Club Med Now 65 Years Young!

with Martha Chapman

Jacinda Lowry, Club Med; Flight Centre’s Jason du Sautoy; Carolyn Doyon, Club Med & Ashley Everett, Flight Centre

A happy Chris Lackstrom of Ensemble Travel with Club Med’s Bob Ruttan & Jacinda Lowry

Club Med ski resort enthusiasts, all with Polimex Travel: Violetta Ganowska, Margaret Manitius & Anna Olejarczyk

Confession:  I used to be a Club Med G.O.  Not a bikini-n-beads one, merely a sales person in their Toronto office.  But in Club Med-speak, all staff, no matter who they are, are G.O.s, or “gentils organisateurs” – friendly helpmates, and for a short while back there in the 80s I basked in the glow of the Club Med name.

Even back then there was competition in the all-inclusive game, but Club Med always had a certain je ne sais quoi: that French flare, that great food and those generously-included sports (today it is the largest sports academy in the world). Not to mention the famous, cosmopolitan G.O.s who often spoke with swoon-inducing French accents. 

All of which is still true today:  there’s a ton of competition but The Club retains a cachet not found elsewhere as a group of agents learned last night at a birthday party celebrating the brand’s milestone 65 th birthday.

Carolyn Doyon, Senior Vice President of Club Med Canada & Mexico thanked the group, especially for the support this year with Canada showing a 12% increase in winter and 5% in summer. Groups, she said are up 17%, and we learned that sports groups, corporate groups and weddings are the winners there.

With The Club’s beach-and-sports image it’s easy to forget they operate 20 ski villages in the Alps, a truly hassle-free way to spend a vacation thanks to the all-inclusive convenience. Several agents at the event cited ski resorts as by far their best sellers.

The champagne was poured, the glasses clinked and everyone was very pleased to be part of the celebration  - especially Chris Lackstrom of Ensemble Travel, winner of a week for 2 at Club Mex Ixtapa!

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