Xanterra is a descendent of the famous Fred Harvey Co., a talented visionary, who in the 19th century saw the need for quality hotels and restaurants for weary travelers making their way West along the Santa Fe rail line– with restaurants, hotels and tours for well-heeled tourists. So famous were his eateries that Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse and Angela Lansbury starred in the 1946 movie “The Harvey Girls,” about the women who worked at his restaurants.
The Harvey empire was sold in the late 1960s to Hawaii-based Amfac and in the later 1980s to JMB Realty – which established the Xanterra name. The company was later purchased in 2008.
Xanterra Travel Collection was established, eventually purchasing Windstar Cruises in 2011, originally a fleet of three ships, later expanded to three sailing yachts and three all-suite motorized yachts. Later acquisitions include VBT Bicycling Tours, Country Walkers and Holiday Vacations, and hotel properties near national parks (The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, The Grand Hotel and Cedar Creek Lodge). Xanterra shares its ownership with two legendary, iconic hotels – The Broadmoor in Colorado Spring, CO and Sea Island resort just off the Georgia coast.
Today, in terms of travel, The Xanterra Travel Collection is an upscale biking, bike and barge, walking, railway, cruising, sailing, touring, and hotel company with itineraries on six continents.
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