Tourist bureau is revamping bus trip schedule for next year


The Northeast Tourist Bureau, which for three years has organized bus trips showcasing parts of Carroll County, is revamping its schedule for next year.

The less-than-adequate response to the first tour this summer -- See Yesterday Today, on June 24 -- forced the group to cancel its seven other trips for the year, said Charlotte Collett, who helped organize the group in 1992.

"For older people, the summer was too hot," Ms. Collett said, noting that most people who take the tours are senior citizens.

"They also said they would be more comfortable not riding on a school bus."

Ms. Collett, a Manchester council woman, said the bureau might have been able to garner enough interest for its Mystery Trip in September, the Changing Fall Colors tour in October and Christmas Joy in December.

But Ms. Collett said that trip organizers thought it would be best to cancel the entire program for the year.

"It's too much work to get it together if you don't have enough people," she said.

The trips, which cost $12 per person, need at least 20 participants to break even, Ms. Collett said.

Each ticket includes lunch at a restaurant on the tour, she said.

Under the revamped approach, tours probably will be taken in the spring and fall rather than the summer, she said, but the type of trips -- which were to include visits to area animal farms and county offices -- probably will remain the same, she said.

A trip to see trained dogs and show dogs, and one to places exhibiting Victorian crafts and art also were offered.

"Everybody that we were expecting to visit is still willing to have us come," Ms. Collett said.

"There were some people interested in going on the trips, but if you don't have 20 it's not profitable, you can't make ends meet."

Other committee members, who include Hampstead Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, will consult with Bill Rohrbaugh of Rohrbaugh's Charter Service in Manchester during January or February, Ms. Collett said.

Rohrbaugh's operates motor coaches that have more room than school buses.

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