Solar Tours began in 1984 as a wholesaler for Foreign Independent Tours (FITs) to Latin America. Due to their success and the relationships they built, expanding into airline consolidation made a lot of sense and Solar became known for their consolidation business.
Today’s Solar Tours is still that great consolidator for Latin America, but they are so much more. They have taken their extensive FIT background and developed a program for agents not only in Latin America, but in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East markets, as well. Over the past few years, Solar Tours has invested on growing their business to include other products that every travel agent would love. How helpful would it be to be able to customize and book a multi-destination FIT on one secure website that includes airline consolidator pricing? To Europe? To Asia? To Latin America? Look no further.
In Europe, Solar Tours is now offering new packages to Italy including Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Italian Riviera, Italian Lakes, Sicily, and Tuscany & Hill-towns. Solar is also offering escorted and fully guided packages, unique cruises to Croatia and Turkey, and itineraries to the charming countryside of France with stay in chateaux castles.
Solar Tours has also started featuring itineraries to the Middle East, including destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. In Asia, Solar Tours also has semi-escorted itineraries primarily to Thailand and new itineraries to the best beaches of Fiji Islands.
For clients who wish to explore Latin America, Solar now has a new escorted itinerary to see the best of Peru, including Machu Picchu; this itinerary is for escorted small-groups of 14-16 people with set prices & set departure dates throughout 2015. Solar Tours also has packages for exotic destinations, exotic cruises to the Patagonia glaciers in Argentina & Chile, cruises to the Amazon region in Peru & Brazil, and cruises to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and many more Multi-City & Multi-Country combinations to see the best of Central & South America.
To work with Solar Tours, a partner agency needs to register. However, unlike many “agent only” sites, Solar approves agencies manually after filling out an application. They believe in relationships. They do not require IATAN, but will make the determination based on your individual agency. With over 100 employees located all over the world, they are prepared to handle your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Just give them a call at 1-800-388-7652.
One thing about Solar Tours is that they are not in a rush to expand for the sake of expansion. They are managing their growth by designing programs that work well. Once that is accomplished, they move on. With the proven success of their multi-destination FIT packages, they are now looking to expand their offerings in the Middle East and to offer some smaller, more intimate properties for their other destinations. Another focus is the more affordable, smaller properties located outside the more traditional city centers.
They are great agency partners. A huge plus is that Solar Tours pays the travel agency when they are paid; if you purchase a consolidator ticket, a check usually arrives with the confirmation in the mail. When they prepay one of their FIT vacations on behalf of your client, a check accompanies your documents. Since the commissions vary between travel types (air, car, hotel) there is not one standard commission; however the commission is displayed to you on their agent only portal. Additionally, agencies have the ability to add service fees or an additional mark up on any of their products—but these mark ups are monitored on an individual basis to prevent any unfair pricing.
Why Solar Tours?
Price, customize, and book your client’s package online for your client at your convenience.
Most flexible and easiest multi-city itinerary customization tool.
Most complete choice in discounted air options to our destinations.
Splits all commission earned in a booking 50/50 with the agency.
Receive your commission checks with travel documents.
Send an agency check by fax without having to physically ship it (for free!).