WINNERS OF GERMAN TRAVEL AGENT E-LEARNING PROGRAMME
Monday 14th June 2010
Photo Caption: German Travel Agents visiting Lookout accompanied by Sabrina Luetcke & Ministry of Tourism Escorts
St. John’s, Antigua 14th June 2010. Ten German travel agents converted their theoretical knowledge of Antigua & Barbuda into practical experience when they visited the island last week. Prior to their visit the agents had successfully completed the destination e-learning programme created by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s German Office and were selected from amongst ninety agents who achieved full scores during the programme’s final online quiz.
The e-learning programme received industry recognition after winning the Globus Award 2009 for being voted as one of the best destination courses for travel agencies.
According to Sabrina Luetcke,Tourism Officer who escorted the group: “These agents were chosen because they represent the best agencies in regions offering a good sales platform for Antigua in cities such as Munich, Frankfurt or Hamburg.”
The group was hosted by Galley Bay Resort and Spa, The Verandah Resort and Spa and Hawksbill by Rex Resorts. In addition, to experiencing first-hand the services and products offered by the host properties, the agents carried out comprehensive site inspections of the majority of hotels sold by German Tour Operators.
An exploration of Antigua via a safari, a catamaran cruise with Tropical Adventures, and a trip to Sting Ray city featured on the group’s Itinerary. Agents also got a spicy taste of Antigua’s cuisine during a visit to the kitchen of the maker of Susie’s Hot Sauce.
The Tourism Officer, expressed satisfaction with the trip and said: “The agents were very excited about the variety of attractions, activities and different hotel products offered in Antigua, meeting the needs of their different type of clients.”
“The combination of product information and local experiences made this fam trip very special and remarkable. I will sincerely do my best to send as many clients as possible to this little paradise,” stated one of the agents after the trip.
The flight was made possible with the assistance of German airline Condor, that offers a weekly direct flight from Frankfurt to V.C. Bird International Airport.