You'll find us making news a fair amount as the premier FIT tour operator as we keep our finger on the pulse of trends in independent travel. Here you'll find some of the top stories that include Avanti or feature Avanti.

Travel is a 'Human Need'

Travel is a 'Human Need'

recommend.com - April 2024

Recommend had the opportunity recently to sit down with Paul Barry, Avanti Destinations' CEO, gathering insightful intel on the industry as a whole as well as the FIT tour operator's unique approach to its vacation offerings. It's about sustainability — sustaining a destination in its most authentic state, giving back to the local people, treading lightly and allowing travelers to experience the unique qualities of the places they are visiting, Barry tells Recommend. Via its custom-crafted independent vacations, Avanti Destinations, he says, focuses on just this type of travel, which allows for freedom of movement, a leisurely pace and embracing the destination.  Read More

Avanti Destinations predicts a rise in popularity for custom groups

Avanti Destinations Expects Custom Groups Business to Grow 30% in 2024

travelagewest.com - April 2nd, 2024

To support advisors in expanding their groups business, Avanti has launched a new Groups webpage on the company's travel advisor portal, featuring 10 sample group itineraries spanning various segments of group travel such as special interest groups, educational groups, sports fans, corporate groups, and spiritual and religious groups.  Read More

Avanti Highlights Group Travel Growth with New Advisor Webpage


Unique Accomodations around the World

The 10 Most Unusual Places to Stay Around the World

travelmarketreport.com - March 12th, 2024

While some travelers opt for traditional hotels, all-inclusives, or mega cruise ships for their vacations, others desire accommodations that are more unique. This is where travel advisors can really shine, recommending standout properties that give their clients elevated, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, along with impressive bragging rights.  Read More

Avanti's new Ecuador itineraries

FIT tour operator AVANTI DESTINATIONS has expanded its Ecuador lineup

travelagewest.com - March 11th, 2024

FIT tour operator AVANTI DESTINATIONS has expanded its Ecuador lineup to include the new 12-day Ecuador's Natural Wonders itinerary. Ideal for combining the country's top attractions, the trip includes Quito, the Amazon region and a fournight Galapagos Islands cruise. Highlights range from visiting Indigenous communities to a trip to Cotopaxi National Park, a private Quito city tour and more.  Read More

Paul Barry

How Avanti Destinations Is Supporting Advisors, From Growing Its Portfolio to Adding a New Call Center

travelagewest.com - March 1st, 2024

Discover how we at Avanti Destinations are dedicated to supporting Travel Advisors and continuously expanding our portfolio to provide the most robust resources! Read and share this exclusive interview from TravelAge West, in which our CEO, Paul Barry, discusses our recent additions and innovations in detail. Read More

Gina Bang

Avanti Destinations Names Gina Bang Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

travelpulse.com - February 2nd, 2024

Wholesale custom tour operator Avanti Destinations has appointed Gina Bang Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, reporting to CEO Paul Barry. Sales previously reported to John Hanratty, who remains Senior VP Industry Relations.  Read More

Avanti Destinations Appoints New Chief Sales and Marketing Officer


Avanti Appoints Gina Bang Chief Sales and Marketing Officer


Bang Appointed Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

TravelAge West


Avanti and Belize Tourism Board partner to offer new FIT experiences

travelmarketreport.com - January 22nd, 2024

Avanti Destinations and Belize Tourism Board are partnering to offer new FIT experiences in the increasingly popular destination, along with selling tools for travel advisors. Avanti, a tour operator that sells only to advisors and not directly to consumers, has added new itineraries, hotels, and resorts to its Belize portfolio, and released a new e-brochure, webinar, and booking guide for advisors to refer to when selling Belize to clients. Read More

Avanti Partners with Belize Tourism Board to Develop Independent Vacations in Belize


Expanded FIT lineup in Belize, e-brochure, webinar for advisors


Avanti Introduces New Belize FIT Products, e-Brochure, Webinar



Insider Video: Why Avanti Now Offers FIT Programs to the South Pacific

insidertravelreport.com - September 12th, 2023

Paul Barry, CEO of Avanti Destinations, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his FIT operator's new South Pacific programs, specifically to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Barry explains why Avanti is expanding beyond Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa to offer tailor-made products in the South Pacific, including suggested itineraries—and why Avanti only works through travel advisors.

Avanti CEO Paul Barry on its expansion to Australia and New Zealand



Avanti Adds Tenerife to its Lineup for Independent Travelers

travelagentcentral.com - March 31st, 2023

Avanti Destinations has added Tenerife—the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, just 186 miles west of the North African coast-to its lineup of European destinations for independent travelers. Read More

What's It All About? Avanti Heads Into Tenerife



Avanti Launches Expanded Flexible Italian Villa Experience Program

insidetravelreport.com - March 29th, 2023

Each of these villas offers different experiences, such as wine-tasting, gourmet meals with wine-pairing, vineyard tours, cooking classes, candlelight dinners in olive groves, and spa facilities in seven regions around the country, from well-known regions like Tuscany and Piedmont to more off-the-beaten-path ones like Sicily and Sardinia.


Avanti Go365: Re-Thinking Seasonality

travelresearchonline.com - September 8th, 2022

Right now, as people are finally breaking free of the restraints of COVID, overcrowding at tourism sites has re-emerged as an issue to consider when making travel plans. This is a good time to consider traveling outside the historic summer vacation period.


Avanti Partners With Philippine Tourism for Travel Advisor Education Opportunity

travelresearchonline.com - August 29th, 2022

Paul Barry, CEO of Avanti Destinations, had this say, "If your clients are looking for a tropical paradise with friendly local people, it's hard to top the Philippines."

Philippines Tourism Office, Avanti Partner on E-Brochure and Webinar



Swiss Valais-Matterhorn Region and Avanti Partner on E-Brochure

travelagentcentral.com - August 22nd, 2022

"We always encourage advisors to suggest destinations beyond the obvious to their FIT clients", said Paul Barry, CEO of Avanti Destinations. The Valais-Matterhorn region is an excellent "new" place in Switzerland to recommend, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors in winter or summer."

Avanti Partners with Swiss Valais-Matterhorn Region on E-brochure



Staying Ahead Of the Technology Curve

travelpulse.com - August 1st, 2022

The platform incorporates the accumulated destination and planning knowledge of its most experienced travel consultants and the massive amount of travel services it offers in all of its destinations.


Avanti Launches "Another Side of Britain" E-brochure for Advisors

insidertravelreport.com - June 28th, 2022

Wholesale FIT travel specialist Avanti Destinations has launched an e-brochure for travel advisors describing the many reasons Great Britain appeals to independent travel clients, whatever their interests or demographics, and whether they are first-time or repeat travelers to the U.K. Avanti sells custom-crafted independent travel vacations exclusively through travel advisors, not direct to consumers.


U.S. Tour Operators See Boom After Inbound Testing Requirement Ends

Travel Market Report - June 17th, 2022

Paul Barry, the CEO of Avanti, the operator that exclusively does FIT vacations, told TMR that Avanti, too, has already seen "a positive impact."
"We've seen a significant increase in terms of the number of quotations for FIT travel that have been requested by advisors since the CDC made their announcement. That number is still growing—but at this point, it is about 15% above the number we were receiving before the announcement," he said.

Abu Dhabi

Avanti Announces New Partnership With Abu Dhabi

Travel Pulse - June 10th, 2022

Avanti Destinations has partnered with Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism [DCT], offering customized independent and group travel to Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the United Arab Emirates as well as education and inspiration to inspire travel advisors and their clients.

Abu Dhabi and Avanti Launch Campaign to Educate Agents


Avanti Launches Educational Campaign on Abu Dhabi for Travel Advisors


Avanti Adds Abu Dhabi to Its Lineup


Avanti Adds Abu Dhabi


Avanti Helps Advisors Sell Abu Dhabi, Offers Perks


Avanti Hires Two Regional Sales Directors

Avanti Hires Two Regional Sales Directors

Travel Agent Central - May 10th, 2022

Avanti Destinations has hired two industry veterans as regional sales directors; Michel Madjerich in the Southeast and Darin Meder in the Northeast. Read More

Scotland News

National Travel Advisor Day incentive

Avanti Global - April 19th, 2022

In honor of National Travel Advisor Day, which this year lands on May 4, 2022, and National Travel Advisor Month, Avanti Destinations is offering a $25 gift card for each FIT land booking of $5,000 or more made between May 1 and May 31, 2022. This offer is valid for travel any time before Dec. 31, 2022 and paid with at least a deposit on land arrangements by the end of the May.

Avanti Celebrates Travel Advisors with Gift Card Perks


Scotland News

Scotland adventure with Avanti Destinations

Travel Weekly - March 30th, 2022

"We have designed this joint campaign and the new itineraries to broaden travelers' experiences beyond the capital, Edinburgh, and to take in amazing sights the average tourist misses," said Paul Barry, CEO of Avanti Destinations. Read More.

Avanti Adds Israel to its Middle East Offerings

Avanti Adds Israel to its Middle East Offerings

Avanti Global - December 1st, 2021

Israel is adding even more opportunities to travel FIT in the Middle East. Check out our recent publications below and view our Essence of North Africa & the Middle East 2021-2022 brochure here.

Avanti Destinations Adds New Israel Itineraries


Avanti Announces New Israel FIT Vacations and Additional Changes

Travel Pulse

Where to Travel Now

New ASP Launch

Avanti Global - October 29, 2021

The launch of our new website is making a splash around the travel industry! Our suite of innovative tools designed to help advisors market themselves, keep their clients engaged, and ultimately help convert more sales is receiving great reviews. Utilize your own brand to widen your lead funnel and create inspirational itineraries in minutes.

Avanti Launches New Travel Advisor Website

Travel Market

Avanti Destinations Launches New Agent Website


Avanti Launches New Travel Advisor Website

Travel Agent Central

Avanti Debuts New Travel Advisor Website With More Advanced Tools

Insider Travel Report

Avanti Launches New Travel Advisor Website

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