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VIP MEDIA INVITATION

to experience the area’s newest attraction…

“MONTEREY MOVIE TOURS”

Thursday, June 19, 2003
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The media is cordially invited to a “Sneak Preview” of the new Monterey Movie Tours
A deluxe motorcoach tour that visits many Monterey Peninsula sites used in Hollywood movies

This is an exclusive media opportunity to enjoy a shortened “highlights” motorcoach tour for preparing your advance stories.

Please meet in front of the Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Monterey by 10:00 a.m., to board the special "Monterey Movie Tours" motorcoach.

Note: This media tour is offered prior to a public preview event to be held on Wednesday, June 25

Please RSVP to 831-372-6278

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Publicity Contact: Wendy Brickman
831-633-4444 or
Brickman@brickmanmarketing.com

NEW “MONTEREY MOVIE TOURS” DEBUTS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

May 27, 2003, Monterey, CA — A new deluxe motorcoach tour that shows off local sites filmed in Hollywood movies is beginning on the Monterey Peninsula. The “Monterey Movie Tours” is a 2-1/2-hour daily trip by deluxe motorcoach which not only takes passengers to see film locations, but also offers live narration along with movie clips to watch on overhead monitors on board the 32-seat luxury tour coach.

Monterey Movie Tours is owned and operated by Doug Lumsden, a Monterey native and the owner of the award-winning Monterey Bay Scenic Tours. The daily tours, which are set to begin June 26, 2003, will visit many of the site locations that have been used in nearly 200 movies that have been made on the Monterey Peninsula since 1897. It is the only tour of its kind in the continental United States, with only one similar movie-themed tour being offered in Hawaii.

To kick off the new movie tour venture, a special Monterey Movie Tours Premiere event is planned for Wednesday, June 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., in front of the Doubletree Hotel/Monterey Conference Center in Monterey. Local media, dignitaries and the public are invited to attend the event, which is co-hosted by the Monterey County Film Commission. Refreshments will be served, movie props and posters will be on display, and movie-themed t-shirts will be sold.

Showing off the Monterey Peninsula as seen through Hollywood’s eyes, the Monterey Movie Tours will visit memorable local sites in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Carmel and share details of scenes in several well-known movies. Reservations for the daily tours can be made by calling 831-372-6278 or email doug@mbstours.com. The web site is www.montereymovietours.com.

"Moviegoers love to know more about their favorite films and the actors who starred in them," said Lumsden. "To see or stand at a location where a favorite movie was shot or a famous actor or actress strolled is a huge thrill for movie fans, and we look forward to sharing these experiences with our tour guests."

Interest in visiting film sites is so great that the Monterey County Film Commission recently published its "On Location Movie Map of Monterey County," which lists 190 films shot in the region, including Play Misty for Me, Clash By Night, Star Trek IV, A Summer Place and Rebecca. The film commission is a non-profit organization that works with film production companies to enhance economic impact within the county.

"Filmmakers have been drawn to Monterey County locations for decades, finding our locations the perfect backdrop for their shots," said Greg Robinson, executive director of the Monterey County Film Commission. “Those taking the Monterey Movie Tours will be able to share the visions of beauty and diverse scenery here which continue to attract film productions."

For more information or to receive a press kit, please call 831-372-6278 or 800-343-6437.

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Monterey Movie Tours is a division of Monterey Bay Scenic Tours. Movie tours is the trademark of Movie Tours, Inc., a Hawaii Corp. Used with permission.

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