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Inside ABA

RIDERSHIFT

TAP into New Tour Offerings
Travel Alliance Partners opens new doors
By Eron Shosteck

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our operators who rank high on their list of Marketplace 2011 goals the expansion of their destination offerings to customers may want to spend some time networking with Stefanie Gorder to see if they can tap into new business partnerships—literally. Literally, of course, means exploring the possibilities of working with Travel Alliance Partners, LLC (TAP), of which Gorder is executive director, to determine whether the group’s resources offer potential business growth operators should tap into. “We offer 500 destinations, guaranteed departures, reduced operational costs for the smaller operator, and take the headaches out of travel itinerary planning,” Gorder says. “And TAP provides the peace of mind of knowing you’re dealing with a consortium of 38 industry-leading tour providers that must adhere to the highest ethical standards to maintain partnership in TAP.” The TAP model provides operators the chance to expand the variety of tours offered to customers via the TAP network of Preferred Professional Travel Providers (PPTPs), whose regions have been recognized for their scenic wonder and creativity of tour choices. The TAP commitment is to provide top-notch tour experiences by leveraging the regional knowledge and assistance of its PPTPs with TAP’s own industry expertise. The partnership works because the destination partners are equally driven to work with TAP as a team to provide premium tour experiences across North America. TAP is a partner-owned organization of 38 top-tier tour operators in the
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United States and Canada, of which 26 are ABA members. Each has been ABA President & CEO Peter designated as a regional Pantuso and TAP Executive expert for their area, and Director Stefanie Gorder. each operates under strict standards for ethical and product quality. TAP and its destination says Gorder. “The Travel Alliance Partpartners represent a wide range of desners booth on the networking floor is a tinations and interests, from sightseeing hub to bring TAP partners together to and events, to theater, history and ultimately boost each other’s businesses.” adventure. The TAP value-added comMany of these packages are Guaranponent is acting as a conduit to those teed Departures (“GD”), which means regional tourism destinations so operaoperators will never have to cancel or tors can then access tours to hundreds reschedule a trip. No matter what, the of spots they otherwise couldn’t offer to tour will run as scheduled. In the still their customers. uncertain economy, TAP distinguishes “What TAP does is unique in the group itself by offering risk-free leisure travel. travel industry,” says ABA President & Passenger counts are no longer a concern CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS. “It opens up under TAP’s business model—if a group hundreds of new destinations to operafalls a tad short of its goal, TAP partners tors seeking to offer more choices to will guarantee that the tour will operate. their customers, and attract new ones TAP also offers comprehensive travel at the same time—with guaranteed insurance, where everyone in the tour departures for all clients and tours.” group can be covered regardless of age or Elevating awareness of TAP’s pre-existing conditions, and at the same approach, Gorder says, is her mission reasonable price. during Marketplace. “When I’m at Simply stated, tour operators shouldn’t Marketplace I want to meet operators,” let such potential remain untapped.

TAP into North America
Each TAP destination, whether themed around music, history, heritage, nature, entertainment, and other options, offers operators new choices for their customers. TAP is a partner-owned organization of 38 top-tier tour operators in the United States and Canada, of which 26 are ABA members. Visit TAP’s corporate website at www.TravelAlliancePartners.com. See tours offered and request a printed catalogue at www.GuaranteedDepartures.com. For more information, contact TAP executive director Stefanie Gorder, CTP, at P.O. Box 221666, Anchorage, AK, 99522; (907) 243-7125.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - January/February 2011

Destinations Magazine - January/February 2011
Contents
Get Schooled
Attraction Squared
Hitting the Century Mark
Save the Date
Change on the Horizon
Bowled Over
Standing Apart from the Pack
Moving Day
New Scholarship Program
Woodshed or Watershed
Tap into New Partners
The Wheel Deal
Return to Glory
Tour Stop
Travel Resource: Philadelphia
Old Meets New
National Museum of American Jewish History
On Rocky’s Trail
Sports Venues
Family-Friendly Philly
Mummers Day Parade
Northern Liberties
Art Galleries
Peddler’s Village
Malls and Much More
Equipment & Services
Historical Attractions
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