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A Decade of Discovery

Posted January 21st, 2019 |

A Decade of Discovery

Target Tours will have been in business for ten years starting this January and we feel like it’s time to reflect on the progress we’ve made. We started from humble beginnings in the basement of John & Lynn’s home in Morell, PEI with a counter top as a desk and a portable heater at John’s feet. The office dog, Taz, provided companionship and was always close by, especially during snack breaks! Actually, Taz was part of our Human Resources team and played a critical part during the candidate interviews. If the dog liked...

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Target Tours Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted January 8th, 2019 |

Target Tours Celebrates 10th Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Target Tours Celebrates 10th Anniversary Summary: Target Tours announces its 10th anniversary as a full-service group tour operator based on Prince Edward Island. (STRATFORD, PE) January 8, 2019 – From a corner of their basement in Morell, PE John and Lynn Dunphy set their sights on the world. The pair co-founded Target Tours in 2009 by offering bus tours to destinations such as New York City and NASCAR races. Much has changed since their start in their home office. The company now has an office in Stratford, PE...

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A New York City Experience

Posted January 3rd, 2019 |

A New York City Experience

Earlier this month, Katie, our Tour Coordinator for Target Tours Atlantic, headed to New York City on our New York City Theatre Tour.  Check out what she has to say below! This was my second time to New York City with Target Tours.  The first time was in August of 2015 with a wonderful youth group from New Brunswick. This time I was able to experience it with my husband, Ryan during the NYC Theatre Tour in November.  This was his first time in NYC and it most certainly did not disappoint either of us.   I’ll review our accommodations...

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Christmas Message

Posted November 27th, 2018 |

Christmas Message

The time of year leading up to the Christmas holidays is probably our favourite time of the year at Target Tours. We get to reflect on the past year on what we have accomplished and to look ahead to 2019 with great anticipation on a future we hope to create. This past year we grew our family with the acquisition of Duncan’s Island Tours in January, a private tour operator here on PEI. With this purchase, we also decided to create a new brand for our inbound travel business called “Target Tours Atlantic”.  Target Tours Atlantic provides...

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And the finalists are…

Posted November 19th, 2018 |

And the finalists are…

Target Tours is very proud to have been nominated for a few awards this fall! The first is through the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce in the Workplace Excellence Award category. This category recognizes the efforts of companies providing employees with a positive, healthy, and productive workplace. We were absolutely thrilled to win this award as a team and particularly to be in excellent company with our fellow finalists Aquabounty and Cox & Palmer. We have also been nominated for an award at The Canadian Tourism Awards...

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Behind the Scenes with Justin & Laura

Posted November 6th, 2018 |

Behind the Scenes with Justin & Laura

We hope we make it look easy, but there really is a lot of work that goes into each and every tour. Our Target Tours team Justin MacPhee and Laura MacEwen are in charge of making sure both you and the Tour Director have everything needed to ensure the best trip possible. Take a look behind the scenes with Justin & Laura in our latest blog! What led you to choose to work in the travel industry? Justin – I believe that the travel industry chose me. After working in the retail industry for a number of years and completing my degree in...

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Marijuana Legalization and International Travel

Posted September 6th, 2018 |

Marijuana Legalization and International Travel

The following information has been shared by the Ontario Motor Coach Association and Motor Coach Canada.  On October 17th, 2018 the Canadian federal government will legalize cannabis in Canada. While employers continue to ramp up drug and alcohol policies for managing personnel, there remains growing concern from the group travel industry regarding the customer’s knowledge and awareness of cannabis regulations, particularly when crossing the Canada-US border. While cannabis will be legal in Canada, it remains an illegal substance at the...

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The Value of Target Tours

Posted August 22nd, 2018 |

The Value of Target Tours

Recently our team did an exercise on what it is that we do that makes Target Tours so special. It’s easy to forget when we do the same things day after day what makes us special and we even surprised ourselves with all the different things we came up with. We thought it would be nice to share this with you, our passengers or potential passengers. If you’re new to Target Tours or considering us I think this might help give you some insight on what makes us so great! In no particular order, many of the reasons that make Target Tours...

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Feeling like a “Celebrity”

Posted April 27th, 2018 |

Feeling like a “Celebrity”

John and Lynn recently completed a cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Equinox, one of the Solstice class of ships in the Celebrity fleet. This was their first cruise on the line and they took a few notes on what to look forward to with this brand. Spoiler: They loved it! Ship Staff: The Captain Kate McCue was very interactive with guests whether it was the daily announcements, picture opportunities and meet and greets. This was nice to find the Captain to be this approachable. She was also very professional and was the one who made the...

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Christmas Message 2018

Posted December 13th, 2017 |

Christmas Message 2018

Here we are again, getting to the end of another wonderful year at Target Tours. By Lynn Dunphy, co-owner of Target Tours It has been an amazing year for us with some major changes. Our Inbound product (what we call our tours that come to the Maritimes instead of leave from the Maritimes) started off with the addition of Hayward Guide Service in April owned by Leah Jane Hayward. The integration of her company was a compliment to our existing lineup and we welcomed a record number of inbound tours to PEI in 2017. We have been thrilled to add...

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