Anne Majumdar

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has expanded its offering with the acquisition of US operator Mayflower Tours.

The deal represents part of the company’s growth strategy in the North American market. Chicago-based Mayflower will continue to run as a separate entity, named Mayflower Cruise & Tours. The same executive team will remain in place and its focus will remain unchanged.

Scenic's Glen Moroney

Scenic’s Glen Moroney

Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to benefit its guests.

“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,” he said.

“So, when the opportunity came about due to their wish to retire, it was an easy decision.”

 

Mayflower operates tours in North America and a number of countries around the world

Mayflower operates tours in North America and a number of countries around the world

As a result of the purchase, Mayflower will offer customers greater access to river and ocean itineraries with both Scenic and its sister brand, Emerald Waterways.

Meanwhile, Scenic and Emerald Waterways will benefit from having Mayflower’s range of land-based tours that can be combined with their own cruise offerings.

 

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Mayflower president Nish Patel described the company’s new owner as the “perfect match”.

“Mayflower’s fastest growing product segment is the river cruises and having access to Scenic’s excellent quality and vast inventory will offer substantial growth,” he said.

The company was founded in the US by John and Mary Stachnik in 1979 as a domestic tour operator, and expanded in the late 1980s to offer hundreds of tours across 52 countries.

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