Reality television star Jillian Harris rode on the Rocky Mountaineer railway during her turn as The Bachelorette, now she she's designing for the brand. Harris, who owns Jillian Harris Design and now appears on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will redesign Rocky Mountaineer's bi-level glass-domed GoldLeaf coach.
"We're very excited to have Jillian partner with us on this project," says Hubert Wat, Vice President, Global Marketing. "Her extensive design background along with her passion and intimate knowledge of our product and brand make her the ideal designer for this project."
Her finished design will combine modern style with a nod to the luxurious earlier days of railway travel. The project will include a new design concept for the GoldLeaf coach's lower level dining area and upper level seating area.The first coach will be launched during the 2011 season and other cars will be redesigned with the new concept in multiple stages, resulting in a total of 16 GoldLeaf coaches redesigned. Harris says, "You can guarantee I'll be one of the first to take the trip in the newly renovated car - it's going to be stunning!"
Rocky Mountaineer offers 45 Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes trekking through the natural beauty of British Columbia and Alberta. In 2010, Rocky Mountaineer received its fifth World Travel Award for "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train" and was acknowledged for the first time for "World's Leading Luxury Travel Product of the Year".