20 Years, 20 Percent

Los Angeles-based Fortune Travel Tours is marking its 20th year in business with 20% commission on its air-inclusive Indochina tours if booked by Oct. 15. The extra pay applies to bookings for travel through April 30, 2003. It does not, however, apply to high-season bookings from Dec. 1 to Feb. 15; those bookings, as with all Fortune bookings made by travel agents, pay 12%.

By: David Peterkofsky

Los Angeles-based Fortune Travel Tours is marking its 20th year in business with 20% commission on its air-inclusive Indochina tours if booked by Oct. 15. The extra pay applies to bookings for travel through April 30, 2003. It does not, however, apply to high-season bookings from Dec. 1 to Feb. 15; those bookings, as with all Fortune bookings made by travel agents, pay 12%.

The packages featured in the high-commission program are geared toward first-time visitors to the region, said Gordon Johnson, marketing director for Fortune.

“These are the things that people new to the region want to see,” he said, adding that Fortune’s clientele comprises baby boomers seeking “adventure with guidance and comfort.”

The itineraries that qualify for the added commission include the following tours (prices are based on air from the West Coast):

" Introduction to Thailand, featuring six days in Bangkok and four days in Chiang Mai, starts at $2,348 per person, double. The tour includes upgraded roundtrip air on EVA Airways, visits to the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha, a full-day excursion to Ayuthaya or the River Kwai, a visit to the Floating Market and a full-day elephant safari at Chiang Mai.

" The 14-day Thailand Explorer features roughly the same itinerary as the Introduction to Thailand program, but it adds a four-day, three-night stay in Koh Samui, the seaside resort area on the Gulf of Siam. This program starts at $2,698 per person, double.

" The very comprehensive, 21-day Best of Indochina tour, priced from $3,945 per person, double, features five days touring the main tourist attractions of Bangkok; three days at Chiang Mai, including the elephant safari and a visit to the sacred mountain of Doi Suthep; a two-day visit to the Longneck Red Karen tribe in the hills of Mae Hong Son province; three days at Angkor Wat in Cambodia; and eight days in Vietnam, with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang, Halong Bay and Hanoi.

Fortune Travel Tours, which has been in business since 1983 and operates a second office in Bangkok, also can provide customized FIT itineraries at net rates. And it will unbundle the air portion of packages for clients using frequent-flyer miles for their international air.

Land-only versions of the above itineraries still pay 20%, Johnson said. Call 800-350-0487, ext. 3333.

Web site: www.2indochina.com.

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