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Three changes launch Insight Vacations into 2016

Insight Vacations is keeping busy with a new local Managing Director and two new products - its first co-published cruise and land brochure plus a fresh winter program featuring new destinations.

Insight Vacations is keeping busy with a new local Managing Director and two new products – its first co-published cruise and land brochure plus a fresh winter program featuring new destinations.

Speaking to KarryOn last month, CEO John Boulding, said although the start of 2016 has been very busy for the brand, it’s also been “exciting and very invigorating”, setting a positive tone for the rest of the year.

Among the biggest change coming to Insight this month is the switch in local leadership. Alex O’Connor joins Insight as the new Managing Director for Australia, replacing Joost Timmer.

O’Connor takes on the responsibility of strengthening the company’s relationships with trade and building the brand in the company’s largest market – Australia.

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Boulding described the new MD as being ideal for the role with good leadership skills and her stance as a “real relationship person”.

“She has strong relationships and she’s very involved with the local industry. Her engagement with industry partners is an important asset and she’ll perpetuate that and drive that moving forward.”

John Boulding, Insight Vacations CEO

Also new is the refreshed Winter program featuring new tours through Iceland.

According to Boulding, the destination has been a hit amongst travellers during the summer and it’s one of the most in demand destination amongst Australian travellers.

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He said that the new product was added based on feedback from agents and consumers who want to see the country during the colder season.

“They want to see the Northern Lights, which Iceland is perfect for because the whole country gets a glimpse of them.”

John Boulding, Insight Vacations CEO

“Unlike Canada where you can see them but you have to travel right up to the north.”

Winter tours in Iceland vary in length, with smaller tours and mid-length seven-day trips giving travellers access to the country’s geographical wonders, its Christmas markets and the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.

Outside the new Winter program, Insight has also launched its first joint cruise and land brochure with sister company, Uniworld.

The Boutique River Cruising & Premium Escorted Journeys program was released late last month, offering travellers a mix of land and river itineraries.

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Boulding said Uniworld fits seamlessly with Insight because they both offer value while maintaining a high level of quality.

“With us you get what you pay for but just because it’s low price it doesn’t mean it’s low quality.”

“We have our Gold Experiences, which include product that’s five star boutique hotels, unique exclusive VIP experiences and Michelin dining – those things make us a unique product that’s very popular amongst Australian travellers.

“Insight does occupy a really unique position in the market.”

John Boulding, Insight Vacations CEO

Check out the company’s Gold Experiences below:

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