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FTG to trade: ‘Come and see what we offer’

First Travel Group is inviting travel agents and brokers to get a first hand demonstration of its new technology, saying its leading edge system will enable the trade to take full advantage of travel’s return.

‘We realise these are frustrating times for the sector,’ says First Travel Group’s (FTG’s) general manager retail, John Willson, ‘but we have been putting a lot of hard work into our offerings and we believe we are well positioned for the reboot of travel.

‘It’s a waiting game at the moment but we know it will come back strong – the experience in the US and UK, and soon Australia, show us that.’

Willson says Aeronology, with its direct connectivity to NDC content, is particularly exciting. The cruise platform, Odysseus, has been in market a little longer but its potential has been shadowed by the pandemic.

‘We have developed live sessions for both of these platforms and we are inviting agents and brokers to come and see what we’ve got. Any communication is obviously strictly confidential. You really do have to see these systems in action to appreciate what they bring to the table.’

Willson says FTG is well positioned in other ways, offering the YOU Travel retail brand, including supporting brokers attached to those stores, the Independent agent model, and the Independent Travel Advisors Broker brand. ‘We’ve got a low cost, low overhead model with maximum return paid back to agents. We believe that is even more attractive in this challenging environment.’


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