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ETC reports strong start for new program

Entire Travel Connection has reported an encouraging start for its new Spain and Portugal destination program, taking 29 bookings within just half a day of sales opening.

Spain and Portugal Travel Connection, which launched yesterday, joins the firms existing specialist travel branches 22 years after the launch of their first, French Travel Connection.

The company now operates three Travel Connection country divisions including Tahiti which launched 21 years ago.

"We were not busting to do something new but were keen to build the company," Entire Travel Connection managing director Brad McDonnell told a media gathering yesterday.

"We are not looking to open up 50 divisions and have 50 brochures."

Gill Gaspar has been appointed to manage the Spain and Portugal portfolio and he has more than 40 years of retail travel experience centred on Portuguese travel.

"To be true to our philosophy as a true specialist you have to have the right person. You've got to have the heritage, the knowledge the experience to know what you're talking about," McDonnell said.

Each destination group will continue to operate with consultants who have specific destination knowledge.

"Our point of difference is that we are not one number for all destinations. It's not a pool of consultants talking about all the destinations. Tahiti consultants only talk Tahiti," McDonnell said.

Agents will also be able to offer clients added value with city packages including a private transfer, three sightseeing tours, a ‘crumpled' map and a transport card.

Meanwhile, Gaspar confirmed the bookings were already starting to come in, and was optimistic the product range would be well received.

"Spain and Portugal Tourism don't have the bucks at the moment but the experiences are there," he said.

 

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