Portugal Confidential Travel, the Algarve-based luxury destination management consultant, together with Minor Hotels, hosted a “familiarisation trip”, or just FAM trip, for eight travel agents of Frosch International Travel from May 8 to 14.
The aim was to promote Portugal as a destination able to accommodate Frosch’s preferred clients, leisure and business travellers and to showcase many luxury service providers in Algarve, Lisbon and Sintra.
“The number of American tourists to Portugal has increased considerably in the last two years,” said Portugal Confidential Travel co-owner Cathy Leibman. “We really wanted Frosch to indulge in the Portuguese culture, as well as understand that the luxury hospitality business is prepared to welcome their clients.”
Accommodations and many of the meals for the Frosch agents were provided by Minor Hotels. The group stayed two nights each at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, Anantara Vilamoura and Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
“It is important that Frosch agents experience Anantara and Tivoli properties in Portugal, and get a sense for the high level of service we offer,” said Frederico Ayala, director of Luxury Sales at Minor. “We were pleased to coordinate this activity with Portugal Confidential Travel.”
Throughout the trip, transfers in V-Class Mercedes were provided by VIP Chauffeurs Algarve.
The itinerary of “unique experiences” created by Portugal Confidential Travel included dinner at José Avillez’s BECO Cabaret Gourmet, private tours of Lisbon and Sintra by Blue Collective, lunch at Louro Restaurant at Conrad Algarve, a yachting excursion by Liv Lux, followed by a Benagil cave exploration with Taruga Tours, an evening at Vila Vita Parc’s Fine Wines & Food Fair, lunch at Tivoli Évora and dinner at Casal de Sta. Maria winery.
“From start to finish, the Frosch agents were very impressed with the high level of service and abundance of luxury activities available in Portugal,” said Portugal Confidential co-owner Greg Boegner.