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Travel trade interest in Tempo Holidays gathers pace

Agents across the UAE are welcoming the efforts of newcomer, Tempo Holidays, to offer them niche travel products.

Agents across the UAE are welcoming the efforts of newcomer, Tempo Holidays, to offer them niche travel products.

The Australia-based wholesaler, which was launched in the Gulf last month by start-up leisure and travel company, Gulf Reps, has already received individual and group bookings and enquiries from several key agents across the UAE, according to account manager John Flower.

“I’ve been to Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai meeting agents in these key markets and there’s been a very positive response. They are quite taken with the niche products we are offering,” he explained.

Gastronomy-focused  holidays and unique properties such as castles in Italy have attracted the most interest he said.

“It won’t be huge volumes, but the demand is there. Emirates flying to Venice [from the summer] will definitely help sell Italy, and now the airline will fly to Brazil later this year, that will help us as we probably offer the largest South America programme in the UAE. We have had positive enquiries about Brazil already,” Flower added.

Comprehensive agent training is one of Tempo’s pledges to the trade and Flower is currently contacting tourism boards with a view to developing joint training programmes and fam trips.

“What I would like to do is bring 10 or 12 key agents to a centralised location for two hours every week for between four and six weeks, after which time they become Tempo Holidays specialists,” he explained. “I would like training to be destination focused because it’s very hard to sell a country when you haven’t been there. Training will also include online reservations.”

Product training would focus on Austria, Germany, France the UK and Ireland,” Flower added.

Dubai-based Gulf Reps also represents Tourism Ireland and  ABC Connection in the GCC.

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