LATAM Airlines Group has launched South America Specialist Advanced program with education on Chile and Peru in first module. Through this new program, the merged entity of LAN and TAM Airlines is taking South America specialist agents in India to next level of understanding the fast emerging destination connected by LATAM’s vast network.
Nayan Srivastava, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager-India, LATAM Airlines Group said at the seminar in Mumbai last weekend: “This is in continuation of the education program on South American tourist destinations. We have certified 78 Indian agents as South America Specialists through LATAM’s program since three years.”
Advance program trains agents on nitty-gritty’s of travel like reaching-there options, attraction details, ideal length stay and other details.
Anil M Haribal, Chairman, Travel Forte told eGTMedia: “South America is popular with my clients, who are mostly doctors. We have been taking groups ranging from 30 to 40, many times a year, since four years. Doctors being busy professionals, they expect us to work out all the details of the trip and let them relax just during the trip. Knowing all the details like options of getting into Amazon forest from three different gateways helps us in organizing the tour well.”
Peru, South America’s 3rd largest region is popularly known for world’s most ancient town of Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest that covers 59 percent area of the country. Cusco, at 3300 meter altitude is the gateway to Machu Picchu and is at an 80 minutes flight from Peru. From there it’s a 3 hour train journey by train or 4 days walk through Inca trail to the amazingly laid-out ancient city at hard to access hill-top.
Nazca or Inca Lines, a series of 2000 year old riddle inscribed huge geoglyphs are spread over 500 kilometers in southern Peru. These and Lima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. LAN & TAM connect to 14 gateways in Peru.
Luis M Cabello, Economic and Commercial Consular, Embassy of Peru, India, said: “There is a lot of interest among Indians to travel to Peru and the numbers are growing at 20 percent annually without our advertisements so far. We now plan to have our own workshops by last quarter to promote tourism to Peru and also have destination familiarization trips next year. Trade potential between the two countries is big and a bilateral trade agreement is under process.”
4000 kilometer long coastal country of Chile has white sand beaches, ski resorts, isolated Easter Island with volcanic crater, and glacier adventure land of Patagonia.
LATAM Airlines group connects to 14 destinations in Peru and 16 destinations in Chile. The group has 338 aircraft and flies to 135 destinations in all. It has through fare ticket arrangements with six airlines flying from India to Europe, to further connect with its best connections to Latin America. LATAM is part of One World since March 2014.
Mr Srivastava said: “Indian’s can travel to Milan, Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Paris hubs on our partner airlines to further fly on LATAM to South American cities with through and through check-in bags. Milan is a popular gateway as Indians don’t need a transit visa.”
Air India connects to Milan from New Delhi. LATAM through fare facility can also be availed on Lufthansa, British Airways, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Air France.
The next module of South America Specialist Advanced program on Argentina and Brazil will follow in next two months and then on Ecuador and Colombia. The final module will highlight on route connections, schedules and services of LATAM.
Written by Anand & Madhura Katti