The number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. is up 5%, dodging the Trump Slump and keeping tour operators here upbeat about their sales volumes to U.S. destinations.
No matter how much you read about a destination, a resort or especially, a cruise ship, a site inspection is the best way to find out if a supplier’s brochure descriptions really do ring true. For retail travel agents, seeing is believing.
With that in mind TPI is hosting a record number of ship tours for its Atlantic Canada travel advisors and their clients this fall.
More than two dozen ship tours are taking place in Atlantic Canada this fall – the most ever for the region – at ports including Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John, St. John’s and Sydney.
Representing TPI on these ship tours are 100 TPI Atlantic Canada travel advisors and 235 of their clients who will experience a wide range of cruise product including Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Silversea Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.
“These ship tours build on our successful ship tour events in 2016 where hundreds of thousands of dollars in cruise sales were secured by our advisors,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO. “I’d like to thank our cruise partners for showcasing their product in such a way that allows our travel advisors to interact simultaneously with both their clients and the cruise product.”
Chia adds: “There is no easier way to sell a cruise than to experience one.”
The assortment of cruise lines includes contemporary, premium and luxury cruise lines, ranging from 382 passengers up to 4180 passengers, so TPI travel advisors and their clients can experience every product category ocean cruise vacations have to offer, he notes.
Onboard the ships clients get access to exclusive booking promotions. TPI travel advisors have the opportunity to take training sessions that qualify toward their certified cruise counsellor accreditations.