If there was one person who could truly be called an icon of the travel industry, it was Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
TORONTO — In response to increased demand for home-grown vacations, The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) has announced the addition of two new suppliers offering Canadian product.
According to Flemming Friisdahl, founder of TTAND, agents can now sell tours, self-drive options and motorhome vacations through the newly added DMCi Inc. and CanaDream.
“We know that Canadians are discovering their own provinces and Canada more than ever during COVID and there is a lot of demand for domestic product,” he said. “The addition of these two new suppliers gives our network a wide range of domestic options to offer clients right now.”
DMCi Inc., in business since 2002, offers products and services across Canada that are fully commissionable. Products include mini-breaks, adventure package tours, self-drive holidays, excursions, escorted tours, luxury custom itineraries as well as private family tours.
Calling it an “honour” to be working with The Travel Agent Next Door, DMCi president Prasad Gopinath said: “With their brand reputation and large network of experienced home-based agents, the industry’s best marketing strategies and superior agent support, we believe that The Travel Agent Next Door will be a great partner in helping DMCi introduce Canada to Canadians as a destination.”
CanaDream, which has been a leader in the RV business for over 25 years, offers RV rentals across Canada from seven major gateways. Kathryn Munro, VP Sales & Marketing, said the company is “delighted” to be working with TTAND and that the new partnership opens up the company’s product to a vast network of agents across Canada.
“With the spotlight on travelling within Canada, RVing is such a great way of staying safe and in your own controlled space yet still getting away from it all and having a fabulous experience,” she said. “We are positive that our partnership will bring RVing to a new audience and together we will encourage the next generation of happy campers.”
The Travel Agent Next Door recently honoured its top partner suppliers and agents at its virtual Gala Awards Night in July. The awards, which were based on votes from TTAND members, were handed out to a wide range of partners, including Transat, Goway, G Adventures, TravelBrands and more, all of which were lauded for their hard work during the global pandemic.