Lance Clay likes to check out new concepts and offer group journey options that some others have not tried using or made available in the past.
The Vice President of Trek Vacation Plans is continually collaborating with journey fanatics and group teams, and his latest featuring — the Pioneer Woman Mercantile Tour — is just one that genuinely has drawn curiosity from numerous all over the point out of Mississippi.
Clay has partnered with the Oxford Park Fee to offer this trip for May perhaps 16-20.
The genesis of Pioneer Lady dates again to the requests Clay received from all those who traveled on day trips to Laurel to visit the internet site of Residence Town. The common HGTV sequence, starring Ole Overlook graduates Erin and Ben Napier, has been the network’s newest strike, but Mississippians who liked browsing Laurel preferred much more.
“HGTV has exploded in acceptance above the very last 3 to five several years and what has served locally in Mississippi is Home City in Laurel but Chip and Joanna Gaines have always been the stars of that network,” Clay mentioned. “We experienced had numerous phone calls from groups and vacation golf equipment, parks and rec groups, that had been to Laurel for the working day journey that had a wish to check out Waco, Texas and see the Silo marketplace that Chip and Joanna created.”
Clay applied the requests as commitment, and at the time he eventually bought a small downtime, he obtained to function and arrived up with the strategy of a “circle tour” which incorporated the vacation spot of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the house of the Foods Network’s Ree Drummond, and then a end at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Artwork in Bentonville, Arkansas. For those that are not as common with the art museum, it was proven by Alice Walton and it opened to the general public in 2011.
Clay identified as the Pioneer Woman Tour “a 3-for-3 win” since it introduced so a lot of good locations and sites alongside one another. When Clay to start with began advertising and marketing the journey to groups in the metro Jackson region, the initially bus was full and a waitlist experienced been established in the span of three months.
“Now we have 13 on that ready list and looking to check out and get 80 so we can acquire that 2nd bus. There is a large popularity with Chip and Joanna in Waco. We imagined this would be a tour individuals would gravitate in direction of, a really pleasurable, calming tour,” reported Clay, who has partnered with neighborhood tour guides lined up in Waco and Pawhuska to enhance the tour.
“We delight ourselves to have the local flavor. We’ve finished an Oxford and Ole Miss working day vacation for our groups from Central Mississippi, and the initially get in touch with I make is to the Stop by Oxford office environment and I line up a regional guideline to be with us for at least half the working day to seriously deliver the campus and town to existence. We do that with all of our major trips. We are heading to have move-on guides in the two Waco and Pawhuska with us to genuinely convey individuals excursions to daily life. That is a massive part of what we do as nicely.”
And for those people who have thoughts about basic safety in relation to COVID-19, Clay mentioned that all the things operates by the CDC tips.
“Our No. 1 precedence is safety and wellbeing at Trek Travel systems,” Clay stated. “We’ve possibly operated almost 12 excursions considering that March of 2021. There has been a mix of pupil and senior grownup outings, but most are senior adult trips. I’ve designed a place top up to the outings to not have any scenarios, but also following the trip was around to make positive that there ended up no outbreaks at that issue. I’m proud to say that we have not experienced a person outbreak of a COVID-19 scenario contracted by the result of being on tour.”
If you are fascinated in getting component in the Pioneer Female Excursion, sign-up on-line at https://www.trektravelprograms.com/register-make-a-payment.