Tauck World Discovery
Arthur Tauck is Chairman of the Board of Tauck World
Discovery, a tour company based on Westport, Conn., which
was founded as Tauck Tours in 1925, by Arthur's father,
Arthur Tauck, Sr.
Young Arthur joined his father's business part time as a
tour director in 1950, while attending Lehigh University.
After graduation and a tour of duty in the Air Force,
Arthur returned to Tauck and became its President in 1958.
At the time, the company offered six tour destinations
along the East Coast and carried approximately 2,000
travelers per year.
In the late 1950s, Arthur foresaw the future of combining
motor tours with air travel. In 1958, he introduced
charter air tour packages to Nova Scotia which still
operate today. A year later, he linked the National Parks
of the West by using air and motorcoach when the rest of
the industry was using rail throughout.
Tauck was the first to use helicopter sightseeing as an
integral part of Hawaii touring. This was followed by
further innovations in the use of helicopters when Arthur
introduced "Heli-Hiking" as a new concept for seeing the
Canadian Rockies, and successfully marketed these
helicopter tours to senior citizens. Heli-hiking combines
2-4 days of motor touring with 2-6 days of helicopter lifts
onto the glaciers, meadows and peaks of the high country.
In 1991, Tauck launched the "Yellow Roads of Europe"
series, named for the less-traveled scenic routes Arthur
recalled from his time spent abroad in the Air Force. The
product line has become extremely popular, and grown to
represent one-third of the company's business. During the
eleven years since, Tauck has expanded its product line to
include journeys to all seven continents. In addition to
its international growth, Tauck World Discovery continues
in its role as a leader in the North American tour
industry, offering 60 itineraries in North America.
Tauck remains a family company with Arthur's daughter Robin
Tauck serving as President of Tauck World Discovery and son
Peter as President of Tauck Holdings, Inc., which was
established in 2002 to focus on new business ventures. In
his position as Chairman of the Board, Arthur oversees both
Among its many awards, Tauck World Discovery received
Travel Management's REX Award for six consecutive years,
being voted by ASTA agents the No. 1 Tour Operator in
America. In 1998 and 2000, Tauck was named #1 among Tour
Operators and Safari Outfitters in Travel & Leisure
magazine's "World's Best" poll, and has won dozens of
awards over the years for its high quality products and
outstanding customers service.
Arthur is a past president of both the United States Tour
Operators Association and the National Tour Association.
He is currently a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the
Institute of Certified Travel Agents and serves on the
Board of Directors of the Travel Industry Association of
America. He also chairs the Travelers Conservation
Foundation as well as the Tauck Foundation, The family's