The Future of Travel: A United Effort to Make Travel More Sustainable
April 19, 2020, 4-5 p.m. ET
Presenter: Samantha Bray
Panelists: Beth Ray-Schroeder, Michel LaRiviere, Kate Sanders, Andrea Holbrook
Moderator: Andrew Lockwood
Fund for Education Abroad Seeks Executive Director
FEA seeks a visionary Executive Director (Director) with nonprofit leadership experience, strong communication skills, and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to lead an engaged Board of Trustees, dedicated program manager, and contracted development professional in furtherance of FEA’s mission. Click here for more information or to apply.
TRAVEL MANAGER For Immediate Hire
Insider Expeditions is a boutique travel company that creates and delivers customized travel programs for our partners and clients worldwide. We specialize in working with young professional groups, university groups, alumni associations, membership institutions, and communities of adventurers that want to get off the beaten path and enjoy exceptional and educational travel experiences.
About the Role:
The Travel Manager is an integral leadership position within the Insider Expeditions team. This role will lead research, design, and execution of exceptional travel programs to destinations around the world. This position will work directly with international trip operators, clients, faculty, and speakers to deliver inspired travel experiences from concept through production. Additionally, this role will manage traveler communications and customer service.
Candidates must be motivated, hard-working, and organized self-starters! Attributes we look for are keen attention to detail, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, trustworthiness, positivity, and a passion for inspired international travel. This position will report directly to the Senior Travel Program Director.
Requirements: Minimum 3 – 5 years in event planning, travel planning, or related fields. Foreign language competency a plus.
Compensation: Full-time position. Commensurate with work experience.
Please note: all Insider employees are currently operating virtually in response to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Research and Plan International Travel Programs
- Research destinations and travel options as necessary and keep track of findings and comparisons.
- Create potential trip itineraries and updated itinerary iterations for both groups and individuals.
- Develop relationships with local suppliers and partners, request detailed and creative destination options with pricing, and manage correspondence.
- Coordinate logistics with local operators, flight providers, and other vendors, including completing required paperwork and communicating on client updates.
Communications and Customer Service
- Communicate with customers and clients by phone, email, and in person. Provide an outstanding travel experience from initial trip inquiry to post-trip evaluation—meeting challenges with a smile and sense of adventure!
- Support in the development of bespoke traveler email campaigns.
- Assemble and update cultural content for travelers, such as information packets, reading lists, destinations brochures, etc.
Streamline and Maintain Fluid Operations
- Manage trip budgets and updated marketing and traveler materials.
- Create and manage traveler agreement forms.
- Create and analyze post-trip evaluation forms.
- Search for opportunities and implement improvements to company workflow.
- Other leadership support for senior team (e.g. creating presentations for industry conferences, preparing agendas for and attending partner leadership meetings, etc.).
- Function as Tour Manager and Insider Expeditions representative.
- Liaise between local partners and client representatives, stay in close touch with their managers when abroad.
- Be available to program participants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when a program is in session.
- Provide for the safety and well-being of its program participants in a consistent and predictable way for the wellbeing of travelers and to limit Insider Expedition’s legal liabilities.
- Produce post trip summary of activities and finances.
Perks: Learn about destinations such as Antarctica, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Iceland, Morocco, Peru, Chile, and across the US. Gain mentorship from—and work closely with—executive leadership of IE, including the founder and CEO, as an important player of a nimble, successful and growing operation. Cultivate an understanding around the history, trends, and future of the tourism industry. Involves international travel opportunities.
Equal Opportunity: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references (including contact information) to email@example.com, with the subject line: Trip Director Position. We hope to hear from you!
Tourism is currently one of the most affected sectors and it represents the third largest economic activity in Peru, generating more than 1.4 million jobs. In this sense, and given the reduction in the numbers of the pandemic, the South American country has been reactivating the sector in a gradual, responsible and sustainable way, applying biosafety protocols to travel with safety and confidence. Visit Peru’s ETC microsite for details on unique opportunities available to travelers.
Several indicators of this reactivation have been seen recently: In October 13th, Peru received the Safe Travels seal from the WTTC -a certification endorsed by the UNWTO and the CDC-, the country has doubled the number of domestic flights and important museums and archaeological sites in the country were also reopened with all the biosecurity measures needed and receiving only 50% of their usual capacity in visitors. Added to this is the expected reopening of Machupicchu, scheduled for the first days of November receiving only 30% of its capacity in visitors.
It should be noted that since October 5th, international flights were also reactivated, where foreign travelers can arrive in Peru only if they have had a molecular test (PCR) that indicates they do not have coronavirus, without the need to comply with any quarantine upon arrival. In addition, from November 1st international flights lasting up to eight hours will be allowed. In general, Peru can be reached through Canada (Toronto), the United States (Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Miami), Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and the largest islands in the Caribbean, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
It is worth noting that, since the middle of the present year, the Peruvian Government, in order to provide a safe experience to the visitors in the face of the next reactivation of domestic and international tourism, and in coordination with the private sector, have approved the biosafety protocols to guarantee the health of travelers.
The sanitary protocols that were approved are those for international flights only, categorized hotels, hostels, travel agencies, tourist guidance, visits to museums and protected natural areas, as well as for adventure tourism (rafting and hiking). In addition, service providers and destinations nationwide are implementing different protocols.
Gastronomy is one of the most outstanding attractions in Peru. That is why the protocols for restaurants are already being implemented and several of Lima’s most famous restaurants are serving again.