A group of Travel Counsellors agents recently experienced fabulous Fiji on a familiarisation trip showcased the many attractions of this popular destination.
The Matai Mega Famil was organised by Tourism Fiji and a range of hotel, cruise and tour partners and ran from 6-12 March. David Phillips, Sharon Wood, Lani Symons-Vaughn, Vivienne Smith, Carol Mills, Deborah Bartolo, Gaury Balayasoderan, Simone Neal, Suzanne Watson and Mihaela Gale all represented Travel Counsellors on the trip.
The itineraries were split into different groups that covered diverse facets of Fiji, including adventure, cruising and family travel. While the itineraries varied, each had many things in common – namely Fiji’s warm hospitality, rich cultural traditions, fresh seafood cuisine, luxury accommodation and balmy weather.
Vivienne Smith from NSW took part in the Blue Lagoon Cruises famil and was impressed by the beauty of the Yasawa Islands area.
“From seeing the famed Blue Lagoon with my own eyes to enjoying cocktails and canapes in beach bars and visiting locals living on small islands, this cruise was incredible. While we spent plenty of time off the boat doing day trips to beaches and villages, our time spent on the boat was very memorable. I enjoyed eating on deck under the stars and I know I wasn’t the only one sad to disembark at the end of the trip,” said Smith.
Suzanne Watson from Queensland experienced the luxe resorts of Fiji’s north.
“Getting to stay at places like Qamea Island Resort, Matangi Island Resort and Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is a dream come true. The level of service and warm hospitality that I received in these resorts is incredible. Now that I’ve had this experience I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend my clients try an all-inclusive resort in Fiji’s north – it’s the ultimate way to relax,” said Watson.
Simone Neal from Victoria got in touch with Fiji’s more adventurous side with activities like beach volleyball, sunset tube cruising and snorkelling included on the itinerary.
“I think many people associate Fiji with relaxation, however there are plenty of sports and activities for travellers who want to have active adventures. Fiji has some supremely good snorkelling spots and dive sites, so I’ll definitely encourage clients who love snorkelling and diving to try Fiji for their next holiday,” said Neal.
Managing director David Hughes advocates that Travel Counsellors take part in as many familiarisation tours as they can, in order to become better agents.
“Nothing beats firsthand experience of a destination, hotel or tour operator. That is why we encourage Travel Counsellors to travel as much as they can to become better agents,” said Hughes.
“Leaving their business to travel is sometimes a concern and that is why we employ several travel industry professionals to keep Travel Counsellors individual businesses ticking over while they are away. Knowing that their clients are being looked after while they’re travelling makes for a more productive trip and smoother landing,” he said.