In the business of travel, marketing tools often play a big role in generating new business and adding to your bottom line, and of course, the occasional bonus commissions and agent perks don’t hurt either. Here, we’ve rounded up the latest in travel agent resources and incentives.
Summer may be coming to a close but travelers planning those last-minute beach vacations can take advantage of the Sweet Summer Savings deals available at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, FL. Special rates start at $159 per night. What’s more, the property has increased its travel agent commission to 15 percent for bookings through Sept. 30. For more information, call (877) 577-3243 or visit theseagatehotel.com.
Brendan Vacations is offering travel agents an incentive of its own with the announcement of the company’s new travel agent loyalty program, Travel Agent Loyalty Rewards. The program provides all qualifying travel agents the opportunity to earn a $25 credit good towards any of Brendan’s escorted or customized vacations with every passenger booked (vacations must be a value of at least $2,500 pp to qualify).
Travel agents are also invited to experience any of Brendan’s escorted vacations to Europe, Canada and the U.S. For $50 per night, the Experience a Tour program give agents an opportunity to discover some of the company’s most popular itineraries at a discounted price. For more information, visit brendanvacations.com/agent.
If it’s booking tools you’re looking for, Expedia.com recently launched a new platform— Expedia Access—to support its Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP).
Through TAAP, agents gain access to Expedia’s wide selection of products and services. They can also book through Expedia’s website and earn commissions when doing so. Some other highlights of Expedia Access include the ability to download invoices and itineraries to send to clients, plus the capability of adding your personalized logo to all messages and activity reports, allowing agents to regularly monitor their bookings and commissions. For more information, visit access.expedia.com.
Meanwhile, just last week TRAVELSAVERS unveiled an enhanced extranet designed to help its travel agents throughout the U.S. help them sell more effectively.
Enhanced features include access to a searchable database of hundreds of offers, preferred supplier booking engines and access to all of TRAVELSAVERS’ niche market programs, as well as a marketing calendar, which includes information on webinars, FAMs and conferences.