Big Fat Road & Rail Wrap

Big Fat Road & Rail Wrap

We know you haven’t seen one of these in a while, but the Road & Rail wrap is ba-aack! We wish we had this kind of enthusiasm when coming back to work, but you can’t win em’ all, right?

Rail Plus celebrates Eurovision with agent competition and incentives

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In the spirit of the annual Eurovision song competition, Rail Plus is encouraging agents to tune in on the action with a fun photo competition and sales incentive over the next two weeks.

Firstly, the team that submits the best Eurovision themed photo by 13 May will win a maximum of six 15-day Eurail Global Passes. To increase the chances of winning the major prize and spot prizes, agents can post their entry photo on the Rail Plus Agents Group on Facebook to gain likes. Winners will be announced on 14 May.

Secondly, the agent who sells the most rail passes between 8 and 14 May 2018 will receive a generous hamper of goodies. The winner for this sales incentive will be announced on 15 May.

To help with their sales performance, agents should note that until 31 May, they can pass on up to 37 per cent off Eurail passes to their clients. And until 14 May, they can also throw in a free City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Pass with bookings over $1000, which must include at least one Eurail Global Pass.

From Britain to Bonaire, 30 years of wheels, deals and a whole lot of “driving forward”

A self-drive holiday boom of the late nineteen eighties was the catalyst that opened the doors of DriveAway Holidays in 1988. Back then, Britain was the original focus however the company has grown and driven a long way since as it celebrates a 30th Birthday this month.
Service, quality and choice have been the drivers behind the phenomenal growth of the business as DriveAway has grown from a team of 3-4 to 113 today.

As the traditional self-drive destinations such as New Zealand, USA, Britain, Ireland and France continue to grow more recently countries such as Japan, Iceland, Croatia and Norway are becoming increasingly popular.

Technology continues to evolve as DriveAway continues its investment and who can ignore what will be the most exciting change in the business when driverless cars are introduced to rental fleets. Renting one for any overseas holiday with DriveAway Holidays is perhaps not as far away as you think.

Best performing Rail Europe Agency Partners awarded

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Rail Europe recently hosted specialist rail travel agents and distributors from around the world at the 2018 Rail Europe International Distribution Event (RIDE). The invitation-only event took place on 13 and 14 March in Montreux, Switzerland, where agents met and mingled with the European rail carrier partners.

Rail Europe CEO, Fabrice Morel, kicked off the event with a state of the business presentation before attendees participated in a series of panel sessions and educational workshops from leading European rail carriers including SNCF, Swiss Travel System, Eurostar, Eurail, and many others. Keynote speaker, Simon Lehmann from Phocuswright then shared current market trends and the facts and figures that shaping the online travel landscape.

At the conclusion of the two-day event, Rail Europe awarded a series of agency partners, highlighting their excellent performance in a variety of categories.

Rail Plus adds $2000 to Rocky Mountaineer incentive

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Rail Plus has added an additional AU$2,000 bonus for flights to their recently launched Rocky Mountaineer incentive program.

Essentially, agents scoring the highest points for Rocky Mountaineer sales by 30 November 2018 will not only win two spots on the train’s First Passage to the West or Journey through the Clouds itinerary, but also $2,000 for them and their travel buddy ($1,000pp) to go towards their international airfares.

Scoring one point per pax for 2019 season bookings and three points per pax for 2018 season bookings on all Rocky Mountaineer itineraries, agents have just under seven months to accumulate as many points as possible. To improve their sales performance and the chance to earn extra points, agents are encouraged to subscribe to the Rail Plus newsletters and join the closed Rail Plus agent group on Facebook to stay informed with the latest updates, discussions, tips and tricks.

The winning agent will be awarded the prize journey for themselves and a friend in GoldLeaf Service for travel in 2019 and the $1,000pp. No other ground and transfer arrangements are included.

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