A group of Travel Counsellors from all over Australia recently travelled on a familiarisation tour to Singapore to find the very best hotels, restaurants, attractions and experiences in order to set up their own wholesale enterprise. Travel Counsellors all run their own home-based business, so they are able to be a wholesaler which allows them to create their own packages and set their own prices and margins.
After travelling in comfort to Singapore aboard Singapore Airlines, Sarah Bennett of Roleystone, Hulda Strydom of Burns Beach, Lisa Minopoulos of Angle Vale, Chrissie Shah Floreat, were able to see what a Singapore stopover offers travellers in transit by sampling hawker food, sipping cocktails and admiring the skyline at rooftop bars, and taking in a bit of culture at the newly-opened National Gallery of Singapore.
Hulda comments, “While Singapore has been a popular stopover for travellers for decades, the city is evolving with new hotels, bars and restaurants really reinvigorating the city. I was really impressed with the wide variety of activities on offer with world-class culinary experiences, a multitude of shopping opportunities and everything from gorgeous gardens to theme parks to keep travellers entertained. After this trip, I can’t wait to put together the ultimate Singapore stopover for my clients.”
David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia believes that familiarisation tours like this one allow Travel Counsellors the best opportunities to become their own profitable wholesaler. “Unlike other travel agents working in retail agencies, Travel Counsellors are able to create their own products and departures, therefore they are also able to set their own pricing and margin. On this famil, Travel Counsellors were able to investigate and road test the best travel products to sell to their clients. When they get back home, they are then able to put together their own packages, exercising greater quality control than most other agents can. It’s a win-win for the business, the agent and the customer.”