Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

February 01, 2011 10:01 ET

Jillian Harris Inks Design Deal With Rocky Mountaineer

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2011) - Two short years after her journey onboard the internationally acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer while filming The Bachelorette, Jillian Harris reunites with Rocky Mountaineer to take the lead role in redesigning its bi-level glass-domed GoldLeaf coach under her company, Jillian Harris Design. As a current designer and host on ABC's hit Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Jillian is looking forward to utilizing her penchant for interior design on this exciting makeover project.

"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. This redesign will further enhance our guests' experience and will be the perfect complement to an exciting rail journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer."

Jillian's unique aesthetic will be tailored to the rail experience, using a rich color palette with exquisite detailing. Her finished design will combine modern, opulent style with a nod to times past. The project will include implementing a new design concept for the GoldLeaf coach's lower level dining area and upper level seating area. Her passion for incorporating luxury, comfort and style will help to create the perfect space for guests to enjoy for years to come.

"I am thrilled to be working with Rocky Mountaineer on this redesign project," says Jillian Harris of Jillian Harris Design. "It's a wonderful opportunity to be able to collaborate with Rocky Mountaineer on a professional level and to partner with an internationally acclaimed travel product. The concept they are looking for couldn't fit more perfectly with my approach to design and I look forward to showcasing the finished product. 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!"

One coach will be redesigned and officially launched in the 2011 season. Remaining cars will be redesigned with the new concept in multiple stages. Throughout the course of the project, a total of 16 GoldLeaf coaches will be redesigned.

About Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer offers 45 unique Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes, rich in history and natural wonders, through British Columbia and Alberta. This world renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada's West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the past 20 years, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to become the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and has welcomed more than one million guests onboard from around the world. 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". Rocky Mountaineer has also been recognized by National Geographic as one of the "World's Greatest Trip" and by the Society of American Travel Writers as "The Best Train Experience in the World".

For more information about Rocky Mountaineer, please visit rockymountaineer.com.

About Jillian Harris
Jillian Harris first charmed an audience with her irrepressible humour and emotional honesty on ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". Tapping into her true love and background of over 10 years experience in interior design, Jillian Harris is currently the host and guest designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Outside of her work in television, Jillian jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her firm Jillian Harris Design, where she creates custom-made 18th century dining and lounge pieces, and collaborates on restaurant interiors with architecture firm The Dobbins Group.

For more information about Jillian Harris, please visit jillianharris.com.

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