This week’s agent wrap has left Travel Weekly‘s editor looking like The Incredible Hulk, such is his jealousy of all these mega famils and ‘supertours’.
Agents kick-up their heels for the final Globus Supertour stop
Twenty of Australia’s top-selling Globus family of brands’ agents (pictured above) have just returned after an 11-day tour of the Southern States in celebration of their annual Supertour.
With stops in Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and finishing up in Louisiana, the agents got a true taste of the famous Southern charm.
The hand-crafted itinerary shined a light on the locations that have played an integral role in the evolution of American music, from rock and roll, to country and the blues.
Highlights included celebrating Memorial Day in Chicago, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, exploring Graceland, and experiencing the best kind of blues in Memphis.
Culminating in New Orleans, agents were given the opportunity to explore the French Quarter and immerse themselves in Cajun cuisine, with a cooking demonstration and dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking, before exploring the city’s iconic party culture down the buzzing Bourbon Street.
To wrap up Supertour in style, agents donned their finery for a garden party themed gala night, set atop the former rooftop coffee warehouse turned event space, The Chicory.
With a view over the sparkling city lights, the agents kicked up their heels and danced the night away to celebrate the end of another incredible Supertour.
The destination for next years’ Supertour will be announced in September.
Agents can earn their place on the 2020 trip by selling as many Globus family of brands’ products including Globus, Cosmos, Avalon Waterways or Monograms between 1 March 2019 and 29 February 2020.
Helloworld hosts huge agent famil in Japan with Singapore Airlines and Intrepid
A mega-group of 28 Helloworld Travel’s top-performing and most improved agents recently returned from a famil with thanks to Singapore Airlines and the Intrepid Group.
Lucky participants travelled to Singapore and Japan to learn more about Singapore Airline’s connections between the countries, and to experience the Intrepid Group’s small group tours first-hand with highlights from Intrepid Travel, Peregrine and Urban Adventures itineraries.
The agents were split into three groups to experience a wide breadth of the incredible destinations in Japan.
The group visited Tokyo, Kamakura, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Takayama, and gained an authentic insight into life in Japan through Intrepid Group’s activities and expert local leaders.
Highlights included a local cooking class in Singapore and a home stay at a Ryokan in Japan. The travellers had the chance to participate in multiple Urban Adventures throughout Japan, including Tokyo After 5 and Kyoto Lanterns & Lanes.
The participants got to see first-hand how Singapore Airlines’ routes and transit options between Singapore and Japan, with a stopover in Singapore on the way up to Japan, can enhance a client’s travel experience.
The famil also let the agents experience the different travel options and style of travel through Intrepid Group, first-hand.
MTA advisor taken to tusk on Mammoth Mountain
Visiting California’s Mammoth Mountain as part of an American Airlines’ ‘Let it snow!’ California snow destinations study tour, Mobile Travel Agents’ Sandy Sirianni made time to say hi to the famous giant bronze sculpture which dominates the famous ski resort.
Sandy’s program also included the opportunity to update on new ski resort accommodation, activities and attractions recently completed in North Lake Tahoe.
TravelManagers hosts first round of state meetings for 2019
TravelManagers has just finished the first round of its bi-annual state meetings series across Australia for 2019.
The meetings, which were held in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, are designed to keep the company’s 570-plus personal travel managers updated on the direction of the company and its technology and marketing developments.
TravelManagers executive general manager Michael Gazal said. “This round of meetings focused on our planning for the future of TravelManagers.
“In particular, it covered new commercial opportunities, updates from our financial, commercial and IT departments, and there was also time allocated to presentations from several of our key supplier partners.”
Ensemble unveils new-look magazine
Ensemble Travel Group, has launched a-new look magazine for the Australian and New Zealand markets ahead of the winter season.
Katy Muyt, general manager for Australia and New Zealand and Ensemble, said: “Ensemble’s focus is on the success of our Australian members, and the new look and feel of our award-winning Ensemble Extraordinary Experiences magazine continues our commitment to offering the very best on-the-ground resourcing and support.
“Our fourth edition brings the exotic people, places and experiences Ensemble offers to life in vivid colour, ensuring our members stand out as leaders in travel.
“The winter 2019 edition is jam-packed with a variety of unique and emerging travel destinations, including an exciting introduction to a revitalised Havana, a journey navigating hidden valleys in Tuscany, a road trip across autumnal New England and a glimpse at the cultural attractions of Ethiopia.
“We also hear from Ensemble members who share what they loved about their recent travel experiences, take a peek inside the blue ribbon accommodation in our hotel and resort collection, and check off the upcoming dates for some delectable food festivals.”
MTA advisors enjoy stylish lunch date in Positano
Sophia Loren might not have been at home, but Mobile Travel Agents’ Beate Carr and Annie Morrison more than made up for her absence with their stylish arrival for a lunch date in Positano on Italy’s picturesque Costiera Amalfitana.
The two MTA advisors visited Italy as part of a Unique Tourism Collection study tour of southern Italy, which included visits to Praiano and volcanic Ischia in the Gulf of Naples and also Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands off the northern coast of Sicily.