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Travel Agent Goody Bag

written by | Posted on May 4th, 2011

From selling tools to bonus commissions, make sure you’re adding the most to your bottom line by staying up-to-date on the latest travel agent incentive opportunities.

South African Airways Vacations (SAAV), for example, has launched a new travel partner portal that will make earning 12 percent (or more) commission accessible to travel agents throughoutNorth America.

“The ability for a travel professional to quickly and easily find specific packages, itineraries, photographs and more, is just another example of how SAA Vacations is looking to empower our travel partners,” says Terry Von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations. “Now with this new section on our website, agents can easily find the information they need, add photographs to help promote and sell a myriad of different properties and find the perfect vacation package for the most discriminating of clientele,” he adds.

After agents log onto the website, they will be able to view the commission structure plus agency bonus incentive program, booking forms, an image gallery and promotions. In addition, itineraries can be downloaded and customized with the travel partner’s information to be forwarded to their client.

For more information, e-mail cheryle@flysaavacations.com or visit flysaavacations.com.

Outdoor Traveler Destinations, too, announced the launch of its own dedicated travel agent portal, OTDagents.com. The new portal is designed to help travel specialists cater to one of the fastest growing sectors of travel—the outdoor recreation travel niche.

“Outdoor recreation travel is considered one of the fastest growing niches within the leisure travel market and it represents an over $300 billion industry encompassing 115 million outdoor enthusiasts,” says Scott W. Boone, president of Outdoor Traveler Destinations. “At Outdoor Traveler Destinations, we have developed a program that encompasses diverse experiential vacation accommodations bookable online and commissionable to traditional and home-based agents who register at our new travel agent portal, OTDagents.com.”

Outdoor Traveler Destinations represents vacation properties across a mix of accommodation styles set within scenic backdrops of North America with amenities and activities dedicated to the outdoor-minded traveler. From traditional leisure hotels and resorts, to hunting and fishing lodges, camps, dude ranches, and more, lodging options featured by Outdoor Traveler Destinations include not only guestrooms, but also cabins, glamping yurts, treehouses, bunkhouses, and other diverse offerings.

Once registered at OTDagents.com and approved as an Outdoor Traveler Destinations Travel Partner, agents benefit from agent commission program ranging from 10 to 20 percent on special promotions; full searching and booking capability online; full availability to marketing tools, training, and industry research for agents; access to exclusive agent offers and unique promotions for their clients, and more.

“The ultimate goal of the Outdoor Traveler Destinations’ dedicated agent portal is to make it easy and profitable for agents to book our unique range of accommodation styles to fulfill their clients’ outdoor recreation travel wishes,” says Boone.

Travel agents can register for free at OTDagents.com.

Meanwhile, Hotel Madeline Telluride and Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride, CO, are both offering a travel agent incentive of 15 percent for new bookings.

Both properties just reopened under new management in February and have already made dramatic changes that include bringing on local renowned chef Jake Linzinmeir as culinary director of the new M’s Restaurant, Bar M, and 9545 Restaurant; and introducing the new Spa Linnea, which focuses on treatments to alleviate the effects of high-altitude.

As a destination, Telluride (pictured) is known as one of the premier ski resorts in the Rockies but this charming town is also popular among summer travelers with activities such as biking, rock climbing, hiking and fishing. For more information, visit hotelmadelinetelluride.com or innatlostcreek.com.

And for your Mexico bookings, AMResorts just launched its annual May Madness campaign, the company’s largest agent-focused incentive program of the year.

Through May 31, agents who book three nights (minimum) at any AMResorts property and register their bookings at AMRAgents.com are automatically entered with three opportunities to win daily and weekly, as well as a monthly grand prize. Drawings will be held for participating Master Agents to win:

·        Daily drawing for $500 bonus commission ·        Daily drawing for a $50 Visa gift card ·        Daily drawing for a 3-night stay at an AMResorts property (land only) ·        Weekly drawing for $1,000 bonus commission ·        Monthly grand prize drawing for a 7-night stay packaged with air in a premium suite at an AMResorts property