Impressive agents Connect with Indian Ocean and Middle East

Impressive agents Connect with Indian Ocean and Middle East

Selling Travel’s latest Connect networking events hit the road this week, putting agents in front of leading product in the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. 

The two nights – in London and Leeds – were well supported, with 70 agents attending at Tower Suites in London and almost 40 at Aspire in Leeds. 

They met with suppliers that included Adaaran Resorts, the Emaar Hospitality Group; Cara Hotel Marketing; Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi; Shangri-La Le Touessrok, Mauritius;  Sunlife; Travelpack; Air Mauritius and JA Resorts (Leeds only). 

“I was impressed. The evenings were very productive and the agents had lots of good questions. Most had turned up prepared to find out information that would help their sales to the region,” said Jonathan Wilkins of Adaaran Resorts, a chain of four Maldivian island resorts ranging from budget all-inclusive to premium all-inclusive: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, and Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. 

“It (Leeds) was a great night with a good turnout of quality agents,” commented Allan Owen, Country Sales Manager UK and Ireland for Air Mauritius.”

The airline’s Rosie Garside was equally impressed by ‘the quality’ of the agents she met at the London event.  

“It was a fantastic evening. Everyone I spoke to seemed really engaged and interested to learn about our product. It gave us the opportunity to inform them about our new daily flights from October 29.” 

Air Mauritius, which is switching flights from Heathrow to Gatwick when the daily service launches, will mark 50 years of operations to the UK in November.  

Another supplier who enjoyed both evenings was Cara Hotel Marketing’s Claire Huston who said: “The events were really well organised and I enjoyed meeting all the agents and talking to them about our three Maldivian resorts, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Dhawa Ihuru and Angsana Velavaru. 

“It’s the first time I’ve done proper agent events so it was a great experience for me and I am looking forward to being part of more Selling Travel Connect events.” 

One agent who was glad she attended her first-ever trade networking evening was Aliyah Sehgal of Althams Travel in Batley.  

An apprentice at the agency, she returned home from the Leeds evening with two return tickets courtesy of Air Mauritius. 

The winner of the same prize in London was Sami Sanullah, CEO of Travel Link Worldwide, who said “I am absolutely delighted Selling Travel arranged such a wonderful evening showcasing the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.  

“In March we celebrated being in business for 30 years, which makes winning two flights to Mauritius even more special. Thank you Air Mauritius – I intend to visit Mauritius just as soon as I can.” 

Anthony Kingsley, Manager at Not Just Travel, also found the London evening worthwhile. “Selling Travel’s networking events have always been among my favourite trade networking occasions because of the quality of the suppliers that we get to meet.  

“I always enjoy them because they are so well planned and organised. I had some very informative chats this evening that will help me better sell the Indian Ocean and Middle East.”  

Agents at both events won other prizes that included hotel stays in Mauritius and the Maldives, high street shopping vouchers and a bumper box of premium chocolates.  

The next Selling Travel event on June 7 will focus on the Cincy Region, USA, which straddles both Northern Kentucky and Ohio. From June 5 the region will be served by a new direct flight with British Airways from London Heathrow.



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