Adam Shockey, owner of Tour Saint Augustine, the city’s oldest and largest receptive group tour operator, announced to local Historic City News reporters today that he has purchased another popular local tourism company; St Augustine City Walks.
Alice Sutherland, the founder of St Augustine City Walks and originator of the Savoir Faire food tour, will remain on staff as the company’s Creative Director, Shockey said.
“The high end specialty-tour market is one of the fastest growing in the industry,” Shockey told reporters. “The acquisition of the city’s original culinary tourism company is a perfect fit for what we already do at Tour Saint Augustine, Inc., and the timing was right with the surge we see in demand for unique tours, products and services for our visitors.”
Shockey, who is President and CEO of Tour Saint Augustine, Inc., is originally from Florida. In 2009, he moved to St Augustine from overseas and purchased Tour Saint Augustine, Inc.
Shockey said that St Johns County is continuing to see steady growth in its overall tourism numbers. He holds numerous posts and board seats with many industry related organizations.