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Travel agents across Canada are being credited with helping drive the growth of private group and FIT sales for The Intrepid Group. In fact, the wholesaler says it has seen a record growth of 45 per cent in private and FIT sales - its fastest growing segment - for the year, a number that is being driven largely by travel agent clients looking to create customizable getaways.
Intrepid's group department is able to create fully customized itineraries, which provides maximum flexibility for travel agents with clients who have very specific travel interests.
"The growth of adventure travel has had an incredible domino effect on private and custom tours" said Connor Frey, Private Groups Manager for the Intrepid Group in North America. "The value-add this brings for clients and strong earning potential for agents have really been the two driving forces in this space."
As an example of its customizable itineraries, Intrepid touts the case of Ryerson University in Toronto, where the Hospitality & Tourism program has developed a course curriculum that incorporates travel to Cuba. Through Intrepid Travel, students learn about the nation's tourism landscape and in return earn course credit. In Quebec, Sherbrooke University's biology program has also worked with Intrepid to develop an educational tour of the Galapagos Islands.
Intrepid's Private Groups team is also working with Flight Centre Canada to develop a charity trip to Thailand this September, which will focus on supporting the Asian Elephants. The team is also hard at work, developing a customized Star Wars themed tour in the Middle East as well as several corporate retreats and a number of large family reunions.
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