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“We will never recall the advanced commission”: Collette

Learning to navigate through the global pandemic is challenging for any travel company, which is why Collette is doing it with the support of travel agents. In this week’s Take Five interview, we sit down with Vice President Ron Lonsdale who says it’s absolutely essential to be supporting agents at this time, and this means not recalling advanced commissions and implementing policies that “put the travel advisor at the forefront of the customer experience.” Here’s what else he had to say about new travel trends and what clients can now expect on a Collette tour:
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Collette’s biggest sale of the year starts Nov. 16

TORONTO — Collette is ready to launch its biggest sale of the year, offering up to 20% off tours worldwide for departures Jan. 1, 2021 – Aug. 31, 2022.  The booking window runs Nov. 16 – Dec. 1, 2020 and applies to a wide range of destinations for travel in 2021 and 2022, including the Oberammergau Passion Play, […]
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“Give agents a commission pipeline”: Collette’s Lonsdale

No doubt about it, the past six months have been unbelievably tough. It’s times like these that trusted brands shine through. “Collette has been in business for 102 years,” says Ron Lonsdale, Collette’s Vice President, Canada. “We have seen so many trying times in our industry. The learnings from the past apply today.”
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Collette launches new advanced commission program

Collette’s brand new Advanced Commission Program, launching today, offers advanced commission payments to agents.
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RIT delays restart until April 2021, and more updates from major tour operators

TORONTO — Though many destinations have already begun to reopen their borders, travel restrictions are still in place for many countries around the world, plus Canada is still dealing with a blanket global travel advisory and mandatory quarantine. All of these factors severely limit tour operators in how and where they can operate. Most major […]
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Happy Travel Agent Day: “There has never been a greater need to celebrate agents”

If there is one silver lining of COVID-19, it’s that the value of travel agents has never been more apparent. In the first few weeks of the pandemic, agents across the country spent countless hours helping to bring stranded clients home, rebooking them for future travel and sifting through rapidly-changing travel policies from suppliers, all while struggling to keep their businesses afloat in the midst of lockdown measures and global travel restrictions. 
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Suspension & Oberammergau updates from Collette, Globus, Intrepid, Trafalgar & more

With COVID-19 still a global pandemic, tour operators have been forced to re-evaluate their plans for the coming weeks, with many extending their period of suspension and updating their travel policies to now include the postponed Passion Play in Oberammergau.
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Goway, Insight, Trafalgar, Collette and more have updates, suspensions

With global travel restrictions being announced daily due to COVID-19, a growing number of tour operators have announced updated travel policies and/or a suspension of operations.
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Princess Cruises, RIT, Silversea and more update policies

More tour operators and cruise lines are loosening restrictions on their rebooking and cancellation policies in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Ireland on sale now with Collette’s limited-time offer

Collette is hoping to channel the luck of the Irish with its new Ireland Sale, launched in celebration of upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.
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