Tour Operators Xanterra closes on Holiday Vacations acquisition By Michelle Baran / February 25, 2016 Share 1 -- As part of its ongoing expansion, Xanterra Parks and Resorts on Thursday closed on its acquisition of Wisconsin-based tour operator Holiday Vacations.Founded in 1973, Holiday Vacations offers guided vacations throughout the U.S. and Canada and in Australia and New Zealand. It also offers several rail tours and cruises. Holiday Vacations will remain in Wisconsin and will retain its current staff. The Holidays Vacations acquisition comes on the back of Xanterra having acquired Country Walkers in 2014; Austin Adventures in 2013; VBT Bicycling, Walking Vacations, and the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon in 2012; and Windstar Cruises in 2011. Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Xanterra also operates lodges, restaurants and shops in nine national parks (including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion and Glacier) and in seven state parks throughout the country. The company’s other properties include Grand Canyon Railway and the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.