Keep in mind when planning these tours, your clients are visiting these places because they are near and dear to their hearts, so small groups are key, especially for ex-military. Planning ahead is also essential, as some tour operators only offer these themed tours once a year or during a special season in a region.
Intrav's "The Philippine Islands": Many of this company's offerings appeal to the association or affinity market, as well as universities or history groups. It is known for the lecture and historian staff, including professors from Stanford and Harvard universities and board members of museums, who bring to life what occurred in these destinations.
The 18-day cruise departs on April 3 on the Clipper Odyssey and regular rates start at $8,570 per person, not including airfare. For information, visit www.intrav.com and to book, call 800-456-8100. There is no specific travel agent liason. Commission is given depending on certain factors; call to discuss.
Phillips Tours' "The Cannonball Trail" and Victory Rover tours are usually taken as add-ons to the beginning or end of trips or cruises, because Norfolk is a big cruise port. Agents can book such day trips for clients who may have a long layover or for those looking to extend their vacation. The company customizes tours.
Pricing varies as each tour is packaged on a per-person basis and includes a guide, transportation, admissions, meals, tax and gratuity—although not the gratuity of the tour's guide and driver, if transportation is part of the package.
For information, visit www.phillipstours.com and to book, call 757-623-4400. The travel agent liaison is Brooke Phillips Garrett, operations manager, [email protected] Garrett offers a commission that depends on the details of the booking.
The National Black Tourism Network's "Forgotten Missouri: What the Books Don't Tell": This five-day tour departs August 16, September 27 and October 11 and costs $375 for double $425 for single. Visit www.tourism-nework.net to get a sense of their tours worldwide, or call 888-872-3773 to speak with agent liaison Angela da Silva. The company sells tours at net prices, so agents can charge their own fees.
Czech and Slovak Heritage Tours: Their 15-day tour with a June 14 departure and a price of $3,937 devotes three afternoons to teaching clients about Czech traditions. Though family history is a big part of the tour, many non-Czech or Slovak people travel with the company. Groups are small—hovering around 17. Commission is available for groups of four or more. Visit www.czechheritage.com or call 888-427-8687.
Globus' "Rock 'n' Roll Tour England": Globus had success with classical music tours, so they ventured into modern music tours. This six-day tour departs on May 28, 2007, for a land-only price of $1,679. For information, visit www.globusjourneys.com or call 800-221-0090. The company's travel agent liaisons, Inside Sales Consultants, can be reached at 866-270-9850. To book, call 866-755-8581. Commission is offered at up to 17 percent, depending on tier.