COVID-19 UPDATE

Sept. 17, 2021

We hope this update finds you well, healthy and looking forward to traveling again in 2021. As I stated in the last update, we have been working hard on rescheduling the dates of the trips we had planned in 2020. Most of the trips will have a new date by the end of this week and you can review your trip on our website at tulip-travel.com

There will be NO 2021 catalog as we are running the SAME trips as advertised in the 2020 brochure. You can read the descriptions of the trip and the price by downloading the brochure or reading it online. On our front page is a link with the new dates for those trips rescheduled.

In addition to the new date of the trip you will see the openings we currently have left on that trip. Remember, the trips are now limited to 8 individuals per itinerary. The larger groups on certain trips will be split up in groups of 8.

There are a few trips that we have not been able to reschedule as of yet due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and restrictions in that location or that type of travel.

Trips currently on hold are:
Bermuda Cruise, Australia, Canadian Adventure and PA Dutch Country. All sports themed trips will be rescheduled when fans are allowed back in the stadiums and or race tracks.

We recommend all our travelers and their family members/staff to check our website frequently for updates. The new trip schedule should be available by Sept. 19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Leo de Ruijter
Tulip-Travel, Inc
(315) 461-4852


9/1/20

Dear Traveler,

As we continue to fight the Covid19 pandemic i am giving you some updates on our re-opening plan and dates for 2021. Unfortunately, at this point we don’t foresee any trips happening in 2020. As I have stated in previous updates, our trips will continue when it is safe to do so for all involved, staff and travelers. The world of travel and tourism has changed tremendously. Many attractions were forced to shut down, restaurants have restricted service, hotels and transportation were impacted and many other businesses we as a tour and travel company we rely on, were shut down. However, we hope (and I am sure you are as well) that 2021 will bring back most of those services and will allow us to continue with the trips and tours we missed dearly. That being said, in order to continue the trips we will have new guidelines in place for all of our travelers and staff. I am sure that at this point most of you reading this are familiar with the generic guidelines (or more specific guidelines) recommended by the CDC. To comply with these guidelines and to make our trips as safe as possible we have established the following regulations for all travelers and staff:

  • Temperature checks will be performed on all travelers and staff at check in.
  • Face masks must be worn during travel, when visiting attractions and when utilizing transportation
  • Thorough cleaning (disinfecting) of all vans prior to the trip
  • designated traveler seat in van(s)
  • All groups will have a maximum of 8 travelers with two staff. I case of a sports event the larger group will be split up in two or three groups of 8 with each group having a different itinerary (except the race/game)
  • Social distancing protocols enforced
  • Planned hand washing/sanitizing breaks throughout the day
  • Outdoor seating for meals when possible
  • Explanation of guidelines and restrictions of amusement parks, museums and other attractions we visit on our trips, to all our travelers
  • Assistance to travelers with compliance of guidelines when needed

With these guidelines in place and the promising development in the medical field (vaccines, medicines) we hope to continue our travels. We will continue to work on new dates for the trips that were originally scheduled for 2020. With the reduction in group size we are now forced to have more travel dates which brings another challenge. Also those travelers that wish to travel together, or signed up together for a particular trip will have to inform us 4 weeks prior to the trip. I hope to have some dates of the 2021 trips available on our website by Friday, September 4th.

I would like to take this moment to thank all of our travelers, parents, family and staff for their continued patience, support and loyalty during these unprecedented times. We are truly blessed to have a customer base that is so much more than just a customer….to us it is Family!

Sincerely,

Leo de Ruijter

Tulip Travel, Inc.


Thursday 7/16/20
Dear Traveler,
After some promising weeks of flattening the Covid curve, corona virus infections are unfortunately on the upswing in several states. Fortunately the new cases and rate of infections remains low in New York State. We continue to work on the Tulip “Back to Travel” re-opening guide and will provide you with our plan when it is safe for us and our travelers to continue our travels. We have received numerous calls in regard to the upcoming trips as advertised in our 2020 brochure. None of the dates of those trips will be possible at this time. However, NONE of our trips will be canceled. As soon as it is safe to travel again we will inform you of the new date by phone and in writing (adjusted itinerary will be mailed to all the travelers signed up for that trip).  Our 2020 brochure will be the same for 2021. Most of our trips had to be postponed and thus we make sure all of our travelers get to go on their trip of choice. Also, for those travelers that did not have a chance to register for a trip in 2020, they may use that brochure as a guide towards signing up for 2021. The trips will conclude in the same week as advertised as much as possible. Some dates might have to be altered due to conflicts and or schedules (NASCAR, NFL, MLB).
Again, we try to be as transparent as possible and give you updates when they become available. It sure has been challenging but we feel confident that at the end we will come out safer, stronger and better. We appreciate your continued support and patience!
Tulip Travel

Thursday, 6-25-20
As we are slowly entering phase 4 in New York State, I would like to give our travelers another update on where we stand at this point in regard to your scheduled vacation(s). The good news is that some amusement parks are scheduling a reopening date as soon as early or mid July. Also some museums and other venues are reopening (with Covid safety measures in place to protect both visitors and staff). Other attractions and sports events remain closed to visitors and spectators at this time.
Our main priority is the health and safety of our travelers on their trip. Travel post COVID19 will be different in many aspects and it will be a learning curve for both our staff and our travelers. We are currently working on a comprehensive guidance for all travelers and staff that will be followed when we return to traveling. In addition to physical distancing rules, temperature checks, masks and hand sanitizers we will have many transportation and travel specific rules and regulations in place (van cleaning, hotel room sharing etc.). We are still working on this “COVID PASSPORT TO TRAVEL” and will inform all travelers and their family/support providers prior to their trip and on our website (tulip-travel.com)
We continue to work hard on a safe transition to traveling again, and are thanking all of our travelers for their understanding and their patience. We hope and pray for your continued health and safety during these challenging times.
Leo de Ruijter
Tulip Travel, President

Covid 19 – UPDATE
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
There are a few new developments happening as we entered phase 2 of reopening businesses in many states around the country. At this time our trips are still suspended until further notice. The office remains closed to our staff but we check messages and return emails on a daily basis. In this update I will outline the new developments pertaining to some of the trips you might have registered for or those trips you are interested in signing up for.
  • Tulip Travel will continue to accept applications for all trips advertised in their 2020 brochure.
  • Again, all Tulip Travel vacations will happen. NO TRIPS ARE CANCELLED. Trips are postponed to a later date to ensure a safe and fun vacation.
  • More attractions in the states we travel to are starting to reopen or planning a reopen strategy
  • Hershey Park is planning a re-opening by mid July (if the state of PA permits)
  • The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN is planning on reopening by mid July, 2020
  • Tulip Travel will follow all the guidelines set by the CDC and the New York State Health department as well as guidelines set by the OPWDD in regard to community outings and social distancing.
  • Disney World is reopening in July (with covid-19 rules and regulations in place)
  • We will continue to monitor the professional sports leagues around the country in regards to their season and wether they will allow fans in the stands.
We hope all our travelers and their families are doing well and stay positive during these challenging times in our country.

May 20, 2020

COVID UPDATE

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
My Trip date is coming up, what will happen?
At this time we will not have your trip on the advertised date in our brochure. We will plan your trip for a later date. 
How do I know when that later date is?
All travelers will get at least a 4 weeks notice prior to the rescheduled trip date. You will receive a phone call from our tour director, as well as a new itinerary for your trip mailed to your residence.
Do I have to sign up again for the rescheduled date?
All travelers that were already registered for the trip of their choice do not have to register. You are automatically enrolled into the rescheduled trip.
What about your sporting events trips?
At this time there are no professional sports being played allowing spectators. Those travelers that are registered for either our NASCAR, YANKEES or BILLS will be automatically enrolled in that trip when their governing bodies allow us to attend and attending is safe.
What if the new date of my trip does not work for me?
If the date of the rescheduled trip is in conflict with other plans you may have, Tulip Travel will apply the amount you paid for that trip as a credit towards any Tulip Travel trip. No cancellation fee will be charged.
When will trips resume?
We wish we could look in a crystal ball and give you an answer. Some states are carefully opening up and assessments are made every two weeks (Phase 1 in New York). As a travel company we are also monitoring closely these assessments in the areas and venues we travel to. Travel and recreation is currently scheduled to “re-open” in phase 4 and this could mean late summer or early fall. Again, it is hard to predict when we can resume our trips. We appreciate your patience and try to keep you updated as much as we can.
What safety measures will be in place when trips resume?
A Covid-19 safety plan will be in place for when we re-open. All our travelers will get a copy of the plan. Social distancing, face masks, van-cleaning and temperature checks might be included. We are still working on this plan and will be sharing it with all travelers, families and staff when completed.
Can I still sign up for trips at this time?
Absolutely! Not only can you sign up for trips that are currently advertised in the 2020 brochure but also for those trips that had to be postponed because of the Covid -19 pandemic. This means that we still take applications for: Spring Training in Sunny Florida ’21, Chicago by Rail, TBD ’20, Washington DC, TBD ’20, Nashville, TBD ’20, Ladies Only, September 23-25 ’20, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TBD ’20, Yankees, TBD, ’21, Elvis Week in Lake George, TBD ’21, Ocean City, MD TBD ’20, Hershey, TBD ’20, NASCAR Poconos, TBD ’21, PA DUTCH, TBD ’20 – We will continue to update this list as time passes and we have more information on the reopening of the facilities we utilize at our vacation destinations.
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your patience and hope you are doing well.
Leo de Ruijter
Tulip Travel

May 1, 2020
COVID-19 & YOUR TRIP (Part.2)
The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting all of us across the country. As some states are carefully phasing in reopening of businesses, the travel industry is unfortunately not ready yet. It still is a very challenging time for businesses around the globe. The health, safety and well-being of all our customers, employees, their families and friends remains our top priority. We will continue to follow guidelines set by the CDC, the Department of Health and our Governor before resuming our travels.  At this time our office remains closed
Once again, none of our trips are canceled (see the April 14 update for more info on that subject). All the trips as outlined in the 2020 brochure will take place at some point. Travelers, their families and/or staff will receive written notice of the rescheduled trip dates at least 4 weeks prior to the trip. In order to reschedule we have to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic in the state of that particular trip. Attractions, lodging, restaurants and transportation restrictions will have to be lifted in the state of travel before we can reschedule your trip. Once we can resume travel Tulip Travel will enforce guidelines set by the CDC on all their trips (disinfect vans, provide face coverings for all travelers, monitoring of symptoms prior to- and during the trip and social distancing guidelines).  
Trips that have been rescheduled at this time are: Ladies Only (originally planned April 22-24) now September 23-25, 2020. Dude Ranch (originally planned April 29-May ) now October 28-30. Again, these dates are tentative as we continue to monitor and follow the guidelines of the authorities in the areas of travel. There are no other rescheduled trip dates at this time. 
To stay up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to travel you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Despite the many difficulties we all face, I’d like to re-assure you that Tulip Travel remains fully committed during this difficult time, and on behalf of the team, wish you well.  
Sincerely,
Leo de Ruijter

April 14, 2020
COVID-19 & YOUR TRIP…… What will happen?
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us. It is a very challenging time for people and businesses around the globe. The health, safety and well-being of all our customers, employees, their families and friends remains our top priority. At Tulip Travel we are committed to following guidelines set by the CDC. Our office remains closed. Our employees are home with their families and so far all are healthy and safe. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines daily as it has proven it will slow down “the curve”. Our hearts are with those who have been affected personally by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the many communities around the world that are facing extreme measures in the attempt to slow its spread.
For 23 years, we have been honored by the trust you place in us planning your trips and vacations. In today’s challenging environment, we want to provide you some information and transparency as to how we are securing our business and what this will mean for you and the trip(s) you might have registered for.
First of all, none of our trips are canceled. All the trips will happen. The dollar amounts paid (deposits) towards your trip will be used for a credit towards that trip (on the new date). In the event that a trip has to be postponed (because of a canceled event (shows, festivals, races, etc) or season (MLB, NFL) your deposit will be automatically transferred for that trip in 2021. We will follow guidelines of the appropriate authorities In regards to the safety of travel and continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in the affected travel destinations. We feel that by following these guidelines and implementing these policies, Tulip Travel can continue to provide the services loved by our travelers.
To stay up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to travel you can visit https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Despite the many difficulties we all face, I’d like to re-assure you that Tulip Travel remains fully committed to our travelers and their safety.
Leo de Ruijter
Tulip-Travel, Inc
(315) 461-4852