Henderson says the company is also planning training sessions for agents around the country focusing on the Philippines in general – but with a highly practical focus.
‘We are looking at starting these in February and are keen to get feedback from agents about when they would like to see us. We’re open to doing morning tea sessions for groups of agents, breakfasts or evening seminars and people are welcome to email me with their preferences.’
She says the sessions will provide a ‘nuts and bolts’ approach to the Philippines.
‘We won’t just be saying what a lovely place it is. There will be an emphasis on accommodation, the types of itineraries available, best times to travel and what products are most suitable for honeymooners, families, divers and other niche markets.’ Henderson says the dive famil will give a specialised group of agents a rare opportunity to see groups of thresher shark and other big fish.
‘We will be heading to the Malapascua region, where the thresher shark has a cleaning station – the small fish clean them off so they are relatively docile while they are there. Normally thresher shark can be quite aggressive and they are not to be messed with.’