David Reid, head of distribution in Australia, NZ & Asia Pacific for Le Boat, shares his tips for selling this one-of-a- kind European holiday.
What are the advantages of a self-skippered boating holiday?
Self-skippered boating holidays offer the freedom and flexibility to cruise and sight-see at your own pace. They eliminate the stress of keeping up with a tour group and enhance your ability to linger at those spots where you want to stay longer, and move on when you’re ready.
How popular are these types of holidays with Australians?
Year on year we are experiencing 15 per cent growth; so the product is proving very popular, particularly with more independent travellers.
Which is the most popular region for Australians?
The historic Canal du Midi in southern France offers easy access to the vineyards of one of France’s largest wine regions, Languedoc-Roussillon. Travellers can also explore medieval towns, ancient castles, museums and galleries, and enjoy the diverse food of the region.
What advice do you have for travel agents selling your product?
For clients who are looking for something different that is off the beaten track and water based, you could not choose an easier holiday to recommend. And remember, clients do not need a licence or any previous boating experience to operate our boats.
What is the average price of a weekly seven-night rental?
We offer short breaks (from 3 days) up to long breaks (14+ days) and these range from $600 to $12,000.
Where can they find out more information and do you run product training courses?
We have just launched our new 2016 brochure which includes a group flotilla cruise in Italy, and a new two-person luxury cruiser. Call 1800 118 940 with any questions. We are also happy to conduct a webinar session on request.