From large travel management companies to small cruise-only operations, Ensemble Travel Group is officially welcoming 11 new member agencies from across the U.S. Founded in 1968, Ensemble Travel is a member-owned international network of more than 900 professional travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Recent additions to the Ensemble Travel Group network include: AirCruise & Tours of Gig Harbor, WA; Classic Travel & Tours of Metuchen, NJ; Crown Cruise Vacations of Princeton, NJ; CruisingOn.com of Bellmore, NY; Lincoln Tours of Monterey Park, CA; Sherry Callahan’s Travel Associates LLC of Sea Girt, NJ; Sky Travel of San Diego, CA; Sterling Travel of Camarillo, CA; The TravelSmiths of Cupertino, CA; Travelennium of Memphis, TN; and Vista Travel Associates of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
New members cited a number of reasons for aligning themselves with Ensemble Travel Group. Nancy Chapin, president of Vista Travel Associates, and Theresa Lutter, president of CruisingOn.com, were attracted to the organization’s exclusive marketing opportunities and unique vacation products.
Said Chapin, “I liked their marketing plan options and the added value that I can deliver to my clients because of my Ensemble membership – regardless if it’s a cruise, tour, or hotel stay.”
Lutter agreed, saying, “I like the fact that through Ensemble’s product development and marketing capabilities, I can offer my customers exclusive vacation products and access to travel offers and rare experiences that they can’t get on their own.”
Bill Gearhart, president of Classic Travel & Tours, took a different slant. “In my mind, Ensemble takes a distinct lead in the consortium community because of the nature of its membership and its updated website technology," he said. "Also, our cruise division recognizes that Ensemble offers unequaled access to groups, amenities, and hosted experiences that will enable us to offer our clients added value. We also wish to incorporate Ensemble’s technical and marketing expertise into our business model.”