Tauck Adds Features, Enhances Value With Its 2010 'Exotics' Itineraries

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2010 Journeys To Africa, Asia, Latin America And South Pacific Announced

The silver lining to this year's economic landscape is that our suppliers have been more eager to work with us and secure our business, and the dollar has also regained some of its strength

Tauck World Discovery has announced the details of its 2010 "Exotics" portfolio, the company's collection of 21 all-inclusive guided journeys in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. For the coming year, which also marks the company's 85th anniversary, Tauck has added a number of engaging new features to the Exotics journeys while simultaneously trimming the price of many itineraries.

"The silver lining to this year's economic landscape is that our suppliers have been more eager to work with us and secure our business, and the dollar has also regained some of its strength," said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. "That means we're able to improve the pricing on many of our Exotics trips without impacting the quality of the guest experience. To the contrary, we've actually been able to enhance the guest experience by adding a host of interesting and engaging new features."

Mahar cited the company's "China, the Yangtze River & Hong Kong" itinerary as an example. Guests on the 2010 itinerary will join the Director of Beijing's Cultural Heritage Protection Center for a visit to a "hutong," a neighborhood community and Beijing cultural tradition whose numbers are being threatened by development. While viewing the famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, Tauck guests will learn about the statues' history and their preservation directly from the museum's Conservation Director. In Shanghai, Tauck travelers will receive an introduction to the city from the vantage of the VIP viewing terrace at the city's gleaming five-story Urban Planning Center. Later, guests will travel aboard the world's fastest train when they ride the 268-mph Maglev.

"Even with all of those added features, we've been able to lower the high-season price of our China Travel program by $300 per person," said Mahar. "Our Worldwide Operations team has done an incredible job. It's easy to lower prices by stripping away trip components, and you can add new elements if you don't mind higher costs. But adding interesting and authentic itinerary components while also improving prices is a true accomplishment."

A total of 14 journeys in Tauck's Exotics collection will carry a lower price in 2010, with savings ranging from $200 to $1,600, and an average savings of $350 per person, double-occupancy. An additional five itineraries will be priced the same for 2010.

Tauck's Exotics portfolio is highlighted in a new 92-page full-color brochure that is being mailed to agents and consumers. For more information, please visit your local travel professional, contact Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or go to http://tauck.com/.

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