Tour Packages and News for June 2012

Tour operator news, packages and promotions By: Kelly Rosenfeld
Wendy Wu Tours takes clients to the Great Wall. // © 2012
Wendy Wu Tours takes clients to the Great Wall. // © 2012

Avanti Destinations is targeting seasoned European travelers with new independent vacations in Germany, such as The Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale Road package and more.

South America
Journey to the Chachapoyas: Into the Warriors of the Clouds, from Adventure Associates, has just been named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Israel Theme Tours, will offer 100 travelers the chance to experience Israel and the gospel side of Elvis from May 12-21, 2013.

G Adventures’ Thai Sailing Adventure includes a catamaran, snorkeling, remote beaches and more.

New Zealand
With Access Trips, travelers can take a 10-day ski and snowboard tour of New Zealand starting at $4,501 per person.

Wendy Wu Tours Joins USTOA
Wendy Wu Tours has joined the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) as its newest active member. The association currently represents more than 150 brands. Wendy Wu Tours provides first-class and luxury tours to China with a focus on personalized guided experiences.

“USTOA represents the highest standards in the industry and has impressive goals and principles, which mirror those of Wendy Wu Tours,” said Mark Grundy, president of Wendy Wu Tours. “We believe our travel partners and customers will take great satisfaction in knowing we have become members.”

Classic Vacations Launches Canada Packages
As of April 16, travel agents will be able to book luxury packages in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec and receive 15 percent commission through Classic Vacations’ new Classic Canada offerings. Bookings include air, transfers, tours and 22 high-end hotels that Classic has partnered with, including Fairmont Hotels and Four Seasons properties. With Classic Vacations’ direct connectivity benefits at most properties, agents can see which hotel rooms are available right away.

“Canada was a perfect fit for us in the luxury arena, and there was more demand for the destination from our travel agent partners,” said Greg Bernd, co-president of Classic Vacations. “We want agents to understand that we are treating Canada like any other destination that we carry. We will tailor each vacation, as we know there is no one-size-fits-all trip.”

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