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July 19, 2017 Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

One of the great perks of working in the travel industry is the opportunity to indulge in the love of travel.  A recent Canada mega-famil gave five of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) the opportunity to do just this, as part of a group that experienced one of the world’s great rail journeys: the Rocky Mountaineer.

Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in New South Wales was one of the PTMs that embarked on the six-night itinerary that began in Vancouver and concluded in Calgary, with stops in Kamloops, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise along the way.

“Our last full day was one of the best days on the entire famil: an eight-minute gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, overlooking the town of Banff and the surrounding mountains, followed by a flightseeing helicopter tour.  You could see for miles and the scenery was incredible,” she says.

Ready to board: TravelManagers’ Neil Saunders, Kim Mason, Lyn Tyson are excited to embark on their two-day Rocky Mountaineer journey Silver Leaf: Silver Leaf style is a big hit for personal travel manager, Kim Mason

Mason believes she will now has a clearer understanding of the different product offerings with the Rocky Mountaineer Experience, which she says will make it easier for her to match the right client with the right options.

“We had incredibly full, busy days but it was great to experience this iconic journey for myself.  I was really surprised by the quality of the food and service on board the train and I am very much looking forward to sharing my experiences with my clients.”

For Lyn Tyson, representative for Pymble NSW, one of the major highlights of the famil was the time spent at Lake Louise.

Snow and ice are no problem for the well-dressed team from TravelManagers: Kim Mason, Neil Saunders, Kerrin Poupos , Derek Harwood, Lyn Tyson

“There were so many amazing photo opportunities along the way, but I hadn’t expected such a lot of snow at this time of year.  Lake Louise is simply breathtaking in those conditions: imposing but utterly beautiful.”

Both Mason and Tyson were grateful for the chance to experience both Silver and Gold Leaf classes whilst aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, and were surprised and delighted by what was on offer.

“I used to think that Gold Leaf class would be the only way to travel, but I learned that Silver Leaf is actually a really great option too: the cabins are very spacious and the food service at your seat is impeccable,” explains Mason.

Award winning photo – “Incredible colours at Athabasca Falls”. Taken at Jasper National Park by PTM Lyn Tyson, voted as one of four best Instagram pics from 100 famil participants as judged by Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver

There were also a number of valuable lessons learned along the way, as Mason explains: “I was surprised that most of the lakes, including Lake Louise, were still frozen in April.  I will definitely be recommending that my clients time their visits for summer or autumn if seeing the blue lakes is a top priority for them.”

“I’ll also be sure to advise them to pack woollies, beanies and gloves, and to dress in warm layers, if they are travelling in the spring, as it can be really cold!”

A grand entrance to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise at dusk, with views just as stunning as the hotel itself

TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company is always eager to encourage staff to take advantage of famils such as this one when they present themselves.

“Not only do our PTMs benefit from the opportunity to experience these amazing travel destinations for themselves, which in turn enables them to do a better job of looking after their clients, but they also return home full of energy and enthusiasm for their work and with a fresh passion for the world of travel.”

For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.

Who can see Lake Louise? Still frozen in Spring, Lake Louise is simply a spectacular sight

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