Tauck Offering Weekly Updates On Fall Foliage Conditions

In-House “Foliologist” To Share 50+ Years Of Expertise With Weekly Recorded Updates

NORWALK, CT (September 20, 2011)  Eighty-seven years after New England’s fall foliage inspired the launch of one of the world’s top guided tour and cruise operators, that same company is continuing to celebrate autumn’s annual colors by providing free updates on foliage conditions to travelers.  Tauck, the leader in premium quality guided land journeys, river cruises and small-ship ocean cruises, will offer recorded foliage updates for New England and other regions beginning on September 15 and continuing through November.  The foliage reports, which will be updated twice-weekly during the season’s peak weeks, will be available through a dedicated toll-free telephone number, 1 800-214-8209.

Providing the recorded updates will be Scotty Johnston, the company’s in-house “foliologist.” Johnston began guiding Tauck fall foliage tours in 1960, and later worked in the company’s sales department.  A self-taught foliage expert with over 50 years of study and first-hand experience, Johnston has become a “go-to” foliage authority for the media who has shared his insights with media outlets ranging from the Travel Channel and the Associated Press to USA Today and New York City’s top-ranked news radio station.  In the past several years alone, Johnston has been featured in more than 75 newspapers and magazines with a national readership of more than 14,000,000. 

According to Johnston, the foliage will again be brilliant this year and New England and other areas in the East are ready and eager to welcome travelers, despite the well-publicized effects of recent storms.  “Hurricane Irene and other recent storms certainly generated a lot of television coverage, but I can assure you that the New England states and elsewhere along the East Coast all stand ready to welcome visitors,” said Johnston.  “Tauck has been in touch with our hoteliers and other suppliers in the region, and all are open for business.  Other than some possible rerouting due to temporary road closures, it will be business as usual for Tauck this fall foliage season.”

Tauck offers nine different North American journeys with fall departure dates in regions renowned for foliage.  Along with a number of itineraries in New England, the company also operates fall trips in the mid-Atlantic, Michigan and Mackinac Island, and the Canadian Maritimes. 

FALL FOLIAGE LEADS TO THE CREATION OF A TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADER
In all, Tauck operates nearly 100 land and cruise itineraries in over 60 countries on all seven continents, and the company has been named to Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious list of the “World’s Best Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in each of the last 14 years.  The company was founded in the summer of 1925, some nine months after Arthur Tauck, Sr., then a traveling salesman, was admiring fall foliage in the Berkshires during a lunch stop on a business trip.  The beauty of the foliage – and the notable lack of any leisure travelers sharing in his enjoyment of it – prompted Tauck to bring along six paying guests on another sales trip through the region the following year. 

Although he’d initially planned no additional trips, Tauck reconsidered when word-of-mouth recommendations from those six original guests led to over two dozen subsequent inquiries.  Tauck soon began developing his travel business in earnest, and today the company is owned and operated by the Tauck family.

Those interested in more information on Tauck’s fall foliage trips can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or visit Tauck’s website at www.tauck.com.

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