Like Rip Van Winkle awakening from his 20 year slumber, members of the travel industry have gathered for the first official ‘live’ function in eight months.
The first ‘cab off the rank’ since COVID decimated the industry was Tahiti Tourisme. Traveltalk was among a small, select group of travel media invited to a briefing in Sydney.
The event was held to launch the new online Tahiti Specialist Program, designed to educate and inform travel agents on the multiple offerings of the Pacific Island destination.
“We are committed to ensuring that agents in Australia have access to all the tools they need to recommence selling our incredible destination,” said Caroline Brunel, Tahiti Tourisme Australia-New Zealand Account Director.
Going live today (Oct 14), the online program will support agents by providing incentive-based opportunities to start booking travel to Tahiti in coming months, in preparation for international travel resuming next year.
With the destination ranking as one of the hottest destinations to see in 2021 in research conducted by Vacaay, the roll out of the program is a commitment to ensuring travel agents are ready for the anticipated influx of enquiry about Tahiti once border restrictions are eased.
The official launch will be followed by a series of experienced-based training sessions, including the likes of Tahitian dancing and painting. There will also be ongoing destination training and booking support.
As agents progress through the various levels of the program, they will be rewarded with opportunities that include luxury and small group famils.
All agents who register before the end of November will go into the draw to win one of two pairs of return tickets to Papeete – with a winner from both Australia and New Zealand to be chosen.
“We know it has been an incredibly difficult time for many, but we also know how resilient agents are, and how imperative they are to The Islands of Tahiti,” added Ms Brunel.
“The Tahiti Specialist Program has been designed to ensure agents are ready and able to take advantage of the high level of interest we are seeing in our destination, despite the inability to travel right now – and if travel agents end up getting to travel to our island paradise themselves as a result, what a bonus!”
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