Helicopter business has metamorphosized into tourism giant


L.E. Baskow

Brenda Halvorson is president and CEO of Papillon Group, which runs a helicopter tour business and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Sunday, July 12, 2015|2 a.m.

Describe your business.

Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is a helicopter trip company commemorating its 50th anniversary this year.

Exactly what is your most popular tour?

The Grand Canyon is a leading location for domestic and global visitors. We enjoy being able to supply them with an awesome experience.

What websites do clients see on the helicopter tours?

Papillon Group

Address: 1265 Airport Road, Stone City

Phone: 702-736-7243

Site: papillon.com

Hours of operation: Flights start departures as early at 5 a.m. and conclude around sunset. Trips are offered 364 days of the year (closed Christmas Day).

Owned/operated by: The Halvorson household

In company considering that: 1965

We fly the whole Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk, to Grand Canyon National forest and approximately Page and Lake Powell. Clients have more than 40 trips from which to pick.

How do you deal with customers who hesitate of heights?

Even those hesitant to fly are willing to put their rely on us and their fears aside to see the Grand Canyon from this perspective. Flying in a helicopter is an exhilarating experience. We likewise provide motorcoach trips for those who choose to see the Grand Canyon from the ground.

What is the hardest part about doing business in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas, by nature, is a short-term city. With 400 of 600 workers based in Southern Nevada, bring in skill dedicated to this location can be a difficulty. We are lucky to have so many loyal and long-lasting staff members.

How has your company evolved considering that it started in 1965?

Our fleet has enhanced from 2 helicopters to more than 75 helicopters and planes. Our trips have ended up being “bucket list” products for visitors.

What is the very best part about working here?

Las Vegas is an international location, and we travel the world to draw in brand-new consumers in addition to preparing to serve the existing 40 million annual visitors. We are fortunate to have wonderful partnerships with regional companies such as McCarran International Airport, Stone City Airport, Clark County, the city of Las Vegas, Stone City and the LVCVA.

What barriers has your business conquer?

We have effectively adapted to developing ecological standards, such as implementing quiet technology.

How can Nevada enhance its business environment?

Decreasing the sales tax rate and reducing registration charges would be a great start. Clients don’t always realize the quantity items are taxed by the time they reach the market.

What have you learned from the recession?

The economic crisis verified our concentrate on worldwide clients, who helped get us through those times. As the economy remains to rebound, we are seeing domestic visitation increase as people re-engage with the experiences we have to provide.

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