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Star Clippers’ Authentic Sailing Adventures
August 23rd, 2017 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Star Clippers

Star Clippers sailing is not a typical cruise. This is a product that is wonderfully different and can set you apart from your competitors. Join us for a preview of the most exciting cruising adventure on the sea and find out how you can make money selling Star Clippers. Register Now.

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Discover What it Means to be #AlohaChic...Only at the New Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
August 29, 2017 | 3pm ET / 12pm PT | Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

With its stunning beachside location, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is ideally suited for all family, business, or leisure travelers. Agents are welcome to attend and be one of the first to discover what's happening on the new chic side of Waikiki. Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach...uniquely #AlohaChic. Register now!

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Discover EPIC Maui and Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel
September 6, 2017 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Kā`anapali Beach Hotel

Kā`anapali Beach on the island of Maui is certainly a top destination to escape the winter chill. Located on a picture-perfect stretch of the world-famous Kā`anapali Beach, Kā`anapali Beach Hotel is officially recognized as "Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel." Besides the great weather and Hawaiian hospitality, what compels flocks of people to travel here during the most popular season of the year? Is it the beaches, or could it be the whales?

Join us for this webinar and discover the real reasons clients are traveling to Maui and Kā`anapali Beach Hotel during this popular season! Register now.

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Abu Dhabi: Maximizing Experience and Your Returns
September 19, 2017 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
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Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

With its captivating culture, breath-taking luxury, exhilarating adventure and the warmth of Arabian hospitality, Abu Dhabi is emerging as a must visit destination for savvy travelers looking for new and unique experiences.

This webinar will provide you with the product and destination knowledge needed to meet your clients’ expectations.Register now!

 

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How the Best Agents Thrive When Booking Luxury Villas
Now Available On-Demand | Luxury Retreats

Luxury Retreats will teach you the ins and outs of renting a villa when planning the next getaway. You will learn how to leverage Luxury Retreats’ state of the art portfolio of over 4000 properties worldwide to satisfy the traveler’s craving for personalized and unique experiences. We will also show you how Luxury Retreats' world class complimentary concierge service can fulfill your guest’s ever-growing need for a seamless holiday. Last, but definitely not least, learn how you can earn a higher commission with Luxury Retreats. Register now!

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Keytours Adds New FAM Trips to Europe for Fall and Winter
Fam trip dates range through November 2017 to March 2018, with the Turkey series running through June 2018. Bookings available now. | Keytours Vacations

Earlier today, Keytours Vacations unveiled their newest lineup of fam trips to several destinations in Europe, including Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey during the fall and winter of 2017, into 2018. The trips intend to be both highly personalized for each travel agent and highly educational.

Trip series prices begin at $299 per person for Turkey and $499 for the other destinations: Greece, Italy and Spain. Each trip has a weekend departure, with dates ranging through November 2017 to March 2018; the Turkey series runs through June 2018. 

Travel companions are welcome for a supplement of $200 per person for all trips, and the single supplement is $300 per person. These prices are land-only and are based on availability; though airfare is not included, Keytour Vacations can provide assistance with international air.

Here are the four itineraries:

  • Classics of Turkey: 11 days and 10 nights starting at $299. This luxury, full-escorted tour visits Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, and Gallipoli.
  • Athens & Classical Greece: Six days and five nights starting at $499. In Athens, guests will visit Plaka and the Acropolis. On an escorted tour of Delphi and Meteora, guests will see ancient monasteries amid natural rock formations. An option to visit Santorini is also available.
  • Italian Art Cities: Six days and five nights starting at $499. Traveling by train, guests can go on relaxed walking tours of the Italian Art Cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. An option to visit the Amalfi Coast with a three-night extension to Sorrento is also available.
  • Madrid Andalusia & Costa Del Sol: This itinerary visits Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Marbella in Costa Del Sol. After a city-tour of Madrid guests can join an escorted tour to Andalusia. There is also an optional three-night extension to Barcelona.

Important Terms & Conditions

FAM Trip Exclusions
• International and domestic airfares
• Local City tax
• Porterage
• Meals not mentioned in the itineraries
• Early check-in or late check-out
• Personal expenses
• Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
• Tips to guides and hotel staff

FAM Trip Qualifications
• Travel agents need a valid TRUE, CLIA or IATA number
• Participants must have 2 blank passport pages, passport must be valid for 6 months
beyond travel
• Spouses and significant others are welcome to travel
• Participants must purchase travel insurance for these FAM trips
• Full amount must be paid at the time of booking
• Cancellations will be charged $100 per person administration fee

Visit keytours.com for more information on the promotion.

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South African Airways Offers Savings on Two Packages
The "Captivating Cape Town" package is available August 11 through December 9, 2017, and is available for booking until August 13, 2017. The "Affordable South Africa" package is available September 1 through November 30, 2017 and should be booked by August 31, 2017. | South African Airways

With South African Airways, travelers can now save big on the “Captivating Cape Town” and “Affordable South Africa” packages.

The Captivating Cape Town package starts at $1,899 per person and takes travelers along the shares of the Atlantic Ocean and to the foot of Table Mountain. The city of Cape Town, the press release said, is “consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by leading travel publications,” and allows travelers to wander through sophisticated neighborhoods and to visit restaurants and museums. This package includes a full-day Cape Peninsula tour to view the scenery of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, located along the southwestern-most tip of Africa. There is also a half-day tour of the Cape Winelands region included, where travelers will visit some of South Africa’s award-winning wineries. 

This package is good from August 11 to December 9, 2017 and comes with round-trip international economy class airfare with the airline from New York or Washington Dulles airports to Cape Town. The itinerary lasts five nights and guests will stay at the SunSquare Cape Town Hotel, where they will receive daily breakfast. Bookings on this tour should be made by August 13, 2017.

The “Affordable South Africa” package starts at $2,999 per person and includes the same tours as the Captivating Cape Town package, though it also includes a tour of an African safari in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Travelers who book this package receive an added one-night bonus at the five-star Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge. They also receive the same round-trip airfare as the Cape Town package, and get to stay four nights at the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town, where breakfast is included daily. The next three nights will be spent at the Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park with all meals included. This package is available from September 1 through November 30, 2017, though bookings on this trip should be made by August 31, 2017.

Both packages have restrictions that apply.

Visit https://www.flysaavacations.com/

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Solo Travelers Save 65 Percent on 2017-18 Star Clippers Cruises
These cruises are available for solo travelers during the 2017-2018 sailing season. | Star Clippers

Solo travelers who sail with Star Clippers in the 2017-18 season can now get serious savings on select destinations.

Travelers can receive a 65 percent discount on over a dozen sailings on a brochure rate plus no single supplement fee. With these savings, rates fall as low as $1,360. 

This winter, solo travelers can explore Barbados on a round trip journey aboard the Royal Clipper with the ability to choose from three separate itineraries. These Windward & Grenadine Island itineraries offer tropical destinations including Antigua, St. Vincent, Martinique, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, among others.

The Treasure Island itinerary aboard the Star Flyer sails round trip from St. Maarten, stopping in Anguilla, St. Barts, St. Kitts and the Virgin Islands. The only sailing on this itinerary embarks during the last week of March 2018. 

Starting March 31, 2018, the Star Flyer will also set sail on a 20-night trip from St. Maarten to Lisbon, Portugal, totaling 19 days at sea. The Royal Clipper’s Mediterranean cruises with sail 28-night itineraries eastbound across the Atlantic, departing from Barbados and ending in Cannes, France. There are also additional five to 14-night voyages offered across different ports in Europe. Locations aboard these shorter trips include France, Corsica, Ibiza, Italy, Mallorca, Portugal, Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. Two of these itineraries have stops in St. Tropez and Cannes, with one offering guests a spot at the trial run at the Monaco Grand Prix.

From November 2017 to May 2018, solo travelers can also sail with Star Clipper on seven-night itineraries in Thailand and Singapore. Cruises departing from Singapore will explore Malaysia before heading to Phuket, Thailand. Travelers can sail along the opposite route from Phuket to Singapore and can also book a round trip voyage that begins and ends in Phuket.

Visit http://www.starclippers.com/

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Celebrate Chocolate Month in St. Lucia With Sweet August Discounts
This promotion runs through August 31. | St. Lucia Tourist Board

This August, chocolate lovers visiting St. Lucia will be treated to a month of deals, spa treatments and food all in the name of chocolate. 

For Chocolate Heritage Month, travelers can sample yummy “choc-tails,” get a chocolate infused massage, explore centuries old cocoa plantations and try our specialty tasting menus. Whatever the choice, visitors to St. Lucia this summer can sink their teeth into St. Lucia’s rich history of cocoa production and join us in our celebration of all things chocolate.

To join in the celebration, hotels and resorts island-wide are also offering decadent deals for couples and families with savings of up to 65 percent off standard rates.

St. Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island continues to produce some of the world’s most sought after chocolate. 

Hotels and resorts celebrate this rich heritage with inventive chocolate services and amenities, as well as agri-tourism experiences for guests. Many of St. Lucia’s top restaurants incorporate native cocoa into menu items for both sweet and savory dishes while resort spas create chocolate-infused spa treatments that are both indulgent and good for the body.

For a deeper look into the island’s chocolate heritage, plantation tours at Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate showcase the tradition of St. Lucian cocoa production. 

The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour leads guests through the cocoa fermentation house where visitors can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans while Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at a bean-to-bar, single estate boutique chocolate maker. The Tree to Bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat guides visitors through the many stages of chocolate production, from seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station to grinding, mixing and tasting.
 
Visit www.stlucia.org/events/chocolate-heritage-month

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Southwest Airlines Offers "Flare" Aboard Flights Affected by Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipse to occur during specific Southwest Airlines flights on August 21, 2017. | Southwest Airlines

In light of the countdown to the August 21 solar eclipse scheduled to sweep American cities from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, Southwest Airlines is offering a special experience for travelers aboard its flights affected by this spectacle.

The airline has identified which flights will be most likely to experience maximum effects of the eclipse, giving customers on those flights “commemorative flare,” which includes special viewing glasses, cosmic cocktails and social media engagement across the atmosphere on the brand’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.

In a release, Southwest said that Network & Schedule Planners “modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra," which are shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun. 

The flights with the greatest likelihood of catching a view of the August 21 eclipse will be as follows:

 

  • Southwest flight 1375, departing Seattle-Tacoma at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1368 departing Portland at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1577 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 301 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for Nashville
  • Southwest flight 1969 departing Denver at 9:50 a.m. MDT for Atlanta

In the release, manager of meteorology for Southwest Warren Qualley said that the airline plans to “showcase the glow of its everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in [its] summer flight schedule” and that its team of meteorologists is working hard to “provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from [its] flights.”

The next solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States is not scheduled to occur again until April 8, 2024. 

Visit www.southwest.com

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Victoria Cruises Announces Discounted Travel Opportunities
Available now until August 31, 2017. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises is now offering a two-for-one pricing on private balcony Superior Staterooms as well as 40 percent off Executive Suites on its four- and five-day Three Gorges Highlights itineraries.

This offer is good now until August 31, 2017 as these itineraries sail through China’s Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang

Reservations on these trips must feature a commissionable pre-booked excursion package to qualify for the promotional offers, ensuring maximum revenue for travel agents.

The Three Gorges Highlights itinerary costs $90 per person and features visits to Shibaozhai’s famous red pavilion, a scenic voyage along one of the Yangtze’s tributaries via traditional Chinese sampan and an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam

Travelers on this itinerary will also be able to experience “China’s engineering might” with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator, which is capable of elevating ships up to 3,000 tons along with a volume of water roughly equivalent to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is included in the shore excursion cost in Victoria Cruises’ 2017 program based on availability. 

For those seeking to receive two-for-one rates on private balcony Superior Staterooms, the cruise line’s introductory pricing of $880 per person becomes $880 per couple. This discount also applies to the excursion package.

When passengers book Executive Suites by August 31, they can receive 40 percent off published rates which start at $1,340 per person – but with the promotion, passengers will save up to $1,272 per couple. These savings vary based on vessel selection as well. Travelers staying in these suites will automatically be enrolled in Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program – this provides them with VIP perks such as “white glove” service, upper deck placement, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary WiFi, exclusive happy hour and enhanced culinary privileges including wine and beer with dinner. 

Travelers booking private balcony Superior Staterooms will have the option to upgrade to the Luxury Amenities program for an additional $200 per person, which becomes $200 per couple after the two-for-one deal is applied.

While on board, passengers can enjoy informative lectures, nightly entertainment and a dining program designed by Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib. Those staying in staterooms will also be able to take in views of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges along with centuries-old temples and pagodas from the comfort of their private balcony.

Visit www.victoriacruises.com

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The Travel-Insurance Formula: How Travel Insurance Can Drive Repeat Business and Recommendations
July 18, 2017 | 2pm ET/ 11am PT | Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection was launched by industry experts who wanted to create a new experience in travel insurance. Learn how BHTP is providing new, innovative “fixed-benefit” products to customers – and creating greater opportunities for travel agents to increase their Travel Insurance earnings, get more customer recommendations, and encourage repeat business. Register Now!

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Avanti Adds Bonus Commission for Off-Season Bookings
Available on bookings made through February 28, 2018. | Avanti Destinations

To help agents sell more independent travel all year long, Avanti Destinations has launched Go365, an informational and marketing campaign including specially negotiated prices on European winter itineraries and bonus travel agent commissions for off-season bookings to Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Avanti sells exclusively through travel agents.

The vast majority of American travelers visit Europe during the warmer months, said Harry Dalgaard, Avantis president and founder, in a written release. We want to help agents point out to their clients that there are many excellent reasons to see Europe in the cooler months – fewer crowds, shorter lines at museums, lower air and hotel rates, and far more cultural events.

Avantis new Go 365 e-brochure includes 27 customizable city stays and vacation packages, many designed specifically for October-March travel. A webinar on the campaign is scheduled for Thursday, July 20.

Bonus Commissions

Agents can earn an early booking bonus commission of $100 for each booking of at least $2,500 made by August 31, 2017, for travel between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. For each booking of $1,500 or more made between September 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018, for travel between October 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, the Go 365 bonus commission is $50.

Avantis six regional sales directors located around the U.S. will provide agents with a flyer describing the Go 365 campaign and the bonus commissions.

Off-Season Customizable Vacations

Some of the 27 featured off-season vacations (land-only) in the Go 365 e-brochure, which can all be customized to add more nights, activities, transfers or destinations, include:

 

London City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star hotel with Oyster Card and London Illuminations Tour. Starts at $499 per person, double occupancy.

Rome City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star Superior hotel, with private arrival and departure transfers, private city tour and one 3-course dinner. From $855.

Switzerland Winter Wonderland – 5 days/4 nights in Lucerne and Interlaken, includes horse-drawn sleigh ride, Jungfraunoch excursion, night sledding and fondue dinner. From $1,425.

Rovaniemi (Finland) Santa Claus Safari & Dog Sledding – 4 days/3 nights from $1,069.

Tromso (Norway) Northern Lights Tour & Snowmobile Safari – 4 days/3 nights from $1,289.

Costa Rica: Rainforest, Volcano & Beach – 9 days/8 nights in San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, and Guanacaste. Includes all ground transfers, canopy tour, boat tour in Tortuguero and daily breakfast.  From $1,795.

Ultimate Peru – 9 days/8 nights in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, private tour Machu Picchu, tours in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Uros and Taquile Islands, daily breakfast. From $3,225.

(New) Thailand Escapes – 9 days, 8 nights in Bangkok at 5-star 137 Pillars Suites & Residences and in Phuket at 5-star The Slate. Includes two private tours in Bangkok, Phi Phi Islands tour, Hong by Starlight tour, daily breakfast. From $2,535.

(New) Beauty of Bali – 8 days, 7 nights in Ubud (inland) and Seminyak (beach), including private arrival & departure transfers in each city, 2 private sightseeing tours (Ubud), private Indonesian cooking class, private Uluwatu traditional dance and dinner tour, daily breakfast. From $1,999.

Visit www.avantidestinations.com

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Keytours Offers $299 Agent Rates on Turkey FAM Trip
Available on nine departures through November 2017. | Keytours Vacations

Keytours Vacations has announced a new educational fam trip series to Turkey.

An 11-day, 10-night escorted tour, the Classics of Turkey will be available on nine departures year-round from now until November 2017.

Over the past two years we have seen an increase in agents wanting more experiential journeys, said Nigel Osborne, vice president of sales and business development for Keytours Vacations, in a written release.

The 11-day, 10-night trip visits destinations including Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy and Canakkale, as well as Gallipoli.

Vacation packages include:

  • English Speaking Tour Director
  • Accommodation in Superior First Class and Deluxe hotels
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily, one lunch and eight Dinners
  • Roundtrip transfers from the airport to the hotel, with Porterage for 1 piece of luggage
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Prices range from $299-$399 per person double occupancy. There is a single supplement of $250 additional, and the non-agent companion price is $250 additional.

Any agent that books over $50,000 revenue will qualify for a complimentary place, Keytours Vacations said.

Keytours Vacations is a specialist in personalized travel experiences to Europe, the Mediterranean, the United States and Latin America, including independent, pre- and post-cruise and private shore excursion packages, small group journeys, family vacations, luxury travel and group trips. The company provides concierge style service and guaranteed departures on escorted vacations. Commissions for travel agents range from 10 percent to 18 percent on the land portion of the package.

For reservations, travel agents can call 800-576-1784, email groups@keytours.com or visit www.keytours.com.

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