TheTourOperator.com first launched after 9/11 to keep the industry connected, and has been a key resource for travel industry professionals for 21 years. After being rebranded as TourOperatorLand for a number of years, TheTourOperator is returning to its roots. Alongside Connect Travel’s biweekly industry newsletter, the Inbound Report, The Tour Operator continues to focus on the facilitating the growth of international travel. It’s packed with over 80 partner destination profiles including community highlights, itineraries, attractions, royalty-free images, destination contacts and the Receptive Finder which includes detailed information on over 105 verified and approved receptive tour operators.
What’s New and Cool In this issue and those ahead, INBOUND will include brief profiles of New and/or Cool attractions and experiences as our way of introducing them to our readers.
● Beautification projects are necessary for every destination and its environment to thrive and Atlantic City is home to over 50 murals through Atlantic City Arts Foundation‘s flagship program, the 48 Blocks AC Mural Tour. This experience can be tailored for groups and transported via the Atlantic City Jitney, powered by compressed natural gas which makes it a safe and ecological mode of transportation. Visit here for more information.
● Alabama’s All-In-One attraction ticket is a new offering which allows tour companies to package admission for a complete Alabama holiday. Each All-In-One ticket has a set price for admission to multiple attractions and downloads onto a visitor’s cell phone. Already, some 40 Arabama attractions have joined the program with more expected. All-in-One Tickets are available for Muscle Shoals/Florence, Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery/Selma. Tickets for the rest of Alabama, including Mobile and Gulf Shores’Orange Beach expected soon. More information here:
● In Birmingham, Alabama, The Fennec is located in the city’s burgeoning Parkside District. This entertainment is a live music venue with a restaurant, bar and event space. There is live music daily. For more information, click here.
● An impressive 18-mile-long stretch, Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a paved path that extends from Ardmore Street on the North Side to 71st Street on the South Side. Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other. There’s so much to soak in in addition to the skylines views — pass by peaceful boat harbors, serene nature sanctuaries, bustling boardwalks and more. Visit here for more information.
● In Flagstaff, Arizona, there is the Green Book Historic Self-Tour. One can walk, bike or drive from the Flagstaff Visitors Center and learn the history taken from the “Traveler’s Green Book” suggestions for safe places to eat and sleep for African-Americans while traveling during the dark days of the Jim Crow era in American history. Visit here for more details.