Tailor-made rail holiday provider GRJ Independent (GRJi), a division of Great Rail Journeys Ltd. operation, has reported a 100% increase in passenger numbers for 2018.
The greatest uplift is from the under 50’s. This is in contrast to the escorted group touring sister brands; Great Rail Journeys and Rail Discoveries, whose niche is the age 50+ demographic. The growth is attributed to the increasing appeal and benefits of rail travel with the different customer sectors.
Responding to the increase in demand the operator has announced the expansion of its team of specialist tour advisors as well as the implementation of a new reservations system; reducing the quote turnaround time and improving efficiency.
Independent rail holidays package examples include:
· Mature Adventurer – A Majestic Tour of India – India, 10-day holiday including return flights from London to New Delhi, 7-nights stay in hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Selected transfer, excursions and sightseeing tours with English-speaking guides. Entrance fees to monuments visited as part of the pre-booked holiday. Porterage at all hotels, stations and airports. Air conditioned Class seats on the Shatabdi Express to Agra. Prices from £1,735pp based on twin-share.
· Young Professional – The Magnificent Eastern & Oriental Express – Thailand & Singapore, including return air from London, 4-night stay in a 4-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, 3 nights on board the Eastern & Oriental Express train in a Pullman Cabin. Prices start from £3,310pp based on twin share.
· Family – 10-day holiday to Lake Garda, Italy, including return standard class rail travel from London to Desenzano del Garda, 7 nights in a one-bedroom apartment with garden views at the 4-star Residence II Sogno Hotel. Hotel accommodation in Zurich at the 3-star Sorrell hotel Rex (outbound) and 3-star Hotel Dock in Milan (return) are also included for one night each. Breakfast included daily. Prices start from £1,065pp based on family of 4.
Alex Roberts, group sales & marketing director said: “we’re hugely excited about the continued surge in demand for our independent rail holidays. We’ve invested heavily in technology and people to provide the best product at the fastest turnaround. Backed by Great Rail Journeys Ltd, means we have access to the best inventory and deals available in the market. Travel Agents are a key source of growth for the brand so we look forward to working with them over the next 12 months to maximise every sales opportunity and help them provide a first class service to their customer wanting to explore the world by rail”.