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Collen Palmertree Tour Groups in Memphis

Memphis is great for tour groups. Talk to our pros about bringing your senior, school or church group.

American Queen at Beale Street Landing: Andrea Zucker

American Queen Steamboat arrives at Beale Street Landing. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Graceland: EPE

Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley

Stax Exhibit at Rock n Soul Museum

Stax Records Exhibit at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Memphis Zoo: Commercial Appeal by A.J. Wolfe

Memphis Zoo seal with kids

Backbeat Tours boarding: Backbeat Tours

Sightseers Boarding the Vintage Backbeat Tour Bus

Memphis Trolley: Dan Ball

The Main Street trolley will take you past Beale Street and the Orpehum Theatre. Photo by Dan Ball.

Trying to plan a trip for a group filled with great food and fun things to do, but you don’t know where to start? The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you plan every detail of your trip from comfy accommodations, to famous attractions, and of course, delicious dining. Meet Colleen Palmertree, National Sales Manager extraordinaire, and see how she can help you plan your next group trip.

What makes Memphis special for group tours?
In simple terms, Memphis offers unique experiences incorporrating the history, heritage and music of the South. We have hotels in the heart of downtown that are reasonably-priced for groups that want to be close to Beale Street. The trolley system and carriage rides make getting around downtown fun, and other than a little heat and humidity in the middle of summer, the weather is group friendly year round.

Tell us about the range and flavor of groups you've worked with in the past and how you help them plan their tours. How can you help visitors plan group tours?
We work with a lot of senior groups, school groups, ladies groups and church groups. Once we know their needs, we take the guess work out for them by offering hotels that work with their budget, arrange group dinners and obtain attraction passes. We can always offer them the best rate through our partner proposals - we are their concierge to the city.

Give us some typical tours and itineraries, but also talk about some of the more interesting/unique activities that you've helped plan for a group? 
The most popular tours involve music. It’s no problem to get an Elvis tribute artist to serenade your group over a casual barbecue dinner or arrange an in-depth tour of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Many of our visitors also enjoy being honorary Duckmaster at the world famous Peabody Hotel. As far as unique activities, we’ve had agriculture enthusiasts that have toured cotton gins and even picked cotton in the fields. There was also a mystery tour that staged an elaborate scavenger hunt through downtown Memphis.

What's new in Memphis for the group planner?
The Bass Pro Shops is perfect for folks who enjoy outdoor activities, and the LEED certified Kroc Center boast facilities that can be used for a variety of group activities. We’ve had great success with the Backbeat tours, and of course, we’re excited about the completion of Beale Street Landing (home of the American Queen Steamboat).

How can planners get more information or get in touch with you?
They can give me a call, send me an email, find me LinkedIn or flag me down at a tradeshow. You name it. Or, they can just fill out the contact form on, and I’ll get back to them as soon as possible.