Maurizio Magnifico, St. Clair Travel and Nina Slawek, Open Jaw
Lindsay Pearlman, Ensemble Travel; Denise Heffron & Nancy Jackson, Transat Holidays;
Joe De Marinis, red tag.ca
Mary Santonato, First Choice Canada; Mike Merrithew, Merit Travel;
Paul Foster, Tripcentral.ca;
Suzanne Christie, Open Jaw;
Brenda Kyllo, Merit Travel;
Nancy Jackson, Transat Holidays
Robert Cordella, Suntur Travel;
Anthony Sarracini, Ontario Sarracini Travel; Frank Ventresca, Ventresca Travel Agency;
Saverio Del Rosso, Gemini Travel);
Massimo Angona, St. Clair Travel
Transat launched their summer brochure ultra early at ultra resto Blu in Yorkville last week. The restaurant has takenÂ over the space that once housed the Omega bookstore and its bare brick ambiance and impeccable service wasÂ a fitting settingÂ toÂ gather some of the industry’s European focussed top sellers.
Nancy Jackson, Transat’s Commercial Director, Ontario & Atlantic Canada, explained that for the first time, the operator decided to bringÂ all of their European product together under one cover. Â Their 300 page Europe 2010-2011 book offersÂ a one-stop shopping excursionÂ coveringÂ Transat’s Europe from all aspects – air, hotels, cars, river and Med cruises and aÂ special emphasis on Italy and Greece. Transat has added capacity to Athens and Rome to meet the growing demand for these popular spots.
In keeping with the changing tastes of Canadian travellers searching for unique experiences, Transat is providing many opportunities for customized holidays — from culinary to religious. It should be noted that the luncheon’s culinary delights did supply a near religious experience, particularly the dark chocolate lava cake.
The usual EBB’s were on hand to help secure early business. And Transat advises the best way to ensureÂ you get it is to develop strong group selling skills. Group training is being offered across Canada and can be set up by contacting your Transat rep.