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“Remodeling” WestJet Vows Its Love For Journey Brokers

“Remodeling” WestJet Vows Its Love For Journey Brokers

What’s outdated is new once more at WestJet, because the airline seeks to “embrace what made us so profitable prior to now.”

These have been the phrases of Chuck Crowder, VP Gross sales, Distribution, Contact Centre and WestJet Holidays, to an viewers of a whole lot of journey brokers on the first WestJet Journey Commerce Expo in three years, held on the Worldwide Centre close to Pearson Airport.


Crowder says the airline has decided to “cease making an attempt to be every part to everybody,” and deal with “preserving what’s good, strengthening aggressive benefits and cease doing what doesn’t work.”

“Remodeling” WestJet Vows Its Love For Journey Brokers
The crew from WestJet Holidays unfold the phrase to a whole lot of journey brokers.

In sensible phrases, Crowder says the pillars of the brand new strategy embody placing a powerful deal with its western Canada base, renewing a dedication to lower-cost flying and benefiting from a surge in leisure journey demand.

“The footprint is shifting out of the east,” Crowder mentioned. “However don’t suppose that we’re shrinking on this market. We merely couldn’t maintain making an attempt to be every part to everyone.”

Crowder says it will imply much less flying within the Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal triangle and extra frequencies between key east and west cities. The airline’s fleet of long-range 787s will all be primarily based in Western Canada and the Q400 fleet – which can slowly get replaced by bigger plane — will transfer west as properly.

Antigua group at WestJet trade expo
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority gross sales and advertising and marketing supervisor (left) and Raynel Carroll, BDM (proper), flank Karen Ward, an advisor with Nexion Canada. Ward was the fortunate winner of two tickets anyplace WestJet flies.

The WestJet government, who started his profession as a journey agent, says there’s a lot for central and japanese Canadian journey professionals to be enthusiastic about, and extra to come back as a deal to buy tour operator and airline Sunwing makes its manner by the regulatory course of.

“Sunwing may be very sturdy within the east, and the strongest tour operator in Canada. It’s additionally an airline with a fleet of 18 planes, and WestJet brings airline experience. I consider the deal will likely be accepted with none points, then the arduous work of integration begins. However after we get on the opposite facet of this, it’s going to be so spectacular,” Crowder mentioned.

WestJet Trade Expo Cuba Tourist Board
Cuba was properly represented on the WestJet Journey Commerce Expo. Left to proper: Yon William Tejera Garrida, Gross sales Supervisor, Resort Playa Vista Azul, Nieves Ricardo, Cuba Vacationer Board, Lessner Gomez, Director, Cuba Vacationer Board Canada and Jorge Luis Perez, Gross sales Govt, Blue Diamond Resorts.

The WestJet Journey Commerce Expo, which is transferring on to Calgary tomorrow and Vancouver on September 15, attracted a considerable variety of solar vacation spot hoteliers and vacationer boards to its commerce present. With leisure gross sales “at or surpassing 2019 ranges,” Dave Cecco, Director, WestJet Holidays, says brokers ought to urge their purchasers to e book early for greatest pricing and availability.

“I’d counsel individuals lock in now as a result of costs are more likely to go up. We’re providing instantaneous financial savings of as much as $400 for bookings this month, and our telephones are ringing off the hook.” WestJet Holidays can also be providing an computerized 2% fee bonus for packages booked earlier than September 30.

WestJet travel trade expo Jamaica Tourist Board
Dan Hamilton, District Gross sales Supervisor, and Racquel Queensborough, Enterprise Improvement Supervisor, represented Jamaica on the WestJet Journey Commerce Expo.

For winter, WestJet is restarting 17 solar and leisure routes that have been halted by the pandemic. WestJet Holidays is providing 850 completely different properties in 60 locations. The operator unveiled a 24-page mini-brochure that’s rackable and client-facing, but additionally acts as a product information for journey advisors. Work continues on a complete digital brochure.

In addition to instantaneous financial savings and instantaneous value match on packages – the one one within the business, WestJet says – the airline has additionally prolonged the validity of ‘COVID WestJet {dollars}’ by December 31, in addition to extending fee safety by that date.

Rod Hanna and Debbie Stellinga at WestJet Trade Expo
Rod Hanna, BDM Canada for Majestic Resorts, with The Journey Agent Subsequent Door’s Debbie Stellinga.

This winter, Swoop flights will likely be obtainable from choose cities together with WestJet Holidays packages to Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic. These packages can solely be booked by journey brokers, on the identical fee degree as packages with WestJet flights. “We all know there’s a clientele on the market for that,” Crowder mentioned.

The journey agent viewers applauded information that WestJet Holidays has added a ‘reside chat’ function to make it sooner and simpler to make adjustments to present bookings. That’s a part of an total deal with digitization and growth of self-service instruments.

Sandos Hotels BDM Juan Carlos Ruiz
Juan Carlos Ruiz, BDM for Sandos Resorts, was there to greet brokers on the WestJet Journey Commerce Expo.

“We have been missing in self-service choices and the pandemic revealed this. There have been some large hiccups,” admitted Supervisor, Leisure Gross sales Shannon Cunningham. “Now we’re making some actual progress.”

The WestJet and WestJet Holidays presentation earned a heat response from attendees. Each couple of minutes, a slide got here up that learn “WestJet Loves Journey Brokers,” which meant it was time to attract a prize. A number of brokers left with tickets for WestJet flights or WestJet Holidays packages.

Nancy Drolet, Jesson Communications
Nancy Drolet, VP Journey Commerce at Jesson + Firm Communications helped promote St. Martin on the WestJet Journey Commerce Expo.