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Experience Travel strengthens trade ties


Asia specialist Experience Travel Group has appointed its first agent relationship manager. Abi Northage, who had a customer- focused role with the operator, has been tasked with developing relationships with travel agent partners. Trade sales account for


17% of ETG’s business. experiencetravelgroup.com


OPERATOR


Solmar Villas unveils zero-deposit offer for 2020 bookings


Solmar Villas has introduced a finance option that allows clients to make 2020 bookings without a deposit, using a payment plan. Te operator, which has 580


properties across 10 destinations, is urging agents to encourage clients to use the flexible payment option offered through Lending Works. Zero deposits are available on 2020 bookings and payments can be made in up to 12 monthly instalments. For 2019 bookings, a deposit


of 10% to 30% is required. Managing director Julie Blake


said: “Our customers are looking at ways where they can manage their budgets and offset big upfront payments for flights or large deposits.” Flexible payment is available


on packages, including the villa, car hire and flights. Solmar has villas in the


Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, mainland Spain, Malta, Portugal and Turkey. solmarvillas.com


travelweekly.co.uk OPERATOR


If Only introduces Canada as it launches 2020-21 brochures


Benjamin Coren


Luxury operator If Only has introduced Canada in one of its first three 2020-21 brochures. Te brochures – USA & Canada; New Zealand &


Te Pacific Islands; and Arabia & Indian Ocean – will be with agents from July 1. Mexico & Bermuda and Far East and Caribbean brochures will follow later this year. Product and commercial director Fiona Greenhalgh


said: “Te launch of USA was a huge success and Canada was the next natural step. With the release of our Luxury Cruise Collection, we were geting more and more requests for extended Canada land stays pre- and post-cruise, and we are delighted we can now offer this.” Te new brochures put an emphasis on luxury


experiential travel and include self-drive and multi- centre packages. Te Canada programme includes eastern, western and Atlantic Canada as well as Yukon.


Flybe raises time limit for agents


making GDS bookings to 72 hours Flybe has increased its ticketing time limit from 24 to 72 hours across all fare types for agents making global distribution system bookings. Made in response to feedback, the change means agents can hold a Flybe fare “with no immediate urgency to issue the tickets” for 72 hours. Leisure bookings for classes A, X and E are excluded, as these fares have their own time limit. flybe.com/trade


Together, the brochures feature 319 new hotels, of


which about 85% are rated five star. Agents can book a west coast adventure through


Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler by floatplane. Te package is priced from £1,529, based on two adults sharing, with Heathrow-Vancouver flights with British Airways. Te deal is valid from September 4-23. Sales and marketing director Gordon McCreadie


said: “We are seeing huge growth in requests for touring and multi-centre escapes, which allow people to experience more of a destination in one trip, and luxury boutique hotel bookings are also on the rise – travellers are looking for something beyond the ordinary.”  Agents sharing a sunny picture or video of themselves modelling any of the new brochures and sharing it on If Only’s agent Facebook page could win a Love Island-themed water botle or suitcase. To request brochures, email marketing@ifonly.net.


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