To all of our travel agency partners in the US, firstly let me wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Thanks for also checking back to the TTC Update, which is intended to be a quick and easy way to share information and updates that you have asked for. The TTC Update has a single purpose, to support you and so it will evolve as your needs do. From our brand executive’s updates there is a lot of great news to report at the beginning of 2017.
Bookings for 2017 are very strong. All brands are up YOY, there is real momentum in the market. We have celebrated record sales days over the past 4 weeks.
The airfares we offer are incredible, in fact they are lower than in any of the past 5 years. There are already compelling reasons to book air through TTC and our airfare promotions make it a no brainer for you and your clients.
The USD is very strong making a pint of Guinness in Dublin or a cappuccino in St Mark’s Square much more affordable.
Our flex deposit policies give you and your clients even more confidence to book early to lock in the best deals (early payment discounts and lower airfares).
We are adding 18 additional district sales managers in the Eastern USA and opening a NYC sales office to better support you (thank you Guy Young!)
Trafalgar, Uniworld, Insight Vacations and Contiki are rolling out their new travel agent e-learning programs this month, TTC Agent Academy.
We are launching a new river cruise brand; U by Uniworld (thank you Ellen Bettridge).
We have exciting new itineraries across most brands, check out Insights new South America and South Pacific trips (thank you Phil Cappelli), or the new Costsaver USA, Canada and Mexico program (thank you Paul Wiseman). Congrats also to Trafalgar for winning two more Readers Choice Awards in 2016, Best International Tour Operator and Best Domestic Escorted Tour Operator.
Check out our new “Travel with a purpose” partnerships with Me to We and our TreadRight Foundation work.
Please remember if you or your agency would ever like to participate in a TTC University Day (shared with other agencies or exclusive to you) we would love to arrange one. Beyond the extraordinary trips we offer around the world we want to explain how to cross sell from one brand to another to extend the value of your client base and to remind you that any guest you have travelled on one TTC brand automatically gets to apply a past guest discount to any other brand.
You are my clients and so if there is anything I can do to assist you please contact me at email@example.com
Thanks for your support and your business,
- Richard Launder