American Queen Steamboat Company Partners with Ensemble Travel Group
The American Queen
Company one of three new niche partners for travel agent group
American Queen Steamboat Company has partnered with Ensemble Travel ® Group as a part of the travel agent network’s expansion of its small ship program. Through this partnership, American Queen Steamboat Company joins Ensemble’s network of preferred partners.
American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of the most opulent riverboats in the world, has partnered with Ensemble Travel ® Group as a part of the travel agent network’s expansion of its small ship program. Through this partnership, American Queen Steamboat Company joins Ensemble’s network of preferred partners.
American Queen Steamboat Company’s solid presence in the Pacific Northwest and its unique portfolio in the Mississippi River attracted Ensemble to forge a partnership with the line. In addition, the boom in European river cruising has resulted in a growing audience of travelers who want to experience the product, but closer to home.
“We’ve been closely watching this market segment, especially the domestic river cruise side, and feel that the time is right for growing our partner base as more and more members are requesting the small ship and expedition type products,” said Libbie Rice, co-president of Ensemble Travel Group. “We feel we’re strategically positioned to deliver this experience through our innovative marketing tools, multiple training platforms, targeted database intelligence – and most recently with the addition of American Queen Steamboat Company.”
“American Queen Steamboat Company greatly values our strong relationship with the travel agent community and is thrilled to partner with the prestigious Ensemble Travel Group. Exploring America’s scenic rivers and quaint river towns onboard authentic paddlewheelers is more popular than ever and the Ensemble network of member agencies represents a client base consistent with our guests,” shared Ted Sykes, president and COO, American Queen Steamboat Company.
Ensemble’s marketing initiatives are well-positioned to support this small ship, experiential segment including Ensemble Ezine, Extraordinary Experiences magazine, experiential newsletters, and small ship and river cruise direct mail. Educational opportunities for members include Ensemble EXTRAORDINARY training, “Happy Hour” training at annual conference, live webinars, and ongoing one-on-one training through Ensemble’s business development team and other staff.
About Ensemble Travel® Group
Founded in 1968, Ensemble Travel® Group is a thriving member-owned organization of approximately 850 top-tier independent travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada, with new expanded international presence in Australia/New Zealand. With a membership that represents billions of dollars in travel sales each year, Ensemble Travel Group has achieved a 50-year record of boosting members’ profits and delivering high-volume sales to its preferred suppliers. To learn more about Ensemble Travel Group, call (212) 545-7460 in the U.S., (416) 367-3660 in Canada, or visit the website .
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the operator of America’s most luxurious riverboat fleet, including the U.S. flagged American Queen®, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities, including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
Offering Uniquely American River Cruises®, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the American Empress® in 2014 and added the innovative, all-suite American Duchess™ to the Mississippi River in August 2017. For additional information and reservations, contact American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, call a professional travel agent or visit online .