Posted: 22 Nov 2018 Agents drive Costsaver expansion into Asia
Since Costsaver began operating its pioneering flexible, value tours, the trade has embraced the brand and its ‘Ready to Go’ rate, with sales exceeding all expectations. 2019 is already tracking to be another record-breaking year, with sales to date up by 30 per cent, and Costsaver has responded to this increase in demand from the industry by introducing a brand new Asia programme, launching in January.
Already taking independent touring customers across Europe, North Africa, USA, Canada and South America, Costsaver’s new Asia programme will serve seven countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – from just R1950 per day; up to 63% less than the cost of fully independent travel.
“We would like to thank our valued agent partners for enthusiastically embracing the Costsaver brand, and helping us to build what is now a very robust, standalone travel company with a bright future ahead,” said Teresa Richardson, Managing Director for The Travel Corporation, parent company of Costsaver. “There is real appetite from the ‘Ready to Go’ value traveller, which has opened up a whole new audience to the touring sector and is creating an unbeatable opportunity for the trade. We’ve responded to the incredible demand by expanding into new destinations with each year of operation, and we’re very excited to be opening up Asia to the Guided Independent Traveller for the very first time in 2019.”
The Costsaver C3 Factor has been instrumental in communicating the benefits of independent touring to the trade, and helping agents to boost their sales. The three Cs reflect how agents can gain more Customers, with a product that appeals to more types of traveller than ever before; Cut time by taking just 20 minutes to plan and book their customers onto a Costsaver tour; and Close the sale, thanks to the ‘Ready to Go’ rate. ‘Ready to Go’ is Costsaver’s best price guarantee that means customers will never get their trip cheaper than if they book with the agent right then and there. This helps agent to close the sale and secure themselves some of the best commissions in the business.
Highlights from Costsaver’s new 2019 Asia programme include:
- The 10 day Japan Discovery, priced from R46 500 (R4650 per day) per person, and visits Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, making it the perfect trip for clients who wish to visit Japan’s top cities and tick off iconic sights such as Mount Fuji and Hiroshima along the way.
Essentials by Us inclusions: drive to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji to enjoy views over Japan, visit a sake brewery with a Local Specialist, taste Hiroshima style okonomiyaki at a local restaurant, and visit Miyajima Island by ferry.
Departures begin on 16 March 2019.
- The nine day Iconic Thailand, priced from R19 700 (R2189 per day) per person, is ideal for clients who want to see the sights of the rural ‘Golden Triangle’ and tick off Thailand’s buzzing cities. Beginning in Bangkok and culminating in Chiang Mai, clients will see the rural countryside landscapes of Thailand, as well as its cultural hubs.
Essentials by Us inclusions: visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho in Bangkok; see Bangkok’s canals during a Khlong tour; take a boat trip along the Mekong River to the Golden Triangle to see the converging of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos; visit a local Laotian market; and ride by rickshaw through Chiang Mai.
Departures begin on 19 January 2019.
All Costsaver tours include accommodation in handpicked hotels, daily breakfast plus additional dining experiences, essential highlight sightseeing, expert Travel Director, comfortable coach transportation and airport transfers. The rest is Tailored by You.
For more information please speak to your Area Sales Manager or visit www.costsavertour.com.