Key Tours International, a leading wholesale tour operator specializing in Europe and the Mediterranean, has become an ARC Helix preferred supplier, ARC reports. Key Tours will give Helix member agencies the ability to offer their clients customized group tours, cruise and yachting arrangements, and more. The announcement comes on the heels of a successful Helix Regional Symposium held in Las Vegas, which was attended by more than 50 travel agents and suppliers, ARC notes.
“Key Tours is pleased to be partnering with ARC Helix to grow our business with them as they grow their membership,” said Koray Edemen, president of Key Tours. “We feel we provide a very flexible program for the members to earn a substantial return.”
Key Tours, a 20 year old company based in Fairfax, Va., enables travelers to select the options that suit their individual needs, from group and hosted tours to fly-and-drive programs.
Christopher Flores, Helix program director, said, “Key Tours offers a diverse set of product options for agencies to introduce to their clients, and I believe our members will respond positively.”
Attendees at the Las Vegas symposium, which was sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, brought together travel sellers and suppliers for relationship building and knowledge transfer. Presenters included motivational speaker Nolan Burris and industry leader and principal owner of Joanie Ogg Marketing, Joanie Ogg, Also presenting were Carnival Cruise Lines and Avalon Waterways, which introduced the Avalon Waterways Specialists course to symposium attendees.
“The Las Vegas symposium was one of the best of the entire series,” said Flores. “Agents and suppliers were extremely engaged during the “speed dating” session, and attendees raved about the topics discussed by our feature speakers. Overall, the result was a dynamic, high energy, and productive event.”
The next Helix Symposium will be held in Ft. Lauderdale on November 1, 2011. Details are available at www.joinhelix.com.