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Agents advised to ‘add personality’ into domestic tours

Travel agents who build their own personality into a domestic tour and set themselves up as an escort are finding traction (and an added source of income), says John Gregory, director of Inspired New Zealand.

‘We’re encouraging agents to take their own groups, perhaps with them leading the tour or incorporating a popular staff member, or perhaps a local celebrity or well-known personality to lead the tour.’

Gregory says Inspired New Zealand can easily build a tour around the agent’s needs, and provide a free spot on the trip for the group leader.

‘We’ve had a few agents do this already. Some of them have taken groups away overseas in the past, so they have built up their own trust and reputation with their clients.’

Gregory says that while the diversity of New Zealand, with the knowledge and backing of a well established operator, provides huge opportunities for local agents, this will grow even further when a trans Tasman bubble opens.

‘When that happens we’ll have product in place, including some excellent high end options. So again, innovative agents will be able to look at customising tours in a nearby destination that their clients may not have explored as well as they could.’ john@inspirednztours.co.nz

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