AVANTI IN THE NEWS
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.
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 Avanti only works thought travel advisors.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Spain is, and justifiably has long been, one of our best-selling European destinations,"" said Paul Barry, Avanti's CEO, in a press statement. "With milder winter temperatures and plenty of sunshine all year, it also has a rich diversity of food, culture, history, and landscapes. That makes it a perfect one-country destination for custom-tailored independent vacations."
"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.
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.
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.