Private: Travel Leaders Group Launches “Armchair Explorer” to Share Aspirational Travel Tips during Stay-at-Home Period

April 13, 2020

From virtual tours to great travel reads, weekly emails from advisors encourage clients to dream now and travel later

From virtual tours to great travel reads, weekly emails from advisors encourage clients to dream now and travel later New York, New York (April 13, 2020) – To assist agency owners and advisors in staying connected with their clients while dealing with the global impact of COVID-19, Travel Leaders Group recently launched “Armchair Explorer.” Armchair Explorer is an inspirational series of emails with social graphics, eBooks, videos, virtual tours and articles that will be sent every Thursday for 12 weeks to approximately 2 million consumers to help them maintain a connection with their Travel Leaders Group-affiliated advisors.


“With Armchair Explorer, travelers can fill their extra time with dreams of travel,” said J.D. O’Hara, CEO of Travel Leaders Group. “Travelers can virtually explore the world from the comfort of an armchair, couch or bed, letting their mind wander the earth to sample a world of experiences.” The first email in the series states, “time is something many of us have more of lately, which makes now a great time to sit back, relax and let our minds wander free.” The Armchair Explorers distributed so far have included such as entries on the best places to whale watch, breathtaking virtual tours of national parks and some of the finest museums in the world, such as the Louvre in Paris and the Guggenheim in New York. It included links to several audiobooks, including “Tracks” by Robyn Davidson, following a courageous young woman’s journey through the Australian desert, and “The Art of Travel” in which author Alain de Botton gives a philosophical examination of why and how we travel. Clients were also able to explore several wonders of the world, including The Taj Mahal in India, The Colosseum in Rome, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, as well as hike the Great Wall of China and explore the Pyramids of Giza. Consumers can enjoy these destinations and more from the comfort of their home in anticipation of traveling there in the future. Travel advisors from Travel Leaders Network, Barrhead Travel, Nexion Travel Group, CruCon Cruise Outlet, Cruise Specialists and Travel Leaders Vacation Centers opted in to have their clients receive Armchair Explorer emails, which are personalized with the advisor’s information. “When this crisis ends, and travelers are ready to turn those travel dreams into reality, our advisors are here with ideas and advice about a host of journeys,” said O’Hara. Travel Leaders Group will continue to offer additional guidance, training and services to advisors and agencies, including coordinating information and communications tailored to assisting them in responding to their business needs, during these unprecedented times that have resulted from the travel disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Across our brands, Travel Leaders Group is offering advisors and agencies advice on disaster relief assistance, unemployment compensation for independent contractors through webinars and written communications. In addition, the company is offering webinars and information on surviving the business downturn and preparing for the recovery.


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