Learning about history is a fascinating thing and 2016 marks 100 years since the organization of the National Park Service. In Ken Burns’ documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Burns tells the story behind the development of these national treasures. They approved golf courses and zoos at different parks, and even proposed Yosemite as an ideal setting for the Winter Olympics.
It’s a bit nostalgic to imagine what it would have been like to visit the parks when they weren’t as trafficked as they are today. In the beginning of the national parks journey, visitors came by horse and buggy, and the railroad also played a huge role in bringing folks to see these wonders of nature.
The world of travel and tourism has exploded in comparison to what was happening in 1900. While there are several factors that have contributed to this change, here are just a few that we see that have made today’s tourism industry boom like never before.
In our day where air travel is commonplace, it’s hard to imagine a time when the railroad was the new up-and-coming thing and paved roads weren’t common. Today, traveling by train seems archaic and slow in comparison, when we’re used to large jetliners filled with people, traveling at speeds that would have seemed miraculous to those who lived to see the Wright brothers’ initial flight make the headlines.
Aside from advances in transportation channels, travel is also more affordable than it has ever been. It used to be that just the well-off could have enough for to go and see far-off places. Today, it’s so easy to find discount flights, get a crazy deal on a cruise, or find a sweet package on a hotel and car combo. As travel has become more commonplace, prices have come down, making it more affordable for everyone.
It has never been easier to learn of different locations around the world. For tour operators and travel agencies, uploading glossy photographs of luxurious accommodations and relaxing vacation spots can go a long way to inspiring folks to reach into their wallets and pay for a trip.
Instagram and Facebook have become today’s equivalent of yesterday’s postcard. Instead of taking the time to individually send notes to friends, people post images of delicious meals, a lounge chair on the beach, or hiking and biking in national parks.
Considering that the tourism industry is succeeding, it’s a great time for tour operators to book trips. We love partnering with you to present the type of transportation you want when you’re dealing with a group. Because we specialize in group travel, we know that we can accommodate everyone in comfort and class, and it’s crucial to us that our service shows the quality standard you’ve set for your business. We take great care to give our best– in customer service, professionalism, and top-tier transportation. If you’ve got a next tour and need to get a vehicle for the group, call and reserve a coach with us today!