TULUM, Mexico. Pleasant Holidays is focusing on growth and expansion as it announces new destinations, hotel partnerships and high bookings for 2022 at its annual Top Selling Travel Consultant road event.
CEO Jack Richards said that Indonesia, Malaysia and the Maldives will be new destinations in Asia starting this June. The company currently offers packages in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. Pleasant Holidays will also start offering China as a destination in 2023.
“We’ve been supporting the business for two and a half years,” Richards said, recalling the restrictions the pandemic has placed on Pleasant Holidays’ ability to grow its business. “So now we are growing again and will continue to grow.”
South Africa will join Pleasant Holidays’ destination list in August and will be the company’s first offering in Africa.
“Now we are in 64 countries, perhaps there will be up to 70. [by 2023]”, Richards said.
Richards unveiled Pleasant Holidays’ growth plans exclusively for Travel Weekly at the Pleasant Holidays Elite Experience event for its 2021 Top 50 Selling Travel Consultants. Live streaming is back after a two-year hiatus.
This year, the four-day Elite Experience took place at the new Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya. Hilton Tulum, inaugurated in May, has 735 rooms, eight pools, 13 concept restaurants and a 55,000-square-foot convention center spread over several acres of waterfront. The all-inclusive resort is one of Pleasant Holidays’ offerings in Mexico City.
Mexico continues to grow
Mexico continues to be Pleasant Holidays’ top selling destination. The company has all-inclusive partners in the six most popular destinations in the country – Los Cabos, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
Bookings in Mexico have not declined even as competing destinations have reopened to tourism, Richards said.
Hawaii is the most popular destination for entertainment and excursions.
“We had one gentleman from Mexico who bought $76,000 for events in Hawaii alone for a week,” Richards said. “Activity sales are up across the board.”
Jonathan Onofre (right), business development manager at Riu Hotels & Resorts, speaks with travel consultants at the Pleasant Holidays Elite Experience. Photo Credit: Nicole Edenedo
The new partner hotels are also part of the Pleasant Holidays expansion.
“We have added several hotel chains to our portfolio during the pandemic, such as Shangri-La,” Richards said. “Belmond just got here. We are currently negotiating with probably three or four others. We are going to keep adding partner hotels.”
Europe will be in the spotlight
Europe will play a big role in the further growth plans of wholesalers. And now that Europe has largely reopened and many countries continue to ease testing and entry requirements for Covid, Richards said Pleasant’s priority will be to increase its presence in Europe.
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