Welcome our guest today, Pete Pantuso, President & CEO of the American Bus Association – affectionately known to us long-term members and industry insiders by the acronym ABA. It is North America’s leading and largest motorcoach, tour and travel association, representing 3,800 members and 65% of all motorcoaches on the road.
Pete brings an amazing 40 years of experience in association work at all levels and we are excited to talk to him today about what’s happening at ABA, the state of the industry, and the many challenges operators are facing due to the impact of COVID-19.
Find out more about the American Bus Association: https://www.buses.org/
Joining us today, Diana Simonson, TourTools Senior Developer and Chief Security Expert, will be talking to us about Internet and data security. This topic is important to TourTools clients and we build our products with security best practices in mind. We know it is critical that you safeguard your business network and any sensitive company and customer data that may be stored there.
What are the current threats? What proactive steps can you take to decrease your risks and stay safe online? Listen in as our host, Amy Spear of Southern Escape Tours, asks Diana these questions and more – the tips you get from this 20 minute podcast could be pivotal in providing that extra bit of security that will make all the difference.
Joining us today, Scott Schweitzer and Nolan Hargis of American Christian Tours in Rice Lake, WI. They are a leader in their market and they’ve been using TourTools for over 20 years. Today, they’ll be talking with TourTools marketing consultant, Amy Spear, about their impressive operation and how they’ve optimized daily workflows with the help of TourTools software.
American Christian Tours was founded in 1984 – the vision was an education-centered tour company founded on godly principles that would teach biblical principles to faith-based schools and organizations during their travel programs. They believed that integrating history and faith on a tour would be life-changing.
Today, literally thousands of people have experienced one of these impactful tour programs. This team has combined experience of over 250 years and they are all passionate about why they do what they do!
Find out more about American Christian Tours: https://www.acts-tours.com
Joining us today, for the first-ever Group Tour & Travel podcast, is Jamie Lynn Thompson and Amy Spear of Southern Escape Tours in Nashville, TN. They’ll be talking with veteran TourTools training specialist, Lynne Stolk about their operation, some of the challenges they are facing, and how they are tackling them with the help of TourTools software.
Southern Escape Tours (SET) is America’s premier southern receptive tour operator and travel planner specializing in domestic and international groups traveling to the American South. They are always eager to meet the needs of groups seeking to escape and discover beyond their own front doors with offering exciting, authentic experiences and customized travel packages.
Their staff have a combined 40 years of diverse experience in tourism ranging from destination management work with the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, both during Tennessee’s skyrocketing to the top of all tourism charts, along with extensive attraction knowledge including the world famous Grand Ole Opry and Tennessee’s Performing Arts Center.
Southern Escape Tours is ready to help you escape to discover exciting destinations, including Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Great Smoky Mountains, Savannah, Charleston, Louisville, Lexington, Asheville, New Orleans, Muscle Shoals and more!
Find out more about Southern Escape Tours: https://www.southernescapetours.com