Flying China Eastern Airlines to Beijing, eight of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) spent nine days in June experiencing a host of bucket list dreams in China, hosted by On the Go Tours.
The famil kicked off in the capital, exploring Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and the traditional hutongs (neighbourhoods) via rickshaw, with a display of traditional, and awe-inspiring, Chinese acrobatics, and a Peking Duck dinner, at the day’s conclusion.
From Beijing, the group departed on a tour that took in several sections of the Great Wall and the city of Xi’an, finishing in Shanghai where the most modern and ancient facets of China come together.
For most of the PTMs, this was their first opportunity to experience China, and Kelly Jenkins, representative for Winston Hills, NSW, says the visit has given her the confidence to offer advice and make recommendations to her clients.
“I went with few expectations as I didn’t know what to expect, and I was so pleasantly surprised by China as a country. Everything was so much cleaner and less busy than I expected.
“Now I can definitely help my clients experience it all for themselves.”
For Lillie Smith, representative for Toowong, QLD, it was easy to identify the biggest highlight of her trip.
“The Terracotta Warriors have always been on my list of things to see, and definitely didn’t disappoint – I was in awe.”
Smith believes that she will be much better able to meet her clients’ needs, now that she has experience China for herself.
“I find it trickier to sell a destination that I haven’t visited personally; now that I’ve ‘been there, done that’, I will be able to tell my clients what to expect and what experiences and activities would suit their abilities, expectations and requirements,” she said.
Sam Temple, representative for Sandy Bay, TAS, agreed, saying his participation in the famil ” …makes a world of difference to be able to sell it to my clients.
“I’ve also learnt that it’s a good idea to experience China as part of an organised group or, even better, pay for a guide for the duration of your stay – it’s worth every cent.”
The China famil, which was exclusive to TravelManagers, was a chance for PTMs who had not previously visited the country to benefit from experiencing On the Go Tours’ product.
“We identified PTMs who have the clientele and/or specialist-type niche to be able to sell it in the future,” said TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.
“Being able to recommend restaurants that offer fantastic food at great prices; the best place to find a coffee; whether they need to book a private transfer when they first arrive; what the public transport is like; it’s these little details that make the biggest difference to our clients’ travel experience.”
TOP IMAGE: Bike Riding in Xi’An: TravelManagers’ Julie Painter, Kelly Jenkins, Lillie Smith, Michelle Schulze, Elly Eves, Samantha Temple, Lisa Leary, Kerrie Baguley and Sharon Wright, along with Feng (local guide, 2nd from left), and On The Go Tours’ Lisa McCowan (4th from left).< ?em>