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Domestic product for agents to ‘get teeth into’

Leisure Time Travel representatives will be ‘on the road’ over the next couple of weeks distributing and promoting the company’s largest domestic offering in its 35 year history.

‘We wanted to provide some serious collateral that agents can get their teeth into, so a huge amount of what’s in the brochure is new,’ says Scott Mehrtens, Leisure Time’s managing director.

Specifically designed for the domestic market is a new Value Tour range, developed for Kiwis who may be looking for a different starting price point.

‘Ninety percent of our tours are still fully inclusive, with all the bells and whistles,’ says Mehrtens. ‘But we have listedned to the market and added more flexibility.’

He says the Value Tours still offer cosch tourisn, good accomodation and breakfast, but cater for people who want to do their own thing at the destination and make their own dining arrangements.

The more traditional-style Leisure Time products still have features such as twin share price guaranteed and door to door service in a number of destinations, as well as daily seat rotation and roadside refreshments.

In terms of specific tours, the company has extended its range of short breaks (more departures to Great Barrier Island as one example), special interest and theme trips (historic homes, food and wine, cycling, walking etc), and experiences based around special events (such as Art Deco Weekend, Wings over Wairarapa, World of Wearable Arts, North Canterbury Wine Fesrival and more).i‘It’s a really big mix,’ says Mehrtens. ‘We had a lot odeas put up on the white board for this one. It was about crafting product that the whole travel trade can take advatage of.’

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