Ensemble Adds 15 New Preferred Partners

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Ensemble Travel Group used the opening general session of its annual conference last week to officially welcome 15 new preferred partners to the organization’s lineup.

Making their official introduction in Nassau before a crowd of approximately 900 members, suppliers, and guests were the following new partners:

Tour Operators

 

  • Privately owned and operated by the Hodge family, Goway Travel is Ensemble’s newest partner in the tour segment. From self-drives and backpacker transport to helicopters, treks and safaris, travellers have an array of independent, customized and group travel choices with Goway.

On Location

 

  • American Excursionist/Canadian Excursionist is a luxury DMC for the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and 12 islands in the Caribbean. Their mission is to empower affluent travelers to live out their passions through travel experiences.
  •  Beyond Times Square, Ensemble’s newest On Location partner, has built its reputation on delivering VIP treatment, curated experiences and insider access for affluent travellers since 2003. The company specializes in customized guided services, sporting events, attraction and Broadway tickets, and private airport transfers and car service.
  •  Family Twist is a resource for private luxury family vacations and activities in 11 European destinations. While the company organizes accommodations, transportation, and activities for the family holiday, travelers can also choose from more than 40 a la carte activities for children of all ages. 
  •  Imperial Travel Vienna is an independently owned destination management company featuring private tours of Austria. Travellers can go to a cooking class, obtain tickets to a sold-out ballet at the Vienna Opera House, or discover their Jewish roots in Europe. Tailor-made programs and private transportation can be arranged in Austria as well as in neighboring countries.
  • Leonidas Travel specializes in the “hot-list” destination of Croatia and surrounding countries including Slovenia, Montenegro, and Herzegovina. The On Location partner offers FITs, shore excursions, villa renting, and yacht chartering. Cellphones are provided to all clients, which provide a support feature for travellers.
  • Revealed America designs and operates custom tours in and around more than 50 national parks, monuments, and sightseeing adventures in the western United States. Among the services: upscale best-in-class accommodations; privately guided activities by air, 4-wheel vehicle, raft/kayak, balloon, horseback, and foot; local experts in geology, wildlife, native culture, art, photography, and history. 
  • Reykjavik Excursions offers a range of motor coach tours and services for individuals and groups, with its primary focus on budget-minded travelers. Among its offerings are day excursions, “Iceland on Your Own” for the FIT market, and hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus service in Reykjavík. 
  • Sahara Experience specializes in customized private Morocco tours, luxury travel, Morocco dream vacations, Jewish heritage tours, Sahara Desert treks, luxury desert camps, and Morocco holiday adventures. In addition, the company offers customized private tours of Morocco’s imperial cities.

 

Specialty and Destination Marketing

  • Shore Excursions Group is an independent excursion provider for individual, small group, and large group cruise passengers in port destinations around the world. Clients can choose from numerous options, including scenic, cultural, active, and city tours.
  • Morocco National Tourist Office is the official destination marketing agency for this country. The partnership serves as a primary resource of local travel information as well as agent educational training and first-hand familiarization opportunities for members.

 

Cruise Lines

 

  • American Queen Steamboat Company delivers river cruises on some of the most historic waters in the United States. With itineraries ranging from five to 23 days, the line’s fleet features three paddlewheel boats, two of which sail the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and one located on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Founded in 1893 to operate voyages on Norway's western and northern coast, Hurtigruten has grown its offerings over time to 10 diverse destinations including Arctic Canada and Antarctica.
  • Le Boat is the largest operator of self-drive boating vacations along the rivers and waterways of nine different countries in Europe and Canada. The operator has 36 different departure bases to choose from and a fleet of 900 boats ranging from two to 12 persons. 
  • Launched just under two years ago, Victory Cruise Lines operates two ships, offering seven to 15-day cruises in the Great Lakes, Canada, St. Lawrence Seaway, New England, Cuba, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The line offers all-inclusive cruises focusing on education, history, and culture with shore excursions included.

 

Accommodations

  • The Ensemble Hotel & Resort Collection welcomed nearly 120 new properties, including these five-star hotels: Aria (Las Vegas), Bellagio (Las Vegas), Banyan Tree Cabo Marques (Acapulco), Fairmont Royal Palm (Marrakesh), Grand Wailea A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Maui), Oberoi Mumbai, Oberoi New Delhi, and Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Cambodia).
Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




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