Monday, June 13, 2016
You’ve saved, you’ve waited, and now you’re all set to go on the vacation of your life – a Insight Vacations trip. Preparing for your tour includes protecting yourself from unfortunate occurrences that threaten to interfere with even your best-laid plans. By purchasing the Insight Vacations Travel Protection Plan, you can help protect yourself against cancellation penalties, medical costs, baggage loss and delays, as well as gain access to a wide range of traveler’s assistance services.
Did you know that the Insight Vacations Travel Protection Plan could protect you if:
You become ill and can’t travel
Someone in your immediate family (as defined in the plan) has an illness or injury, even if they aren’t scheduled to travel with you
Your child comes down with an illness and is unable to travel
Your house becomes flooded due to a hurricane
A family member back home passes away and you must return from your Insight Vacations vacation early
Your luggage is lost by the airlines
You twist your ankle and must visit a doctor while traveling
Many other unforeseeable events as listed in the Description of Coverage
What does it cover?
The Insight Vacations Travel Protection Plan includes pre-trip cancellation protection and post-departure coverage for the following:
Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption
If you must cancel or interrupt your travel programs for a covered reason, the Insight Vacations Travel Protection Plan provides coverage up to your TOTAL TOUR COST.
Covered reasons include illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or a covered family member. Additional covered reasons for cancellation include jury duty, subpoena, having a home made uninhabitable by a natural disaster, hijacking and being involved in a documented traffic accident en route to departure. Please refer to the Description of Coverage for full details.
If you should miss the departure of your vacation due to carrier-caused delays or other covered reasons, the plan reimburses you for additional accommodations, meals and "catch up" transportation expenses. The plan provides reimbursement up to $150 CAD per day, up to the maximum $1,000 CAD limit.
If you become ill or are injured while on your trip, the Insight Vacations Travel Protection Plan will cover up to $1,000,000 CAD in medical expenses. The medical plan also covers emergency evacuation (up to $50,000 CAD) and repatriation of remains expenses (up to $50,000 CAD).
* Note: The Medical Expense benefits of this plan are subject to a maximum benefit limit of $30,000 CAD for those persons who at the time of a covered injury or sickness do not have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a province or territory of Canada.
Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains
If an injury or illness requires emergency medical transportation to the nearest appropriate medical facility, the plan will pre-pay up to $50,000 CAD for covered transportation expenses. In addition, in the event of your death, the plan pays up to $50,000 CAD toward the expenses associated with transporting your remains.
Reimburses expenses up to $2,500 CAD for the covered loss, damage, or theft of baggage and/or personal effects during or while in transit to or from your vacation. This benefit also includes baggage delay protection, covering you for the purchase of necessary items up to $500 CAD in the event your luggage is delayed by a common carrier for more then 24 hours en route to your tour.
24 Hour Worldwide Emergency Assistance
24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel-related problems, emergencies ranging from cash transfer, legal, dental, or medical referral, lost travel documents assistance as well as medical consultation and monitoring.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"We're offering sightseeing that you couldn't do on your own and doing things that you could never do if you weren't with us. You're getting more free time to explore on your own and we're including more 3- and 4-night stays so you're spending more time in a city or a town."
Marc Kazlauskas, President of Insight Vacations
For over 42 years, Insight Vacations, wearing its tag line, "The Art of Touring In Style," has hosted millions of travelers on its premium escorted tours throughout Britain, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia, the Eastern Mediterranean and North America.
The company, in fact, has grown from just a handful of staff in London carrying just 5,700 passengers in 1978, to the powerhouse tour operator it is today hosting more than 100,000 guests each year and with offices in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the U.K., and is still growing on a very hot year in 2010.
"2010 was our second best year in the company's history. It's come back roaring for us. At Insight, we focused on escorted tours, we've got a great product and we've got little or no competition," says Marc Kazlauskas, president of Insight Vacations. "We stayed with partners and we continued to market and we continued to spend wisely and it paid off. This year it's coming back to us. It has been phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal for Insight and we're hoping 2011 will be even better."
Adjusting to the marketplace, too, is something this veteran tour operator is very good at doing, which means countering the popularity of European cruises that travelers sometimes lean towards because of the misperception many of today's consumers have about escorted touring.
To counter that, Kazlauskas says, they're not the least bit shy to point out if they really want to see and experience Europe is to do so by land where they experience the culture, see the sights and eat the food within the European environment itself, not secluded onboard a cruise ship. "You'll do more and obviously at the end it will cost less and frankly, we think it will enrich your experience more than going on a cruise," Kazlauskas tells travelers.
Kazlauskas also reminds travelers that escorted touring is no longer what it was 15 years ago. The multi-country tours have taken a back seat to more regional touring and offering a lot more independent choices for clients to select from and enrich their vacation experience even more. "Now, what's happening is, we're offering sightseeing that you couldn't do on your own and doing things that you could never do if you weren't with us," he explains "You're getting more free time to explore on your own and we're including more 3- and 4-night stays so you're spending more time in a city or a town."
At the same time, he adds, "We're also doing things at Insight that are more experiential-we have dine-around, we have excursions that highlight dinners that you couldn't do even if you wanted to buy them on your own." As a result, he says, "Now the best-sellers are Italy or southern Italy or southern U.K. or Normandy, Britanny and the Loire Valley-the very regionalized tours are the best-sellers now. We still do have multi-country tours for first-time travelers, but they're obviously not as popular as the regional tours."
This year, the company started a program called Select Choices, which is basically an independent stay in one, two or three cities. "For example," he says, "we've got London, London-Paris, Paris, Paris-Rome and then we've got London-Paris-Rome, so you can take one city or take three cities and we'll take you from city-to-city-to-city and it's hosted so you've got someone looking after you-kind of like a traveling concierge-and they take care of all arrangements once you're there. It's all four- and five-star hotels and it's done extremely, extremely well this year."
For 2011, Kazlauskas points out, "We're pretty much going to be guaranteeing 2010 pricing in Europe and in our preview brochure-which features most of our product now-travelers will be able to book 2011 at 2010 prices and then the main season brochure will be out the first week of October." In that main season brochure, Kazlauskas promises, "We've got some exciting new developments for 2011. We've got some really good stuff-a whole new product line."
By Rick Shively