Phoenix charter bus company testing out Pokemon hunting tours

PHOENIX - File this in the "Why-did-I-not-think-of-this?" bin...

An Arizona charter bus company is looking to help you on your journey to become a Pokemon master by making sure you visit all the good hunting spots--in style.

Phoenix-based American Explorer Motorcoach is testing out the idea of Pokemon Go hunting tours.

On the three-hour tour, a 55-seat charter bus will take passengers to three Pokemon hotspots where they'll have 30 to 40 minutes to hunt Pokemon and battle at gyms.

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In between stops, there will be games and prizes.

"I hope it provides something fun for people to do. That's really the only thing we're looking for here," said Matthew Palmer, an employee of American Explorer Motorcoach and the person who came up with the idea.

The test tour is planned for Thursday night and it is already filled. Due to demand, a second tour as already been planned for Saturday.

The first tour is set to focus on the East Valley (areas in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa). It is not yet known where Saturday's tour will go.

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In terms of safety, Palmer said his family's business is licensed and insured and that they've done many tours, including field trips to the Grand Canyon, before.

The tour is open to those 14 and older. Those younger than 14 will have to have a parent or guardian with them, said Palmer. Minors will have to have a parent sign a waiver.

Wristbands will be used to keep track of everyone. The cost is $20 per person.

Palmer has created a Facebook page where people can sign up for any future tours.

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