WASHINGTON, D.C. – Globus was one of the world’s first large tour operators to organize a religious travel division and the company is marking its 10th anniversary in 2014 with a new roster of seven tour choices and early booking incentives.
Included in the 2014 tour roster is a new eight-day Legacy of Pope John Paul II Poland tour.
Cosmos is the company’s value-focused sister brand and is offering four budget-friendly religious tours for next year, starting at $127 per day.
“The potential market for international religious vacations is sizeable and it’s grown five percent in the last five years,” said Mike Shields, managing director of groups and emerging markets for the Globus family of brands. Globus now estimates there is now a potential market of 16.3 million Americans for international faith-based travel. Travel surveys of travelers in 2007 and late 2011 revealed the market uptick.
Religious travelers value community when they travel, Shields added, and about 70 percent choose group tours organized by churches and others for their religious travel experiences.
While Italy and Israel remain the most popular destinations for faith-based travel groups, other destinations like Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Greece are on the tour roster for next year.
In honor of its tenth anniversary, Cosmos is granting travelers who book early a 10 percent discount. Groups get $100 per person on Cosmos or $200 per person on Globus faith-based tours for next year.
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