Whether you have been on a packaged bus tour or not, you probably think that the tour managers at the bus company simply pull out a map and plot out a route via interstate highways and local roadways. Trace the route in a magic marker color and give it to their drivers.
In fact, the package tours created by the bus company are very elaborate and are based upon alliances that the bus company has with a variety of entertainment attractions, restaurants, hotels and other service providers.
If you book a tour from a bus company that takes you some distance from home, then that tour needs to include restaurants where the bus can stop so that you and your group can have meals; hotels that will provide you lodging as well as meals; and even special attractions that might be a part of the tour package because they are on the way or within easy access from and back to the route.
A large independent bus company may be independent but it may have also been able to negotiate alliances or partnerships with entertainment attractions, restaurants, hotels and other service providers on their own. I feel save in saying that depending on how big that individual bus company may be may have an influence as to the reach it has beyond its headquarter city. For example, a bus company in Montreal, Quebec, Canada may have reach only into the suburbs of Montreal. So it can provide you with a great tour of Montreal taking advantage of alliances or agreements it may have worked out with restaurants and sites of attraction, but is unable to go beyond that boundary.
Other companies are large and have offices in many regions of the country so they have a longer reach and can provide you with a choice of more restaurants, special entertainment attractions, hotels and other service providers.
Then there are alliances like International Motorcoach Group. International Motorcoach Group is an alliance of 50 bus companies in Canada and the United States and each has access to the entertainment attractions, restaurants, hotels and other service providers that the alliance has been able to partner with.
Let’s face it. An alliance of many companies which can include large and small bus companies have more strength than one bus company. And it is an alliance that can negotiate partnerships with a better standing than say one large company.
What does that mean to you the traveler? It can mean stays at top rated hotels, meals at top rated restaurants, appearances at top rated entertainment attractions all across the country.
International Motorcoach Group partners with 41 entertainment attractions which include:
Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Branson Variety Theater
Crazy Horse Memorial
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre Complex
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Graceland/Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel
Grand Ole Opry/Gaylord Attractions
IMAX Entertainment Complex
Jim Stafford Theatre
Lookout Mountain Attractions
Sands Casino Resort — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The New England Aquarium & Simons IMAX Theatre
International Motorcoach Group has partnerships with 20 hotels and resorts including:
Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
Best Western Oceanfront
Country Inn of Lancaster
Country Inns of America
Fairfield Inn Properties of the Smokies
French Lick Resort & Casino
Hiltons of Branson
Quality Inn Gettysburg
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Wyndham Hotel Group
Then International Motorcoach Group has an alliance with Tour Operators who have access to entertainment and other special sites in their region. These Tour Operators include:
Branson Vacation Company/Edgewood Receptive Services
Northeast Unlimited Tours
Ozarks’Kirkwood Tour & Travel
Smokey Mountain Tour Connection
Sweet Magnolia Tours
The Maine Tour Connection
The restaurants with which International Motorcoach Group is associated include:
Branson Best Restaurant.com
Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre/Prather Entertainment Group
Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn
Finally, International Motorcoach Group has ties to 44 convention visitors bureaus that stretch from the East Coast to the West Coast with a large number in the middle of the country too. These visitors bureaus include:
Adirondack Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau
Branson (Missouri) Lakes Area Convention Visitor Bureau
Chattanooga Area Convention Bureau
Explore Minnesota Tourism
Gettysburg Convention Visitors Bureau
Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association
Louisville Convention Visitors Bureau