For 2013 Globus will provide travelers a blend of faith, fellowship and fun with six faith-based itineraries that include the world’s most spiritual and inspiring destinations. The destinations are matched with the history, culture, landscapes and cuisines that appeals to travelers, Globus notes. In addition, for the first time, the Globus family of brands is introducing three budget-friendly religious vacations through the Cosmos brand.
According to a new religious travel study conducted by TravelStyles and commissioned by the Globus family of brands, many travelers (25 percent) are using a faith-based vacation as a motivator to travel internationally for the first time. “In 2013, Cosmos will help inspire even more international travel with new faith-based journeys,” said Mike Schields, managing director of groups and emerging markets for Globus brands.
“For more than 50 years, Cosmos has helped value-minded travelers see the world by offering affordable travel packages. Now, dreams of taking an enriching faith-based vacation can be a reality for the masses. Cosmos’ religious vacations start for as little as $130 per day,” said Schields.
The TravelStyles survey also revealed that Italy and Israel continue to top the list of desirable religious vacation destinations (58 percent of travelers are interested in Israel; 30 percent in Italy). Globus’ Israel & Jordan and Grand Catholic Italy tours are two of the company’s most popular faith-based tours year after year. Cosmos will follow suit, inviting travelers to Italy and Israel during its first year with 9-day Spiritual Highlights of Italy and 9-day Holy Land Discovery.
A strong sense of community is important to religious travelers, Globus says: 70 percent are likely to choose a group tour for their religious travel experience. Now, with faith-based itineraries offered by both Globus and Cosmos, travelers have more tour choices. Plus, eight makes a group with Globus’ and Cosmos’ scheduled itineraries and departures – a small-group advantage for religious travelers.
Whether they’re looking for a custom set of cities or simply want to edit one of Globus’ current itineraries, the Globus family can craft a journey that’s perfect for each group’s needs, passions and interests, Globus says.
New for 2013, Globus is helping religious travelers raise funds for their church with a new Get Out & Give Back program. When groups book their faith-based vacation with Globus or Cosmos, the company will contribute up to $1,000 to the church, after the trip’s conclusion.
Travelers booking a 2013 Globus Religious vacation can save 10 percent when they book and pay in full nine months prior to departure.