Hungry Town Tours Receives Coveted TripAdvisor Award

Recognized as a Top Performing Tour Operator as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Hungry Town Tours announced that it has received the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. This is the third consecutive year that the Beaufort-based tour company has received this prestigious travel award.

Now in its seventh year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award is based on traveler reviews on TripAdvisor in 2016.

For the last twelve months, Hungry Town Tours has been rated the number one activity on the Crystal Coast. With over 500 activities on the North Carolina Coast, Hungry Town Tours has been consistently ranked among the Top 3.

“We are particularly proud to win this award for the third year in a row,” stated David Cartier, co-owner of Hungry Town Tours.

David and Betsy Cartier opened Hungry Town Tours in May 2013 with three different bicycle tours. Today, the sightseeing tour company offers fifteen different walking, bike, culinary, and history tours. They also offer private and group tours.

On the culinary tours, Hungry Town Tours promotes restaurants with locally-sourced food that allow for an enhanced guest experience for those visiting Beaufort. They pride themselves in working with restaurants offering fresh, local products that support local fishermen and farmers. The food tours include the Beaufort Culinary Bike Tour, Food by Foot Culinary Walking Tour, North Carolina Shrimp Tour, the North Carolina Oyster Tour, Beaufort Lunchbox Tour, Sunday Brunch Walkabout, and Bike, Brunch & Bubbles.

One of the most popular tours with Hungry Town Tours is “A Ride to Remember.” The tour features the places in Beaufort that were inspired by Nicholas Sparks and referenced in his books, “The Choice” and “A Walk to Remember.” Hungry Town Tours works in partnership with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.

In 2013, Hungry Town Tours became the first business in Carteret County to be accepted into the NC GreenTravel Initiative. They successfully promote green from “spoke to fork” by combining nature-based travel with culinary tourism through bicycle tours.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the Hungry Town Tours and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Betsy Cartier, co-owner at Hungry Town Tours. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2016
**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2017