CEO Reports Actions Taken To Increase Value And Appeal
"With an increase in the number of women solo travelers, our overseas offices have been working hard to negotiate free or lower cost supplements for single travelers on our land vacations, while allocating more space and availability on our rivers and small ocean ships," said Cook. "In addition, we recently launched a free roommate matching program, a 30-day risk free guarantee, and a new section on OAT's web site just for women. We believe that the trend of women traveling solo, meaning alone or with a friend but without a spouse, is on the rise," said Cook, "and we intend to become the leader in 'solo friendly' travel by offering unbeatable value along with an inclusive, welcoming environment on every one of our departures."
Beginning in 2009, OAT and GCT have taken the following actions to provide stronger value and accessibility to solo travelers:
1. Single Friendly Travel--Free or Low Cost Supplements
OAT and GCT now offer free or low-cost single supplements on all 2009 land vacations and on select river cruises and small ship adventures. Solo travelers can save
2. Free Matching Roommate Service
OAT and GCT have always tried to match single travelers with roommates upon request. Now, and new for 2009, if OAT or GCT fails to find an appropriate match, the solo traveler's single supplement fee is waived. In addition, OAT and GCT will launch a free, new "Travel Companions" service on-line next month that will enable solo travelers to find like-minded travel companions and/or roommates.
3. Risk-Free Guarantee
OAT and GCT's 30-day risk free guarantee allows a traveler to cancel a trip within 30 days of reservation for a full refund (please call for details). "This has been especially helpful to our single travelers," said Cook. "Many of them make reservations that are contingent upon a friend joining them. The 30-day grace period lets them book the best deals as they arise, while giving them time to arrange for a travel companion." In addition, travelers who participate in the companies' Good Buy Plan can save up to 10% off the cost of the trip.
4. Online Information for Women Travelers
OAT recently added a women's travel section to its web site (www.oattravel.com) called "Harriet's Corner," named after
About Grand Circle Corporation
Grand Circle Corporation is the leader in international travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans age 50 and older. Through its brands Grand Circle Travel (est. 1958), Overseas Adventure Travel (est. 1978) and Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises(R) (est. 1998), Grand Circle offers a wide range of small-group adventures by land and by small ship, river cruises, escorted tours and ocean cruises worldwide. Grand Circle is headquartered in
SOURCE Overseas Adventure Travel