NEW YORK -- Golden Jubilee events celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's
50 years on the throne do not lend themselves well to special-event
packaging, according to tour operators.
Therefore, said Brian Stack, president, CIE Tours, his firm
simply increased its range of tours to the U.K. this year in the
expectation that clients will be able to participate in Jubilee
events that occur during their visits.
In addition, he said, clients can use CIE fly/drives to build
itineraries around the celebrations, and CIE's group department
will create itineraries "for any groups who wish to immerse
themselves in royal nostalgia."
Similarly, Maureen Van Metter, vice president of marketing at
Trafalgar Tours, said Trafalgar programs allow time for clients to
pursue these events, and she expects customers to get in on the
Jubilee act. She, too, offered to arrange custom departures for
Patrick O'Shea, Far and Wide vice president, advised agents to
lock in hotels and car rentals early and to remind clients that
Jubilee events will affect the accessibility of tourist sites at
If customers are interested in trying to cross paths with the
queen as she travels through the U.K. this year, the general
outline of her itineraries is available. Clients can book hotels
now in the areas to be visited without yet knowing all the
As for Far and Wide customers, O'Shea said, "we will ensure that
they are aware and able to take advantage of the festivities" that
coincide with their trips.