USO ends popular leisure tours at 3 centers in Germany
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The USO is discontinuing its popular express and overnight leisure bus tours in three U.S. military communities in Germany, ending a long-standing operation that shuttled countless servicemembers and their families to popular destinations all over Europe.
The last tours wrap up at the end of the year, and USO staffers are encouraging customers to redeem any tour vouchers through Dec. 31.
The decision affects Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart — the only three U.S. military communities in Europe where the USO still runs a robust pay-for tours’ program.
“Our customers like our tours,” said Walter Murren, USO Europe regional vice president. “This was not an easy decision. It was made to bring us all in line, to get away from business operations and to get back into what we do best — and that is providing programs that take care of our servicemembers and their families.”
USO wants to refocus its resources away from tour sales to providing more programs, classes and activities locally at no cost to patrons, Murren said, which is what USO centers elsewhere in Europe do.
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