Consumer Demand High for Collette Vacations’ Tours01/27/2010 - John Galvin, Collette’s chief financial officer, says company on track to have ‘best year in our history.’
Collette Vacations, a premier tour operator with over 90 years of experience, cites key selling features as factors in Collette’s being up 51% in passenger names in. These selling features were topics of discussion in a recent Collette webinar titled, Collette vs. the Competition that was attended by travel agents looking to discover what distinguishes Collette from other tour operators. Benefits that set Collette apart include Door to Door, Collette’s complimentary roundtrip home to airport Sedan Service. Launched in April 2009, this personalized service— including all gratuities— is included on many new air-inclusive Collette tour bookings and, beginning in May 2010, will be offered with air-inclusive tours to EVERY destination that Collette visits. This value added service is available in many U.S. cities within a 50 miles radius of more than 90 U.S. gateways.
Collette also offers thousands of guaranteed departure dates as far out as 15 months from now. These dates are Collette’s assurance that a tour will operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled for lack of participation. “We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for 2010,” says John Galvin, Collette Vacations’ Chief Financial Officer. “In 2010 we will operate more dates and have more guaranteed dates than in 2009. While other tour operators have opted to reduce capacity, the trend we are seeing right now on a weekly basis is actually running better than 50% increase week over week. We are very hopeful that departures will be up over 50%.”
Collette Vacations is a family-owned business headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and enjoys the distinction of being the oldest major tour operator in the United States. For over 90 years, our team of travel enthusiasts has fulfilled millions of vacation dreams. We offer 125 programs to destinations on all 7 continents. Travelers can choose from small group tours, educational travel, train journeys, river cruises and vacations that feature a Collette Foundation site visit. With knowledgeable, professional tour managers, an industry-leading cancellation waiver, and round trip Door to Door sedan service from home to the airport with air-inclusive reservations, Collette Vacations makes seeing the world simple and hassle-free.