Trailways Restarts Tours

Lisa Jennings By Lisa Jennings railways Transport- ation System has relaunched its tour bureau and is now offering motor coach tour vacations across the country. Made up of a network of motor coach travel companies nationwide, Trailways was founded in 1936 and was the first motor coach organization to o

By: Lisa Jennings

By Lisa Jennings railways Transport- ation System has relaunched its tour bureau and is now offering motor coach tour vacations across the country.

Made up of a network of motor coach travel companies nationwide, Trailways was founded in 1936 and was the first motor coach organization to offer vacation packages by bus, said Gale Ellsworth, president and CEO.

The tours were popular until the 1970s, when “things changed drastically for travel in America,” Gale said. More people were traveling by air and motor coach tours fell out of favor, so Trailways put the tour operation on hold.

Now that trends show more Americans looking for travel opportunities closer to home, Trailways this spring began offering a number of itineraries, such as “Yellowstone in Winter by Snowcoach,” and “Canadian Rockies.”

Many member companies are motor coach tour operators with their own offerings. But members can now also promote the Trailway tours available nationally.

One of the most popular trips this year has been “Best of Boston & Cape Cod,” which is an eight-day tour that starts at $727 (double), including hotel, a whale watching cruise, and a lobster dinner.

All tours are commissionable at 10 percent.

703-691-3052, 877-467-3346; www.trailways.com.

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