York tour operator is moving in a bid to attract ‘the best talent in the industry’

Great Rail Journeys is moving to the Hudson neighborhood.

An international tour operator headquartered in York is moving.

The Hudson area in York is Great Rail Journeys newest destination which will occupy the top two floors of the development opposite York station.

As the business approaches its 50th anniversary, Managing Director Peter Liney said: “We wanted to invest in a more flexible, creative and collaborative environment in which our teams can continue to thrive in the City of York.

“With almost direct access to the main station, we hope to nurture the best talent in the industry with people benefiting from the excellent commuter links.

“As a travel industry company rebuilding from the hard-hit pandemic, being able to deliver our expertise from a reimagined space has also helped us reduce our office footprint by 40%.

“Hudson Quartier’s ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating and ‘A EPC’ rating played a significant role in our decision to move, helping us build a better future and reinforcing our long-standing commitment to the city. »

Hudson Quarter has over 1,000 square feet of retail space and is a new development of Palace Capital plc, a property investment company.

It is located on the original site of York’s first permanent railway station.

The site was once the main route for the York and North Midlands Railway and trains to London via Derby and Birmingham.

It was designed in 1840 by railroad pioneer George Hudson, after whom the new premises are named.

Peter added: “We are also working with recyclable waste specialists, Waste To Wonder, to ensure that any old office equipment is reused or recycled to help charitable causes both locally and around the world, reducing costs. disposal and reducing environmental impact.

“We look forward to welcoming our team and customers to a new office that truly inspires and reflects our rail heritage, as well as our passion for delivering fantastic vacation experiences.”

Great Rail Journeys, which also incorporates sister company Rail Discoveries, has five decades of experience and offers nearly 170 rail and river routes to more than 50 countries around the world.

GRJ caters to a growing demographic of culturally-minded travelers aged 55 and over, who typically prioritize travel expenses in their household budgets. Popular routes include exploring the Swiss Alps on the Glacier Express or Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Islands.