A number of wholesalers and tour operators stand ready to help with your clients' India travel. Among them are Abercrombie & Kent (800-554-7016), Artisans of Leisure (800-214-8144) and SITA World Tours (800-421-5643).
SITA is among the providers with a breadth of scheduled and
Retailers can tap into the agent-only section of Abercrombie & Kent's web site to send customized itineraries and electronic post cards to their clients. In addition, destination specialists are available for three-way calls with retailers and clients to talk about upgrades and additional services. Agents developing custom or VIP India itineraries also can contact Vinni Bernal, supervisor, at 800-323-7308, 630-954-2944 or [email protected]. Commission starts at 10 percent.
This fall, the company is debuting a trip by private jet that includes time in Kerala. Also new is a two-week itinerary that educates clients about the area's history and traditions.
For its part, Artisans of Leisure designs its tours with an
eye to inclusions, and in most cases will incorporate special activities based
on client interests at no additional charge. Agents may contact Sonja Stoerr,
one of the company's
When it comes to lodging, Lassers advises that travel agents
clearly explain the differences in accommodations in the northern and southern
The Taj Garden
Retreat Kumarakom, on the banks of scenic
Insider tip: Suggest that your clients book one of the resort's four luxury villas; each provides a private plunge pool. Agents may contact Saibal Sen, general manager, at [email protected] or 91-481-252-5711 or -16.
Meridien Cochin Resort & Convention Centre provides a five-star home
Meanwhile, the Malabar
Cuisine is one of the pleasures of time in Kerala. Vegetarians will be greeted by a range of choices. There are many hotel restaurants for your clients to choose from. Several noted for their charm are the History Restaurant located at Brunton Boatyard in Cochin and the restaurant at Windermere Guest House in Munnar.
In addition to a current passport with at least six months'