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More Than 75 Percent Off Yangtze River Cruises With Victoria Cruises
Cruise must be booked by November 30 to receive the full discount. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises has announced it is extending its limited time 2-for-1 promotion to its already discounted winter departures in February 2018, giving travelers the opportunity to save over 75 percent on trips along the Yangtze River.

This offer, combined with preexisting discounts, will drop the per person rates to $235 for cruises departing between February 1 and February 18. Also included will be a $90 fee for a mandatory shore excursion package.

If you want an affordable yet luxurious trip between Chongqing and Yichang along the mysterious Yangtze River, look no further than Victoria Cruises. To receive all available discounts, the trip must be booked with Victoria by November 30.

The departures in February will be a part of Victoria’s Three Gorges Highlights program, which includes a trip to Shibaozhai, a tranquil sampan excursion along one of the Yangtze’s scenic tributaries, and an educational tour of The Three Gorges dam- the world’s largest hydro-electric dam project in the world.

Onboard experiences will add to the excitement as well with informative lectures, nightly musical and dance performances, Tai chi lessons, acupuncture, and a dining program by award-winning celebrity Chef Walter Staib.

Guests will also get to experience China’s engineering prowess up close with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator capable of elevating ships of up to 3,000 tons.

For an even more luxurious trip, guests can upgrade their onboard experience for just $200 with Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program. It offers VIP access to upper deck staterooms, exclusive ship areas, “white glove” service, enhanced culinary privileges, and an exclusive happy hour with complementary Wi-Fi.

For more on Victoria Cruises, visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

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Enterprise Extends “Plus Your Points” Promotion for Members
Available through the end of January 2018. | Enterprise

Enterprise has announced it is launching its annual “Plus Your Points” promotion a month early this year. Not only that, but the deal will run through the end of January 2018, giving members 40 more days to earn bonus points.

The “Plus Your Points” promotion enables Enterprise Plus members to earn double points on rentals and bonus points for a variety of rental-related items.

Bonus points can come from sharing news about the promotion on Twitter, opting in to receive Enterprise emails, and downloading the Enterprise mobile app. With this extended deal, members can choose how they want to earn points.

Points earned during the promotion can be redeemed at any time for free rental days in any available vehicle at thousands of participating Enterprise locations worldwide.

The free rental covers the time and mileage fees but does not include taxes or additional and optional items. The points do not expire as long as the member completes one Enterprise rental during every three-year period.

“Extending the Plus Your Points promotion this year will give our customers even more time to rack up points they can redeem for free rental days – days they can use to hit the road in pursuit of their passions,” said Lee Broughton, Vice President of Enterprise North American Brand Marketing. “It’s a thrill for us to reward our customers whenever we can, and we look forward to hearing about the journeys they will take with their bonus points.”

You can enroll in the Plus Your Points promotion, learn how to earn bonus points, and get more information on the terms and conditions at plusyourpoints.enterprise.com.

To receive all Enterprise Plus member benefits, you can use your membership number when booking a reservation online at www.enterprise.com, via the Enterprise mobile app, or over the phone.

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“Secret” Shoulder Season Values Available for Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead
Forever Resorts is offering discounts starting at $500 through October 27. | Forever Resorts

With temperatures cooling but still plenty of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, right now is a good time to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. Forever Resorts is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through October 27.

Specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and increase from there.

The houseboats are climate controlled, and include private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

Visit www.foreverhouseboats.com or call 800-255-5561 for more information.

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TravelBound Offers 2 Percent Bonus Commission to Travel Agents
The deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017. | TravelBound

In light of last year’s successful deal, TravelBound has announced that it will again offer travel agents from the U.S. and Canada a 2 percent bonus commission for bookings on hotels, sightseeing tours, and transfers, bringing back the offer made in late 2016.

This year, the deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

Not only that, but the company has decided to extend the potential bonus commission to bookings made anywhere that TravelBound offers its fully independent travel (FIT) products, allowing travel agents to choose from nearly 180 countries and remain eligible for the bonus.

Last year, the bonus commission was only available to travel agents that booked travel in European destinations. With this new deal, TravelBound has given more travel agents the opportunity to take advantage of the offer and book locations that they are familiar with.

“After the success of our 2% bonus commission for European bookings last year, we saw this as an opportunity to reward our valued travel partners for any destination they specialize in for a limited time,” said TravelBound President James Phillips.

This is not the only time the company has rewarded travel agents for their service. Earlier this year, TravelBound launched a new rewards program that enabled travel agents to earn Amazon gift cards if they booked travel with the company.

TravelBound’s inventory of FIT products includes over 50,000 hotels, apartments, and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, and thousands of sightseeing tours, both public and private. They offer attractions in the most popular and extravagant travel destinations, including The Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

To learn more, visit www.booktravelbound.com.

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Avalon Waterways Rolls Out Savings for New TV Ad Campaign
The promotion takes effect September 4, 2017. | Avalon Waterways

This week, river cruise operator Avalon Waterways is cruising into American households and television sets across travel, food and home shows through their new television advertising campaign. Beyond its two new commercial spots, Avalon Waterways has also launched the “See the World Your Way” trade campaign and promotion, which provides $299 Air and savings of $2,500 per couple, for agents to encourage clients to take advantage of the offer.

“Travel agents are an integral part of our new national advertising campaign,” said Vanessa Parrish, channel marketing manager for the Globus family of brands.  “We have always provided agents with complimentary marketing tools and support.  As part of this TV campaign, we are also arming them with a Consumer Marketing Kit on the Travel Agent Portal to access our new advertising spots, flyers, social media posts, images and more to help them ignite river cruise sales for 2018. By launching a new advertising campaign, we hope to inspire more travelers to ask for – and book – river cruise vacations with their travel agent.”  

Avalon’s newest advertising campaign places a spotlight on the company’s signature open-air balconies, which blur the line between outside and indoors to form a spacious seating area for six. Avalon’s balconies do not sacrifice room space either.

At 200-square-feet, Avalon’s Panorama Suites—on two full decks of every Suite Ship—are 30 percent larger than the average stateroom. In every Panorama Suite, the guests’ beds are angled to face out so the scenery can be appreciated from the comfort of one’s bed.

“We’re for travelers who don’t follow the herd … Those who always forge their own path and have a distinct perspective of looking at the world,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “With our new advertising campaign, we’re showcasing that fact. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with expansive views and wider perspectives: A cruise where our traveler’s vision leads the way.”

For more information, visit avalonwaterways.com.

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Azamara Launches the Double Upgrade Promotion
This promotion is in effect from now until November 30, 2017. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises recently unveiled its newest promotion: the Double Upgrade Promotion. Between now and November 30, 2017, customers who book for select itineraries can receive a complimentary upgrade from a Club Interior to a Club Veranda Stateroom, which comes with a private balcony to take in the views at sea.

The Double Upgrade promotion is valid for Azamara’s immersive itineraries that allow guests to “Cruise Global and Connect Local” through their culturally-focused shore excursions. Details of the promotion are below:

The Double Upgrade Deal

  • Offer – The Double Upgrade: The Veranda room with the inside price 
  • Guests booking a Club Interior room on select 2018 and 2019 voyages will automatically be upgraded to a Club Veranda Stateroom
  • Offer can be combined with onboard savings, reduced single supplements and the early booking bonus 
  • Booking window: Now through November 30th, 2017 

Eligible Voyages

  • 10 Night Islands of the Western MedAzamara Quest – June 2018: After starting the voyage with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica,island hop around the Mediterranean, with an overnight on the island of Malta and a sail down the canal into the city of Mahon, only accessible to smaller ships. 
  • 11 Night Cities of Northern Europe, Azamara Journey – August 2018: Take an urban voyage throughout Northern Europe,visiting cities like Aarhus, Denmark and Oslo, Norway.
  • 10 Night Circle Cuba Voyage, Azamara Journey – November 2018: Travel from one end of the island of Cuba to the other, taking in unique culture including the Afro-Cuban heritage and art deco architecture before spending a day in the Cayman Islands followed by an overnight in Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information, visit azamaraclubcruises.com.

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Club Med’s New Sun-Sational Sale Has Rates From $125
Special rates are available through October 25, 2017, for trips through May 5, 2018. | Club Med

Club Med is not quite ready to say goodbye to summertime and days at the beach, which is why they recently unveiled their new “SUNsational Sale.” The deal offers rates as low as $125 per person, per night at various resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. Promotions and extra perks from the “all-inclusive pioneer” include:

  • Room rates starting at $125 per person, per night
  • Bonus rewards at family and beach resorts in Mexico
  • Complimentary room upgrades
  • Up to $400 air credit per person
  • No single supplement
  • Kids under 4 stay free

Now through October 25, 2017, travelers can also book their vacations for trips through May 5, 2018 and receive unlimited beverages, land and water sports, various activities, modern accommodations and Children’s Clubs for four-year-olds and up from select Club Med Resorts, which include:

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

Located at the tip of the Riviera Maya, this resort is suitable for active families, with recently revamped accommodations like the locally inspired restaurant, Taco Arte Beach Lounge, main pool, lounge area and Jade 5 Trident luxury space. Situated alongside the world’s second largest coral reef, guests can explore Mayan culture and a variety of activities for all ages.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, U.S.A.

This riverside resort is located just two hours from Miami or Orlando. There are four pools, including an adults-only infinity Zen pool and children’s splash pool, Club Med Academies with professional coaching for tennis, golf, beach volleyball and fitness, as well as all-day healthy dining options.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Caribbean Sea, Club Med Punta Cana provides a unique immersive experience with the new Club Med CREATCTIVE by Cirque du Soleil—an interactive playground with 25 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages, like trapeze, aerial skills, high bungee, face painting and dancing. Accompanying the resort is L’Occitane Spa, with an all new men’s barber shop. Club Med Zen Oasis is an adults-only section of the property with a private pool, bar, and suites with sea-facing views.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.

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A Pair of Caribbean Deals for Adventure Lovers
Both packages are valid for travel through December 22. | San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Travel Agent breaks down two deals for Caribbean-bound adventure lovers from the “Thrills, Then Chill” package at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico to Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort’s new "Reef Life" package.

Here at the details for each:

The “Thrills, Then Chill” Package

Located in the heart of Condado, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new “Thrills, Then Chill” package, which includes oceanfront accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a half-day tour of El Yunque rainforest for two (includes hiking and swimming in La Coca Falls and more), as well as a 30-minute back and neck massage for two at the resort’s spa to unwind after a long day of adventure.

The offer is valid for travel through December 22. A two-night minimum stay is required. Nightly rates start from $402. When booking, use promo code F10.

Visit www.marriottsanjuan.com.

The New Reef Life Package

Overlooking the bustling Charlotte Amalie Harbor in downtown St. Thomas, the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is offering a new “Reef Life” package, in which guests enjoy water-view accommodations, a $200 Adventure Center credit to use on an excursion, such as a sunset catamaran sail, a $100 spa credit at Lazule Sea Spa, and a $150 food and beverage credit.

The package starts at $399 per night and is valid for travel now through December 22. To book this package, enter promo code SO9.

Visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com.

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Emerald Waterways Updates Group Value Points Program for 2018 Bookings
New bonuses take effect for group bookings before September 30, 2017 and full payments by October 31, 2017. | Emerald Waterways

Earlier this year, Emerald Waterways launched the Exceptional Group Value Program, an amenity points program that allows travel agents to select from a slew of bonuses for group bookings, including onboard amenities, marketing dollars, incremental commission, or savings on bookings. Earlier this month however, the Australian river cruise line announced an update for its program that provides even more group travel options.

Guests who book a group of five cabins or more for 2018 sailings before September 30, 2017 can choose between two promotions:

1. Fly free on all cruises of 15 days or more and $495 airfare on all cruises of 8-14 days.
2. $500 savings per person on all riverview suites and $1,000 savings per person on all balcony suites.

Besides these two promotions, groups that pay for their voyage in full by October 31, 2017 will save up to an additional $800 per couple.

With every Emerald Waterways group sailing they book, travel agents can earn Exceptional Group Value (EGV) points. The amount of points an agent receives is based on destinations and sailing dates, and can be used to customize an offer to better suit any given travel group.

For example: an agent who books a group on a Douro River cruise in Portugal in the months of July, August and November would earn four EGV points. Those points can then be exchanged for multiple amenities like an onboard cocktail party (one point) and $100 onboard credit for the group (3 points), or used to obtain a 2% bonus commission for the agent (4 points) or to get pre- or post- hotel room nights for the group (4 points). With this most recent update, Emerald Waterways has added a TC accelerator of one free with seven full paying guests for four EGV points.

These developments precede the 2018 launch of the world’s first Discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, of which Emerald Waterways is part of.

For more information, visit emeraldwaterways.com.

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Aruba Marriott Resort Launches New Wellness Retreat Package
The package can be booked with the code SPA through December 19.
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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new "Wellness Retreat Package," in which vacationers can experience a 360-degree wellness approach that takes them on a healthy and rejuvenating intimate journey.

The Wellness Retreat Package includes Premium Ocean View accommodations, a private healthy cooking class with an executive chef, a private yoga class on the beach, a $100 credit to Mandara Spa, and a gift upon check-in. 

The package starts at $328 per night with a minimum stay of four nights or more. Book the package with the code SPA through December 19.

Travel Agent recently visited the hotel and uncovered some tips for clients looking to visit the Mandara Spa. The Massage de la Aruba is just the thing for classic relaxation, while the smoothing the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial can take years off your complexion.

If you’re looking for an only-in-Aruba experience, try the Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap. It incorporates aloe (Aruba’s top export) from Aruba Aloe, the oldest such factory in the world. The plant’s vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids work together with hydrating and smoothing milk to leave skin looking and feeling fresh. Spa Director Muriella Perrotte (mandaraaruba@setarnet.aw) can assist with treatment bookings, which should be made three to five days in advance.

The resort is a haven for honeymooners, young families and other sun-seekers. And like its clientele, the resort’s room options are diverse. Everyone wins when it comes to beautiful beach views, but for the best bird’s-eye vantage point, opt for deluxe rooms on the eighth-floor, the adults-only Tradewinds Club. There, a private lounge is stocked with complimentary refreshments, and Tradewinds Club guests enjoy use of an exclusive beach.

Visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaar-aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/.