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Sunday,  June 23, 2024 6:13 AM 

"We have friends here today:" Globus thanks travel partners for another strong year

"We have friends here today:" Globus thanks travel partners for another strong year
Blake Wolfe

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With 2019 recently concluded, authenticity, Oberammergau and the debut of the Avalon View are poised to be among the defining aspects of 2020 for the Globus family of brands.

Saying thank-you for a strong 2019, the Globus family of brands hosted their travel industry partners for an appreciation lunch, wrapping up another strong year while looking ahead to the next 12 months.

“We love our relationship with our travel industry partners,” said Stephanie Bishop, managing director, Globus family of brands. “We have friends here today, not just customers.”

In fact, it’s these partnerships that Bishop credits to the ongoing growth of Globus.

“Twelve years ago had 40-odd employees; now were closer to 90,” Bishop said. “That’s a huge growth in little over 10 years, the result of people power. We continue to grow because of the people that we work with.”

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Looking back, looking ahead

Bishop told PAX that while 2019 may have been a “softer” year in terms of growth compared to an exceptionally strong 2018, it was by no means slow.

“It was a good year – softer than 2018 but considering the year before was an historic one for us, to have growth in the year following, I’m over the moon.”

Among the highlights were the return of Globus’ Undiscovered touring series, which emphasizes authenticity and off-the-beaten-path explorations of destinations; the series will return in 2020 with itineraries in Eastern Europe (a particular draw for multigen family groups, she said) and the Mediterranean, Bishop added.

Also on the horizon is the launch of Avalon Waterways’ Avalon View this spring, the latest addition to the fleet, which will also feature the line’s Active & Discovery itineraries.

And with Oberammergau taking place in Germany this year, Bishop added that advanced promotion of the decennial passion play has resulted in strong bookings.

“We started early with best promotions and we’re seeing the results,” she said.

Caption for main photo: 

Julian Cotignola, LATAM; Stéphanie Bishop, Globus family of brands; Spencer Sorensen, Westjet; Julie Virgilio, Travelsavers; Andrew Jones, Flight Centre; Leanne Thousham, CAA; Michael Magliocco, Delta Airlines; Fiona Barclay, CWT; Sherif Sedhom, Lufthansa; Kim Clarke, Globus family of brands and Tony Celio, Air Canada.

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