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Amtrak Vacations, Railbookers Move Into Canada

Responding to growing demand, Yankee Leisure Group is launching Amtrak Vacations and Railbookers in Canada, naming Cris David as its VP of Sales here.

David will oversee the introduction of Railbookers and Amtrak Vacations in the Canadian market and the launch into the market will support the local travel trade community, allowing agents and consumers to book in Canadian dollars.

Both brands to provide ease of access to iconic U.S. cities, treasured national parks and landscapes, and a one-stop shop for rail, accommodations, activities, transfers, ferries, and inner-city transportation for worldwide rail vacations.

In addition to offering more than 3,000 unique products in 51 countries and 690 cities, the company’s rail experts make it easy to build FIT rail vacations, such as pre- or post-river cruise train journeys, multi-country trips, long-distance overnight adventures, and getaways.

Frank Marini, president of Yankee Leisure Group, commented: “We are thrilled to launch our Railbookers and Amtrak Vacations brands in the Canadian market and are looking forward to having Cris David as our VP of Sales in Canada to lead the effort.”

David is a well-known travel executive and sales leader who has served as president of the guided vacation brands Contiki Holidays Canada and Insight Vacations Canada. He has worked closely with agents across the country and is familiar with the industry’s opportunities and challenges as it relates to the travel retail market.

Said David: “I am really excited to be joining the dynamic team at Yankee Leisure Group. The company’s meteoric growth over the last few years demonstrates the incredible value that YLG’s offering represents for consumers and travel agents alike. There’s really no competition. Nobody else in the industry is doing the same thing.”

Along with this full-fledged launch into the market, both brands will be distributing 2020 brochures featuring short and long-haul products and experiences that aren’t available anywhere else. From providing ease of access to iconic U.S. cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, treasured national parks, and sought-after destinations in Europe, Australia, Asia, and South Africa, both brands are a one-stop shop for rail, accommodations, activities, transfers, ferries, and inner-city transportation for worldwide rail vacations.

“For the trade partners we will be working with, Amtrak Vacations and Railbookers are completely unique as providers of rail-based leisure travel with the benefits of 24-month advance bookability including pricing and schedules, the ability to book in Canadian dollars, a complete FIT solution, and generous commission on all components of a client’s itinerary. In addition, YLG understands and addresses the things that are most important to travel agents: convenience, service, flexibility, and revenue,” David said.

On December 10, both brands will host a live webinar at 10 am, 2 pm and 5 pm EST to announce their launch into the market.

Agents can register for the webinars at: .

For additional information on Amtrak Vacations, go to and for more on Railbookers go to .

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