Rocky Mountaineer Railtours offers discounts on fam trips
VANCOUVER -- Rocky Mountaineer Railtours pays 10% commission on all products, including air.
The company works with consortia and offers special promotions for agency groups based on the specific contract. Commissions range from 13% to 15%. Air is always 10%.
RMR offers agents and a companion two-day RedLeaf service at a 60% discount.
The two-day GoldLeaf service and associated package tours are discounted for agents at 20%. Agent and companion receive a 50% discount on GoldLeaf service if they book at least 45 days prior to departure.
Larisa Zenjin, director, USA travel agency sales, said 50% of RMRs FIT North American bookings are made by travel agents. The company offers in-house training and marketing support through videos, collateral materials and co-op funding.
For more information, call (604) 606-7270 or e-mail [email protected]. -- K.S.
VANCOUVER -- It was a
November morning in 1885, in Craigellachie, British Columbia, when
Donald Smith took a sledgehammer and pounded his way into Canadian
history, driving in the final spike that completed that nations
first transcontinental railroad.
A bit more than 100
years after the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, tourism
and rail-travel visionary Peter Armstrong created a travel product
promoting an all-daylight tour service along the Canadian Pacific
and Canadian National Lines through Canadas west and the Rocky
He called it Rocky
Mountaineer Railtours (RMR).
Today, RMR is
marketed aggressively through a worldwide network of sales agents
in 18 countries, offering approximately 60 packages that range from
two to 17 days and cover virtually all of western
Although rail travel
is at the heart of its business, the tour operator continues to
evolve its travel product to include city tours, sightseeing,
rail/drive packages, motorcoaches and winter rail
RMR also makes hotel
accommodations for clients, often at a discount, and can book air,
creating an efficient, complete product.
Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer is the largest private passenger-rail
operator in North America.
two-day journey between Vancouver and Banff/ Calgary through the
Canadian Rockies has two classes of service: GoldLeaf and
Bloemendaal of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Garland, Texas, has
traveled in RedLeaf and has booked clients in that class of
service. He said it is an ideal choice for train buffs, families
and clients on a modest budget.
considered a luxury service that clients will pay nearly 50% more
departure is at 7:30 a.m., and the first seating for breakfast
begins almost immediately.
passengers are served meals at their seats.
GoldLeaf meals and
service are an unqualified first-class event. GoldLeaf guests are
called to the dining room below, where starched linens cover tables
topped with fresh flowers.
Although the line
reports that 40% of RMR passengers are from top U.S. markets such
as California, Florida and Texas, there were only a few Americans
on our trip.
At dusk, the train
pulled into Kamloops for the night. Kamloops accommodations are not
deluxe, although GoldLeaf passengers get the better hotels, one of
which is the 67-room Plaza Hotel done up in a sort of bygone
At 6:30 the next
morning, we were back on board.
We rounded a curve
and there they were: the towering, jagged peaks of the Canadian
We left the range
behind us and moved across flattening plains leading to
Some passengers got
off in Banff and traveled on their own or opted for an RMR
extension to Lake Louise and other attractions.
The rest went on to
Calgary, where GoldLeaf passengers had their luggage transferred
directly to their hotel -- in our case, the Calgary
downtown hotel is ideally positioned to explore the
Across from the train
terminal, the last stop for the Rocky Mountaineer, the hotel
bustles with activity and offers several Western-themed packages,
such as the Do West! Family Weekend and the Calgary Urban Adventure
Trains depart from
Vancouver to Banff, Calgary or Jasper and from Jasper, Banff or
Calgary to Vancouver on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from
mid-April through mid-October.
The basic two-day
GoldLeaf service (Vancouver to Calgary; Calgary to Vancouver),
depending on dates, costs between $909 and $1,146,
It includes the rail
trip, two breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, one nights
accommodation, rail transfers in Kamloops and luggage delivery to
the hotel room.
The two-day RedLeaf
service (Vancouver to Calgary; Calgary to Vancouver) costs between
$458 and $588, double.
It includes the
features of the GoldLeaf service, without the luggage delivery in
Kamloops. Luggage is checked through to the final
For more information,
call (800) 665 7245, or visit www.rockymountaineer.com.
covers the family travel market for TravelWeekly.com. He can be
reached at [email protected].