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Getting to know us… Laura MacEwen

Posted October 18th, 2017 |

Getting to know us… Laura MacEwen

You’ve seen her mentioned on our Facebook page and her bio is on our Team list but do you REALLY know our newest team member, Laura? Take five minutes find out why she was the right fit for our team as a Tour Coordinator!   Tell us a little about yourself! Hello everybody! My name is Laura MacEwen and I was born and raised in St. Peter’s Bay, PEI. Growing up just minutes from Greenwich National Park, I was quite aware of tourism from a pretty young age. After taking our first big family vacation to Florida in grade 10, I knew my...

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Target Tours Announces Opening of New Stratford Office

Posted October 17th, 2017 |

Target Tours Announces Opening of New Stratford Office

(Stratford, PE) October 17, 2017 – Target Tours, a PEI-based group tour operator, is pleased to announce the official opening of their new office in Stratford, PEI. Since 2009 Target Tours has operated from the home office of owners, John & Lynn Dunphy, in Morell, PEI. The company has experienced steady growth over the past several years and now supports 6 full-time office staff and 11 part-time guide staff. Due to this growth, they have exceeded the capacity of their original office. As of late September, the Target Tours...

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What is a Step-On Guide?

Posted August 23rd, 2017 |

What is a Step-On Guide?

Who are these Step-On Guides we keep hearing about? Some of you may recognize my name from calling the office or from me responding to emails. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Katie Dorgan and I am the Receptive Tour Coordinator here at Target Tours. The Receptive what?… believe me I was just as puzzled when I first heard the title.   Receptive Tours (sometimes referred to as Inbound Tours) are tours that come to the Maritimes, where our business is located, instead of Retail Tours (sometimes referred to Outbound...

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Learn about Celebrity Cruises

Posted July 11th, 2017 |

Learn about Celebrity Cruises

Our Operations Manager, Jacqueline, shares with us why she thinks our passengers will enjoy Celebrity and what you should know before you choose to cruise with this line. Hi folks! Jacqueline here and as many of you probably know by now because, it’s been mentioned a few times, I used to work on a cruise ship. It was only one contract but it happened to be on Celebrity Eclipse which is a ship that we are offering this coming year (2018). This made me very excited to talk about the brand and shed some light on the differences this line...

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Leading Maritime Group Tour Operator Expands Inbound Business

Posted May 12th, 2017 |

Leading Maritime Group Tour Operator Expands Inbound Business

Photo L – R: John Dunphy, Co-Owner; Lean-Jane Hayward, Step-On Guide; Katelyn Dorgan, Receptive Tour Coordinator (MORELL,PE) May 12, 2017 – Target Tours is known for its high-quality group tours to destinations like New York City, Niagara Falls, Nashville, Europe, and cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean. Based in Morell, PEI, the company has been expanding its inbound business within the Maritimes over the past several years and has recently purchased PEI-based Step-On Guide business, Hayward Guide Service, formerly owned by Leah-Jane...

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2 Best Tours for First Time Group Traveller

Posted April 20th, 2017 |

2 Best Tours for First Time Group Traveller

When it comes to travelling there are more destinations than there is time. If you are just starting out in group travel and you are not sure where your first trip should be there are two tours we offer that are great beginning points. Group travel brings like-minded people together and the time spent with one another truly becomes part of the experience. You are sure to make new friends along the way. It also brings a sense of security and you can finally sit back, relax and enjoy your much needed vacation. Where should you start in group...

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Get Prepared – How to prepare for your next trip

Posted April 20th, 2017 |

Get Prepared – How to prepare for your next trip

Here at Target Tours we pride ourselves in our details.  We love to ensure our clients are prepared for their next vacation.  What follows are a few helpful tips to help take the hassle out of your upcoming trip as written by Katie Dorgan our Receptive Tour Coordinator. When you book… When you call to book your next trip with us take note at a few questions we ask.  For example, depending on where you are travelling next we will ask you for your full name as seen on your passport, date of birth, passport number and expiration date. To...

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Scotland – An Inspiration

Posted April 13th, 2017 |

Scotland – An Inspiration

In early March, I had the fortunate opportunity to be invited by Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, and Connection Tours on a 7-day familiarization tour of Scotland and London. The visit was more than an introduction to the destinations, but it also became an inspiration to look differently at our tour product and how we present it. The tour itself was made up of travel representatives from across Canada and included both travel agents and tour operators, like ourselves. We were 10 people on a 16 passenger Mercedes mini-coach and our driver guide...

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8 Things Your Travel Insurance Should Cover

Posted March 21st, 2017 |

8 Things Your Travel Insurance Should Cover

When you call to book with Target Tours we always ask if you require travel insurance and a quote from us. You should never travel outside your province, let alone the country, without proper travel insurance. I’m not going to list off all the things that can happen, you probably have already heard the horror stories. What I am going to do is try to make a distinction between comprehensive travel insurance and minimal coverage. Often group insurance through an employer or credit cards has some level of travel insurance that comes with...

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Creating a Vision of Greatness

Posted January 27th, 2017 |

Creating a Vision of Greatness

I am sitting at Detroit Airport waiting for my flight home after spending the previous two days at a training course called “Creating a Vision of Greatness” offered by Zingtrain in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How did I get here? Well, there’s a story behind that! My wife and I are the co-owners of Target Tours and have been operating the company for 8 years. Every year our vision was basically to have the next year be better than the last. We had goals and targets to work on but often lacked a clear vision of what the business...

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