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Movers + Shakers: Railbookers names Michelle Cook BDM; debuts South America 

Railbookers continues to grow its footprint in Australia with the appointment of Michelle Cook as Business Development Manager.

Railbookers continues to grow its footprint in Australia with the appointment of Michelle Cook as Business Development Manager.

With nearly 30 years of travel industry experience, Michelle has held a wide range of roles across the sector, from travel consultant to Jetset franchisee to business development manager for escorted tours at Collette. 

“My passion is to inspire people to travel the world so that we can influence others to live a fulfilling life, and embrace acceptance and change whilst making a difference,” she said. 

New Railbookers recruit Michelle Cook

“I believe that travel inspires us to change our perspectives and help promote responsible choices for the benefit and sustainability of future generations and the world.” 

And Cook will have a lot of new product to promote, with the announcement that Railbookers will enter the South American market for the first time. 

Due south

Peru by rail. Railbookers
Peru by rail.

Offering 21 new itineraries based around Peru, the rail tour operator promises “carefully crafted” journeys that feature scenic and luxurious train trips, sightseeing, activities and more. 

According to Railbookers, travellers can expect private transfers, personalised welcomes and hosted experiences while enjoying independent travel benefits. 

Beyond Lima, travellers will explore Peru’s iconic sights by train, including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Railbookers’ new Peru itineraries also go beyond train travel to include sightseeing at major landmarks accessible by air and boat, such as overnight cruises to the Galapagos Islands or river cruises exploring the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Machu Picchu Railbookers
Machu Picchu

“South America – whether its Peru, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands or beyond – is a once-in-a-lifetime travel destination for many of our customers and travel agents, and we are thrilled to offer a comprehensive collection of independent train holidays in Peru that check all of the boxes,” Railbookers President and CEO Frank Marini said.

“Our product team has meticulously created these journeys that offer some of the best sightseeing and scenery, accommodations and luxury experiences available anywhere.”

Antonella Maggi, Director of Sales and Marketing at PeruRail, said the railway operator was “super excited” Railbookers Group was launching in Peru. 

“We welcome their clients in our train journeys for genuine, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” he added.

With packages ranging from eight to 25 days, Peru holidays are available to book immediately for departures until 2025.

Railbookers’ South America by Train brochure can be viewed here.

Read our interview with Frank Marini, who says Railbookers is not a rail ticketer, despite its name.