ACV Talks Shop With New Advisory Board

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) talked product and partnerships during its recently held Travel Advisory Board meeting in Mississauga, Ont. With partners from across the country representing chains, consortia and independent agencies.

Updates included ACV’s growing partnership with RIU Plaza City Hotels, the tour operator now offers new properties in Miami, New York City, Panama City, Dublin and Berlin, its new Europe and Cruise brochure, and highlights of its “Spotlight, Play and Luxury” collections.

ACV also vowed to provide travel agents with more in-depth training on its ACV&ME loyalty program. Webinars, as well as a focused communications strategy, will highlight ACV&ME’s benefits, reward levels and redemption options.

“It’s refreshing to collaborate with our Travel Advisory Board,” said George Platanitis, vice-president, Sales & Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations. “Our team looks forward to these meetings as the group provides a different perspective on how we run our business. We appreciate the positive feedback and work through the constructive criticism in order to improve services for our travel trade partners. It’s rewarding to see that we are all working together for a common good.”

Pictured, top row (l-r): Patrick Giguere, Voyages Constellation; Tim Morgan, TPI; Monique Lalonde, general manager, sales – National Accounts, ACV; George Platanitis, vice-president, sales and partnerships, ACV; Jason Mills,; Sophie Kazaz, director, Group Travel & Partnerships, ACV; Vikas Malhotra, itravel2000; Barba McLean, Maritime Travel; Margaret Barrie, Uniglobe Adventure House Travel; Annie Desjardins, Voyages Synergia Inc.; Karen Salviato, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; and Shelley Parry, TierOne Travel. Bottom row (l-r): Caterina Gurreri, manager, Groups, Commercial, ACV; Guy Marchand, general manager, sales – Quebec & Atlantic Canada; ACV; and Marigold Frontuna, general manager, sales – Western Canada, ACV.