BILLINGS, MT, Sept. 5, 2019 – Travel advisors continue to play a leading role at Austin Adventures, the artisans of domestic and international adventure travel. To make it easier than ever for agents to match their clients up with over 100 active adventures, the company recently launched a new Travel Advisor Portal and Learning Academy (see: https://www.austinadventures.com/travel-professionals/).
The portal delivers the information and tools that advisors need to sell Austin Adventures’ unique, active experiences for families, couples, groups and solo travelers. The portal includes booking policies, a webinar library, details on booking policies, policies on commissions and overrides and how to earn incentives.
“The purpose,” said Dan Austin, Founder and President, “is to help travel professionals become even more successful in their businesses by equipping them with efficient access to information – and ways to earn booking incentives.” Access to the portal and academy is free for all active travel advisors.
From the portal, advisors can order both physical and digital 2020 catalogs showcasing, in addition to tried and true adventures, new itineraries in New Zealand, Africa, Brazil, France and Spain. They may register for access to insider’s information on, among others, how to inspire and book clients on an active vacation. The video webinar gallery is a treasure trove of useful information and proven tips. Advisors are also welcome to request webinar topics for the future.
“We’ve learned over the years that a good travel agent is worth their weight in gold. Our goal is to make each agent we work with, a hero to their customers -- and our lifelong partner,” he added. “In addition, we’ll be looking for feedback from agents as to what we can do to help them sell more adventure travel.”
Advisors are encouraged to “graduate” from the academy, thereby unlocking a tiered bonus structure based off Bookings Per Calendar Year. These booking bonuses include:
· Next Booking with Austin Adventures: $50 Amazon Gift Card (one earned for each guest booked)
· 1-20 Bookings per year: 12% Commission
· 21-50 Bookings per year: 14% Commission
· 50+ Bookings per year: 16% Commission
The academy currently features one module, with more to come. Future webinar announcements and registration will be added as well.
“The goal is to educate advisors on Austin Adventures as a company and on our various trip offerings and the differences between them. The academy also indicates ways that advisors can build those ever-more-popular custom itineraries for their guests,” Austin added.
For complete details please visit: https://www.austinadventures.com/travel-professionals/
“Our new portal can only be win-win for us, for travel professionals and for our mutual – new and repeat -- clients,” Austin underscored. “One of the reasons that we can enjoy and maintain our position as a leader in the world of active multisport and family adventure travel is the relationship we have with our travel agent partners. Today’s counselor is hip and knowledgeable about the marketplace and in tune with their clients’ most passionate travel desires.”
Austin speaks from a long history of his company’s success working with travel agents. In 2014, the company was invited to join the Virtuoso Network as a Preferred Tour Operator and Partner. More and more agents have found Austin Adventures to be a trusted resource for top quality and high value scheduled, custom and bespoke adventures.
When asked why travel agents have embraced Austin Adventures as a top source for active custom and small group travel, Austin points to these factors:
· His company is expert at obtaining hard-to-get national park lodging at peak times with prime accommodations built into their tour itineraries;
· They are a recognized leader in offering creative custom and private itineraries for clients; “If you can dream it, Austin Adventures can build it”;
· Behind-the-scenes VIP access they enjoy thanks to the deep relationships the company has established with suppliers and partners;
· Regularly acknowledged by the media, Austin Adventures sets the highest standards when it comes to top quality family itineraries and national park vacations;
· Austin Adventures offers its unique brand of travel on all seven continents;
· They have been engaging satisfied guests for 40 years and are a two-time winner of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award for Adventure Tour Operators in 2009 and again in 2012.
“Today’s marketplace dominated by the Internet has increased access to travel information but in turn has made the personal, living and breathing expert more important than ever,” he said. Travel advisors have access, resources, connections and knowledge that would take the average traveler a lifetime to build.
About Austin Adventures
Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent over 35 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating one-of-a-kind itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution. All backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee.
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