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and the trees on which they're landing seem
to turn red. Birders, amateurs, and even the
guide, who sees this every day, return to the
dock in a silent mood of awe.
Banwari Experience, which offers all sorts
of nature- and culture-oriented excursions,
charges $65 pp for couples, $50 pp for groups
of four or more, and that includes transfers
from the hotel. This is commissionable.
For those seeking an even more in-depth
experience, Banwari also offers kayaking in
the reserve for an additional price.
The Hyatt Regency Trinidad provides
high international standards of hospitality
in a waterfront hotel less than a mile by
foot from Queen's Park Savannah. This
Hyatt Regency has a contemporary design,
a professionally run spa, a rooftop infinity
pool overlooking the bay, and complimentary
WiFi in all rooms. Rooms start at $190, or
$205 for a water view, plus 21 percent
taxes and service fees.
New Tour of Kingston, Jamaica
Island Routes Caribbean Adventures'
brand-new Let's Go Native tour of Kingston
from Montego Bay and Ocho Rios wouldn't
be possible without Highway 2000, which has
Dining Out on
International Travel Experiences
To survive and thrive as a travel agent today, you have to think out of the box...big time.
Many clients are no longer satisfied with just seeing a destination's highlights and getting
their photos taken in front of the iconic landmarks. They want to have experiences that are
authentic, experiences they can't wait to share on social media. For some, part of the fun is
the experience, for others bragging about it.
One of your jobs as a travel agent is to get out there and have these experiences yourself.
That can help you seal the deal with your client, especially if it's an experience that might
take them out of their comfort zone. If you've "been there done that" yourself, you'll convey
your own enthusiasm and help dispel any fears they may have. Here are some experiences to
consider for your clients.
* Take the night train between Hanoi and Lao Cai: It's a magical experience, leaving
Hanoi around 9 p.m. and waking up as dawn breaks in the mountains near Sapa, a
spectacular region that's home to Hmong, Red Dao and other ethnic communities of
Vietnam. Comfort is part of the experience, as the train has private cabins (with two or four
berths), air-conditioning, a small bathroom down the hall and a little keepsake amenity bag.
* Bike Around Copenhagen: In the Danish capital, where at least 50 percent of the
population commutes by bike, you'll want to join in. The city has dedicated bike lanes
everywhere. As a visitor, you'll enjoy rolling along the 800-year-old streets, by the
waterfront, over bridges, through the parks.
* Become Anthony Bourdain: Visiting a local person's house is an experience that is
increasingly made available through DMCs around the world. We've arranged visits (and
have done them ourselves) in Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Vietnam. In each case, the client
meets with a family-whether for tea or a meal-and has a front row seat to how they live.
* Wing it over Victoria Falls: It's one thing to see Victoria Falls; another to soar over them
like a dragon fly. The ultimate in bragging rights for those heading to Zambia or Zimbabwe,
is to take a "Microlight" sightseeing flight over the Falls. They are essentially motorized
gliders, so you are out in the open air, but they are very quiet and fly lower than helicopters.
In general, always be on the lookout for connections to big sporting, musical or theatrical
events. They may translate to behind-the-scenes passes, good seats and other goodies that
can help you make a client's dream come true.
Book experiences like these and your clients will come back raving and bragging about
their trip. ■
Susan Farewell is the owner of Farewell Travels LLC (FarewellTravels.com), a travel design firm
based in Westport, CT. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @FarewellTravels.
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dramatically cut drive time across the Blue
Mountains so that the ride from MoBay to
the capital takes about two hours, and from
Ocho Rios, even less. Of course, the current
fascination with Jamaican culture helps, too,
and this excursion, available from both of
the north coast's major resort centers, serves
that need well.
The tour includes the National Gallery,
which is the largest publicly owned art
museum in the entire English-speaking
Caribbean; beautiful Emancipation Park;
the Bob Marley Museum in the reggae star's
original recording studio; the cathedral or
synagogue; and the Devon House Heritage
site, a grand estate built by Jamaica's first
black millionaire that is now a showcase
of upper class life in the late 1800s. Devon
House is also home to the Devon House
I-Scream snack bar, which serves such
delicious ice cream that Britons pay top
dollar to import it. (This tour is not to be
confused with the Bob Marley and Kingston
Highlight [sic] Tour, which is only available
from Ocho Rios and features Tuff Gong
International Studio, the Marley Museum,
lunch at the One Love Cafe, and a critical
stop for Devon House ice cream.) The price
was not yet determined at press time, but
$150 pp is a good ballpark figure.
The Let's Go Native tour will be available
at all the Sandals resorts in the area,
including Montego Bay's Sandals Royal
Caribbean, with its private island and, soon
to come, the islands' first over-the-water
suites; the flagship Sandals Montego Bay, on
an exceptional white sand beach; Sandals
Carlyle, an intimate 52-room resort whose
guests have privileges at nearby Sandals
properties; and Sandals Ochi, with its great
variety of rooms, settings, and restaurants
as well as quick access to major attractions.
Rates start at about $475 at Royal Caribbean;
$400 a night at Sandals Ochi. ■
12-Metre Challenge: 12metre.com
Banwari Experience: banwaricaribbean.com
Eden Roc at Cap Cana: edenroccapcana.com
Hyatt Regency Trinidad: trinidad.regency.hyatt.com
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol: sanctuarycapcana.com
Sandals Resorts: sandals.com;
Secret Bay: secretbay.dm
Viator (whale-watching): viator.com/tours/Punta-Cana/
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa:
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel
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