Cruise

Scenic gobbles up US-Based Mayflower Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has taken a major step forward in growing its portfolio, announcing the purchase of US-Based Mayflower Tours.

This follows a spate of recent acquisitions in the travel industry, with major players like Helloworld scooping Magellan.

According to Scenic, Mayflower will continue to run as a separate entity, named Mayflower Cruise & Tours, operating with the same executive team and same focus.

The purchase will offer Mayflower greater access to river and ocean itineraries on both Scenic and sister brand, Emerald Waterways, while Scenic and Emerald Waterways will have a litany of great land-based tours that can be joined with their cruise offerings.

Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said the company was always on the lookout for synergies that produced greater opportunities for its guests.

“We have worked with Mayflower Tours for several years and have always been incredibly impressed with the level of service and offerings that John and Mary Stachnik (Mayflower Tours founder/owners) have offered their guests.

“So, when the opportunity came about due to their wish to retire, it was an easy decision.”

Mayflower Cruises & Tours will continue to be based in Downers Grove, just outside of Chicago, and lead by current Mayflower president, Nish Patel.

“The Scenic Group and Mayflower – this is a perfect match,” Patel said.

“Mayflower’s fastest growing product segment is the river cruises and having access to Scenic’s excellent quality and vast inventory will offer substantial growth.

“This is a very exciting time at Mayflower Cruises & Tours. We look forward to continuing to provide the same high-quality tours and services,” Patel added.

Mayflower Tours has followed a similar path to Scenic.

The company was founded in the United States by John and Mary Stachnik in 1979 as a domestic tour operator, and expanded throughout the world in the late 1980s to offer hundreds of deluxe tours in 52 countries.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Technology

Another Luxury Escapes bidder enters the fray

by Huntley Mitchell

It appears Luxury Escapes has pretty hot property right now, with yet another potential suitor showing interest in the online travel player.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott to debut more than 30 luxe hotels in 2020

Much like the waistline of Travel Weekly’s editor (thanks to some early office Christmas gifts), Marriott’s presence is set to expand significantly.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

“No survivors”: Royal Caribbean passengers feared dead after New Zealand volcanic eruption

by Ali Coulton

Multiple Australian travellers are feared dead after one of the world’s most active volcanos erupted in New Zealand during a cruise ship shore excursion.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas inks new frequent flyer deal with Air France-KLM

Proving customer loyalty programs are big business comes this freshly-inked partnership between two aviation giants.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland to bid for 2032 Olympics and Paralympics

Queensland is hoping to score the Olympics and Paralympics. No word yet though on whether Toowoomba or Mount Isa have been mooted to host the opening ceremony.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

The safest and most dangerous destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers

As we approach 2020, it’s difficult to believe that for LGBTQ+ people, planning a trip can still be a minefield. Check out this helpful list to help keep your clients safe.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Jetstar ground crew to strike over unfair pay and safety concerns, says union boss

The Jetstar strikes saga continues, with ground crew and baggage handlers announcing they will walk off the job on Friday.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Reflections of a traveller: How to take in New York and Boston during the fall

by Katie Saffin

This article comes with a warning that readers could suffer from a severe case of FOMO and end up in a jealous rage.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Australia ups counter-terror at airports, Qantaslink’s new routes, BA to 3D print plane parts + MORE!

Soar above your competition and impress your friends with all the latest airline news. Or at least kill a good 20 minutes by reading the whole thing.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

OPINION: The 7 travel trends to keep an eye on in 2020

by Mike Flaskey

Want to impress your fellow colleagues during the next gathering around the office water cooler? Give this a read and then recite it word for word.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

A&K takes over Cox & Kings’ UK business – is Australia next?

by Huntley Mitchell

Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its luxury wholesale presence in the UK by acquiring a rival. Could we see something similar here in Australia?

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

“Fiasco da Gama”: engine alarm triggers cruise ship blackout

Passengers onboard the Vasco da Gama were left without power and water, with some saying they are thankful the ship didn’t sink.

Share

CommentComments