Mag­el­lan Sig­na­ture pact

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MAG­EL­LAN Travel Group has an­nounced a part­ner­ship with US-based Sig­na­ture Travel Net­work, of­fer­ing its Aus­tralian mem­bers ac­cess to more than 1,000 lux­ury ho­tels, re­sorts, lodges and spas.

The deal con­nects Mag­el­lan with Sig­na­ture’s In­ter­na­tional Af­fil­i­ates pro­gram which also gives cus­tomers ex­clu­sive priv­i­leges at ho­tels and taps into a net­work of nearly 100 des­ti­na­tion spe­cial­ists in 113 coun­tries.

At the group’s 2017 con­fer­ence in Perth this morn­ing, Mag­el­lan man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew McFar­lane said Sig­na­ture’s ben­e­fits would be of­fered within the ex­ist­ing mem­ber fee.

“This makes Mag­el­lan an even bet­ter choice than ever for Aus­tralia’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent agents,” McFar­lane said.

“No longer will they need to pay to be part of a buy­ing group, then pay again to par­tic­i­pate in an ex­pen­sive lux­ury affin­ity pro­gram.

“Mag­el­lan will be a one-stop- shop for both,” he said.

Sig­na­ture Travel Net­work is a mem­ber-owned co­op­er­a­tive based in Cal­i­for­nia, with more than 200 mem­ber agen­cies.

It pre­vi­ously said it would tar­get Aus­tralia for ex­pan­sion and last year signed with Mag­el­lan mem­ber Plat­inum Travel Cor­po­ra­tion ( TD 23 Jun 16).

To­day’s deal is un­der­stood to have stemmed from the Plat­inum pact, which has been deemed a “sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess” by ex­ecs.

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