National Geographic brings private jet tours in-house: Travel Weekly
Ending a 17-year partnership, TCS World Travel will no
longer operate the private jet tours for National Geographic Expeditions after 2019.
National Geographic Expeditions is bringing its private jet
tour operations in-house for 2020 trips following the acquisition of
Chicago-based tour operator Global Adrenaline last year.
TCS World Travel has operated National Geographic
Expeditions’ private jet trips since 2001 and will continue to do so through
Dec. 31, 2019.
The 25-year-old TCS World Travel specializes in private jet
journeys and has partnerships with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Smithsonian
Journeys and the Signature Network, among others.
TCS World Travel is owned by London-based Travelopia, which
also owns Europe Express, International Expeditions and Quark Expeditions.
Travelopia was acquired by global investment firm KKR last year from former
owner TUI AG.
Global Adrenaline was founded in 2001 and is a luxury
adventure operator. Prior to the National Geographic acquisition, Global
Adrenaline had been operating a number of land-based National Geographic
Expeditions trips for more than a decade.