Bach­e­lorettes not wel­come

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Kirk A. Bado

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.”

KIRK A. BADO, THE (NASH­VILLE) TEN­NESSEAN

NashTrash bus tours has banned bach­e­lorette par­ties be­cause of dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior.

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