Join our group of specialized travel professionals at Wildland Adventures designing life-changing trips for discerning travelers. Wildland Adventures is an award winning adventure travel company and was rated “#1 Best Do-It-All adventure company” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. The Asia Program Director works with a high degree of autonomy in a collaborative team atmosphere and is responsible for strategic destination development, itinerary design, customer sales, and administration of group and individual travel arrangements for active, well-educated, and experienced travelers. Requires destination knowledge in SE Asia and the Indian sub-continent primarily including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
SUMMARY OF PRIMARY DUTIES
Apply detailed destination knowledge, field experience, and sales skills to develop trusted and confident customer relationships; research, create and edit professional travel documents; provide a high level of customer service including quick response times, lead follow-ups, professional and personal client-centric communication. Destination Marketing
Help create a smart marketing strategy for the region; provide marketing content for itineraries, website, e-news and special promotions; prepare and present travel presentations; promote company brand and key messaging.
Oversee client reservations database and documents; maintain pre-departure information and respond to customer pre-departure queries; coordinate air services as needed; resolution of customer service issues; assist with emergency phone coverage on a rotating basis; provide backup sales coverage on other destinations as necessary.
Client and Supplier Accounts Management
Oversee client accounts receivable; request quotes for itineraries; update published trip pricing in a timely basis; review outfitter invoices and submit to operations for payment.
Travel Program/Itinerary Development
Develop and vet local tour providers; apply your detailed destination knowledge and field experience to enhance your travel program; develop itineraries and meaningful travel experiences collaborating with in-country suppliers and guides; represent the company in FAM trips/trade shows.
Conservation and Community Development
Oversee local conservation and community development projects supported by trip proceeds. Connect interested clients with company-supported conservation and community projects. Identify possible new projects for Travelers Conservation Trust, the non-profit arm of Wildland Adventures.
Qualifications preferred for this position include: 2 years travel professional work with extensive industry knowledge and experience in active/specialty trip development and sales, tour operations and guest services. Knowledge of travel and tourism in SE Asia and the Indian sub-continent including adventure travel logistics, local tour operators, accommodations and related tourism services throughout the region. Additional requirements include exceptional written and verbal customer communications skills, excellent grammar and English language ability, highly organized and detail-oriented, vibrant and confident telephone presence, and versatility in defining and completing a variety of tasks. Computer proficiency required.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: Major medical (in WA state only), travel, paid holidays and sick leave, vacations, optional bi-weekly 4-day work week.
About Wildland Adventures
Wildland Adventures, Inc. is an award-winning ecotourism and adventure travel company specializing in worldwide cultural and natural history explorations for small groups, families, and individuals since 1986. Active and inquisitive travelers appreciate our extraordinary itineraries, boutique accommodations, and exceptional native guides creating authentic cross-cultural encounters on soft-adventures that include walking, hiking and trekking, wildlife safaris, small yacht voyages, honeymoon adventures, and personalized custom adventure travel to Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Turkey and the Middle East, India, New Zealand and Alaska.
Business Hours: 8:00AM to 5:30 PM Monday-Friday
Wildland Adventures office is located in north Seattle with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainer, Lake Washington, and the Cascade Range. Office features include gourmet kitchen, outdoor deck, office garden, and yard for easy-going, trained staff canines. Staff includes 10-12 persons including office in Costa Rica.
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today is widely recognized as a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. The membership and trade organization is designed to be a force for the industry and exists to drive thought leadership, industry promotion, and opportunities to network and convene globally to create trade and business health. It currently serves more than 1,000 members in 100 countries worldwide. The constituency is made up of tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents, and accommodations all sharing a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. Through its growing business services division, the ATTA delivers a portfolio of strategic solutions and a robust ecosystem of events around the globe. With specialized expertise in research, events, education, media, and promotion, the ATTA business service division is able to provide valuable solutions to a broad set of partners across many verticals of business.