‘We felt that we would like to work more closely with travel agents and grow our relationship with them,’ says Emily Newrick, senior travel consultant at Maher Escorted Tours.
‘We’ve already had brochure requests and enquiries from agents after we started officially promoting the portal this week. A number of agents have told us they have or have had clients on our tours and didn't realise they could offer the tours directly themselves. So this is seen as a mutually beneficial move.’
Maher Escorted Tours handles all the finer details for the agents and their clients, so all the consultant needs to do is recommend the company’s product.
Maher has 30 tours spanning Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Australia and offers itineraries specifically designed for the mature traveller.
The Australian itineraries tend to be shorter ‘close to home’ type tours for those travellers who want an easy pace. Longer haul tours include a 27 day Italy and the Adriatic Coach & Cruise programme departing August 2018. Other examples are a 25 day USA and Canada National Parks itinerary, 25 day South American Adventure and 35-day Trans-Atlantic Crossing Greenland and Iceland tour.