A chilly week in Banff
This month, we took 43 of our Travel Consultants on the ultimate ski social in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Along with some of our Head Office team, we flew out with Air Canada to one of the best ski locations in the world, for a week of fun in the snow.
Unlike our educational trips, this was a fam trip designed to give our Travel Consultants from across the UK a chance to meet and socialise with some of our corporate team, too. We were very luck to have the trip supported by a number of our close partners and tourist boards including Inghams, JTA and the Alberta Tourist Board.
This meant we were able to heavily subsidise the cost of the trip for everyone who wanted to attend and take part in some fantastic activities. Banff isn’t just a ski resort, so even some of our Travel Consultants who weren’t keen on skiing were still excited for the trip.
Our action-packed itinerary included skiing and snowboarding, along with dog-sledding and snow-mobiling. Some of our franchisees completed the Johnston Canyon Ice Walk and one even competed in a local 5K race- and he won in minus 17 temperatures! There was plenty of time to relax too, as some headed off for a drip in the hot springs, toasted smores and star gazed at the top of Banff Gondola.
New destination knowledge
Not only was this a trip for our Travel Consultants to let their hair down after a busy start to the year, but they got to visit various hotels and properties in the area and learn about the destination. We all got to enjoy a spectacular afternoon tea at the famous Fairmont hotel, and this has given our Travel Consultants first-hand knowledge and experience they can take away and use when selling Canada holidays in the future.
One of our Travel Consultants Dave Parkyn said “I learned so much about the area in a very short time and was so blown away by the quality of the snow and quiet, spacious pistes. I’ve already been able to personally recommend Banff to a prospective client and so the benefits have already started.”
David also found the week to be great for picking up tips and advice for his business. Having only been with The Travel Franchise for 8 months, he said he learned a lot just from spending time with the other Travel Consultants and co-founder Steve Witt.
Steve feels the trip was extremely beneficial for franchisees from a business perspective. He said, “this super-sized ski trip has opened people’s eyes to a whole new year-round destination, and we are convinced sales will increase as a result of this trip – one Travel Consultant even made a Canada booking while we were out there!”.
On the last night of the trip, not only did everyone walk away Banff experts, but we all got to go to a Calgary Flames ice hockey game against the Vegas Golden Knights – a truly memorable experience!
These FAM trips, along with our overseas educational trips such as the Millionaire’s Retreat and Elite Experience, give our Travel Consultants the opportunity to see the world, network with other franchisees and learn new skills along the way!
Are you considering starting your own business? Join The Travel Franchise today and you could be coming on our next overseas trip! To find out more about benefits like this, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.