Why Are There No Provo Tours?

While reading about Colorado recently, I ended up on the website of “Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours.” Evidently, Banjo Billy offers bus tours of Denver and, significantly, Boulder —  a city both I and others have frequently compared to Provo.

According to Banjo Billy’s website, his tour of Boulder includes stories, some history, and other things. The tours cost $22 for adults, with discounts for children and seniors.

Though I’m not sure I’m Banjo Billy’s target demographic, I love that he’s providing a guided way for visitors to get to know the city. Provo could really use something similar; though there are self-guided walking tours, as well as activities on the river and the Heber Creeper, there’s nothing quite like a bus tour.

In fact, Provo has very little tourism infrastructure. That’s odd because BYU is comparable in size to Boulder’s university and likely has a more national alumni network because it’s not a state school. Provo is also slightly larger than Boulder and is home to national corporations like Nu Skin and Ancestry.com. In other words, there’s a lot of potential demand for tourism-oriented enterprises in Provo like Banjo Billy’s.

Capitalizing on that potential would require more publicity for existing activities and attractions — for example, more actively trying to bring Education Week visitors into downtown. But it would also require actually providing those visitors with more things to do. And taking a cue from Banjo Billy, those things could emphasize the uniqueness and character of the city itself.

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2 responses to “Why Are There No Provo Tours?

  1. Lisa Witham

    I agree with you! ( as usual- I Love your blog!) I think it would be great! We have so much interesting history in Provo Downtown and some of the great old homes near by. Also Provo has a treasure of historians and photgraphs that could supply information that would fascinate young and old, residents and visitors! I have often thought it would be great to at least have plaques on the old buildings Downtown with interesting and unusual stories of the histories of the buildings and the people who used them!

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