Miles of Possibility Conference Focal Point of Tour
Route 66 Centennial and European Route 66 Festival Promotional Opportunity
The annual Miles of Possibility Conference that was launched as the Crossroads of the Past & Future Conference at the 2014 Route 66 International Festival in Kingman, Arizona has become the primary event for networking within the Route 66 community. It is also the only event that is centered on the business, preservation and marketing of that highway. Scheduled speakers for this year’s event in Normal, Illinois include Marian Pavel, developer of the Route 66 Navigation app and Mother Road Route 66 Passport, Bill Thomas, Chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, Candacy Taylor that has been researching properties listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book, and author Jim Hinckley.
In addition to attending the conference Hinckley will be promoting his latest book, Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales from Bloody 66 during the tour along Route 66. He will also be meeting with tourism and museum directors in various communities as well as tour company owners, event organizers and Route 66 association presidents. Information obtained from the conference and meetings will be used to enhance the tourism/hospitality classes developed for Mohave Community College by Hinckley. The second session of these classes are scheduled for November on the Bullhead City Conference.
A focal point of discussions will be the forthcoming Route 66 centennial and the building of cooperative partnerships to use that event for the development of tourism. The third European Route 66 Festival scheduled for August 2020 will also be discussed. On October 2, Hinckley met with Zdenek Jurasek of the Czech Route 66 Association and organizer of the event at Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner to discuss how best to ensure that Kingman is promoted at the event.
Also scheduled during the tour is a presentation on the economics of tourism and meetings pertaining to the development of cooperative promotional partnerships. This will take place in Cuba, Missouri. The City of Cuba initially retained Hinckley’s services for the development of tourism related marketing in 2018. Cuba is a partial sponsor for the fall research and promotional tour. Other sponsors include the Route 66 Association of Kingman, Diana’s Cellar Door and Grand Canyon Caverns. The tour is also made possible by supporters of a crowd funding initiative including Victoria’s Sugar Shack, Jenny Joy’s Soap, Roadrunner Lodge, Gilligan’s Route 66 Tours, Calico’s, Wagon Wheel Motel, Uranus General Store, and Route 66 Tours.
1308 Stockton Hill Rd. Suite A, PMB 228Kingman, AZ 86401-5190