CANADA’S iconic rail operator The Rocky Mountaineer has revealed that this year it is embarking on its “largest capital investment to date”, significantly increasing its capacity from 16 to 26 domes by 2020.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve really come in to major capacity constraints so for Australia generally we book a long way in advance so most Australians don’t ever feel the pinch of that,” said Rocky Mountaineer’s Managing Director Sales Asia Pacific Fiona Watson.

“But there are still some that seem to want to book a bit later and they have been hit with a block in capacity,” she added.

Not only will the additional domes add much needed capacity and enable expansion for the brand, but it will also allow the company to schedule more direct services.

“As of 2020, all of our departures will split and one train will go through to Banff and another will go through to Jasper, that will also split the load of requirement of hotel space across the Rockies as well which helps from a capacity standpoint as well,” Watson said.

The Australian market remains strong for The Rocky Mountaineer, despite a slight softening in sales over the last 12 months.

Watson told travelBulletin that Australia remains its second largest market behind the United States and still well ahead of the UK in terms of passenger numbers.

The Rocky Mountaineer is also providing plenty of incentives for Aussie agents selling its product, revealing intentions to bring back its Global Learning Journeys mega famil for 2020 following a successful activation last month.


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