DENVER – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Manifesto, the exclusive chapter-based travel and lifestyle club that offers tailor-made getaways to unique U.S. destinations coupled with private jet service, today announced the launch of three new chapters in Santa barbara and San Diego, California; as good as Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by Jeff Potter, former CEO of Frontier Airlines and Exclusive Resorts as well as Los Angeles-based Surf Air, Manifest launched in August with initial chapters in Denver, Colorado, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin, and plans to eventually have a presence on 50 to 60 markets across the United States.
âWe hadn’t planned to open Santa Barbara, San Diego and Phoenix until January, but demand in our initial markets has exceeded expectations,â said Jeff Potter, Founder and CEO of Manifest. âEven in the midst of COVID-19, many of us are still looking for times of excitement and discovery, but in destinations much closer to home. What we offer – small group travel, US destinations, private plane travel – is really what travelers want right now. ”
Recent data supports demand for travel and experience clubs like Manifest. Experiential travel was widely recognized as the fastest growing sector in the leisure travel space before COVID-19 with Skift Research affluent travelers to the United States survey finding that 67% of affluent travelers would rather spend their money on activities than on a nicer hotel. More recently, a survey of 14,000 travelers by industry leaders indicates that new travel trends lean heavily towards domestic travel as travel begins to recover from the pandemic. The Association of Adventure Travel Professionals recently published a study indicating that the experiential travel market is expected to rebound faster than the overall US travel market in 2021. In addition, travel consumers are increasingly showing a desire for personalization and retention with Luxury travel magazine naming personalization as one of its luxury travel trends for 2020.
Finally, luxury consumers aspire to avoid the experience of commercial air travel – both on the ground and in the air – combined with an underutilized private aviation industry. This confluence allows Manifest to offer private flights within a two-hour radius of the point of departure for the same cost as business or first class fares thanks to the âshared economyâ concept, while guaranteeing a level of health and superior security compared to commercial travel. .
Manifest has club “chapters” that are geolocated in the top 50 to 60 US markets based on household income selection criteria and filtered against data that shows each market’s propensity to purchase business and first class fares. . Each chapter will begin with memberships limited to just 175 members. Members pay an annual membership fee of $ 2,500, which grants access to exclusive experiences reserved for Manifest members. Those interested can register on a waiting list in each of the future chapters for a fee of $ 500.
Manifest designs, organizes and manages all the logistics components of each experience, including adventure, wine / culinary, golf, cultural and romantic destinations such as Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Telluride, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Bandon Dunes, Oregon; as well as major events. A full list of experiences is available here.
In the first year, Manifest will offer members one experience per week in a combination of three, four, six and seven day trips. Members can invite up to three people per trip and most trips will have between four and eight people. The price of the experiences will vary depending on the activity, location and length of stay.
Given the current environment of uncertainty, Manifest has taken steps to ensure members have full confidence and flexibility when they join the club. For those who register before October 31, the first year dues ($ 2,500) can be applied to the first experience. In addition, annual dues are fully refundable if the member does not book travel experience within six months and any deposits on the waiting list for membership in future chapters are fully refundable if Manifest does not begin service within six months. within one year. Finally, Manifest only works with partners who adhere to or exceed the CDC’s recommendations for travel safety measures.
âWhile we know there is pent-up demand for travel, we also appreciate the continued sense of uncertainty,â Potter said. âWe have taken extra steps – what we call the manifest promise – to make sure our members are able to travel in a safe, reliable and considerate manner. ”
About the manifesto
Based in Denver, Colorado, and founded by Jeff Potter, the former CEO of Frontier Airlines, Exclusive Resorts and Surf Air, Manifesto is an exclusive, chapter-based travel and lifestyle club that offers tailor-made getaways to unique destinations in the United States, taking the hassle out of typical travel by providing private plane service. Currently, Manifest has chapters in Denver, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Basin, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Phoenix with additional chapters to follow. To date, the company has raised over $ 2 million and is currently completing its funding round. For more information visit www.manifestescapes.com.