In this time of higher-than-usual stress, many travel advisors sitting on the edge not sure what to do next. That was the original “why” behind Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ creation of Live with Five, an online place for advisor partners, especially the independent contractor (IC) business owners, to connect. According to Big Five, advisors come to talk about what is happening, about strategies for tomorrow in a post-COVID world, or even pause to tell a story or share a joke.
“We mainly wanted to offer this as a change of scenery,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five Tours & Expeditions. “This provides a period of positive reinforcement to our advisor partners to give them the strength to face the day and put one foot in front of the other.”
A primary feature of Live with Five is the ability for an advisor to speak directly with one of Big Five’s in-country specialist guides in real time. They and their clients can connect with the specific guide who will be with the clients on the ground.
This concept, says Big Five, is about humanizing travel, putting the flesh and bones and face on what previously was just an itinerary. These client events are available to each advisor free of charge for small or large client groups. Big Five adds it will set up a page for individual clients, including a sign-up page that can be labeled with the advisor’s logo. The company will even handle all RSVPs for advisors, so that they can focus on the task at hand.
Only recently launched, Live with Five has proven to be popular with advisors, who can book a 30-minute session at their own convenience at bigfive.youcanbook.me.