ABOUT US

Our History

For more than 10 years we have contributed to the development of high-quality tourism. We are known as Latin America's "gurus" on DMCs (Destination Management Companies).

Despite the long existence of several cutting-edge DMCs around the world, not so long ago the tour itineraries offered in Latin America were still simple and devoid of charm, meaningful experiences and emotions. In 2007 we realized the advancement of new technologies and the growth of international flights to far away destinations would open up enormous opportunities for travelers from South America. These new opportunities would also require travel agents and MICE operators to offer elaborate and customized products to new and highly demanding audiences.

Avant Garde is the result of those opportunities and three decades of tireless work and research on the Latin American tourism market. We traveled the planet in search of destination management companies (DMCs) who understood our new scenario and who were willing to explore new paths. We collected ideas and experiences, made friends and unhurriedly created the most important network of international DMCs in Latin America, operating itineraries in 50 countries in four continents.

The construction of our DMC network was based on the quality of our partners’ services, their financial strength, their ability to adapt to the taste of our local travelers and their sustainable posture while developing tourism. Our foreign DMC partners are our family. They are responsible for performing the most complex tasks requested by our network of agencies and operators in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. From our joint collaboration they have operated more than 600 incentive travel groups in a decade, added to countless leisure operations for groups and individual travelers. In a market highly focused on offering online services, Avant Garde has been proposing to attract travelers through personalized services, customized experiences and the intensive training of travel distributors.

 

Values

Doing business with ethics, always. That's what you can expect from us!

We help travel companies develop business with DMCs on four continents, delivering superior results with the highest level of quality and total integrity, always aligned with our 6 basic working principles:

  • We promote services exclusively to the B2B segment (from business to business). We do not compete with agencies and operators for their direct business, but we do contribute to their growth in sales and profitability.
  • We do not represent or act on behalf of competing companies on the same geographical area or destination. Every DMC is unique in its territory and deserves exclusive attention, dedication and resources to succeed.
  • Our DMC customers have the right to previously approve the mechanics and costs of any marketing and promotional activity.
  • The brand, work philosophy and strategy of our DMC customers must be respected and presented to the market with total integrity and transparency.
  • Our professionals are bilingual, highly educated and have impeccable market reputation, being fully capable of deploying all activities planned.
  • We don’t make reservations nor receive payments for services reserved by agents with our DMCs.

The Team

Sidney Alonso

Leader

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Sidney is widely known as a leader and passionate advocate of tourism. With a degree on Foreign Affairs, he held several management positions in large multinationals and lead complex travel operations negotiations in Brazil and Latin America.

Jeverson Zanini

Marketing & Events Manager

With a degree in Tourism and an MBA in Marketing, Jeverson is since 2012 the mind behind all marketing and promotional activities at Avant Garde, for all markets. He is also the leader of our relationship with key leisure accounts in Brazil.

Rosina Gomes de Freitas

Business Development Manager - Argentina & Uruguay

With over 15 years of experience in the Argentinian travel industry, Rosina is responsible for Avant Garde’s daily marketing and promotional activities in Argentina and Uruguay.

Ofelia Barrios

Business Development Manager - Mexico

With experience in the Mexican hospitality industry and destination marketing segments, Ofelia drives the daily activities of Avant Garde in Mexico.

Victor Zuchetti

Business Development Executive

Victor is based in the Sao Paulo office and has direct responsibility on the development of our leisure accounts in the Brazilian market. Victor also helps on the development of our social media and communications strategy.

Rosimeire Oliveira

Office Management & Accounts

Rosimeire is a talented young professional studying law and keeping our accounts and daily office management functional.

Arthur Schneider

Deisgner

Arthur is the designer of Avant Garde’s website, event invitations, activation materials, online offers and all collaterals (online & offline) of our campaigns and market communications.

Testimonials

Check out what those who work with us say

""A very professional team, perfectly connected in all 3 lands (Brazil / Argentina / Mexico), communicating the trends, proactive, and always bringing the crème de la crème of hosted buyers in all 3 fares (Imex Europe / Imex Vegas / Ibtm Barcelona)""

Aristides Tsaldaris / President & CEO / Horizon DMC Greece

""Connected, respected and very knowledgeable about the market needs and trends. Facilitating a great partnership with us as DMCs to the clients""

Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs / Sales Director / Dragonfly Africa

""Serving the DMCs was the main concern and focus of many representatives we met in the past. Avant Garde is definitely taking the destinations representations field to another era as, in addition to the norm, they go out of their way to analyze the client's needs and update the DMCs accordingly to ensure that the delivery is outstanding""

Karim ElMinabawy / President / Emeco Travel

""Avant Garde is a key partner to us in several countries through South America and since the beginning of our partnership they are definitely very worthy helping us to boost the business flow. First of all, Avant Garde team knows well the key outbound partners, filtered by segment (MICE, Luxury, Tour operations leisure, Thematic), on other side they're also aware about the good business practices and behaviors on the sales side (DMC). Secondly, they're extremely professional in everything they do, not only they are keen about client's specific needs but also during all the sales processes on the sales side. Finally they have a strong aim for excellence in everything they do, furthermore seeking some kind of creativity. Briefly, not only they really deliver what they promise but they also deliver differently with high standards""

Ricardo Ferreira / CEO / Osiris Travel

""Sidney Alonso and Jeverson Zanini in Brazil, Rosina Gomes de Freitas in Argentina together with their professional teams have not only become our solid partners when it comes to business, they have become friends for life. Their understanding of the market and our complex business combined with innovative business strategies and a true passion for the industry has helped us built strong relationships with our customers in an ever changing market. We truly rely on their expertise""

Katrin Naumann / Partner / Another Konzept DMC

Careers

We are always looking for talents who want to be part of a vibrant, ambitious and committed team.

To apply for a position in our team, send resume to careers@agbrands.com.br