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Dateline: Bratislavia Slovakia – A New Way to Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Touch Media, the digital marketing and app development company that recently released Route 66 Navigation, an innovative offline travel app, is again working to transform the Route 66 experience. The “Route 66 Passport” with illustrations by artist Joyce Cole will provide Route 66 travelers with a fun, informative, interactive souvenir. As with all Route 66 projects developed by Touch Media, the passport is designed to also provide communities along the Route 66 corridor with a promotional opportunity as well as revenue stream.  

As conceived, the traveler would present the passport at select visitor centers for a special souvenir stamp. Through the visitor center the traveler would also receive area information about events, attractions, restaurants, and lodging, and additional souvenirs. Visitor centers would also have the option to sell the passports, as well as the Route 66 Navigation app that is available with seven day or one-year subscriptions.

To develop the passport project the CEO of Touch Media, Marian Pavel, has enlisted the services of several consultants including Dries Bessels. Bessels is a co-founder of the Dutch Route 66 Association, chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership International Advisory Committee, author of a guide to Route 66 for the Dutch market, and a guide for Netherlands based U.S. Bikers Route 66 tours. Also working as a consultant on this project is Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America, a tourism development consultant that is currently developing promotional projects for the City of Cuba in Missouri, and Grand Canyon Caverns. Hinckley also assists the Route 66 Association of Kingman, serves on the economic development committee for the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, and is a member of the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Kingman. He speaks internationally on Route 66 history and the economics of tourism and is the author of numerous books including The Route 66 Encyclopedia, Travel Route 66, The Illustrated Route 66 Historic Atlas and Ghost Towns of Route 66. 

The various Route 66 projects developed by Touch Media are grounded in an intimate understanding of the international Route 66 community. In August 2018, Marian Pavel, company co-owner, attended the second European Route 66 Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic to introduce the Route 66 Navigation app and to meet with Route 66 enthusiasts from throughout the world as well as representatives from Route 66 associations and tour company owners. In November he was in attendance of the Miles of Possibility Conference in Carlinville, Illinois during his fourth trip along the Route 66 corridor that included meetings with community leaders, tourism and economic development directors, and Route 66 business owners. 

The Route 66 Navigation app represents the future of Route 66 travel. The passport is a tangible link to the era when Route 66 was the Main Street of America. For further information contact:

Marian Pavel, pavel@touchmedia.sk

Jim Hinckley,

BLUE CARPET CORRIDOR ANNOUNCES 2019 EVENT DATES ON ILLINOIS ROUTE 66

The Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition, the southern third of Illinois Route 66 including communities south of Springfield, has announced its 2019 lineup of Corridor-wide events. The fifth annual “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road” Passport Run will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. The new Blue Carpet Corridor Passport for the 2019 tourist season will be revealed that weekend. The free souvenir passport will be available at all participating communities’ official Passport Stops, where visitors can get a unique stamp from each community to complete their souvenir passports.

The May 18-19 Passport Stop hours are Saturday 8 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Participating 2019 communities and their Passport Stops for the May event are:  Auburn – Double-Decker Bandstand, Auburn City Square; Virden – Showtime Lanes and Silvernick’s; Girard – Doc’s Soda Fountain; Carlinville – Cherry Tree Gifts; Gillespie – Illinois Coal Museum (City Hall during tourist season); Staunton – Henry’s Ra66it Ranch (Sat. only), Vintage Station and Max B. Mullins and Mayfield Landscaping and Produce (Sun. only); DeCamp Station – south of Staunton; Hamel – Weezy’s Route 66 Bar and Grill; Edwardsville – 222 Artisan Bakery; Nana’s Hidden Attic – at I-55 and SR108 north of Litchfield; Litchfield – Niehaus Cycle Sales; Mt. Olive – Soulsby Station; Pink Elephant Antique Mall at Livingston; Troy – Troy Times-Tribune; Collinsville – D.D. Collins House and Collinsville History Museum.

New for 2019 is a second event, the Blue Carpet Corridor Road Rally, scheduled for Saturday, October 5. Entry fees will go toward the winning Road Rally team and a charity with ties to the Blue Carpet Corridor! The rally day will end with evening festivities in Gillespie, near the center of the Corridor, with announcement of winners and charity donation, plus food vendors and activities.

Also new for 2019 is the availability of the official free souvenir passport and the stamping for summer tourist season at all official Passport Stops, beginning Saturday, May 18, with the Passport Run, and running through the Saturday, October 5, Road Rally.

 

Vice Mayor Invests in City’s Future –

Author with Passion for Promoting City Receives Support –

The Vice Mayor of Kingman, Arizona, and the owner of The Right C, Travis Lingenfelter, has taken an unusual step in the promotion of his beloved city. For the rest of his tenure in office he will be donating his salary to Jim Hinckley in support of the authors far ranging Kingman promotional and marketing initiatives. Recently Hinckley   assisted with creation of Kingman based Route 66 Crossroads, a nonprofit 501C3 established on March 1, 2019 to educate and empower all Route 66 communities through opportunities for preservation, promotional, interpretation and cultural history that result in economic development as well as community revitalization. Since 2014, Hinckley, an internationally acclaimed author, has been building an array of partnerships within the Route 66 community to enhance Kingman tourism 

Lingenfelter’s contribution is rooted a long family history of philanthropy in Kingman, Arizona. Dr. John Lingenfelter served more than 20 years on the Mohave County Hospital District Board, donated funds as well as land for the building of the Joan and Diana Hospice Home, was instrumental in establishment of the Cornerstone Mission, and founded a series of elder care facilities including the Gardens Rehab and Care Center, the Lingenfelter Center, Helen’s Place Assisted Living, the Legacy Rehab and Care Center in Kingman and the River Gardens Care Center in Bullhead City, Arizona, and donated property for the Amy Neal Retirement Center. In 1978, he was elected to the Kingman High School Board, and in 2009 donated land in to Mohave Community College for a nursing school.

Travis Lingenfelter formerly served as Legislative Liaison, Director of Economic Development and Director of Procurement for Mohave County, Arizona. He is the recipient of several national accolades including a National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the NxLevel for Entrepreneur’s small business training program and served on the Mohave Community College District Governing Board as District 4 Trustee for over four years. On numerous occasions he has contributed to community development projects as well as workforce development initiatives, community arts, and education.

Hinckley, the creator of Jim Hinckley’s America, a travel media network, is the author on nineteen books and is the recipient of citations from the Dutch, German, and Czech Route 66 associations. He has made presentations on Route 66, the highways history and culture, and the opportunities for economic development that the highways renaissance provides for communities along the Route 66 corridor throughout the United States and in Europe. Working with the Route 66 Association of Kingman and other organizations Hinckley has facilitated receptions for visiting groups and media tours as well as promotion and marketing of Kingman area tourism.  

Vice Mayor Travis Lingenfelter

tlingenfelter@cityofkingman.gov

City of Kingman

928-753-5561   

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