o your clients are ready to take the
big "family vacation," and they've come to you to make all their
arrangements. To ensure they have the best experience possible,
there are a number of questions you should ask:
What did everyone like or not like about their last family
vacation? Was the vacation too short or too long? Was there enough
free time? How old are the children? What activities especially
interest them? Once you have a clear picture of what they envision
as their "perfect" vacation, you can begin to narrow down the
options that are right for them.
Helpful information to pass on to families: Discuss hotels in
their destination of choice -- are there discount rates for
children? Current family promotions? On-site activities for
children? The property's distance from top family attractions like
theme parks and is there a shuttle service available?
Once the destination and hotel are selected, ensure they get the
most out of their stay by assisting with their itinerary. Remember
to include some free time.
The easiest way to book ahead entertainment options is through
at authorized ticket company. Wholesalers like New York City-based
Keith Prowse, with over 200 years of service, offer special deals
for a variety of theme parks, attractions and other entertainment
For instance, Keith Prowse offers new travel packages and
tickets to America's top theme parks, including Walt Disney World
Resort, Disneyland Resort (with Disney's California Adventure),
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld Adventure Parks in
Florida and California, Universal Orlando and Universal Studio
With these packages, clients receive admission tickets to the
theme parks in advance, eliminating the need to stand at ticket
kiosks or voucher exchange windows upon arrival.
And the agent benefits as well. "We offer commissions upwards of
10% on all products and increased commissions are offered with
preferred supplier agreements," says Leslie Case, vice president,
sales and marketing for Keith Prowse. "Our tickets are
competitively priced and we guarantee no price increases after
booking. If you've already made travel arrangements for your
clients, you can increase your earnings by selling them our
entertainment tickets. And we have offices around the world, so the
most up-to-date information on all shows and events is at your
Theme Park News
Adventure rides, combined with animal encounters, thrilling
attractions, entertainment and shows are all new additions awaiting
guests at the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks.
SeaWorld Orlando has added "Kraken," a monster roller coaster
that sends riders 15 stories into the air then plunges them down at
speeds of 65 mph and upside down seven times. Kraken dangles riders
high in open-sided seats, creating the "floorless" feeling of
flying in a chair.
Guests at SeaWorld San Diego can experience the latest
interactive attraction, Pirates 4-D, a special-effects movie
adventure. Visual effects and spurts of water surprise guests as
they follow the hilarious misadventures of "Captain Lucky" and his
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can take clients on an adventure they'll
never forget. Rhino Rally is an off-road safari through the wilds
of Africa. While traversing a rugged course in free-driving
vehicles, guests may encounter elephants, rhinos, antelope,
alligators and other exotic species.
Also in Tampa Bay, Adventure Island's newest thrill ride Wahoo
Run takes five riders at a time on a high speed tunnel raft ride,
sliding down six stories of drenching twists, dark drops and
Orlando's Discovery Cove is an attraction that allows families
the opportunity to swim and play with dolphins, rays and other sea
animals. Reservations are required.
Also in Orlando, Universal's Island of Adventure has updated one
attraction and added a new one.
The redesigned interactive adventure Poseidon's Fury now
features a new storyline and uses more than 350,000 gallons of
water, 200 flame effects and exploding 25-foot-wide fireballs.
Dinosaurs step out of the movie screen and into the real world
at Jurassic Park, a new themed island at Islands of Adventure.
Guests have the chance to interact with "living, breathing"
dinosaurs at a series of exciting rides and attractions.