‘Tis the season for FAMs, and Canadian travel advisors have been hitting the road (and air and waves), according, from destinations as remote as Croatia, and as familiar as Kissimmee. Here’s a quick look at some of the journeys undertaken, including agents from CAA, WestWorld Tours, and Voyages en Direct.
Utah Office of Tourism
The Utah Office of Tourism recently hosted its inaugural Utah specialists fam, dubbed “A Journey Through Southern Utah’s Natural Wonders.” Five travel trade representatives from key Canadian and Australian tour operators (including WestWorld Tours & Women Xplorers and CAA-Quebec) – who earned their certification from the new Utah Specialist Academy, took part in the week-long excursion to the southern part of the with a goal of adding new Utah products and itineraries to their 2024 programs.
The trip saw the tour operators hosted by Rocky Mountaineer on the new ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey from Denver to Moab, then travel to Monument Valley, all of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks, drive Scenic Byway 12, and visit the city of St. George before flying home through Las Vegas.
“Utah’s natural beauty and national parks were more impressive than I imagined they would be,” said Leanne Haus, General Manager of WestWorld Tours & Women Xplorers – a first-time visitor to Utah, adding, “I was struck by how all the parks are different in their own way and there is so much to see and do in each one. The glamping-style and unique accommodations available throughout the state were also a nice addition. I will definitely be developing a new Utah itinerary for our women’s hiking tours.”
Trevello Travel Group recently honoured its Chairman Circle Advisors with a celebration aboard the Resilient Lady by Virgin Voyages (photo), which sailed a spectacular itinerary through some of Europe’s most scenic ports, including Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor, and Corfu.
The trip was carefully designed to recognize and applaud the achievements of the top-tier advisors and included a private dinner in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where members shared stories, insights, and camaraderie.
“We were excited to welcome many newcomers to our Chairman Circle, who, together with our experienced members, epitomize entrepreneurial success,” said Trevello CEO Zeina Gedeon. “The combined efforts of this exceptional group have been a driving force behind our company’s growth. Each advisor who attained our top-tier recognition consistently showcased dedication and commitment. This trip was our gesture of gratitude, a celebration of their partnership and invaluable contributions.”
Experience Kissimmee recently hosted a group of travel advisors from Voyage En Direct (photo) to three days exploring Kissimmee beyond the theme parks. The trip was led by Denise Graham, Account Director for Experience Kissimmee, represented in Canada by VoX International.
Fam participants were able to experience a few popular outdoor, nature-based activities such as airboat rides, kayaking and a Celebration bicycle tour. They were also treated to resort and nightlife experiences, leaving with a fountain of new information to offer their clients interested in visiting Kissimmee.
Other fam highlights included an evening of friendly competition at Splitsville Luxury Lanes located in Disney Springs, and a site visit of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, a popular choice for Canadians since opening in Kissimmee in 2019.
The group stayed at the upscale, contemporary Magic Village Views in three- and four-bedroom villas, where they were able to enjoy spacious, private accommodations in the heart of Florida.
First published at Travel Industry Today