Scenic Group continues its growth in the North American market with the purchase of Mayflower Tours.
According to officials, both companies share similar histories, albeit on two different continents. Scenic began as a luxury tour operator in 1986, adding luxury river cruises in 2008, and is now an industry leader with more than 800 escorted itineraries in 66 countries, 22 river ships, and two luxury Discovery Yachts (launching this year and in 2020). Mayflower began in 1979 doing the same thing in the US and today offers hundreds of deluxe tours in 52 countries.
Mayflower will continue to run as a separate entity, named Mayflower Cruise & Tours, with many of the same people, same executive team and same focus – offering immersive programs aimed at exceeding the guest’s expectations. The purchase will offer Mayflower greater access to river and ocean itineraries on both Scenic and its sister brand, Emerald Waterways.
“We are always looking for synergies that produce greater opportunities for our guests,” said Glen Moroney, founder and chairman of Scenic Group. “We have worked with Mayflower Tours for several years and have always been incredibly impressed with the level of service and offerings that John and Mary Stachnik (Mayflower Tours founder/owners) have offered their guests. So, when the opportunity came about due to their wish to retire, it was an easy decision.”
Mayflower Cruises & Tours will continue to be based in Downers Grove, just outside of Chicago, and lead by current Mayflower president, Nish Patel.