ACV Releases Details On Partnership With Trafalgar & Contiki
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Air Canada Vacations Managing Director Nino Montagnese with OJ's Nina Slawek.
Last month, Trafalgar and Contiki announced a partnership with Air Canada Vacations. The tour operator has now released more details on what that will entail.
Your clients will now be able to choose from 16 Trafalgar ‘Guided Vacations’ and five Contiki ‘Guided Trips’ featured in ACV’s 2018 Europe brochure and bundled with flights and transfers.
They will have the opportunity to participate in signature Trafalgar insider experiences such as an authentic meal with the Calistri family at their borgo in Limonaia, Italy, and Contiki free-time add-ons such as bike tours in Barcelona or cruises around the island of Capri.
“Air Canada Vacations is constantly looking to innovate and provide customers with a wider choice of products and extraordinary experiences,” says Managing Director Nino Montagnese.
“As experiential travel gains in popularity, the ability to offer travellers unique, flexible and authentic tours is a must. By bundling flights, accommodation and excursions, customers also benefit from cost savings.”
To introduce its Trafalgar Guided Vacations, ACV is offering early booking savings of up to $1,400 per couple and free Economy Class seat selection. This offer applies to select air-inclusive packages and departure dates with a minimum five-night stay. Travellers must book and pay by 11JAN.
When booking and paying by 28FEB, clients can save up to $1,000 per couple. For bookings made by 26APR, savings of up to $600 per couple are available. These offers are valid for travel completed by 31DEC, 2018 and applicable to Economy Class only. Guests will also receive a $50 per person voucher to use towards Optional Experiences with Trafalgar.
To introduce its Contiki Guided Trips for 18- to 35-year-olds, ACV is offering up to $650 off select air-inclusive packages of five or more nights and free Economy Class seat selection per person who books and pays by 21FEB. Those who book and pay by 10APR will save up to $450 per person, or up to $300 per person when booking and paying by 6JUN. Travel must be completed by 31DEC, 2018. Guests will also receive a $50 voucher towards Free Time Add-Ons with Contiki.
ACV says the partnership will simplify the booking process for agents and enable them to earn commission on both the air and land components. Bookings can be made online or via the call centre. Group requests are invited and agents can earn ACV&ME points with each booking.
The Air Canada Vacations 2018 Europe brochure will be released in December and the operator promises many more new products in the lineup.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.