‘We are totally committed to support and protect the business health and longevity of the travel advisor community and we applaud the work of ASTA’s leadership, chapters and members to ensure all stakeholders recognize the value of every travel advisor,’ said Chris Austin, chief sales officer, Explora Journeys. ‘Explora Journeys is here for the long term and we look forward to driving a mutually beneficial and successful partnership with all ASTA members.’

Longtime friend and partner

Added ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby: ‘Chris Austin has been a friend and partner of ASTA and the advisor community for a long time. We applaud his leadership and thoughtful creation of advisor-friendly business terms under the Explora Journeys banner, answering ASTA’s call for suppliers to do better. These actions speak volumes and showcase their true support of the agency community.’

Explora Journeys is the new luxury lifestyle travel brand of the MSC Group.

Sales are open for the Inaugural Journeys Collection for Explora I starting in May 2023. In its first year, the ship will visit 132 ports in 40 countries.