'Fortunate’ Agents Win Trips to Brazil at Goway’s Brazilian Night Out
with Vickie Sam Paget
Rita Wong and Myrna Geary, travel agents at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, with Diane Short and Bernadette Russell, travel agents at Baines Travel.
Kim Cable and Kim Shirlan, travel agents at Jubilee Tour & Travel.
From Goway: Ayesha Colquhoun (team lead – Africa) and Bryan Tutte (sales agent, tours & custom-made holidays).
James Li, vacation consultant at Expedia Cruiseship Centres Richmond with Carla Solano of Expedia Cruiseship Centres North Vancouver.
Soran Prasad, business development manager for Western Canada at Goway, Leandro Aragonez, Brazil account manager for North America at Embratur, and Don Forster, product manager for Central and South America at Goway.
A select group of 57 travel agents flocked to Vancouver’s Steamworks Brew Pub this week to learn about the many attractions of one of South America’s hottest destinations at Goway’s Brazilian Night Out—and to play a few fun rounds of Wheel of Fortune in the process.
Hosted by the Brazilian Tourist Board along with the South American Experts from Goway, the attendees included three lucky agents who won trips to the country.
The destination is enjoying some serious traction at the moment, thanks to recent changes to its visa program.
“The one big issue has always been the visa,” explained Leandro Aragonez, Brazil account manager for North America at Embratur. “You used to have to send the passports to the consulate. It was very bureaucratic, and it would take three weeks.
“Now it’s all electronic. It changed on 18JAN in Canada and the visitor numbers are just amazing. From Canada they’re up 74% over the same period last year.”
At a time when Canadian interest is piqued on Brazil, the destination is focussing on promoting itself as an ecotourism, adventure and cultural destination—and not just another sun and sand destination.
It’s a strategy s reflected in a presentation by Don Forster, Goway’s product manager for Central and South America.
When it comes to South America, Forster knows a thing or two: He’s circumnavigated it four times. So he has a wealth of knowledge to share with agents.
From vibrant Rio to jaguar-spotting in Pantanal, the natural wonder of Iguassu Falls, the remote beauty of Fernando de Noronha and the African vibe in Salvador, Forster had all the facts at his fingertips.
He highlighted some truly unique opportunities for your clients, like dancing in the Rio Carnaval parade, seeing the sunrise from Corcovado and full moon visits to Iguassu Falls.
He also emphasized opportunities to upsell clients to dual-destination trips to Argentina, Peru and even Venezuela’s Angel Falls, which he assured the agents is located in a safe region of the country.
Vickie Sam Paget Western Correspondent
Hailing from the UK, Vickie Sam Paget is a travel and tourism storyteller located in Vancouver, BC. When she’s not on the road, creating engaging travel content or gazing at the North Shore Mountains, you can usually find her curled up with a good book or sipping a pint of the good stuff in her local Irish bar.