Signature Travel Network reported strong growth in land and tour sales and the expansion of its preferred supplier network during its annual Sales Meeting and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The additions include five new tour operators, ten new destination specialists and over sixty new hotels.
“Preferred suppliers are key to building a solid foundation for continued success. This year, over 83% of member sales came from preferred suppliers. As industry leaders, we want to keep forging partnerships with the most respected travel companies and design programs that have a positive impact on both Signature members and partners. Signature’s land and tour sales are growing double digits for 2013, and advance sales for 2014 are above prior years," Signature President Alex Sharpe said.
Signature’s recent “State of the Market” survey of members identified the active and adventure segment as a prime area of opportunity. In response to member demand, Signature has developed an integrated approach, expanding product development and marketing and adding preferred suppliers in the niche, including Backroads and G Adventures, Signature says.
“As we add new preferred suppliers and existing partners continue to expand their portfolios, we have increased the presence of active and adventure experiences in our publications and online content. It has also allowed us to expand our destination partnerships well known for unique outdoor experiences, such as Australia, Peru, Hawaii, and Africa, just to name a few,” explains Heidi Podjavorsek, Director, Sales & Marketing - Destination Partnerships.
New partner, Harry Dalgaard, President of Avanti Destinations, says, “As one of the premier providers of quality F.I.T. and group packages to Europe, Central America, and Latin America, Avanti Destinations is thrilled to be joining Signature Travel Network, and we look forward to working with its tremendous membership base to create authentic yet unique itineraries for their clients.”
Suppliers who have joined the network in 2013 include:
Tour & Land Operators
• Avanti Destinations
• G Adventures
• Heritage Tours Private Travel
• Villas of Distinction
• Abercrombie & Kent Russia
• Amiel Tours – Israel
• Argentina Activa
• Brewster Travel – Canada
• J&J Services – Italy
• Metropolitan Touring – Ecuador
• Seasonz Travel – New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti & Cook Islands
• Singular Luxury Travel Designers – Colombia
• W Travel France
Plus, over 60 hotels & resorts.