VIRGIN Voyages will soon begin taking registrations from Australian travel agents, after this morning announcing a new GSA deal with Travel the World (TTW).
Initially the Richard Branson-backed cruise venture will focus on training and registering travel advisors, or “First Mates”, with TTW and Virgin Voyages aiming to officially open for business with the Australian travel community by the end of 2019.
Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin unveiled the deal during a presentation at the CLIA Cruise360 conference in Sydney, with the keenly anticipated addition of Australia to the line’s marketing plans seeing local agents join advisors in the USA, Canada and the UK (TD 03 Jan).
Cruise pricing will be available in Australian dollars, with the 01 Apr 2020 debut of Scarlet Lady seeing the line initially offer short cruises out of Miami to the Caribbean.
Virgin Voyages aims to offer a range of key points of difference, both in terms of its on-board product and how it deals with agents – most particularly offering 10% base commission on all elements of a cruise holiday, with no non-commissionable elements.
Agents wanting to work with Virgin Voyages are being invited to call Travel the World on 1300 857 037 or email the company on firstname.lastname@example.org.