Posted January 21st, 2019 |
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...read more
Posted January 8th, 2019 |
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...read more
Posted January 3rd, 2019 |
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...read more
Posted November 27th, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted November 19th, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted November 6th, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted September 6th, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted August 22nd, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted April 27th, 2018 |
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...read more
Posted December 13th, 2017 |
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...read more
What Our Guests Say
The atmosphere on the bus was so relaxing, it made the whole group comfortable enough to get to know each other.We had lots of laughs on the trip.
The driver was exceptional and the tour guide kept us informed, entertained, and at our destinations on time. The entire experience will always be a favorite memory.
Thanks for the memories again! We hope to go back in November with your tour group.
Our Tour Director took great care with all the details and the shows were terrific. The freedom to do your own sightseeing was a bonus for returning customers or the more adventurous. This trip was fun. Thanks to everyone, I will go again.
He was the poster boy for customer service.
It was exactly what we wanted. An amazing experience and stress-free. I would definitely recommend Target Tours to others!
We so enjoyed our trip to and from Boston as well as the cruise to Bermuda. Thanks for thinking of us with dinner and group picture, a real night to remember.
The group came together as a family because of their attitude.
Many thanks for all the great memories.
Thanks John and Lynn for making our first cruise a dream come true. We will be counting the months to out next cruise in 2013.
Everyone had a fantastic time and I was so glad to be part of it.
The travels are now over and we are back to work today with feelings of satisfaction to be part of what can only be described as the best time anyone could ask for.
The hotel, care to detail, and little extras made the trip good for all. They explained everything that was happening at the race to those who had never been before. Our staff came away very satisfied. I would not hesitate to do this again.
Thanks Lynn and John
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The little extras like water, chocolate, help with filling out customs forms, coupons, trivia, jokes, and tail-gate party are examples of the things that are certainly not required but definitely show how much Target Tours tries to make the trip enjoyable for everyone.
Thanks for the memories and great service!
Far exceeded expectations - The people on the bus, the laughs and new friends, the feeling of safety and security at all times were far beyond what I had expected. It was a privilege to have had this experience of a lifetime.
I haven't stopped talking about the tour since I got home. Just the little things you do mean a lot. Water, chocolates, bingo, movies and horse races: what else could you want. You are definitely doing things right.
The NASCAR tour was a wonderful trip with a comfortable bus, great hotel rooms, and an exceptional driver and tour guide.
We could tell the Tour Director put a lot of research in before the trip to share information as we drove. Our favorite memory was the warmth and friendship of the other NASCAR fans at the track.
Our favorite memories include walking into Yankee Stadium for the first time, arriving in Times Square, and developing a better understanding of NYC life and layout.
We had an excellent trip to New York. It was well-planned and we were well treated everywhere we went.
Our bus driver did a great job of driving through New York and he and the tour director were very knowledgeable. We're already planning on our next trip!
Seeing Times Square and Yankee Stadium (even if the Jays lost) were the highlights.
The reservations process was tops! The staff is super friendly and always willing to help out. And what can one say about John? He is the best! So organized and professional. John knows the areas all along the trip and shares this knowledge. He is very personable - constantly making sure everyone is comfortable. I spoke to a few new people on the tour who could not get over the pleasure of the trip - they spoke so highly of John's knowledge.
Our seats at the races were awesome! The tailgate party after the race and meeting up with people we've met on previous tours was our favorite memory.
Seeing Luke Bryan in concert was just unreal and no words could describe it. A little shopping time added too.. What more could a girl ask for? This was a great relaxing trip spent with friends!
I felt very safe and well informed during the whole trip.