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Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation and Cris David, president of Insight Vacations in Canada.
By Ilona Kauremszky
Requests like a VIP visit to the Vatican before it's open to the public? No problem! And the Travelling Concierge initiative is only part of the company's plans to satisfy clients who are anticipating more exclusive experiences. Insight is also introducing clients to a new luxury vacation program of fine dining, VIP tours, attention to detail, exceptional service and stellar boutique properties.
Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation, noted that consumers trying to fulfill these robust itineraries on their own would pay much more: “To do this on your own would cost you double without the help of the Travelling Concierge.”
At the Toronto launch of the program over high tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel, he told CT that the Travel Corporation's Chairman (his father Stanley) wanted to introduce Luxury Gold to complement the company's Premium program.
“We dabbled with a level of this product over the past few years but this is the first time in 2016 we’re going full-on,” he said, further noting the company’s newest hotel, Ireland's glorious Ashford Castle, has undergone a $75 million restoration and is part of the Luxury Gold and Premium categories.
Cris David, president of Insight Vacations in Canada, added that Luxury Gold is the tour operator’s first no-holds-barred venture into the luxury space: “Luxury Gold is in a class of its own. It’s the ultimate in guided vacations. We feel this product will define guided vacations into the future."
He explained how the luxury brand is really addressing an older Canadian demographic: “These aging baby boomers have discretionary income. There’s never been a better opportunity to introduce an exceptional leisure travel product like Luxury Gold.”
He estimated that 18 percent of seniors who will be retired in 2016 will be primed to travel.