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Kuoni Worldwide 2011

The US features in Kuoni’s Worldwide brochure for the first time. The operator is offering Orlando and

Hawaii, as well as fly-drives and multi-centre holidays to the West Coast. Also new are the Maldivian island of Maafushivaru, which is exclusive to Kuoni, and Serengeti Bushtops in Tanzania, an upmarket camp due to open this month. Among the offers available are early- booking deals and bonus nights. Prices start at £549 for five nights at the Sheraton Sharm el Sheikh. ■ 01306 747 008 ■

Elegant Resorts Luxury Ski 2010-11 The Thomas Cook- owned upmarket operator is offering skiing in the southern hemisphere with

resorts in New Zealand, Chile and Argentina, Elegant has added Tignes and Megreve in France, St Christoph and Zurs in Austria, and Gstaad in Switzerland. Among the new resorts in North America are Banff, Jasper and Tremblant in Canada, plus Aspen, Jackson Hole and Stowe in the US. Seven nights in Tignes starts at £1,220, including flights. ■ ■ 01244 897 331


Second edition 2010 The latest brochure features a calendar of performances by X Factor contestants including Danyl Johnson, Stacey Solomon, Jamie Archer,

Lloyd Daniels, Lucie Jones and Rachel Adedeji. Also appearing will be Britain’s Got Talent favourites such as George Sampson, Stavros Flatley and Faces of Disco. Details of add-ons such as dining plans and experience passes and shows are also featured. Prices start at £57 per person for a four-night midweek break at Butlins Minehead, based on four sharing. ■ ■ 0845 070 4742

24 11.06.2010

Cosmos resumes its focus on trade

Rob Gill.

COSMOS IS “reconnecting” with agents by building up its new trade sales team, which will look after all the company’s brands. The trade team, headed by

group sales director Damian McDonough, will now offer agents support across all brands including Cosmos Holi- days, flight-only service Avro, bed bank somewhere2stay and river cruise operator Avalon. McDonough said Cosmos’s trade team had

heavily on independents, we will also be seeing the multiples, as we have strong relationships with Tui and Thomas Cook.”

McDonough has made sev- Damian McDonough: group sales chief

been “downsized” in recent years, but had now been rebuilt, with new sales managers hitting the road over the next few weeks to meet as many agents as possible. “The most important thing is reconnecting with all the main trade partners,” said McDonough. “We have been out of the shop window for a while, but now we’re back. “The staff we have taken on shows the com- mitment to the trade, and we will work more closely with agents. While we are focusing

Metropolitan to add Brazil

LATIN AMERICA specialist Metropolitan Touring will launch a Brazil programme at WTM in November, with Colombia to follow soon after. As well as ground-handling, the company

offers tailor-made and group tours in Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. The operator also owns three Galapagos expe- dition vessels and a 21-room eco-hotel in the Galapagos, and is to launch another two proper- ties in Ecuador early next year. Mashpi Lodge, to open in April 2011, is located

in rainforest in north-western Ecuador, while Casona de San Miguel will open in March in the capital Quito.

Galapagos tours can now be booked online for the first time, and its website can be overbranded. Training webinars are also now available.

Mashpi Lodge will open in Ecuador in April next year

Metropolitan launched group tours in Argentina, Peru and Chile last year, and hopes to add this option in Ecuador. “These fixed departures are for those clients

who like to travel with like-minded travellers,” said UK manager Rosario Arroyo. Metropolitan was one of 11 suppliers to pres- ent to tour operators at a seminar hosted by Branding Latin America. Other suppliers included Inkaterra, expedition cruise company Cruceros Australis, Estancia & Playa VIK in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, and Argentina’s Alvear Palace Hotel.

eral recent appointments. Simon Garrido, formerly of Shearings and Airtours, is now sales manager for the south, while Tom Bell, who previously worked for Ilkeston and the Midlands Co-ops, will cover the Midlands and north.

Nicola Peacock has retained her position as sales manager for Scotland and the north-east, while Jasia Train has joined Cosmos’s sales support team from Directline Holidays. “Our new team of national sales managers

have been selected for their all-round ability across all sectors of our group brands, so that we are in the best possible position to provide a greater level of support to our trade partners,” McDonough added. Cosmos intends to boost the team to seven by recruiting an extra person for the support team.

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