|Tell us a little about Bliss Travels
Bliss Travels designs and leads exclusive access, insider custom culinary and wine travel in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands… for both small groups (not more than 12 people for the trips listed at www.blisstravels.com) and for private individuals/groups (of any size). Bliss Travels offers exclusive bespoke experiences using only their own people, We book and manage all ground experiences.
What is the unique value proposition your company offers to travelers?
Partially and fully custom insider travel that we plan and execute ourselves. Everyone is using the words “bespoke” “insider” these days. But most of these companies aren’t actually “on the ground” and even when they are they don’t have the personal connections we have. We have been on the ground doing this for 15+ years. We have actual insider access and noncommercial, real connections with chefs, vineyards, art collectors, locals, small boutique inns and luxury properties (that don’t pay agent commissions). We hand craft each itinerary. We use only our own guides. We do not subcontract out. That means we are accountable and fully present. You always know what (and who) your clients are getting.
What are the top benefits travel sellers stand to gain by working with your company?
Well, there are several sorts of benefits.
First, labor: we do it all (ground) from your client’s arrival until their departure. You make the introduction and we do all the planning, customization, booking, trip payment for you. There is nothing you need to do other than provide us the preliminary information and the introduction. If it’s a group, you collect only the initial deposit. We work on the ground. We are the suppliers. This is personal for us!
Second, commissions and commission structure: We are loyal and we want your loyalty. We have a very high return rate and clients often want to come back before they’ve finished our first trip. We always loop agents back in. We pay commission on every trip that your client books with us, for as long as they are with your agency, regardless of if they come to us directly. Your client is your client. Period. We pay without the long wait that other providers have. Once your client has paid in full, your commission (which is built into our price) is paid to you within a week. No waiting for completed travel. Commissions range from 12-15% and also include bonuses of $500 plus per group trip. We even include free travel offers for agents (real vacations, not FAMs).
What is new and exciting with your brand?
We add new destinations, restaurants and vineyards daily.
Exciting: We have just completed a visit to a private home/archeological site (one we have been visiting for several years). What makes this place special is that the Louvre also just discovered it –and authenticated two Caravaggio’s in their collection. So, while not “new to us” (just to the Louvre) it’s certainly exciting.
New: Our most recent addition is Amsterdam where we have exclusive arrangements with both chefs and luxury canal boats and will be offering a spectacular, once only, holiday tour of Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris from December 18 to 24th.
Tell us about a success story (and the WOW factors) when you worked with a travel seller
There are so many WOW factors that it’s hard to narrow down. WOW is what we do! And it should happen daily on our trips. But, here are a few examples:
We recently received private access and tastings in Bordeaux to the top Chateaux of Haut Brion, Pichon Longueville, Domaine du Chevalier, and Mouton Rothschild, all in a 2 day period during a time of year the Chateaux are closed to ALL of the public, without exception.
We have exclusive access to a private home turned museum and one of the archeologists and history experts working on the home gives us (and only us) allows us to visit privately and he takes us around. The site includes a massive art collection, that the Louvre is now ‘hovering over’ (we were there first) and a 2000 year old history and a live dig for Roman ruins and treasure.
We have fully private apartment access, over the start/finish in Siena for the Palio horserace. That’s impossible to find.
We have special exclusive menus prepared for us by various Michelin starred chefs (friends of ours) and the chefs often join us for drinks or dessert. We have restaurants regularly close for us, and provide our clients with special menus or allow us special events in private cellars.
We have exclusive access to the Medoc Marathon (a marathon where 22 wines from Lafite Rothschild to Palmer to Beycheville…) are offered, and to all of the parties. We are the only company in the US with guaranteed access to book a group and get into the “insider events”. It’s not just a race, it’s a bucket list wine experience that’s fun for nonrunners too.
We do WOW wine tastings that include exclusive access to barrel tastings, vintage bottles (like 1985 Haut Brion or 1973 Grand Cru Chablis or 1999 Beaucastel…the list goes on and on).
What tools and/or resources does your company offer on an ongoing basis for travel sellers (ex: booking tools/technology, customer service, etc.)?
Everything we do is hand crafted and custom. It’s personal. So is our service. And you needn’t do anything but contact us with the client info [name, dates or date range of travel, places (or ideas), general budget, interests/wish lists, level of luxury (name a past experience)] and we create your custom proposal.
What commission structures or awards does your company offer to travel sellers?
12-15% on individual room bookings on our small group customizable “website trips”
15% on all custom trips of 10+ people.
15% plus bonus of $500 for groups of 12+ paying travelers if the group is booked all at once (not trips that are speculative)
Commissions paid on the first client trip and all subsequent trips that specific client books, even if they book directly with us. We always pay your commission* for as long as they are with your agency. We always loop you back in. Ask around. It’s true!
*We pay one commission per client per trip. If the client leaves your agency for another agency commissions do not continue to flow to you.
Special offers for free and discounted attendance on some trips for agents with multiple bookings. We share “Bliss” with you. Book 3+ groups of 10+ people on 5+ night trip (anywhere we go) in a 12 month period and we’ll offer you a free room on one of our insider Provence trips in the next 18 months, not a FAM, a full vacation experience! T&C: trip dates are subject to Bliss Travels availability and all agents must sign our agent access and FAM agreement in order to receive this trip.
Please share any of your company’s accolades (ie recognitions, awards, etc.)
80-90% client return rate is the best accolade we can have as that is truly earned. See our testimonials. . Comments clients. Received Best Custom Travel Princeton area.multiple years. Recognition from press: Travel & Leisure, Amateur Traveler podcast see https://blisstravels.com/press-videos