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Simpson Travel seeks 100 agents to join Family Club


Samantha Mayling


samantha.mayling@ travelweekly.co.uk


Luxury operator Simpson Travel has launched a new and exclusive club for partner travel agents to boost trade sales.


The Mediterranean boutique


hotel and luxury villa specialist is seeking between 60 and 100 agents to become ‘Simpson Partners’ and join the new Simpson Family Club. Several agents were invited to the


operator’s offices in Roehampton, London, in March for the official launch of the club. Agents met owner Graham Simpson, the product and sales teams, and many of its overseas-based staff. Partner agents earn commission based on performance with additional incremental benefits. They will also have opportunities


to visit the villas and hotels, and the operator will offer benefits that agents can pass on to clients. New head of trade sales Kathryn Coles has vowed to work closely


US tour guide takes to the road in UK with TrekAmerica and GAA


A tour guide from the US will be joining TrekAmerica and sister brand Grand American Adventures (GAA) on the road in the UK to meet travel agents. Jessica Leitch has four years’


experience as a guide and has visited more than 45 US states. She will be joining business


development executive Katie Terry to meet agents in the UK over the next two months.


WELCOME TO AMERICA: Jessica Leitch has visited 45-plus states


Leitch said one of her favourite


states to lead tours in is California, thanks to the scenery of Big Sur,


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“Agents know about our villas but I saw there was a gap with our exclusive hotel product”


with agents since starting her role in January. Coles is travelling around the country to recruit homeworkers and high street agents for the Simpson Family Club. “I was brought on board to


LAUNCH: Simpson Travel’s Kathryn Coles (third right) hosts agents at the operator’s offices for the launch of the Simpson Family Club


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See Michael Ball perform in Blackpool with Shearings


Shearings Holidays has unveiled a coach touring holiday with the chance to see West End and Broadway star Michael Ball perform at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, on May 21. Departing on May 20 from various UK pick-up points, it costs from £270 (based on two sharing) and includes four nights’ half- board accommodation, a concert ticket and Lake District trip. shearingsagent.com


Save your clients £2,000 with Hayes & Jarvis deals


partner with agents who want to work with us,” she said. “Graham has had fantastic


support in the past but we have not been proactive. Agents know about our villas but I saw there was a gap with our exclusive hotel product. “It’s a family brand, so with the name ‘Simpson Family Club’ we wanted something that makes agents feel part of our family – an extension to our reach,” said Coles. “The agents we have on board have already made multiple bookings,


which is incredible in this climate.” simpsontravel.com


the Sierra Nevada mountains, and deserts, plus the chance to visit San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the online training


portal for TrekAmerica and its sister brand Grand American Adventures has been updated to include modules covering more 2019 tours. Further training and updates


from the two brands will be available for agents attending an event hosted by the Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers


(Atas) in Sheffield on May 8. trekamerica.com grandamericanadventures.com


Hayes & Jarvis is offering discounts of up to £2,055 per person on selected holidays. Seven nights’ half-board at the five-star Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa in Mauritius, with Emirates flights, departing on April 21, starts from £2,149 per person – a saving of £2,055. hayesandjarvis.co.uk/exclusive- offers


Get your rental car for free with A&K luxury bookings


Abercrombie & Kent is offering complimentary car hire in several destinations when booking a new luxury, tailor- made summer holiday or villa in select European destinations, the US or South Africa by April 23. Its 15-night Classic California trip starts at £4,975. abercrombiekent.co.uk


Bag a HelloFresh recipe box by booking Trafalgar


Trafalgar is offering agents the chance to claim a HelloFresh recipe box for every Worldwide booking made by April 30. The offer is to celebrate 10 years of the operator’s Be My Guest dining experiences with local hosts, of which it now has more than 100 across its programmes. To claim a recipe box, agents should email: agency.sales@trafalgar.com


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