More Long Haul Tours On Tap For Trafalgar

With Martha Chapman

Wolf Paunic in Japanese mode

Flight Centre’s Amanda Seddon receiving a henna tattoo from artist Jabeen

The tempting prize table

Trafalgar’s newest Sales Manager, for BC & Yukon, Oben Sert with Travel Corporation’s President Jeff Element

Japan… India… Sri Lanka? For clients who are into long haul travel for the long haul, 2017 will bring a raft of new tours for Canadians. These are just some of the destinations that Trafalgar Tours will be launching next year.

“We are finding the biggest growth areas are Asia and South America,” says Trafalgar Canada President Wolf Paunic. At a travel agent event in YTO earlier this week, the company showcased some of its newest itineraries in partnership with DL, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Mexico.

A henna painter, samba dancer and costumed staff (Paunic sported a Japanese kimono) helped lend a multi-cultural atmosphere to the evening. “Our customers are always asking for new opportunities and we are happy to listen and respond to them,” Paunic stated, adding that Canada represents the 3rd largest market for The Travel Corporation which includes Trafalgar and 24 other companies such as Insight, Contiki and Uniworld.

“We are well known for our U.K. and Europe product, but tonight we are global. We have 9 new Asia itineraries and they can be linked together for a very nice revenue opportunity for you. Mexico is also a great ‘new’ destination for clients who are into culture, history and cuisine,” he added.

Marie Ann MacRae, The Travel Corporation’s Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships also gave a presentation on India, which she has visited 8 times. “They say that India is the grandest pageant on the planet - and it’s true. You can truly walk in the footsteps of history. India should be on everyone’s bucket list!”

Useful to know is that the Asia tours will top out at 26 passengers and South America at 32. (Trafalgar’s European coaches accommodate 48 clients.)

Ethnic food such as eggrolls and sushi, exotic music and door prizes ranging from bottles of wine to air tickets to Australia and Asia rounded out the evening’s cosmopolitan focus.

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