At the Rail Plus event are Patricia Parsons and Lorraine Eves, both You Travel Hamilton At the Rail Plus event are Patricia Parsons and Lorraine Eves, both You Travel Hamilton

New for Great Train Journeys

A Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is a key feature of the 2018 Great Train Journeys brochure,

launched to New Zealand trade at an event on Wednesday night. The tour combines a number of well-known rail journeys in Switzerland, including the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express and the Jungfaujoch. Clients can choose between three- and four-star accommodation to complete their tour. The new brochure also includes Kiwi domestic product in the form of The Great Journeys of New Zealand (TranzAlpine, The Coastal Pacific and The Northern Explorer). And in North America, a Canada Winter packages selection is on offer for clients who want to get into the Rocky Mountains in the colder months. Ingrid Koclijan, commercial director Australia & New Zealand for Rail Plus, says the hugely popular Rocky Mountaineer (which itself has some new programmes) only runs between April and October. ‘So now we have a Snow Train concept that includes VIA Rail between Vancouver and Jasper, with accommodation and sightseeing outlined in the itinerary.’ Another feature of the trade function was the launch of the Great Train Journeys Rail Expert Programme, the first time these products have had their own dedicated training programme. Koclijan says the Great Train Journeys department has existed for 10 years and started as a ‘slow burner’. ‘But in the last few year there has been huge growth and now a lot of agents are crying out to learn more. We find that agents booking with us are saying they have clients wanting to do anther journey but are wondering where they should go. Or they have cruise clients who are looking to do something different.’