Whenever we get the opportunity to gain more knowledge about a destination, we jump at the chance, so when we received an invite to Kuoni’s Worldwide College, we signed-up quicker than you can say Pad Thai! The training event, held in Manchester’s Principle Hotel, was a day brimming with useful information and advice, as we were bought up to speed on the latest destination updates for Indochina, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and gateway cities including Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. We also enjoyed presentations from Far East hotel groups including Oberoi, Shangri-La and Banyan Tree, as they guided us through their insanely gorgeous luxury properties across the region.
The day ended with all agents competing in a fastest-finger-first interactive quiz for a spot on Kuoni’s World Wide College educational trip. After a nail-biting battle, we couldn’t believe that we had beaten the competition and ended up at the top of the leaderboard, securing one of the seven agent spots on an incredible trip to Thailand.
As the departure grew closer, we soon learned that this trip would differ to other educationals that we had been on in the past, and the competition wasn’t over just yet. Whilst we toured the hills of historic Chiang Mai, the picturesque beaches of Koh Samet and the bright lights of bustling Bangkok, we would be required to compete in a series of challenges, all the while earning points towards our position in the running for the top prize…to be Kuoni’s overall Far East Expert and potentially winning a holiday to Bali in the process! So off we went to London Heathrow, armed with our sense of adventure and ready to take on whatever exciting challenges awaited us.
What ensued was an apprentice-style shopping challenge around Chiang Mai’s night market, a Thai cookery lesson where our five-course feast would be judged by the cookery school’s head chef, as well as a photography challenge (head over to our Instagram account for some of our best snaps from the trip!). Finally, we would face a 1 hour written exam all about the Far East…it wasn’t going to be easy, but we would certainly have a lot of fun in the process (except, maybe, for that exam!).
After a whirlwind week of exploration, as we enjoyed an incredible final meal at Vertigo on the 61st floor of The Banyan Tree in Bangkok, the winner was announced, and to our absolute delight we had won the overall accolade and the headline prize.
We are so proud of our new title as Kuoni’s Far East Experts and can’t wait to share our full Thailand itinerary with you (coming very soon in our next blog post). We had the most wonderful experience with generous hosts Kuoni and can’t wait to chat to more of our clients about holidays to the Far East and start planning their dream itineraries!
To speak to Mia, our resident Far East Expert, call 0161 772 0149 or email email@example.com