Local tourist attraction seeing increase in bus traffic

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Updated: 2/20 8:47 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's becoming a familiar site, motorcoaches arriving at the Elvis Presley Birthplace.

In fact, a recent spike in large groups arriving by bus is providing comfort, safety, and a less expensive option for visitors.

"There is a lot of organizations that have already done stuff for you and you don't get lost like in a new place. You don't have to figure it out how to go, where to go. Everything is done and that is an easy way to travel," said Blanka Michalski, tourist.

"It is actually good with a lot of friends you make a group travelling with bus and motorcycle," said David Shiro, tourist.

The executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace says a 12 to 14 percent increase in motorcoach bookings is a great indicator of additional revenue coming into the All-America City.

"These early bookings are hopefully telling us a story that things are going to be good this year," said Dick Guyton, executive director of Elvis Presley Birthplace.

Administrators of the park are also anticipating a much larger crowd in January of 2015, the 80th birthday of Elvis. 

"The entire city is gearing up to celebrate the birthday of Elvis Presley and the birthday will cover three days next year instead of normally the one day we've always done," said Guyton.

Those who travelled from far away, say they don't leave dissapointed and choosing to travel by bus made their experience even more memorable.

"To see the place with many people like group and friends with that's a lot of fun to travel in a foreign country as well," said Michalski.

"I'm so excited to visit this place. It's where everything starts because from my point of view Elvis is one of the founders of Rock-N-Roll, so Elvis rocks," said Joseph Nuramid.

On average, 40 to 60 people travel on motorcoaches, and the majority of them come from Memphis, New Orleans, and Atlanta.
 
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