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Agent Wrap: ‘Sell Your Way to the USA’ reminder, MTA founders surprise Guy Sebastian + MORE!

In the spirit of keeping this week’s Agent Wrap “good vibes only”, Travel Weekly staff are doing what makes us happy: guzzling red wine and stuffing our faces with cheese.

REMINDER: Register to ‘Sell Your Way to the USA’

Sell your way to the USA and win big! (iStock.com/PPAMPicture)

Visit Anchorage, The Utah Office of Tourism, Travel Nevada, Washington, DC, Grapevine, Texas and American Airlines have teamed up to offer agents an opportunity to secure a spot on one of five exclusive famil opportunities by selling American Airlines to the United States.

Agents are reminded to register before 27 March to participate in the ‘Sell Your Way to the USA’ incentive program by simply emailing Lara Kamionka (Canuckiwi) at lara@canuckiwi.com to register their interest.

Secure your spot by collecting points during the incentive period. Earn points for any American Airlines return airfare, with additional points rewarded for PNR’s that includes Anchorage, Las Vegas, Dallas Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, or Washington DC.

Agents will also gain additional points for any Anchorage, Nevada, Utah, Grapevine, Texas or Washington DC land package being booked. The incentive runs through to 19 June, offering plenty of time to collect those points.

To find out more, visit www.canuckiwi.com/sell-your-way-to-the-usa-2020/

Aurora Expeditions to celebrate Antarctic season launch with Canberra event

Aurora Expeditions is set to celebrate the launch its 2021/22 Antarctic season and the 2021 global season in Canberra with an upcoming agent event, featuring special guests Greg and Margaret Mortimer.

By attending the event, agents will automatically go into the draw to win one of two famil spots on Aurora Expeditions’ 11-day ‘Iceland Circumnavigation’ voyage, valued at $10,700 twin share.

Details are as follows:

Date: 18 March 2020

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: The National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley, ACT

RSVP deadline: 13 March 2020

Canapes and drinks will be provided. Agents can register to attend here.

Art for Guy’s sake: MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ founders surprise Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian performs at MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ 2020 conference (supplied)

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ founder and co-managing directors Karen and Roy Merricks have presented a special gift to Guy Sebastian, after the singer joined them at the company’s 20th anniversary conference.

The gift, a portrait of the musician painted by Karen Merrick’s nephew, artist Paul Trappett, has been donated by the Merricks family to Guy Sebastian’s personal charitable cause, the Sebastian Foundation.

The presentation followed a personal Q&A session with the singer and MTA advisors hosted by the Nine Network’s Ally Langdon before Sebastian took to the stage to perform for the 500-plus conference delegates attending the conference gala dinner at Movie World on the Gold Coast.

G Adventures ‘Microfam’ a “huge success” Australia wide

Nepal expert and chief experience officer Suman Khatri was on hand to guide more than 30 agents around their own cities, sharing insights into his home country of Nepal and G Adventures’ various styles of travel styles on offer there.

The groups of travellers – made up of a mix of STA, Helloworld, MTA, Travel Managers and others – explored each city with Nepal highlights in mind.

Beginning their tours with a steep hike, Brisbane agents conquered the Story bridge climb, Perth agents tackled Jacob’s Ladder to Kings Park, and Melbourne agents made it to the top of the Southern Cross railway station stairs, while Sydney agents took a more relaxed approach discovering G Adventures’ wellness tour with a morning yoga class.

G Adventures’ Microfamils are designed to educate agents on tours available in Nepal as well as the unique experiences available through the company’s various styles of travel, through taking them outside of the traditional training presentation and offering a hands-on learning experience.

Agents step back in time with Quasar Expeditions

Four of Australia’s top South America wholesale specialists recently stepped back in time in the Galapagos on board Quasar Expeditions’ M/V Evolution.

Hosted by Eric Andrews from Quasar Expeditions and Rob Gurr from Ynot Concepts, the group kicked off their adventure with a couple of nights in Ecuador’s cultural capital, Quito, before embarking on the eight-day, seven-night cruise itinerary around the Galapagos Islands.

From exploring the islands and observing wildlife on foot, and by kayaking and taking panga rides to mingling with turtles and sharks in the water, the group enjoyed a first-hand opportunity to both experience and understand the uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands.

Participating travel professionals included (as pictured above, L to R) Ushi Grant from Travel Projects, Pauline Stavrakis from Abercrombie & Kent, Savio Pereira from The Travel Specialists, and Brendan Murphy from Latitude 33.

Uniglobe Travel launches revitalised brand

Uniglobe Travel International is launching a new brand presence, an evolution of the brand that reflects its new mission of driving clients’ success through better travel.

Uniglobe’s worldwide network, represented in 60 countries, gives clients the benefit of accessing content and technology they wouldn’t get from an independent agency, combined with hands on support from local agency owners who “really care” about their clients, the company said.

Travel Managers’ Julie Whitlock among P&O’s top-selling agents for 2020

Julie Whitlock (front row, 2nd from left) with fellow top 20 achievers (supplied)

For the second year running, TravelManagers is celebrating the inclusion of one of its personal travel managers (PTMs) among the P&O Flagship Top 20 selling consultants for 2019.

Julie Whitlock, as representative for Munruben, QLD, is TravelManagers’ newest cruise sales high achiever. She achieved her Flagship status based on her P&O sales made through the cruise line’s Polar Online booking system between 1 December 2018 and 30 November 2019.

Having already achieved Top 20 status in 2016 in her previous role at an online cruise agency, Whitlock said she was determined to replicate that success in her new business.

Congratulations Julie!

JAPAN 2020 Sno’n’Ski mega-famil wraps up

Sno’n’Ski Holidays’ first 2020 mega-famil to Japan concluded Saturday, 29 February in Hakuba.

After experiencing the best of the Tohoku Region and Nagano Prefecture with four nights in each, the group of 30 agents from across Australia made a stop to the snow monkeys on their return to Tokyo, before heading home.

Beginning in Shizukuishi, the agents were amazed with the choices of runs and the lack of lift lines at this beautiful resort.

Flight Centre consultant Alannah Silva said: “There are just so many runs to enjoy while here, make sure to try the night skiing, cat skiing and spend a day at Amihari Onsen Ski Resort or Iwate Kogen Snow Park to make the most of the whole region.”

Featured image: Guy Sebastian performs during MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ 2020 conference (supplied)

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