Smart Destinations Announces 3 Millionth Attraction Visit – Cites Broader Trend of Smarter Travelers

Boston, MA — Smart Destinations Inc., the fastest growing travel company on the Inc. 500, announced their 3,000,000 visit to an attraction using their pre-paid all access attraction passes. The visit occurred at Skydeck Chicago using Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card. Skydeck recently opened The Ledge, retractable glass-floored bays that extend over four feet outside the [...]




Boston, MA — Smart Destinations Inc., the fastest growing travel company on the Inc. 500, announced their 3,000,000 visit to an attraction using their pre-paid all access attraction passes. The visit occurred at Skydeck Chicago using Smart Destinations Go Chicago Card. Skydeck recently opened The Ledge, retractable glass-floored bays that extend over four feet outside the tower to allow visitors to gaze 103 floors straight down from America’s tallest building.

“We’ve continued to grow strongly in 2009,” said Cecilia Dahl, founder and President of Smart Destinations. “Beyond the savings component of our product we know from our customers that they see this as a way to travel smarter as well as more economically.” Dahl points to markets like Hawaii as a place where relatively well heeled travelers are embracing Smart Destinations’ Go Oahu and Go Maui cards and driving strong growth for the company.

“This is the equivalent of BMW’s in the Costco parking lot and the spread of private sale shopping sites,” said Dahl. “These aren’t customers who need a deal. But they like knowing they have been smart enough to get one.” Smart Destinations has seen growth across its 14 destinations in 2009, from Hawaii and San Diego to Miami and Boston.

“We’ve seen solid growth in visitors coming to us through our partnership with Smart Destinations,” said Randy Stancik, General Manager, Skydeck Chicago. “It seems fitting that their 3 millionth visit should get the greatest view in North America. And at this rate, we’ll look forward to hosting the 4 millionth before long!”

The customer making the 3 millionth visit used a Go Chicago Card, one of Smart Destination’s flagship ‘Go City Cards’. Go City Cards allow a customer to pay a single price and then use the card as their entry ticket to as many as 80 different attractions in a given destination. Smart Destinations other product, the Explorer Pass, similarly allows customers to save time and money by paying once for the card and then using it for a set number of attractions in their destination of choice. The products area available across North America – from Oahu to Boston, San Diego to Toronto, and a dozen top destinations in between.

About Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations is the premier provider of unlimited admission attraction passes in 14 major North American travel destinations from Oahu to New York City. Smart Destinations’ Go Cards and Explorer Passes offer pre-paid access to over 425 museums, attractions, and tours for one fixed price. The combination of savings and convenience has resulted in 94% customer satisfaction as measured by 3rd party research and helped the company rank 78 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies. Distributed through major travel services in 25 countries and on the Web, Smart Destinations’ products are a “trusted companion” for the best a destination has to offer at an unbeatable price point. For more information on program participation, the company, and its products, visit www.smartdestinations.com.