Aussie travellers continue to flock to Europe, with Croatia, Greece, Sicily and Southern Italy among the most popular destinations. That’s according to Chris Fundell, National Marketing Manager for Globus, who told Traveltalk that our love affair with the continent shows no signs of slowing down.
“Globus’ 2018 European bookings are up by seven per cent versus 2017 which was also a good year for the brand,” Mr Fundell said.
“The momentum continues to build with 2019 shaping up to be an even better year, tracking at almost 11 per cent higher for Globus main product, to date.”
Mr Fundell revealed that the company’s new product line, Escapes by Globus, has proved popular, with Italy, Spain, Britain and Ireland leading the way.
Among the Escapes by Globus range is an itinerary for fans of art and architecture who can visit Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica, architect Gaudì’s masterpiece, that has been in construction since 1882.
For those who appreciate a good tipple or two, a tour through the whisky capital of the world – Scotland – includes a whisky distillery visit and tastings in Glasgow.
There’s also an ‘escape’ for those more interested in simply passing time in a Parisian café, eating crêpes and sipping coffee.
Mr Fundell added that the company’s new private European touring program was also proving extremely popular.
Specially crafted for parties from two to two dozen, Globus Private Touring invites travellers to experience all the benefits of an escorted Globus itinerary, while handpicking their travelling buddies.
“We’re delighted with the reaction we’ve received on the introduction of private touring,” said Mr Fundell.
“Our trade partners have welcomed private tours as an extension of our current touring portfolio – with particular interest coming from families and groups wanting a more personal experience.
“Similarly, agents have seen great appeal and opportunity with this extension for multi-generational travel, of which they’ve already seen huge growth in the cruising market. Our private tours offer an attractive alternative for this market.”
Any Globus European itinerary can be converted to a Globus Private Touring experience once an itinerary is chosen and the travelling party’s numbers have been confirmed.
Prices vary depending on the per person cost of the published tour itinerary and the number of travellers taking the trip (an additional premium is added, per guest, based on group numbers).