dine and shop in Sausalito? Simply add on the optional ferry return ticket for $12 per person. Daily departures at 9:00AM, 11:00AM and 2:00PM. Learn more

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Combine The Flyer - San Francisco with 7D Experience

For more group-friendly attractions at Pier 39, groups can combine their visit to The Flyer – San Francisco with 7D Experience. Best described as “roller coaster meets 3D video game”, the 7D Experience is an interactive, immersive experience that takes guests to another dimension to compete with other riders to combat a range of enemies such as werewolves, zombies, evil robots and more. The award-winning XD DarkRide at 7D Experience can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time and is suitable for all ages as long as they meet the minimum height requirement of 40” or taller. To reserve sessions for your groups, email Clayton Hill

Unlimited Biking Announces New Locations in Three Destinations

Following its expansion into San Francisco in April 2019, Unlimited Biking ( continues to set up stores at more locations, offering guests the option to pick-up from one location and returning it at another. The locations are:

San Francisco

  • Ghirardelli Square, 887 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Golden Gate Park, 1816 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

  • Ferry Building, One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

  • Jefferson Street, 425 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Columbus Avenue, 1325 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

  • Hayes Valley, 370 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

  • Sausalito, 666 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Aside from San Francisco, visitors to Washington, D.C. and Virginia can also access one of the many Cannondale bikes (hybrid, eBike, road bike, tandem) Unlimited Biking offers at: 

Washington D.C.

955 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024


1 Wales Alley, Victoria, VA 22314

FIT travellers can join one of the daily guided tours with a maximum of 15 guests or pedal at their own pace via a self-guided rental. Helmets, locks, baskets, and illustrated maps included! Whether the nature of the trip is a weekend getaway, an outdoor adventure, private city trip, corporate trip, incentive, team building or relaxation, Unlimited Biking can customize existing tours for groups to meet their specific needs. For more information, email Annie Zou.

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