SEPTEMBER 2023 ISSUE
ENTIRE RAIL Journeys is a new program providing a one-stop-shop for travel agents.
The program encompasses a selection of revered rail voyages across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
“Agents will find legendary rail experiences featured on the Entire Travel Group website and we have also launched a dedicated phone line and email which agents can use to connect with our specialist consultants,” said Greg McCallum, Sales and Marketing Director, Entire Travel Group.
“In addition, in coming months we will be producing a dedicated Entire Rail Journeys brochure featuring many of our most popular luxury train experiences, from the Blue Train to the Golden Eagle, from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to The Ghan.”
GET YOUR GROUP ON AND WIN
TRAVEL AGENTS have the chance to win a $5,000 gift card in a new sales promotion from P&O Cruises.
The cruise company has just launched its new Group Holidays offering designed to make the booking and travel experience seamless for family reunions, birthday celebrations and anniversaries.
With everything in one place online, groups of eight to 25 can vote on destinations, pay separately and access an exclusive pre-cruise concierge to customise their voyage.
“For more than 90 years P&O Cruises Australia has been bringing people together,” said Marguerite Fitzgerald, P&O Cruises Australia President.
“With the launch of P&O Group Holidays, we are taking this commitment one step further, allowing family and friends to come together in the most enjoyable and hassle-free way possible.”
To be in the draw to win the gift card, agents must make a P&O Cruises Australia Group Holiday booking (between eight to 25 guests only) then explain in 50 words or less, ‘What are the best elements of a P&O Group Holiday?’.
The incentive runs until September 30.
BADGE IT UP
YOU’VE HEARD of Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Now ‘Keeping Up with the Badges’ could earn travel agents a $500 gift card.
Brand USA has just launched their latest incentive as part of its USA Discovery Program, an innovative and interactive training course designed to enable agents to become U.S. experts.
Every badge completed is an entry into a draw to win one of eight unisex fashion and lifestyle gift cards valued at $500. On completion of the Luxury Specialist Badge, agents will receive two entries in the draw.
Once completed, the badge icons can be downloaded to add to any communications to clients, demonstrating the agents’ expertise in that area.
“The USA offers travellers a wealth of experiences from rural to urban and culture to culinary,” said Jackie Ennis, Vice President of Global Trade Development, Brand USA.
“Our online training platform is a valuable tool that helps agents broaden their knowledge of the U.S. and gives them the confidence to sell a variety of diverse destinations to their clients.”
There are more than 60 badges to complete, covering all regions and states, as well as themed badges including the great outdoors, music, culture and heritage, and big city buzz.
The ‘Keeping Up with the Badges’ incentive runs until September 30. Winners will be announced every fortnight over the two-month badges incentive period.
ENJOY A FREE NIGHT WITH THE CAPTAIN
A NEW sales incentive has just been launched offering bonus cruise nights for agents and a companion.
The offer applies to both adults and children booked on Captain Cook Cruises Fiji departures within a 12-month period.
Agents booking clients on any of the cruise line’s three-, four-, seven-, 11- or 14-night Fiji and South Pacific itineraries will be rewarded with one free night per passenger for their own enjoyment, plus one travel companion.
The agent incentive celebrates the arrival of MS Caledonian Sky, which will debut in Fiji on November 11. Her arrival has enabled the cruise line to expand its raft of specially designed cruise itineraries even further into the most remote parts of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
Free nights apply for Ocean Staterooms onboard MV Reef Endeavour currently servicing the Fiji itineraries and to Superior Suites onboard MS Caledonian Sky.
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji will honour MV Reef Endeavour incentive nights for travel to March 31, 2024, and MS Caledonian Sky incentive nights to March 31, 2025.
SHOW ME THE MONET
SOME 20 agents have grabbed the chance to make a good impression during a themed painting class held at Monet in Paris on Brisbane’s Northshore.
The event was organised by Viking, a proud partner of the immersive experience.
Set to a powerful classical score and showcasing the full breadth of the Impressionist movement, the show transforms the world around you into the vibrant colours and intricate details of the Impressionists’ works.
The Brisbane and Gold Coast-based agents were guided through painting their very own Monet masterpiece, attempting his famous Water Lillies, while sipping on champagne.
Monet in Paris will next be heading to Crown Perth for a 12-week season, starting November 16 until February 4.
GOLDFINGER SHOUTS THE BAR
ONE LUCKY agent showed he has the Midas touch, winning a gold bar worth more than $1,000 in a recent promotion.
Eight agents made it through to the grand final of ‘The Gold and the Beautiful’ competition organised by Room-Res.
The finalists travelled to the Gold Coast where they enjoyed five-star luxury accommodation at The Dorsett, whale watching, theme parks and jet skiing before proceedings culminated in the ‘Gold Bar Beach Competition’.
The contestants faced a mix of travel trivia and beach sports before selecting one of nine impressive sand-sculpted castles. Each agent then knocked down their castle to see whose contained the gold bar.
Gerard Torrisi from Helloworld Stanthorpe in Queensland emerged as the ultimate ‘Goldfinger’.
“We built Room-Res exclusively for travel agents to give them a competitive advantage, and part of that is making Room-Res the most rewarding platform around,” said James Mooring, Co-CEO for Room-Res.com
“Adding a gold bar seemed like a beautiful cherry to put on the top.”
The eight finalists were: Hollie McCann – Bicton Travel; Sharee Mitchell – Travelrite; Pamela Platt – LeisureCom; Gerard Torrisi – Helloworld; Michael Puttner – TravelManagers; Luke Campbell – 1000MTG; Kerrin Poupos – TravelManagers; Lucy Bellamy – iTravel.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR AGENTS
CARNIVAL CRUISE Line has staged a series of events to support its valued travel trade partners.
To celebrate their ‘Grinchmas in July’ sailings, Carnival treated 20 consultants to an escape in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Dressed in their festive finest, agents boarded a specially themed bus for a ‘Christmas in July’ lunch where the joy of the season was celebrated in style against the Highlands backdrop.
A second event saw 50 agents step aboard Carnival Splendor, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland during the Grinchmas promotion. Amid the twinkle of lights, the agents enjoyed holiday treats, a ship tour, festive lunch in the Gold Pearl restaurant and the presence of The Grinch.
Carnival’s trade sales team embarked on a series of ‘Grinchmas’ themed blitzes during the promotion, wearing their distinctive Christmas sweaters and handing out chocolates as they went.
FIND OUT WHAT SETS OCEANIA APART
OCEANIA CRUISES has announced a series of events for trade partners across Australia.
The gatherings are designed to showcase the latest brand news including fleet updates and product enhancements, and the line’s new value promise.
Events will take place as follows: Melbourne (Sep 13 & 14); Sydney (Sep 20 & Oct 11); Adelaide (Oct 24); Perth (Oct 26); Brisbane (Nov 13) and Gold Coast (Nov 14).
“Oceania Cruises is proud to invite our trade partners and their clients to attend this special ‘Exclusive Cruise Events’ series as an opportunity for us to reconnect and showcase how our new voyages and fleet enhancements will continue to enhance the luxury cruise travel experience,” said Jason Worth, Vice President International Sales at Oceania Cruises.
Trade partners and their clients are invited to register now.
GETTING THE NUB OF THE HUB
INTREPID TRAVEL have celebrated the launch of their new agent hub and incentive with an event at their headquarters.
More than 40 agents attended the event in Melbourne where they were given a tour of the new platform, which supports them with training and marketing materials.
The evening also gave agents an opportunity to use the mobile-friendly platform on their devices and participate in an Intrepid-themed treasure hunt.
Four agents unearthed prizes and one will now get to travel on one of the trips from the incentive list found on the hub.
Yvette Thompson, Intrepid’s General Manager of Sales & Partnerships ANZ, says there will be more prizes available for agents who want to learn more about the platform.
“There’s so much great content available on the hub, from marketing assets to training webinars and incentives, ensuring that agents can learn more about Intrepid and create their own marketing whenever they want.”