Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
TORONTO — Kensington Tours is offering a new collection of customizable, privately-guided itineraries.
“As a tour operator entirely focused on designing custom itineraries for our clients, we have seen a very interesting trend lately with respect to stopovers,” says Alison Hickey, President, Kensington Tours. “As new airline routings become available, an increasing number of clients are requesting land experiences designed around their ideal flight paths.”
She adds: “Airlines such as EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Emirates have expanded their reach throughout Asia, facilitating connections that did not exist previously. In the past, it was quite challenging to access regional destinations like Chiang Mai and Phuket without going through a capital city, like Bangkok, whereas now these locations are serviced by major hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Seoul with multiple daily flights.”
Long haul flights can now be broken up to ease travel, such as stopping in Singapore on the way to Southeast Asia. Cruising the Singapore River on an authentic bumboat, discovering the city’s architecture and dining at Michelin Star hawker stands are now experiences that can be added to one’s itinerary, says Hickey.
For clients travelling to Indonesia and Africa, Dubai has become a popular stopover spot. Offerings in Dubai include observing the city’s architecture through privately-guided historical tours and adventures such as 4×4 rides in the dunes and camel rides.
“It’s now possible to fly direct from New York to Singapore or Dubai to Bali, which allows us to take a more creative approach to trip planning,” says Hickey. “The best part about these new itineraries is that they apply even if a traveller’s chosen airline doesn’t offer a special stopover program.”
For more information, visit kensingtontours.com.