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Thank you for visiting the SegwayGuidedTours.com (SGT) online Directory of tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter in the US and worldwide. The SegwayGuidedTours.com website provides an easy way for those offering tours and those seeking tours to find each other.

SGT is not a tour company itself, it is instead a directory that lists guided tour companies utilizing the Segway PT. (Our focus is on guided tours, not simply rentals.) Think of SGT as a one-stop shop for anyone trying to find a tour operator featuring the Segway PT either near them, or near their business trip or vacation destination.

Press Releases

Below are a few historical press releases that we feel provide a good snapshot of SGT and its mission.

Press Release: August 9, 2004

Selfless Evangelists Glide Onto Segway® Scene
Fan Promotes the Segway® HT Through a New Website

CHAMPIONS GATE, FL – August 9, 2004 – Joe Brown is a big fan of the Segway® Human Transporter, the new high-tech, environmentally-friendly personal transportation vehicle. Does he own one? “No.” Has he ridden one? “Again, no – not yet anyway.” Does he think it will change the world as we know it? “No, not in its current form, and certainly not in the near future,” says Brown.

So why is Brown a fan? “Because of the potential” he says. “I first saw the technology that eventually became the Segway in a slightly different incarnation, a wheelchair that could climb stairs and even rise up on two wheels, bringing the occupant up to eye-level, or cupboard level, as the need may be. My first thought was, ‘This is something special!’ A couple years later, when I heard the hype surrounding what was initially known as ‘Ginger,’ I recognized the inventor’s name, Dean Kamen. Curious, I followed the story through to the release of the Segway® HT.”

Brown still believes in the potential of the technology that allows the Segway® to literally balance on its own. He feels at this point the scooter is primarily a recreational vehicle – currently with limited use in select commercial and mobility-assisting applications, but that if it proves to be a commercial success the profits will enable its evolution into more beneficial forms of mobility and ecologically friendly "green" transportation.

No stranger to marketing, Brown knows the key to a product’s success is exposure. He also realized the Segway® is a very specific-purpose vehicle with a narrow market, and the company, Segway LLC, is a relatively small entity with limited marketing capability. But he also recognized the Segway® itself was quickly developing the best possible form of marketing, "evangelism" as it is referred to by advertising professionals.

As Brown states, "I haven't seen this level of zeal since Apple Computer and its introduction of the Macintosh® back in 1984. So here we are, twenty years later, with a product that generates the same degree of enthusiasm among its early adopters. The key, however, is if Segway, LLC will leverage these evangelical tendencies as Apple did, with Steve Jobs going so far as to appoint a chief evangelist in Guy Kawasaki, both names now legendary in marketing circles."

What Segway, LLC now has is a strong group of early adopters and admirers, fans eager to spread word of the Segway® to any that will listen. The strongest believers not only invested in a Segway® for themselves, they started businesses based on the object of their affection. These businesses, primarily rental and guided tour companies who typically are not dealers – introduce thousands of people to the Segway for the first time. These businesses are much smaller than Segway itself, and have the smallest of marketing budgets.

To assist these Segway evangelists with their market success, Brown created an online Directory of tours featuring the Segway® Human Transporter in the US and worldwide. The website provides an easy way for those offering tours and those seeking tours to find each other. Though not offering tours itself, SegwayGuidedTours.com is instead a directory that lists guided tour companies utilizing the Segway HT. It is a must-see for anyone wanting to locate a tour featuring the Segway – either near them, or near where they plan on visiting for a business trip or vacation.

About SegwayGuidedTours.com - Launched in March 2004 with under twenty tour listings, the directory is quickly becoming one of the most complete sources of guided tours for use by tour operators, tourists and enthusiasts of the Segway HT. Developed by Segway enthusiasts at The JBI Company, Inc. the directory offers free listings to all Segway guided tour operators. SegwayGuidedTours.com is an independent service not affiliated with Segway, LLC. Segway® is a registered trademark of Segway, LLC.

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Press Release: December 2, 2005

SegwayGuidedTours.com Online Directory Reaches 100 Tours Milestone
Florida is Leader in Guided Tours Featuring the Segway® HT

CHAMPIONS GATE, FL – December 2, 2005 – SegwayGuidedTours.com announced today that its worldwide directory of guided tours featuring the Segway® Human Transporter reached a milestone one hundred (100) Tours. The one hundredth tour is Segway of Lake County, LLC located in Mount Dora, Florida.

VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, recently announced that Florida tourism is thriving. An estimated 21.9 million visitors came to Florida during the July-September period, according to preliminary estimates. The sunshine state remains on track to surpass the 80 million visitor mark this year, which would be a new record. That’s good news for Florida guided tour operators featuring the Segway HT and the new Segway XT.

With its year-round warm temperatures and abundant tourism opportunities, the state of Florida boasts the largest number of guided tours utilizing the Segway. Currently, fifteen (15) of the one hundred tours listed in the directory are located in Florida. Locations include Orlando, Naples, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg to name a few. California holds second place with ten (10) guided tour locations. In addition to US locations, the directory features tours worldwide in areas such as Australia, Madrid, Paris and the United Kingdom.

The Segway Human Transporter was first demonstrated on December 3, 2001. Four years after its introduction, the Segway HT has added a new twist to guided tours of popular tourist destinations and historical cities. After experiencing a guided tour on a Segway, many participants enjoy it so much that they inquire about similar tours in other locations – SegwayGuidedTours.com serves as a resource to find those other tours. Some of the most popular Internet searches for Segway tours include Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

About SegwayGuidedTours.com - Launched in March 2004 with under twenty tour listings, the directory has quickly become one of the most complete sources of guided tours for use by tour operators, tourists and enthusiasts of the Segway HT. Developed by Segway enthusiasts at The JBI Company, Inc. the directory offers free listings to all Segway guided tour operators and averages more than 1,000 visitors each month. SegwayGuidedTours.com is an independent service not affiliated with Segway Inc. Segway® is a registered trademark of Segway Inc. The SegwayGuidedTours.com website has been referenced in newspaper travel articles including the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The News-Press of Southwest Florida and received a mention on the television program Ready for the Weekend on the USA Network.

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Press Release: August 20, 2007

SegwayGuidedTours.com Online Directory Reaches 200 Tours Milestone
8,000+ Monthly Website Visitors Search for Guided Tours Featuring the Segway® PT

CHAMPIONS GATE, FL – August 20, 2007 – SegwayGuidedTours.com announced that its worldwide directory of guided tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter reached a milestone two hundred (200) Tours this month. The two hundredth tour added to the directory is Cruzin' Disney's California Adventure Park located in Anaheim, California.

Twenty-one (21) of the two hundred tours listed in the directory are located in California, the most of any U.S. state. Florida is a close second with eighteen (18) guided tour locations including another Walt Disney theme park location, the Around the World at Epcot tour located within Walt Disney World near Orlando.

In addition to U.S. locations, the directory features tours worldwide in areas as diverse as Lithuania, Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom. The international presence of guided tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter has grown significantly, more than doubling in less than two years. The SegwayGuidedTours.com online directory listed 21 tours in Europe and Asia at the end of 2005. Today there are 49 tours in Europe and Asia with 21 in Spain alone.

Less than six years after its introduction on December 3, 2001, the Segway PT has transformed guided tours in popular tourist destinations and historical cities. Segway® Personal Transporters are becoming popular because they allow tourists to cover much more territory than a walking tour while still offering an up-close-and-personal experience, a quality often missing from bus tours and similar excursions. Most tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter are run by independent operators; entrepreneurs who started their business in order to do something they love. This often results in a tour that is much more fun and lively than a traditional mass-market tour. 

After experiencing a guided tour on a Segway, many participants enjoyed it so much that they inquire about similar tours in other locations – SegwayGuidedTours.com serves as a resource to find those other tours. Some of the most popular Internet searches for Segway tours include Philadelphia, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and Barcelona.

About SegwayGuidedTours.com - Launched in March 2004 with under twenty tour listings, the directory has quickly become one of the most complete sources of guided tours for use by tour operators, tourists and enthusiasts of the Segway PT. Developed by Segway enthusiasts at The JBI Company, Inc. the directory offers free listings to all Segway guided tour operators and currently serves more than 8,000 visitors each month. SegwayGuidedTours.com is an independent service not affiliated with Segway Inc. Segway® is a registered trademark of Segway Inc.

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Press Release: May 4, 2009

SegwayGuidedTours.com Online Directory Reaches 300 Tours Milestone
Nearly 10,000 Searches Last Month for Guided Tours Featuring the Segway® PT

CHAMPIONS GATE, FL – May 4, 2009 – SegwayGuidedTours.com announced that its worldwide directory of guided tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter reached a milestone three hundred (300) Tours. The directory's three hundredth tour is Adventure Tours of Idaho, offering tours of downtown Boise utilizing the unique Segway® PT as its mode of transportation. This is the first tour listed in the directory for the state of Idaho.

In the U.S., Florida lists the most tours with twenty-nine (29) guided tour locations. When the directory reached 200 tours in August 2007, Florida had just eighteen (18) tours listed, second only to California which had twenty-one (21) tours. Today, California lists twenty-eight (28) tours. Texas is currently third with sixteen (16) guided tours.

In addition to the United States, the directory features one hundred fifteen (115) non-U.S. tours in areas as diverse as Latvia, Zambia, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The international presence of guided tours featuring the Segway® Personal Transporter is continually growing. There are 30 guided tours in Spain alone.

Since its introduction on December 3, 2001, the Segway® Personal Transporter has transformed guided tours in popular tourist destinations and historical cities, enabling tourists to view many more sights than a walking tour while still offering an up-close-and-personal experience. Most tours featuring the Segway PT are independently owned and operated by entrepreneurs passionate about both their locale and the Segway PT. This often results in a tour that is much more fun and lively than a traditional mass-market tour.

After experiencing a guided tour on a Segway PT, many eager participants inquire about similar tours in other locations, with SegwayGuidedTours.com serving as a resource to find those other tours. Some of the most popular Internet searches for Segway guided tours include Barcelona, Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia.

Advancing the Segway technology with the introduction of Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) - developed in collaboration with General Motors (GM) - future Segway tours may leverage PUMA's Autonomous Operation to provide a high-tech theme park experience with multiple PUMAs automatically following a tour leader's vehicle while the occupants are free to experience the sights.

About SegwayGuidedTours.com - Launched in March 2004 with under twenty tour listings, the directory quickly became the most complete source of guided tours for use by tour operators, tourists and enthusiasts of the Segway PT. Developed by Segway enthusiasts at The JBI Company, Inc., the directory offers free listings to all Segway guided tour operators and currently serves more than 9,000 visitors each month. SegwayGuidedTours.com is an independent service not affiliated with Segway Inc. Segway® is a registered trademark of Segway Inc.

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