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New Tour Finder launch from Advantage Travel Partnership ADVANTAGE TRAVEL Partnership has launched Advantage Tour Finder to help agents compare more than 10,000-plus tours worldwide. Members will be able to source detailed tour information, itineraries and pricing with the platform customisable by tour type, duration, cost, destination and operator. Designed and powered by TourHound, the consortium's members will have exclusive use for a limited period, with free access via the members’ intranet site. For members who have an appetite to drive touring and adventure enquiries, TourHound has created a white label platform that can be placed on an agent’s website or Facebook page, for a small monthly fee, that will search and compare. John Sullivan, the consortium's head of commercial, said: “We are incredibly excited to give our members a search tool suitable for Facebook that also backlinks to members’ websites. Working closely with TourHound, Advantage Tour Finder has been designed for travel agents who do not have a large technology development budget but do want an intelligent and easy to use platform that can be built and installed within a few hours. “The launch of Advantage Tour Finder follows the news that we, Advantage, have partnered with Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers (ATAS) to give members a stronger proposition to grow their businesses. Members have exclusive access to centralised ATAS training and accreditation, priority registration to the annual conference and fam trips, plus a listing on the consumer-facing agent member database.”
NEWS BITES ● THE INTERCONTINENTAL Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has added a new Firework Package. It includes Club InterContinental accommodation and breakfast for two, complimentary VIP Firework Tickets for two (per stay), airport pick up and drop off, butler service and Club InterContinental privileges. The Danang International Fireworks Festival 2018 features firework teams from Vietnam, Poland, France, the US, Italy, Hong Kong, Sweden and Portugal competing against each other to be named the winner. ● PORTAVENTURA WORLD in Spain reports that visits to the park have increased by 60% compared to last year, with the park reaching 170,000 visits in the first few days. The park saw the opening of a kids area in Ferrari Land in March this year and plans have been unveiled for a new four-star hotel in 2019 as well as a new attraction. ● RED FUNNEL is financially backing an Isle of Wight coastal beach clean from September 22-23 September, which is an integral part of this year’s annual Isle of Wight Day celebrations. The company is offering ferry discounts to people on the mainland who would like to help.
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FLOWER POWER...Pictured at Advantage's annual overseas conference in Miami last month are, from the left: Paul Nunn, Advantage; Carla Hutchings, Travel2 and Goldmedal; Jim Ratter, Holiday and Flight Centre; Sam Walton, Acomb Travel; and Chris Marks, Baldwins Travel Group.
Back-Roads Touring introduces early bird savings on popular tours BACK-ROADS Touring has announced a new and exclusive Europe Sneak Peek campaign, which offers savings of up to £542 per couple on some of its most popular UK & Europe Small Group Tours for 2019 travel. The deal is on sale until June 19 and applies to selected departure dates from ten of the company’s most popular small group tours. The operator’s head of sales for international markets, Jim Tedesco, said: “The feedback from trade partners in recent months is that consumers are looking to book early for 2019, so this ‘sneak peek’ gives agents the chance to take advantage of the discounts on offer and make some great commission in the process. “We know many of our guests like to plan their holidays well in advance, so there’s never been a better time to book for 2019 and take advantage of fantastic savings on some of our most loved tours.” Tours featured in the early bird special include Italian Indulgence, Iberian Inspiration, Corners of Cornwall, A Scottish Journey, Ireland – The Emerald Isle, Highlights of Britain, Corners of southern Ireland, Tuscan Treats, Splendors of Sicily and La Belle France. For further information or to make a booking see backroadstouring.com