Travvy Awards Winners Spotlight: Europe Express
Europe Express celebrated its 25th Anniversary and won its first Travvy Award in the same year. Founded in 1990, Europe Express has been a leader in the field of providing competitively priced custom-designed travel packages for individual travelers and groups. The company makes it easy for travel agents to assemble packages including all necessary and desirable vacation components, such as air, hotel or villa, rail and car rental, sightseeing, activities and pre/post cruise packages.
Europe Express distinguished itself as an innovator in providing custom-made itineraries, assembled from exactly what the client is looking for but put together in a way that fits logically within a framework of what is available and what is possible in the marketplace.
Travel agents can work with Europe Express to complete customized FIT programs either online or through the company’s staff of experienced reservations specialists.
The company pays a base commission of 10 percent. Agencies enrolled in the Sterling Commission Override Program can earn up to 15 percent commission.
The company pledges “competitive pricing, fast and efficient service, and a profitable return for travel agents,” according to a company statement. “By streamlining all facets of an international vacation, agencies working with Europe Express can complete a booking quickly and easily. Each member of our staff has extensive travel expertise and trains continually to keep current with the new and changing array of products and services.”
The company’s groups department specializes in multi-city and multi-country trips for 10-600 people and works with travel agents to build an itinerary to fit any budget while organizing all signup deadlines, travel documents and payments.
As travel has become increasingly based on providing exceptional immersive experiences, Europe Express has continued to build its inventory to meet the expanding aspirations of its customers. The company offers a rich selection of culinary experiences.
“The beauty of doing culinary visits and beverage tastings in Europe is that you often come into contact with people whose families have been producing wine, olive oil, cheeses or chocolate for many generations,” said Paula McKay, President of Europe Express. “These experiences often combine rural settings, fresh ingredients, traditional recipes and regional products, which makes for a really fun and authentic way to get to know a country.”
The company works with wineries, breweries, distilleries, cooking schools and farms throughout Europe to arrange meetings, activities and experiences for culinary minded travelers. The wide range of culinary activities includes such things as a visit to an apple orchard; a camembert and cider tasting in Normandy; a cooking demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris; a visit to a port wine cellar in Porto; chances to make paella in Catalonia, pizza in Naples and chocolate in Bruges; learning about the production of balsamic vinegar in Modena and of olive oil in Tuscany; observing the processes of brewing in Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic; and winemaking in Bordeaux, Sicily, Rioja, and the Rhine River Valley.
“Winning Best Vacation Wholesaler for Europe is the foundation of our story – 25 fantastic years helping travel advisors serve their clients with impeccable service, the broadest product offerings and extensive destination expertise,” said Kier Matthews, vice president of sales.
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