Destinations Magazine – September/October 2020 - 64

REAR VIEW

Panorama
Tours President
Michelle Petelicki
went live on
Facebook for the
first time ever
at the May 13
Motorcoaches
Rolling for
Awareness rally
in D.C.

Don't Forget About Us
Panorama Tours makes sure Congress and the world get the message

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Petelicki originally planned to ride the loop through D.C. on the
rom her vantage point between 14th and 15th streets
company bus, but when the team realized how many companies
along Independence Ave. in downtown Washington,
were not able to attend due to financial constraints, they decided
D.C., Michelle Petelicki was pretty sure she had the
to stream it live on Panorama Tours' Facebook page-with
best view in the house. It was a sight to see-nearly
Petelicki at the helm.
1,000 shiny, beautiful motorcoaches representing operators from
While she documented the events of the day from her celleach of the 50 states rolling through the nation's capital-and
phone, the team back in New Jersey worked behind the scenes,
Petelicki was determined to showcase each and every one.
monitoring and responding to comments and sharing the videos
If someone had told Petelicki, president of Panorama Tours in
across various platforms.
Wallington, N.J., and a board member of the Greater New Jersey
"Buses Move America" banners and messages
Motorcoach Association, back in February that
with
state and national statistics on the importance
she'd be live-streaming the biggest event to ever
Visit the
of
the
motorcoach industry wrapped the sides of
hit the motorcoach and group travel industry, she
Panorama
the buses that rolled past Petelicki, who announced
wouldn't have believed it. Fast-forward to May,
Tours
each company name as it passed by on its way to the
and there she was, a self-proclaimed, Facebook
Facebook
page U.S. Capitol.
Live newbie and impromptu newscaster, helping
to view the
"The motorcoach industry is made up of predommotorcoach operators get their collective voices
rally videos.
inantly small businesses," she says. "We're the little
heard by congressional leaders.
guys, and unfortunately, often little guys have little
"When ABA and the United Motorcoach
voices. But to unite in one place and have a collective voice was
Association first announced plans for the Motorcoaches Rolling
really impactful."
for Awareness rally, I knew Panorama was going to participate,"
For Petelicki, being able to "bring the rally home" to her colsays Petelicki. Organized by the two associations, the historic
leagues and draw attention to the industry she loves was well worth
event was a response to the devastating effects of COVID-19
a sore arm and achy back. "The motorcoach industry represents
on motorcoach companies. "We are an industry that stretches
some of the best things in life-from fun and togetherness to
beyond being just competitors," says Petelicki. "We become
safety and technology," she says. "We don't know what tomorrow
friends and, in some ways, like a second family. Many of my 'bus
looks like, but hopefully our cry for help-our 'Hey, don't forget
buddies' are suffering financially and emotionally as a result of
about us'-will raise awareness of the positive impact that we
the pandemic, and as my dad [Panorama Tours founder Joseph
make on not just our communities, but on our entire country."
Zak] said, 'There is no way on earth we would miss this once-in-a-​
lifetime opportunity to support our industry.'"
-Pamela Brossman
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