Operators Selling QuitoHere are a few tour operators who offer packages for clients looking to take a trip to Ecuador's capital, Quito.Latin Trails (www.latintrails.com)Latin Trails offers a variety of packages to Quito ranging from one day to two weeks in length. The travel programs are ideal for a broad range of clientele, but Latin Trails mainly caters to North American travelers within the ages of 35-80. These clients usually travel with their families and, in many cases, with children 7 and above. The active travel programs are geared to travelers 35 and over, the programs are active adventures, but well planned and not over strenuous. The pricing is aimed at middle to upper class travelers using top of the line services. There are many different packages offered. Latin Trails offers agents a 10-percent commission. For more detailed information about what packages best fit your clients? needs, call Gustavo Reyes, Latin Trail?s East coast advisor, or Diego Andrade, the West coast advisor. You can be connected to them after calling the main number, 800-747-0567 or can e-mail either Reyes at [email protected] or Andrade at [email protected] & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.com)Abercrombie & Kent offers an array of tours including a tour of the private art collection of Osvaldo Viteri. During a city tour of Quito, A & K takes your clients on a "behind the scenes" visit to the studio and art collection of Viteri, one of the most well- known artists in contemporary Ecuador. A & K also offers a tour of the textile demonstration near Otavalo. During a visit to the famous market town of Otavalo, A & K will give clients the opportunity to visit Indian homes for a textile demonstration. Not only is the technique centuries old, but is also traditional to the area and the local people, who are known throughout South America for the quality of their loom work. For pricing information, commission information and details on a host of additional tours offered by A & K, call Cindy Fernandez, destination specialist, at 800-554-7094, ext. 362 or 630-954-2944, ext. 362 or [email protected] Tierra del Volcán (www.tierredelvolcan.com )Tierra del Volcán offers between 10 and 25 percent commission to agents, depending on the annual sales of the travel agency. Tierra del Volcán offers the possibility to organize a tailor-made tour according to planned itineraries, while assuring flexibility. Therefore, its clients are given the option to decide which activities they would like to carry out as well as the length of their stay. Since it offers an array of packages, most of which can be customized, agents should call the travel agent liaison at Tierra del Volcán for any inquiries. Agents should call Jorge Pérez at 593-2-2231806/3237372 or [email protected] More News and Notes on QuitoNew AttractionFor a bird's eye view of Ecuador's capital, a trip on the TeleferiQo is a great pitch to potential clients. The 18 cable cars can carry up to 6 passengers on a spectacular 10-minute ride to the Pinchincha summit where they will have some of views of Quito and neighboring valleys. The TeleferiQo spans some 395 acres. The TeleferiQo is easily accessible from anywhere in Quito and the roundtrip cable car ride costs $4. Visit www.teleferiqo.com .Airport RenovationsIn response to the increasing levels of international travel to the country, Ecuador's two major cities of Quito and Guayaquil have implemented major improvements to their international airports. In Quito, the long awaited construction of a new international airport, to be located some 20 minutes outside of the capital, is currently underway. The new Quito International Airport will be constructed on an area of about 3,700 acres, almost 13 times the size of the current international airport. Further improving air travel to and from the city, the airport will be located at a lower altitude of 7,874 feet, expanding the air traffic area and will be able handle some five million passengers a year by 2010, and some 7.5 million by 2030.
by Joe Pike