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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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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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