Travel Agents

“Try not to overthink it”: G Adventures’ sustainability message to agents

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

G Adventures’ vice president of social enterprise and sustainability has urged travel agents to sell products that aren’t just a commodity and “make them feel good”.

Speaking to Travel Weekly following his presentation at Travel DAZE 2019 in Sydney yesterday, Jamie Sweeting advised agents to “try not to overthink it” when tackling sustainability.

“Look at tour operators whose product you can sell that you can fall in love with – that you can feel good selling that product because you know it’s making a difference,” he said.

“When you do that, you’re going from selling a commodity to selling an opportunity to change somebody’s life.”

Sweeting, who is also the president of not-for-profit group Planeterra, said that not only are these kinds of experiences phenomenal for the communities, but they are also awesome for travellers because they are genuine and authentic.

“These experiences are run by the people – you get to meet the people who actually run and own the business – there’s no middle-man,” he said.

Jamie Sweeting (Travel DAZE 2019) [2]
Jamie Sweeting speaking at Travel DAZE on Wednesday
“And as a tour operator, we’re able to create a safe environment for both the host and the guest for that interaction to thrive, and I think that’s where the tour operator comes in. We’ve curated the experience, and then we get the f**k out of the way and let the magic happen.”

Finding that kind of product to sell will enable agents to have a much more enjoyable career, according to Sweeting, “because it’s bigger than just yourself”.

“If you’re selling all-inclusives and the like, it’s fine, but you could be selling a Xerox machine,” he told Travel Weekly.

“If you want to really get into this as a career, then why not have it be towards a bigger purpose than just yourself?”

Sweeting also encouraged agents to go an experience these types of products to get a better understanding of what they are actually selling.

“Seeing is believing,” he said.


Kudos to all the sponsors for Travel DAZE 2019, which you can check out below…

 

TDAZE19_sponsor_block

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Seven new walking trips from UTracks, Destination NSW unveils Bondi-to-Manly trail + MORE!

After recently trialling the new Bondi-to-Manly trail, we can safely say that a pair of used Dunlop Volleys will not serve you in good stead.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

The hunter or the hunted? Webjet responds to acquisition speculation

by Huntley Mitchell

First it was speculation that Webjet was looking to acquire, and now it’s the other way around. Make sense of it all here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airlines slam government’s support of airport inquiry findings

Australia’s airlines are shaking their heads in disbelief after the government dismissed the need for an independent arbitrator for airports.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Pandaw Ganges river crash raises questions about ambitious itineraries

A recent river cruise crash during low water on the Ganges has begged the question of whether companies in this space are being too ambitious with itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Australia ambassador Brad Farmer’s 20 best beaches for 2020

Australia’s best beaches for 2020 have been announced, with a few surprise picks and snubs among the lot.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

White Island update: Seven Australians dead, critically injured return home

As devastating news continues to emerge, questions are being asked around why tourists were allowed to venture onto “one of the world’s most active volcanos”.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Flight Centre’s FCM becomes first global TMC to achieve Level 4 NDC certification

Here’s some news about the NDC… the new distribution capability, that is. Not the Nimbin District Choir or the Nordic Diving Club.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

CATO’s new consumer-facing travel mag officially launches

Do your clients need a little nudge to make their next booking? Make sure they’re subscribed to this free digital mag to keep them inspired.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

MAJOR DELAYS: Security scare causes evacuation at Adelaide Airport

Passengers at Adeliade Airport were told to expect “major delays” yesterday afternoon after a security scare saw hundreds evacuated.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Pre-register for Club Med, Accor’s new QLD hotel, Hilton launches Tapestry in Australasia + MORE!

Check-in to this week’s extra special Hotel Wrap! Okay, so it’s not EXTRA special – just a little special. And by special, we mean half-baked and caffeine-fuelled.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: Azamara’s cruise picks for 2019 to 2021, Scenic Eclipse guests get lucky in Antarctica + MORE!

We wrote the Cruise Wrap with our eyes closed today, on account of a slew of wonderful, FOMO-inducing announcements. We’d recommend reading with your eyes open, though. 

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

New luxury Australian train service launches

by Christian Fleetwood

Here’s hoping the train’s stopover in Coffs Harbour comes with a photo opp of The Big Banana.

Share

CommentComments