Tour Talk: Upscale Bookings

Journese is now offering packages to Ireland.
Journese is now offering packages to Ireland.

Journese Goes to Ireland
Castle stays, luxury train journeys, and private excursions. That’s what Journese, Pleasant Holidays’ luxury brand, is offering your clients with its recent expansion into Ireland. The company’s new high-end portfolio in Ireland includes nine four- and five-star properties, including a 16th century castle and an elegant hotel built within four Georgian townhouses. Other delightful options for clients include 2- to 6-day journeys aboard the contemporary Belmond Grand Hibernian luxury train exploring Ireland’s cities and scenic countryside, as well as private chauffeur options, private guided city tours and exploring the countryside in utmost comfort. Sample itineraries can be found on journese.com/itineraries, although everything is fully customizable. And, you’ll want to know that Journese’s curated Ireland vacations can be combined with its entire Europe portfolio, including England, Italy, France and Spain.

“Ireland offers a wealth of history, culture and welcoming people in the most breathtaking surroundings and we are delighted to provide discerning travelers what they desire. With the addition of Ireland and the many premier offerings within the portfolio, travel advisors now have more options when working with Journese Destination Specialists to handcraft the ultimate multi-country European journeys for their travelers.”

–Kimberly Daley, Senior Vice President Sales Strategy,
Pleasant Holidays Portfolio of Brands


Austin Adventures is Hanging With Virtuoso
Virtuoso has selected Austin Adventures as the network’s newest tour operator, expanding the luxury travel network’s offerings for small group adventures and family travel. Quite timely when you consider that the 2016 Virtuoso Luxe Report named adventure travel one of the top trends for this year. And because multigenerational travel is also top of mind for many travelers, Virtuoso advisors are seeking out family travel as well. Austin Adventures’ new cycle tours for 2016— Denmark Danish Isles; Holland/Belgium- Brussels to Bruges & Ghent; France–Burgundy; and Austria/Czech Republic-Vienna to Prague—play right into both the adventure and family angle, and its expansion into Asia with offerings in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bali and Vietnam is ideal for families with disposable income who are interested in traveling far and wide. More information can be gathered at austinadventures.com, austinadventures.com/about-us/travel-professionals or virtuoso.com.

“Austin Adventures has looked at being a part of Virtuoso as a goal since inception. The list of Preferred Suppliers is like the who’s who of travel companies. We set out late last year to increase our agent bookings, with this being our #1 strategyto do so. The Virtuoso travel advisors are some of the best in the business and get what we do.”

–Dan Austin, President,Austin Adventures


Preferred Partnership for 2016
Apple Vacations and Ensemble Travel Group have announced a new preferred partnership for 2016 that will create added sales initiatives and joint marketing programs for both organizations and Ensemble members in the U.S. According to press material, Apple Vacations’ all-inclusive product, especially in destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean, are a strong draw for many of Ensemble members’ clients. applevacations.com or joinensemble.com.