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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.
Each year tens of millions of tourists visit destinations in North America as groups on motorcoach trips. The American Bus Association is proud to announce two spectacular 2015 events as the winners in the ABA's 34th annual Top 100 Events in North America.
Delano Las Vegas, the luxury 1,117 all-suite hotel at Mandalay Bay opened September 2nd and is home to the Bathhouse Spa at Delano Las Vegas, which offers world travelers globally and locally inspired signature therapies and serene new treatments. Day passes for the spa will be available to all Delano Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International hotel guests. In collaboration between MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group, the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas will fuse South Beach chic with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip. In keeping with Delano’s philosophy of adapting to its surroundings, much of Bathhouse Spa’s new menu infuses the soothing elements of locally sourced ingredients including cacti and wildflowers, as well as other playful nods to the desert. Immune-boosting milk and honey treatments feature edible raw bee pollen from the Mohave region, creating an instant synergy with the desert locale.
Tulip Festival gets honoured by American travel association (Ottawa Business Journal, 9/11/14)
The Canadian Tulip Festival’s 70th anniversary edition next year got a boost Thursday when a major North American travel association named it the top Canadian event for 2015 and one of the top 100 events for all of North America.
International tourism up by 5% in the first half of the year (UNWTO, 9/15/14)
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014. Growth was strongest in the Americas (+6%).
US hotels don't understand Chinese tourists, study says (Phys Org, 9/22/14)
Multinational hotel chains that want to increase their market shares of Chinese guests, especially at their hotels in the U.S., may need to reconsider their global branding strategies, a new study says.
Omni Nashville Celebrates First Birthday (Successful Meetings, 10/1/14)
In honor of the first anniversary of this Marketplace 2014 host hotel, the property has released some fun statistics from its inaugural year. I wonder how many pounds of coffee are attributable to ABA members....
ABA Top 100 Event 'Centennial Festival of Riverboats' to have multi-million economic impact (Louisville Business First, 10/15/14)
A motorcoach tour, which includes about 42 people, will spend an average of $20,000 in a city per trip. During the Centennial Festival of Riverboats being held in Louisville this week, there will be 93 motorcoaches full of passengers who will spend three or four days here. Those visitors alone will generate an estimated $1.9 million in tourism dollars to fuel the local economy.