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TORONTO — Trafalgar’s annual agent incentive trip, Acclaim, will visit the brand’s newest destination of Africa in 2019.
For the first time ever the incentive is going global, with agents from all of Trafalgar’s sales regions having the chance to be part of the industry’s greatest incentive trip.
Meanwhile there’s still time to nudge clients to take advantage of Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount (EPD), expiring Jan. 31, as a way to boost bookings.
Trafalgar says the 10-day Africa trip in seven destinations “will once again see winners treated to Trafalgar’s incredible travel experiences with plenty of VIP surprises along the way.”
The journey starts in Cape Town with highlights from the top selling Essence of South Africa trip, including an ascent of Table Mountain and exploring Cape Peninsula. There’s also a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch with a family in their 18th century Cape Dutch home in the Cape Winelands.
As always the legendary Gala en Rouge event will be held in a secret venue. Trafalgar says it will unveil surprises surrounding the trip in the coming months, as agents get one step closer to securing their spot.
“We are #AgentsFirst and we recognize the importance of providing our valued partners with an opportunity to experience first-hand the incredible experiences and moments that Trafalgar offers their customers as well as our brand innovation. With our seven brand-new African itineraries now launched and off to an extraordinary start, it was the perfect choice to take Acclaim to South Africa in 2019,” says Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman.
Tollman hails from South Africa so the 2019 Acclaim trip is near and dear to his heart. “Africa sits very high on many people’s wish-list, but until you go there, you don’t really understand how it’s going to change you,” he says. “It’s one of those places that, when you leave it, you understand the very essence of the reason we travel.”
Tollman adds: “The Acclaim trip is renowned as the industry’s best trade incentive. And with us returning to our family’s roots, our agent partners are guaranteed that this will be an extraordinary trip, to an extraordinary destination, that will be spoken about for years to come. We are pulling out all the stops.”
Agents in the running to participate in Acclaim 2019 will receive a monthly maildrop to advise whether they’re in the race. Agents can also visit the Trafalgar Tribe Facebook page to keep up to date on how to get in on the action and where it will take them.
“The greatest excitement I have is to give our travel partners the opportunity to encounter this special country in our own local and unique way. It is my hope, and certainly my intent, to ensure they feel Africa in a way that only Africans understand; so that they too may say ‘Sanibonani South Africa’,” says Tollman.
To qualify agents must book a minimum of four guests from the Trafalgar Africa brochure for travel in 2019. Any additional passengers booked on any other Trafalgar product for travel in 2019 will also be eligible for this incentive. All bookings must be booked and have deposit by May 13, 2019.