Press Release: Contiki Holidays Partners With ‘Tourism Cares’ to Establish a Scholarship Fund for US Undergraduate Students

Deadline to Apply for Scholarship Fund is April 15, 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 4, 2010 – Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is proud to introduce a “Tourism Cares – Contiki Vacations Scholarship Fund.”  The program will grant a one-year $1,500 scholarship to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in a travel, tourism or hospitality-related program. 

To apply for the funds, students are asked to submit their resume, two letters of recommendation, and an original essay that outlines their goals.  The Tourism Cares Scholarship Selection Committee will review all submissions, narrow down the candidates and appoint the final recipient.  Awarded funds will be applied to the student’s fall semester for tuition, books, and educational fees. 

“As a company that caters to the youth market, we are excited to provide this support,” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing at Contiki. “We look forward to helping a deserving and hardworking student begin an exciting and enlightening career in the travel, tourism or hospitality field.”

To learn more about eligibility and restrictions of the scholarship fund or to apply, please visit or apply at

About Contiki
Contiki boasts over 45 years of expertly designed vacation experiences for students and young professionals aged 18-35.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. Trip like we do. Go Contiki.

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity that benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations by giving grants to cultural, historic, and natural sites worldwide: by awarding academic, professional development, and service-learning scholarships to students of travel , tourism, and hospitality; and by organizing volunteer restoration events at tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.

Contiki’s Chapman Challenge

Guest Post By: Nicole Valles

Contiki and Saturday Night Magazine have teamed up to offer Chapman University students an opportunity to show off their best European accent for a chance at a London & Paris vacation!

The Saturday Night team rep’d for Contiki on campus and collected over 60 videos! There’s still time to enter and most importantly, vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen after March 5th, so get your webcam ready and show us what you’ve got. Your next video could be in front of Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower! For more info and to check out current entries, visit


Group Programs Offer Cash-Back Incentives, “Age Flexible” Travel

ANAHEIM, CA – Contiki Holidays, the industry leader in expertly designed vacations, has developed two programs that offer both large and small group incentives for booking travel abroad. The programs, which are utilized by a wide-array of organizations including study abroad, culinary, religious and alumni programs, offer cash-back incentives and free travel for group leaders.

Contiki’s custom group travel program is designed for groups of 20 or more people and provides complimentary spaces for trip leaders. In conjunction with the program, Contiki is flexible with its 18-35 year old age range limit and allows students under the age of 18 and chaperones over 35 to travel with the group. A Contiki group specialist also works with the leader(s) to create a customized itinerary that aligns with the interests of the travelers. Each custom program includes hotel accommodations, daily transportation, a Contiki tour manager and breakfast daily. In addition, Contiki offers activities such as dinners, sightseeing tours and excursions that can be added on to any itinerary.

To meet the needs of smaller groups, Contiki offers incentive travel for members of alumni associations, sororities, fraternities and student clubs traveling with five to 20 people. This program blocks space on regular Contiki tours and provides the group with marketing support to help promote their selected trip. As a bonus, Contiki donates $75 – $150 to the group or charity of their choice for every person that books with the group. Once the group has reached 10 people, a free spot is given to the trip organizer and each traveler receives $25 – $50 in vouchers good for optional activities like sky diving, white water rafting, and wine tasting.

“Contiki will continue to put the most flexible options and valuable incentives in place to support group travel to many of the most beautiful and historic destinations in the world,” said Greg “Fish” Fischbein, President of Contiki Holidays. “Our group specialists are highly-trained experts experienced in delivering packages that reflect the interests of each group and delivering to that expectation with the utmost professionalism.”

To learn more about group programs with Contiki Holidays, visit

About Contiki

Contiki boasts over 45 years of expertly designed vacation experiences for students and young professionals ages 18-35. Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. Go Contiki. Get Experienced.

It’s What We Know. It’s What We Love. It’s What We Do Best. It’s Europe.

Here at Contiki, we get super excited when our Summer Europe brochure is released. Now it’s just mere hours away and we can hardly contain ourselves! To celebrate, we’ve designed this fun online session to give you access to the best information – our tours, our offers, our peeps. We’ve even convinced our very own Greg “Fish” Fischbein, President of Contiki USA, to answer your questions! So join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm PST to find out the latest on new tours, the best destinations, what we have to offer, and travel tips including Greg’s Hangover Cure-All (hint: it involves more beer).

Have 2 weeks to get out of the office? 3 months for summer break? Want to get off the tourist trail and try something new? We’ve got something for everyone. Start planning for this summer – it will be here before you know it!

Sign up and get connected – we’ll have a live chat throughout the presentation and answer online questions with Contiki staff… all in real-time awesomeness. Plus, for attending you’ll snag $100 in vouchers* for our optional activities (think gondola rides, sky diving, and wine tasting).  Plus, you’ll be entered to win a digital camera – just for showing up!

Summer Europe Online Info Session

*Voucher applies for new bookings as of 11/17/09 and is valid for US residents only.

Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the link you’ll need to log you into the presentation on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 6:00pm PST / 8:00pm CST / 9:00pm EST. Call (866) 951-1151 and enter conference room number: 3271764 for audio.