Bed Bugs, Rob on the Road and Montana Music!
We have quite a week in store for everyone as we bring in Rob Stewart of KVIE’s Rob on the Road for an update on where he’s been and what’s he’s been up to. You won’t believe some of the new travel stories he has in store for us! Next, it seems like everywhere we turn there’s a new breaking story about bed bugs all across America. Today we’re going to do our best to get to the bottom of what’s going on, why it’s going on, and what it means for travelers (more than you might think!) Jon Holloway of packinglight.net will be joining us once again to share some great products you can use to avoid the little critters while you’re out on tour. Finally, many of us over at Sports Leisure Vacations have been humming the tune to “Going to the Sun Road” ever since David Walburn performed it for us at this years Tour Preview Day. For those of you who caught the Walburn fever alongside of us (and even for those of you who didn’t!) we’ve rustled up a music video of one of David’s other songs. Check it out below. All this and more on this weeks edition of The Travel Guys!
Rob on the Road
Always a welcomed guest, Rob Stewart will be joining us to discuss some of his most recent travel adventures while filming his hit show “Rob on the Road” for local PBS station KVIE. You can checkout all of Rob’s adventures by heading to his site at www.kvie.org/robontheroad.
Seems like they’re everywhere these days, and we’re going to devote a little bit of time to finding out why. Next, Jon Holloway from Holloway Travel Outfitters and packinglight.net joins us to discuss some great new products you can use to avoid the little critters while out on the road. We’ve included some links below for anyone interested in picking some up. Jon has been helping out both Sports Leisure Vacations and our travelers for a long time now, we can’t recommend him enough for all your travel needs!
Those of you who attended Sports Leisure’s Annual Tour Preview Day this year will remember seeing David entertain us with a brief selection of his Montana music. Those of you who weren’t able to make it, you’re in for a real treat. David usually performs inside Montana’s spectacular Glacier National Park, where Mark met him while escorting a group of travelers. We’re proud to introduce him to both our travelers and listeners here on The Travel Guys. Check out his music video below, and follow the link to see more of his music and even purchase some CD’s if you’re interested.
We’re giving away two free autographed copies of David’s CD. To win, simply fill out the form below and hit send. We’ll be selecting two winners at random!
David Walburn’s Site
What Are the Top Shopping Cities in the US? Top Ranking Cities: Destination preferences vary by inbound market but the leading destinations for travel are well defined. The top 25 cities visited and shopped by International Shopping Travelers,based on survey commissioned by Taubman Centers and Shop America Alliance LLC in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce/ (DOC/OTTI) and conducted by Mandala Research are as follows. (Multiple responses were allowed)
1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Las Vegas
5. San Francisco
7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
9. San Diego and Washington, D.C.
15. Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle
19. Fort Myers-Naples, Fla.
20. West Palm Beach, Fla.
22. Portland, Ore.
**Duplicate destinations on the same line indicate that the same percentage of International Shopping Travelers surveyed, selected those cities.
METHODOLOGY. The study was commissioned by Taubman Centers and Shop America Alliance LLC in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce/ (DOC/OTTI) and conducted by Mandala Research, to serve as a benchmark of behaviors and psychographics among shopping travelers from the top five inbound tourism markets to the United States. The study was conducted among approximately 350 travelers in each of the top five inbound markets to the U.S. (Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and UK) for a total of 1,760 completed surveys. Each respondent had visited the U.S. in the past 12 months, had spent a minimum of $250 on shopping and had a minimum household income of $75,000.