Bachelorettes not welcome
NASHVILLE A staple of the Nashville tourist industry, the bright pink bus of NashTrash Tours, has entertained guest with blue jokes, adult beverages, wedding services and behind-the-curtain gossip since 1997.
What could possibly be too crazy for a tour billed as a “rowdy, very risqué, one-of-a-kind musical-comedy extravaganza”? Bachelorette parties. Two Nashville tour bus services, NashTrash and Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour, have banned bachelorette parties from their services after a series of incidents left the operators frustrated and angry.
“Yeah, it’s called NashTrash and it’s supposed to be wild and fun, but there has to be some control to the chaos,” said business manager of NashTrash Beth Thorneycroft.
Bachelor and bachelorette parties have become a major part of Nashville’s tourist economy. Leisure travelers, like these prenuptial trips, make up 30% of Nashville’s overall tourist economy, which in 2015 drew a recordhigh 13.5 million visitors and $5.4 billion in direct spending, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
With pedal taverns, party tractors, open-air buses and now a pontoon saloon, there’s no shortage of opportunities for mobile drinking in Nashville. But the NashTrash and Jamboree tours differentiate themselves by offering more of a performance than simply a party on wheels.
“We don’t see that many bachelor parties, but they don’t disbehave as badly,” said Jamboree host Jenny Duke. “(Bachelorette parties) are just, as a whole, more disrespectful.”
NashTrash bus tours has banned bachelorette parties because of disruptive behavior.