Tauck reports it has begun taking bookings on its 2014 “Tauck Bridges” collection of land journeys and cruises designed specifically for families. The company said it has posted itinerary information, departure dates and prices on its website for each of its 17 Tauck Bridges itineraries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa. This effectively launches its collection of family trips for the coming year approximately three months earlier than in prior years.
According to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, the earlier launch will better support the company’s network of travel agents. “Getting information on next year’s Bridges trips into the market earlier will only help our agents, who tell us that families are planning and booking vacations earlier than ever,” said Mahar.
In particular, Mahar cited the growing numbers of extended families who are using Tauck Bridges trips as occasions for reunions. “Large family reunion groups plan their trips farther in advance,” added Mahar, “and having our 2014 information available to agents now will help them capture more of this extremely lucrative business.”
The publication of Tauck’s 2014 Bridges information comes in the midst of a very strong year, with 2013 bookings of Tauck Bridges trips enjoying double-digit, year-over-year gains, Tauck said. Tauck Bridges family itineraries embody the company’s philosophy of “shared enrichment,” with each trip crafted so family members of all generations can experience the bonding, or “bridges,” that result when the fun and learning provided by travel are enjoyed together.
The approach, which is a marked contrast from cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts that emphasize kids-only facilities and activities, has been the guiding principle behind Tauck Bridges itineraries since their launch in 2003, Tauck said. The Bridges trips are also notable for being virtually all-inclusive.
Tauck Bridges journeys average 40 guests, ages 8 and over, and each is led by an experienced, professionally-trained Tauck Director who handles all day-to-day travel details.