Fourteen new itineraries and plenty of unique experiences will be included in Trafalgar Tours 2015 Asia program, the company said at its Asia brochure launch this week.
To mark the launch of the new brochure, a small group of partners got to partake in one of Trafalgar Tours signature Insider Experiences by cooking part of their own dinner at Toronto’s Mengrai Thai restaurant. Working with the restaurant’s staff (who regularly teach cooking classes), participants whipped up Thai cuisine mainstays including tom yum soup, green curry chicken and pad thai.
“If you’re going to a place, why not try something new?” said Trafalgar’s Rares Dumitru, sales manager for central and eastern Ontario, of the opportunities offered in the company’s travel packages. “McDonalds is going to be the same no matter where you go.”
Highlights of the new brochure include the Secrets of Thailand, in which travellers can take part in one of Trafalgar’s Be My Guest experiences and stay in the rural village of Ban Mae Kampong, with dinner served at a local farm where guests will learn about both the cooking of the meal as well as the growing of its ingredients. The itinerary also offers optional treks to destinations such as Wat Pho, known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and home to Thailand’s oldest massage school.
Other itineraries in the brochure include Secrets of Thailand with Ko Samui (incorporating the country’s popular beach destination), Vietnam and Cambodia, Japan and the Timeless Essence of Hong Kong and Mainland China, all offering their own unique options, said Dumitru.
Jason Stremble, Trafalgar’s sales manager for southwestern Ontario, said that the company has also added free Wifi to its coaches this year, responding to customer demand for better access to social media while travelling. Plus, Trafalgar is offering a 10 per cent discount on itineraries booked by Nov. 20 (see www.trafalgar.com for more information).
Kayla Shubert, the Canadian representative for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, also presented a brief profile of the country during the event, detailing its various tourist destinations and explaining that in 2013, 220,000 Canadians ventured to Thailand, staying an average length of 16 days. Shubert added that 60 per cent of those travellers were repeat visitors. She explained that Canadian travellers are drawn to Thailand primarily for the country’s hospitality, diverse geography and environment and price, with the country’s food and culture also contributing to those numbers.
PHOTO: (From left) Rares Dumitru, Sales Manager for central and eastern Ontario; Maurizio Mazzola, Sales Manager for the Greater Toronto Area and key accounts; Jason Stremble, Sales Manager for southwestern Ontario.