Sunday 16 December, 2018

Tobago Tourism Agency and Thomas Cook host fam trip

The group is all smiles as they head to Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool, and No Man’s Land.

The group is all smiles as they head to Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool, and No Man’s Land.

The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited partnered with Thomas Cook Airlines to host a contingent of ten travel agents and tour operators from the United Kingdom in Tobago from November 11-18, 2018 for a familiarisation trip.

The British airline resumed a direct flight from Manchester to Tobago on November 11, 2018. 

A release from the TTAL said this "fam" trip will ensure that these agents and operators will be fully educated about destination Tobago to better sell the island to their clients in the UK, considering the recent increase in the availability of airlift to Tobago.

CEO of the Tobago Tourism Agency, Louis Lewis, said: “This project will provide an ideal opportunity to raise awareness among agents, so they are confident and able to sell the destination effectively in the UK - our biggest source markets. It is important that we expose the unique authentic nature of Tobago to as many front-line travel staff as possible, to ensure that they experience of our core attractors, which they, in turn, can relate to their clients."

Representatives from the Tobago Tourism Agency showcased some of the best that Tobago has to offer during the week-long fam trip. The contingent was able to enjoy eco-adventure experiences such as birdwatching and hiking in the Main Ridge, a visit to Argyle Waterfall, and a bioluminescence kayak tour.

They were also taken to various historical sites and attractions, including the Mystery Tombstone and the many Forts scattered across the island, and were given opportunities to experience first-hand the cuisine, culture and authenticity of Tobago.

Familiarisation trips are considered effective learning exercises for travel agents seeking to refine their selling tools or specialise in core niches and are worthwhile initiatives for growth in the travel business.

These trips are critical to increasing the product knowledge and awareness of parties responsible for selling the destination to Tobago’s source markets.

The overall objective continues to be that of increasing sales and traffic to the destination, the release said.

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