Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 7, 2019 – Touch Media, the company that developed the world's first offline turn-by-turn Route 66 navigation app is proud to announce that the long awaited Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts.
Passport holders collect unique stamps at 28 carefully selected locations on their adventure along Route 66 as well as free souvenirs or discounts. This as well as special pages to collect autographs or write notes, and illustrated maps created by Illustrator Joyce Harbin Cole of Pontiac, Illinois, make the passport the ultimate customizable souvenir. With an array of trivia and information about unique destinations such as the locations where dioramas created by Dutch artist Willem Bor are on display, the passport is also a valued companion to popular travel guides.
Conceived by Marian Pavel, developer of the Route 66 Navigation app, the passport is the culmination of nine months work that included several trips along Route 66 and extensive research. To ensure the accuracy of information within the passport, Pavel enlisted assistance from several noted authorities including Dries Bessels, president of the Dutch Route 66 Association and chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership International Advisory Committee, and author Jim Hinckley. Hinckley is the author of numerous books including The Route 66 Encyclopedia, and is the creator of Jim Hinckley’s America as well as a tourism development consultant.
Pavel said, “Development of the passport required overcoming numerous obstacles but I am proud of the final product. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of directors at visitors centers along Route 66, small business owners, and the international Route 66 community, and for this assistance I am most appreciative. I am confident that next season additional visitor centers will be added to the passport.”
Jim Hinckley said, “The passport will do more than enhance the travelers experience, it will also provide Route 66 communities and small businesses with a promotional boost.”
A primary goal for the project is to increase traffic at visitor centers, or select businesses in locations where visitor centers are not available, which will in turn provide additional promotion for area businesses including motels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and events. Advertising sponsors of the passport also are promoted through the Route 66 Navigation app and related social media network. To ensure the passport remains relevant, plans are being developed for annual updates.
The suggested retail price for the Mother Road Route 66 Passport is $9.99 plus applicable tax but as with other Touch Media Route 66 projects, all sales will contribute to the support of small businesses all along the Route 66 corridor. For westbound travelers the Launching Pad Drive In in Wilmington, Illinois is the first available location for purchase. Eastbound travelers can purchase the passport at 66-to-Cali on Santa Monica Pier or at Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga. They will also be sold through locations all along Route 66, and soon, through an e-shop at www.route66navigation.com, eBay, and Amazon.