Collette Family Vacations Celebrates One Year Anniversary, Offers $100 Extra for New Bookings, and Adds Panama for 2012

Collette Vacations’ President and CEO Daniel Sullivan, Jr. marks the nearing of the company’s one-year anniversary of offering Collette Family Vacations with the release of its 2012-2013 brochure and savings of $100 per person for new bookings on any family tour.

The print brochure has been mailed to select travel agents; an e-brochure can be found online at The brand, which launched last December, today adds a new Panama Family Adventure to its roster of family tours.  The Family Vacations brand is part of the company’s diverse segment of tours which includes its mainstream Collette tours; as well as Explorations small group tours.

On the roster of Family Vacations are ten specially-crafted itineraries that bring travelers of all ages together to experience destinations ranging from U.S. National Parks and the Canadian Rockies to the Islands of Galapagos and the streets of Paris. Melissa Snape Wisniewski, Collette executive vice president of product, is pleased with how well Collette Family Vacations is performing, adding “Italy, Costa Rica and the Wild West and Yellowstone are looking really robust for 2012.”

Imagine your clients’ family on a zip-line canopy tour in Costa Rica; stargazing in the Galapagos; and traversing the Panama Canal through two locks. Each engaging experience has been added to enhance the overall enjoyment of the vacation for both children and adults. Families grow closer with shared experiences like rafting the Athabasca River in the Canadian Rockies, riding the “Messenger Train” through the Andes, or watching Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park.

“To my knowledge, Collette is the only major tour operator offering a family tour to Panama, a great destination for all ages,” said Sullivan. “Here you have rainforests and luxury resorts; and experiences like traveling by dugout canoe to visit an Emberá Indian village and a hands-on discovery of stingrays and sea cucumbers at a nature center will be a hit kids and parents. The best part is Panama is just three hours from Miami but feels like a world away.”

Collette Family Vacations offers the ease and convenience of an escorted tour but is geared toward parents and grandparents traveling with children. Components of the new brand include child rates up to 45% off adult rates for children (14 and under); child rates that apply even with only one accompanying adult; family-friendly hotels and activities; and itineraries designed to keep all generations engaged.

While Family Vacations is its own distinct brand within the Collette family of brands, the advantage for travelers is that they can take advantage of shared services such as:
·      Complimentary roundtrip home to airport transfer service on all air-inclusive tours
·      Guaranteed departure dates
·      Industry-leading No Worries Cancellation Waiver that allows for a Full Cash Refund for cancellation right up to the day prior to departure.

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