‘We want to not only offer the main-stream products into these destinations but also give our clients the option to experience the country in more depth with a highly personalised service.’ Mark Snoxell, the New Zealand representative for Asia DMC, says the company’s strength is in tailor made tours suiting the specific needs of families, couples and other travellers. The destination management company also has considerable business in the corporate incentive area out of Europe and sees potential from New Zealand. Snoxell says Asia DMC has expertise in Myanmar (one of the ‘hot’ destinations for the year ahead), Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. ‘We are about to launch in the Philippines, which fits in nicely with the new direct service from Auckland.’ Soysa says that as an independent company with ‘no ties’ to any hotel chain, transfer company or other supplier, Fathom Asia can offer unbiased suggestions and recommendations while offering competitive quotes to agents. ‘Just a few of the experiences that are getting great feedback include high tea at a vintage collectables shop, to sunset cocktails at an elegant bar on top of a high rise in Saigon; sunset paddle boarding or a private dinner on a raft in Hoi An, private art tours, farm to table culinary lessons, and sailing in the south of Myanmar.’ www.fathomasia.co.nz
‘More depth’ for Fathom Asia
Fathom Asia is adding depth to what it offers in the region through a new business relationship with Asia DMC. Jay Soysa, product – reservations manager with Fathom Asia (which is under the Francis Travel Marketing umbrella), says that the relationship has grown from an existing connection. ‘As the local GSA for luxury Aqua Expeditions, it was a natural progression for us to explore opportunities with their approved preferred partner – Asia DMC – for pre and post land content,’ adds Soysa.