Leslie McLean is the senior group sales and special event manager for Pink Jeep Tours, a Southwest outfitter that has been offering safe, captivating tours since 1960. The company is headquartered in Sedona, Arizona, with additional locations in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Grand Canyon.
McLean, who has been with the company for 16 years, gave Associate Editor Cortney Erndt the inside scoop on Pink Jeep Tours’ endeavors.
Q. How would you describe your tours?
A. Our group tours and special events are a thrilling blend of off-roading, local knowledge from our world-class guides and effortless sightseeing in bucket-list destinations like Sedona, the Grand Canyon or the Valley of Fire, to name just a few. Tours can be customized with a catered sunset barbecue and live music. The experience is just unforgettable.
Q. What industry trends are you noticing?
A. Group events are moving outside, and we could not be more excited! Our customers are looking for memorable outdoor activities for corporate teambuilding and social gatherings, like big family reunions. It turns out a beautiful natural setting is an ideal backdrop for productivity (if that’s the goal), or just plain fun, or both! Our tours journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
We see a continued presence in large groups and a growing demand for small, VIP experiences. This is where Pink Jeep Tours really shines. We have the ability to accommodate big excursions, but we’re agile enough to create exciting custom adventures on an intimate level, too.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. Like everyone at Pink Jeep Tours, each member of the group sales and special events team has a sincere passion for sharing the very best of the Southwest. Each takes pride in creating an exclusive tour adventure while keeping the specific interests of each group in mind, like budget, group size and trip itinerary.
With careful precision, this professional team finesses every detail from beginning to end, ensuring a flawless, memorable event. Hearing back from our guests that their adventure was the highlight of their travels or even of their lives, I can’t help but be proud of the wonderful products we offer and the dedication of our team.
Q. What is the next big thing for Pink Jeep Tours?
A. We’re very excited to announce that, as part of the acquisition of Pink Jeep Tours this year by Herschend Family Entertainment, we are expanding! Starting this spring, Pink Jeep Tours will offer three distinct tours that explore portions of the Great Smoky Mountains and end with an exciting off-road experience, all originating in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All of the exciting group services currently available in the Southwest will be offered in one of the most-visited areas of the United States. We can’t wait to bring Pink Jeep Tours to the South!