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Catalina Electric Bike Tours welcomes tour operators Catalina Electric Bike Tours received a call from Fullerton tour operator Marita Ross on Thursday, April 19. She was attending the 2012 U.S. Travel Association's In- ternational Pow Wow held in Los Angeles. The event is the travel indus- try's premier international market- place and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.it is not a typi- cal trade show. fn just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 5,000 people attend, including U.S. travel organizations from every region of Send us your news and photos! ed@cinews.us the USA (representing all industry category components), travel writ- ers and media as well as interna- tional and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries, conduct business negotiations that who re- sult in the generation of over $3.5 billion in future Visit USA travel. Ross and the tour operators from Germany and Austria did not want to miss the opportunity to visit Catalina Island, so they de- cided to take a quick side trip on Friday, April 20. Of all the activities to choose from they opted for the two-hour electric bike tour offered exclu- sively by Catalina Electric Bike Tours. They said they were extremely impressed with the profession- alism of Catalina Electric Bike Tours staff. Tony made sure the bikes were outfitted, cleaned and ready to go when they arrived at 11:30 a.m. Since they were on a return boat at 3:45 p.m. they want- ed tO see as much of the Island as they could within the short amount of time they were here. "We couldn't have chosen a better way to see the Island," Ross said. "Pat, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly?' After their tour they had just enough time-for a leisurely lunch before heading back to Long Beach on the 3:45 p.m. Catalina Express boat. Ross said they would spread the word to their clients abroad about Catalina Island's charm, beauty, and it's diverse history. Four tour operators from Germany and Austria visited Catalina Island on Friday, April 20 and opted for the two-hour electric bike tour offered by Catalina Electric Bike Tours. Courtesy photo file your fictitious business name statements here We do the work for you. Filing & Publishing for S86 Publishing only $45 $7 per name extra Catalina Islander 510.0500 classifieds@localnewspapers.org Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Executive Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@cinews.us Editor Dennis Kaiser ed@cinews.us Advertising Pat Jamieson advertising@cinews.us Office ianqor Jennifer Leonhardi manager@cinews.us Xcceuiq Judy Murray judy@localnewspapers.org 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA gaze4 1 (310) szo-osoo FAX: (310)010-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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The entire contents of The Catalina islander are copyrighted by The Catalina islander, NO part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper, Contents Copyright @ 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. 1 PROUD MEM6ER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PU B LISH ERS ASSOCIATION Ghost Tours sales are spooky good BY THERESA CUMMINGS After purchasing local business Ghost Tours of Catalina in De- cember of 2011, Margaret Bray is pleased with the first quarter num- bers. Bray has focused on expand- ing the information on advertising materials, as well as expanding the number of vendors that offer them. "When we first purchased Ghost Tours, we only had ticket locations at companies that close early each day" Bray said. "So we found additional vendors to offer tour tickets that remain open later in the night'." "1 am just completing my first year as a tour guide with the or- ganization and we are busier than ever," said Scott Sturges, a regular tour guide for Ghost Tours. "I be- lieve it is due to their expansive ad-' vertising and a new management style that adds additional tours ac- cording to demand?' "We took off the limitatio on the number of tours" Bray said. "No one is turned away. So if we have people wanting to take the tour after the two times that CATALINA TRANSPORTATION SERVICES is raising rates $.20 per fare beginning May 1st, 2012. This is to cover the increases" in fuel costs. are Scheduled, we add additional tours." Bray has had a lifelong inter- est in paganormal experiences and said Halloween has always been her favorite holiday. "This winter was remarkable," she said. "Our tours were full, so we are anticipating an exceptional summer experience." Increased sales figures are not only a reflection of the additional tours on demand, but also due to the additional locations where tickets are sold. The company has also incorporated the services of online coupons. ',11 of these elements Com- bined created a profitable winter" Bray said: "We are very pleased with the results and look forward to a profitable summer, hoping to create additional employment op- portunities for locals." Ghost Tours run just over one hour and begin at the Casino build- ing. It is a walking tour that takes participants by the oldest proper- ties on the Island which have had reported para-normal experiences. "Some people have even re- ported seeing the ghost of Natalie Wood who drowned at Two Har- bors. Others have reported seeing the ghost of Marilyn Monroe who lived on the Island with her first husband during WWlI," Bray said. "Although I haven't seen them per- sonally, I don't doubt their experi- ence." To schedule a tour with Ghost Tours, call (310) 503-6131. CALLING ALL AVALON RESIDENTS! Your tax dollars entitle you to "taxi tickets" for $2.00 or $2.50 per ride. Come by Catalina Transportation offices at 228 Metropole Avenue to sign up. Call 310-510-0342 for more info. 2 ] Friday, April 27, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER