Kentucky firm offers group receptive services

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MAYFIELD, Ky. -- Located in the far western part of the state, Southern Heritage Tours here operates receptive services for groups of 20 or more.

In operation for three years, the company offers services for the entire state of Kentucky as well as for western Tennessee and southern Illinois.

Southern Heritage Tours specializes in agricultural, historical, industrial and leisure tours for groups of all ages and interests.

Owner Regina Walls said the firm works with all hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions capable of meeting the demands of group travel.

The firm offers preplanned and customized tours.

Tours can range from an evening or full-day plan to eight days, and start from $30 per person depending on group size, length of tour, season, accommodations selected, transportation, type of meals and entertainment included.

All packages are net priced, per tour.

Walls said she believes receptive services are popular to groups because "every group tour operator cannot travel to every single destination themselves or even if they have, things change.

"So having a receptive outfit that lives and works in the area makes their job a lot easier."

According to Walls, the area's high season is from April to October.

"Our slow season is the winter months of December through February. Most of our time during these months is spent preparing for the next season," she added.

Because SHT's advertising budget is very limited, most of the marketing is through word of mouth, Walls said.

"I am constantly looking for new programs, tours and establishments to add to our repertoire of tours," she said.

Some of SHT's programs include farm (tobacco, grain and cattle) and factory (pecan, country ham, seed and paper) tours and special events such as the west Kentucky style barbecue with live Bluegrass musicians.

"Some of the most popular tours from Paducah include visits to Amish country, antebellum homes, antique shopping and historical, Civil War and cemetery tours," Walls said.

Among other itineraries offered are Kentucky and Tennessee: Beyond the Expected, featuring the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, the Corvette Factory and Museum in Bowling Green and Cumberland Falls in Corbin, Ky., and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

"I never give specifics on any itineraries because I consider them trade secrets. And very few of the attractions, restaurants and factories are exclusive to us. It's just the way we present them that makes us unique," she added.

For more information or to book a Southern Heritage tour, call (270) 247-7407, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.southerntours.com.

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