WHY IT RATES: Those wanting to explore the beauty of Europe in a single trip can now book one of Railbookers and Eurostar’s new 46 itineraries.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor
Railbookers, a Yankee Leisure Group (YLG) brand, is excited to announce its partnership with Eurostar, Europe’s only high-speed train that directly links the UK to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, and with a simple connection to over 100 European destinations.
The new partnership offers 46 new, customized itineraries featuring a Eurostar journey, taking advantage of the high-speed rail service to allow US visitors to see more of Europe in a single trip. Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers was launched in response to the ever-growing demand for independent, customized rail travel throughout the continent.
“When Americans think of Eurostar, they think of the Chunnel from London to Paris. But it is so much more than that,” said YLG President, Frank Marini. “We have seen record growth in the US market for independent, customizable rail travel in Europe and are excited about our new strategic alliance with Eurostar in developing Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers for the US market.”
This trend is not only being seen with the brand’s core demographic but also with Gen Xers and millennials. According to Statista, approximately 30 million Americans traveled to Europe in 2017, with more than 600,000 of those visitors traveling onboard Eurostar.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: “We continue to see growth in the US market as visitors choose the ease, comfort and convenience of high-speed rail over plane for travel across Europe. Our new partnership with Yankee Leisure Group and their Railbookers brand offers a new and easy way for customers to find the perfect trip to suit them.”
Along with this partnership, Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers is also launching a 2019 brochure, which features more than 46 new products offering a variety of ways to discover the best of Europe and beyond.
A few product highlights include London, Paris and Munich and London, Amsterdam and Berlin, a never before featured combo of three of Europe’s most popular cities.
Then there’s London and the Cote d’ Azur, which takes guests across the French countryside to the picturesque Mediterranean coastline.
In addition, London, Paris and Bordeaux takes advantage of a new high-speed line toBordeaux, France’s famed wine-growing region.
Clients can board a Eurostar train in London and travel to more than 100 European destinations, including those in Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany on a single booking via easy transfers in direct city center terminals. Every single product is customizable and can also be experienced in reverse.
Today’s travelers are in search of complete experiences and well-rounded itineraries inclusive of rail, accommodations, and sightseeing and Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers delivers. Give your clients the freedom to let their travels to Europe and beyond be anything they want it to be.
“To be able to travel from London to Amsterdam in just 3 hours 40 minutes, with city to city service in the comfort and luxury of Eurostar trains, gives our clients the opportunity to maximize their European vacation experience,” said John Vavrina, Vice President of Sales for Railbookers US.
“Aside from being rail experts, we make booking travel to Europe easy for our agents by handling all accommodation, sightseeing, and customization options,” he added.
With the ability to book 18 months ahead of time and the opportunity to earn higher commission, there are major advantages for the travel agent market.
To get this partnership underway, Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers is offering $300 off per couple on any six to seven-night vacation or $500 off per couple on any eight-plus-night vacation for any new bookings made by November 2, 2018, for travel in 2019.
SOURCE: Railbookers press release
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