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Italy 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Magazine

July 1, 2020 Travel Agent Magazine
Keeping up with all the newest hot spots, trends and travel specialties can be daunting when trying to make a recommendation to a client. Luckily Travel Agent will keep you Focused! The Focus Series is a collection of product immersion supplements which include sales tips, fresh ideas, client mining, and special hidden gems only you can share with them.  From global destinations to niche travel, the Focus Series is a surefire way to help you stay one step ahead in this fast moving business.

Year after year, Italy has consistently remained the European country generating the most interest among U.S. vacationers. If you have clients who are planning to visit Italy and are looking for insider insights, here are some tips and recommendations.

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Palladium Connect Program
Travel Agent University

Join the Palladium Connect program to earn great rewards.  Palladium Hotel Group presents 10 educational courses and its Palladium Connect rewards program designed for its most loyal agent partners. The 10 courses have been broken down into key categories to help you boost your knowledge and sales of Palladium Hotel Group.

The e-learning Palladium Specialist course is part of the Palladium Connect Program, the hotel company’s rewards program for travel agents. You simply register for the program and earn money that can be redeemed for cash, gifts, gift cards or room nights at any of our 5-star all-inclusive resorts in Mexico (Costa Mujeres-Cancun, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit), Dominican Republic (Punta Cana and Cap Cana), and Jamaica (Montego Bay).

There are four ways to earn money through Palladium Connect:

  • Become a Palladium Specialist
  • Book Palladium Hotel Group properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and register your bookings
  • Invite other agents to register with Palladium Connect
  • Provide hotel reviews based on a Palladium Hotel Group stay

Become a Palladium Specialist.

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Macao Specialist
Travel Agent University

Your clients want to head to Asia and you want to send them there, but does your expertise match your enthusiasm? Start by specializing in one of Asia’s most exotic destinations – Macao – in under 30 minutes. A short 15-lesson course, the Macao Specialist program provides targeted insights, like “Top 20 Selling Points” and sample itineraries, for in-depth knowledge into the destination’s unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures.

 

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Holland America Extends “Save Now, Cruise Later” Promotion
Available through September 30, 2020. | Holland America Line

Holland America Line is extending its popular “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All” promotion. Running now through September 30, 2020, guests who book with the promotion will receive free drinks, free gratuities, free specialty dining, free Wi-Fi and more.

As an added incentive for travel advisors, Holland America Line is offering a 2 percent bonus commission on new 2021 Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruise bookings and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. These itineraries are also eligible for the “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All” promotion.

With “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All,” travelers who book holiday 2020 through winter/spring 2022 cruises or Alaska Land+Sea Journeys (excluding Grand Voyages) by September 30 receive a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities and a free Signature Dining Package, which includes one evening in both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto specialty restaurants. Plus, suite guests also receive a free Wi-Fi package. All bookings are eligible for 50 percent reduced deposits. This promo is available for cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond.

Further, the offer makes a family vacation more affordable, with third and fourth guests in the same stateroom also receiving a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and reduced deposits.

Additionally, Holland America Line is offering a Cancellation Protection Program that can be purchased for new cruise or Alaska Land+Sea Journey bookings or existing bookings, as long as it is purchased before the date cancellation fees begin to accrue. Offered as a Standard or Platinum plan, guests can cancel up to 24 hours before cruise departure with Standard and right up to departure under Platinum and receive refunds between 80 and 90 percent of eligible amounts paid. The cost varies by cruise fare and is nonrefundable. 

Travel advisors can connect with their BDM and the sales team through GoHAL.com.

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Pleasant Holidays and Journese Extend Hertz Rental Offer for U.S. Trips
The promotion is available through September 6, 2020, for travel through May 31, 2021. | Pleasant Holidays and Journese

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the extended booking window of the free Hertz car rental promotion to September 6, 2020, for new bookings at all hotels, resorts and vacation rentals in the continental U.S. The promotion is valid on stays of one night or longer for travel through May 31, 2021. Qualified bookings receive a free midsize Hertz car rental for each night booked for up to a maximum of three free days of car rental. Additional car rental days may be added at additional cost.

Pleasant Holidays and Journese offer more than 700 hotels and resorts nationwide, many of which offer added values and exceptional deals including daily breakfast, free nights, free parking, kids-stay-free offers and more. Airfare is not required for the free Hertz car rental offer, but may be booked as part of a complete vacation package along with a "Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan," starting at $99 per person including COVID-19 coverage. There are no Pleasant Holidays and Journese change or cancel fees for continental USA vacations.

The free midsize car rental offer is not valid for Hawaii vacations. Age restrictions may apply for car rental. For more information or to make a booking, travel advisors can visit PleasantAgent.com or call 1-800-448-3333 or visit Journese.com or call 1-800-442-9244. Pleasant Holidays and Journese are members of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and an active member of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and participates in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

Photo by GoodLifeStudio/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images    

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Riviera River Cruises Offering Advisors Gift Card for Holiday Bookings
Available for bookings made on select festive season cruises. | Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises is now offering travel advisors an incentive for new bookings on holiday season cruises departing in December 2020. Travel advisors can receive a gift card valued at up to $250 for each cabin or suite booked on Riviera’s Yuletide Markets, Christmas and New Year’s cruises on Europe’s Danube and Rhine Rivers. The incentive can be combined with all other Riviera promotions.

Travel advisors will receive a $250 gift card for each cabin or suite booked on a seven-night holiday cruise, and they will receive a gift card valued at $150 for each cabin or suite booked on a four- or five-night holiday cruise. These include The Danube’s "Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets," "Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets," "New Year on the Blue Danube" and "New Year on the Rhine River Cruises."

This deal can be combined with all other promotions available from Riviera River Cruises, including the “Half Back” promotion available through July 31 (deposit reduced to $400 per cabin and returned as $400 shipboard credit on seven night-cruises; $250 shipboard credit on four- and five-night cruises). Gift cards will be sent to advisors when final payment is received.

Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including dedicated departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Its fleet is one of the youngest in Europe, with no ships older than six years

For more, call 888-838-8820 or visit www.rivierarivercruises.com.

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[VIRTUAL EVENT] Pivoting Back to Travel | Phase 2
Recorded on July 28, 2020 | Travel Agent Central

Pivoting Back to Travel – Phase 2 is now available on-demand. Hear from St. Lucia, Playa Hotels & Resorts, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Palladium Hotel Group about their reopening plans, what they’re doing to keep guests safe and more! 

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Worldwide Destinations
Travel Agent University

At the conclusion of this five-lesson module, you will have learned about the exciting global destinations that our ships visit and the many ways your clients may explore over 450 ports of call. We’ll delve deeper into the major regions we sail to including: Europe (the Mediterranean & Northern Europe); The Americas (Caribbean & Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Canada & New England and Bermuda); and The Exotics (Africa & Arabia, Australia & New Zealand and South Pacific & Asia). You’ll also learn more about transoceanic voyages and our longer Legendary Journeys — Grand Voyages and World Cruises. Learn more now.

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The Regent Experience
Travel Agent University

We believe luxury exists in the smallest details, the most attentive service, and the most inviting atmosphere. On our cruises, we create opportunities for your clients to embrace each moment, inviting them to create memories that will last a lifetime. Through The Regent Experience training module we’ll look at how Regent Seven Seas Cruises® provides passengers with an unrivaled experience and elevates the concept of luxury cruising with all-suite, intimate ships offering every luxury included and our award-winning, personalized service.

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Langham Hospitality Group Specialist
Travel Agent University

Langham Hospitality Group is a global hotel company with over 20 hotels operating on four continents and another 10 projects in development under both The Langham and Cordis flags. Our seasoned management team draws on the best of its 150-year heritage and a modern, innovative approach to hospitality, to provide the highest level of service to our guests. You’ll graduate the course with a thorough understanding of why The Langham Hotels and Resorts represents the epitome of luxury and how Cordis appeals to a broad range of travelers looking for a locally-infused hospitality experience. 

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Marigot Bay Resort and Marina Specialist
Travel Agent University

Nestled in one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean and listed as one of Saint Lucia’s top five resorts by U.S. News and World Report, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina offers an escape to personalized paradise. We invite you to embark on a voyage to discover why Marigot Bay Resort and Marina is the perfect setting for a luxurious Caribbean getaway. Sign up or log in to learn how our all-suite, all-inclusive option and A-list sales proposition is your answer to more luxury bookings to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.  

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Azamara Launches Global Promotion on All Sailings
Available through July 17, 2020, in North America and until July 22, 2020, for international markets. | Azamara

Boutique cruise line Azamara has announced the launch of its first-ever global promotion on all sailings. Available now through July 17, 2020 in North America and until July 22, 2020 for international markets, the July sale will offer a $500 onboard credit, which can be used for specialty dining, shore excursions and more.

Travelers booking from North America will also receive the same onboard credit in addition to a 50 percent reduced deposit. Azamara’s BOGOHO sale, originally launched in April of this year, can be combined with the July global promotion on select sailings, offering 50 percent off a traveler’s guest.

Itinerary highlights from the July offer include:

  • Azamara Quest’s 12-Night Baltic & St. Pete Voyage – Departing July 11, 2021, from Copenhagen, the ship will have a late night in Warnemünde, Germany before setting sail to the 1,000-year-old port city of Gdańsk, where travelers will have an opportunity to stay overnight. Additional highlights from the itinerary include Visby, Sweden—home to the Ring Wall constructed in the 13th century—and Helsinki, Finland, where travelers can discover the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before the sailing concludes in Stockholm, guests will have two overnights in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Azamara Pursuit’s 14-Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage – Setting sail on June 26, 2021, and again on July 20, 2021, Azamara guests will have the opportunity to experience the Country-Intensive Voyage, visiting 10 ports, with seven late nights and two overnights. Beginning in Athens, the ship will journey to the recovered Greco-Roman city of Ephesus before cruising through the Bosphorus Strait. Additional highlights of the itinerary include cosmopolitan Varna, Bulgaria, foodie-friendly Constanţa, Romania and Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Azamara Pursuit’s eight-Night Dalmatian & Amalfi Coasts Voyage – Guests will embark in Venice, Italy, on August 20, 2021, with another Country-Intensive Voyage before arriving in Pula, where a visit to the Roman Amphitheater is a must. Additional highlights include a late night in Dubrovnik, followed by Kotor, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. 

All bookings made with the sale apply to Azamara’s enhanced Cruise with Confidence program, providing flexibility to change any sailing booked by August 1, 2020. Visit www.azamara.com.

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[Virtual Event] Pivoting Back To Travel
Recorded on June 24 & June 25, 2020 | Travel Agent Central

Get ahead of the competition! Start preparing now.  Join us on demand for Pivoting Back to Travel – a free virtual event that will give you the tools needed to succeed in the post-quarantine world.

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Atlas Ocean Voyages - Why Small is the New Big
Recorded on July 15, 2020 | Atlas Ocean Voyages

If you sell adventure travel, luxury cruises, want to know how to maximize your earnings, or just want to be in the know on what’s happening with expedition cruising, you’ll want to attend this webinar. Join us to find out how you can get paid instantly and put $500 - $750 gift card in your wallet NOW while your clients prepare for a journey of a lifetime in 2021.

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La Colección Resorts Announces Travel Advisor Promotion
For reservations made between May 26 and September 30, 2020. | La Colección

Before borders begin to reopen and travel plans gear up again, La Colección Resorts has debuted the “Brighter Days Ahead” promotion.

The “Brighter Days Ahead” promotion invites travel advisors to book at any of the 15 La Colección Resorts in destinations, such as Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende and Acapulco in Mexico, as well as Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Eligible winners will be the top five booking advisors who have a minimum of three reservations made between May 26 and September 30, 2020 for travel between June 1 to December 31, 2020.

The prize will be an trip for the travel advisor and seven of his/her friends and family to one of La Colección Resorts’, as well as roundtrip airfare, for the winning advisor and up to seven guests. The award also includes a secondary trip for two people who the advisor will nominate, being a healthcare professional or first responder. Both prizes include airport transfers and an all-inclusive plan at the resorts. 

To participate, advisors must be registered as La Colección Rewards Members, and qualifying bookings made through a tour operator, wholesaler or direct channels must be registered. Bookings also qualify for La Colección Rewards benefits, including up to $100 cash bonus and free nights. For more information and to review the official rules of the competition visit /www.agentscashincentive.com.

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Seabourn Offering Bonus Commission on New Bookings
Available through July 31, 2020.
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Seabourn

Seabourn is extending a four percent bonus commission on new bookings made on 2021 sailings to Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England. The special bonus commission can be earned when booking any of Seabourn’s current promotions, including the "Sensational Suite Savings," valid through July 2020, which offers 50 percent reduced deposits and savings on a selection of suite accommodations and amenities, including veranda suite upgrades, shipboard credits up to $2,000 per suite, air credits, Internet packages and more.

Further, travel advisors can receive commission sooner by taking advantage of booking their clients on Seabourn’s new 10 percent "Early Bonus Savings" promotion, providing an additional 10 percent in savings off the base cruise fare for select voyages when guests pay in full by July 31, 2020.

The four percent bonus commission applies only to new bookings for select 2021 sailings and is not valid on voyages on Seabourn Venture.

In addition, travel advisors can share with their clients Seabourn’s enhanced “Book with Confidence” policy, providing travelers with even more flexibility, assurance and options to cancel their booking up to 30 days prior to departure on any new bookings and receive a future cruise credit. The updated policy also includes a new “Best Fare Guarantee” benefit, which will provide guests who booked a Seabourn voyage by July 31, 2020, with the opportunity to request an adjustment in the event fares are lowered for their specific voyage and suite category.

In further support of its travel advisor partners, earlier this season Seabourn also announced that it will honor travel agency current commission levels in 2021, regardless of performance in 2020, and has extended commission protection on paid in full bookings and on Future Cruise Credits for voyages impacted by Seabourn’s pause in global operations, regardless if the guest selects an FCC or a refund.

Visit www.seabourn.com.

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Star Clippers Offers Pre- or Post- Hotel Stay on Caribbean Sailings
Available for bookings made by June 1, 2020 for travel between December 2020 and March 2022. | Star Clippers

For travelers looking to book a Caribbean sailing anytime between December 2020 and March 2022, Star Clippers is offering two complimentary hotel nights in Barbados or St. Maarten for use before or after their cruise. Included in the hotel deal is one breakfast and a ship transfer. The complimentary stays will be available for bookings made by June 1, 2020.        

Guests booking a Category Five cabin or higher on select six- to eight-night Windward Island and Grenadine Island sailings (including Christmas and New Year’s) and seven-night Antigua to Barbados on board the Royal Clipper receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Christchurch, Barbados. The offer also applies to the 28-day Atlantic crossing from Cannes to Barbados on October 9, 2021, and the 14-day Barbados to Panama on November 6, 2021.

Guests who book a Category Five cabin or higher on select six- to eight-night Treasure and Leeward Island itineraries, including Christmas and New Year’s departures, will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Sailing rates start at $1,360 per person, based on double occupancy; the hotel package constitutes a $600 value. Guests can opt for $250 onboard credit in lieu of hotel nights.

Guests booking Category Six cabins on these same sailings do not qualify for the hotel deal, but they do qualify for special pricing with a rate of $999 per person for Star Flyer and $1,099 for Royal Clipper based on double occupancy.

Star Clippers operates three sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer, traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.

Visit www.starclippers.com.

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Journese Announces Bonus TRIP Points, Incentive for Travel Advisors
Available for bookings made by July 3, 2020 for travel through December 31, 2021. | Journese

Journese has announced a new travel advisor incentive, whereby travel advisors earn up to 500 Bonus TRIP Points for every new Journese booking at select family resorts across the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Canada, made by July 3, 2020 for travel through December 31, 2021. The top revenue-producing advisor will earn a three-night stay at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Island of Hawaii. In addition, any activity booked in the Journese portfolio in combination with these select family resorts will receive an additional 100 Bonus TRIP Points on registered bookings.

Many resort partners offer real-time rates, instant reservation confirmations and availability; plus, bookings can be combined with all classes of airline service, private excursion options, car rentals and private transfers. All bookings are combinable with all resort promotions, such as complimentary nights, special room rates, resort credits and complimentary breakfasts.

To make a booking, travel advisors can visit online at www.journese.com or call 800-442-9244. Travel advisors must register new bookings by July 15, 2020 to be eligible for the hotel stay reward and bonus TRIP points. Journese is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and an active member of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and participates in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

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Discover St. Kitts – Awake Your Sense of Wonder
Recorded on June 10, 2020 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Join us to discover St. Kitts, one of the most sought after destinations and a hidden gem in the Caribbean.

Learn about:

  • Destination travel during/post COVID-19
  • Our unique things to do
  • How to sell St. Kitts for Adventure, MICE & Group, Romance, Golf & Dive segments
  • Becoming a St. Kitts Destination Expert
  • And, more!
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Riviera River Cruises Offers Incentive for National Travel Advisor Day
Available for new bookings made between May 4 and May 8, 2020. | Riviera River Cruises

In celebration of National Travel Advisor Day on May 6, Riviera River Cruises is offering an incentive to advisors and their clients for new bookings made between May 4 and May 8 for 2020 and 2021 European river cruises. For these bookings, advisors will receive a $100 gift card per cabin booked and their clients will receive a $100 shipboard credit per person booked.

Good to know: The incentive can be combined with all other offers available through Riviera River Cruises. Note it does not apply to existing bookings being amended under the temporary flexible booking policy. 

Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Its fleet is one of the youngest in Europe, with no ships older than six years.

For more information, visit www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820.

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Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels Offers 50% Discount for Healthcare Workers
Booking period is from April 15 to September 30, 2020. | Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has introduced a 50 percent offer for all National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare workers to say thank you for putting themselves on the front line during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, and their tireless hard work to protect people and save lives.

Beachcomber has decided it is time to give back and to serve those who have served us throughout the pandemic. With this exclusive offer designed only for medical staff and their immediate family, those who are currently working the hardest will be rewarded with a 50 percent discount on room and meal plan at select luxury Beachcomber hotels across Mauritius.

The offer terms are as follows:

  • 50 percent discount on room and meal plan
  • The offer is exclusive to medical staff and their immediate family, meaning partner and children/parents. A maximum of two rooms can be booked
  • The offer is for NHS and private hospital front line staff fighting COVID-19, and applicable upon presentation of proof of eligibility and medical ID upon check-in at resorts
  • Not combinable with other offers (except free lunch at Trou aux Biches and Children Go Free offer)
  • Booking period is from April 15 to September 30, 2020
  • Travel period is from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, and excludes December 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and April 3-17, 2021

Hotels included are Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa (excluding villas), Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa (excluding villas), Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa.

Visit www.beachcombertours.uk.

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Asilia Africa Offers 75% Off for Healthcare Workers
Available until May 31, 2021. | Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa is offering discounts of up to 75 percent on a safari for healthcare and emergency service workers from anywhere in the world when travel resumes. In recognition and gratitude for their service, healthcare workers globally can travel with a plus-one (and children) to an Asilia property at the discounted rates until May 31, 2021. Anyone in the health care sector—from doctors to carers, nurses to receptionists—are welcome. Furthermore, all members of the emergency services, as well as anyone involved in the fight against COVID-19 are welcome.
 
Asilia hopes that, with this offer, it can welcome the heroes who have given so much to help and protect others. Commercial director Gordie Owles said in a written release, "We know that this gesture is not much compared to the sacrifice that so many have made during this pandemic. But we hope that by opening our doors and taking people out to the wilderness to recharge and reboot it goes some way to saying thank you for their heroic work."
 
For instance: Asilia’s flagship Kenya camp, Naboisho Camp, usually costs $1,065 per person per night; healthcare workers will be offered a rate of $247 per person per night. A typical six-night safari with Asilia staying at Naboisho in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in Kenya would usually cost $5,136 per person; healthcare workers will be able to enjoy this option for $2,958, including all internal flights to and from Nairobi, park and conservancy fees, six nights’ accommodation and all game drives.

Asilia has 19 camps across Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Visit www.asiliaafrica.com.

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Family Coppola Hideaways Announces “Dream Now, Travel Later” Deal
The “Dream Now, Travel Later” deal is available for any new future booking made from now up to June 2020.

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Family Coppola Hideaways

Francis Ford Coppola’s Family Coppola Hideaways in Belize and Guatemala (Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize and La Lancha in Guatemala) are offering a new deal, “Dream Now, Travel Later.” The deal includes $100 resort credit, which can be used on food and beverage, tours, the spa and more, for stays of four nights or more.

Also included in the offer is 20 percent off published rates and free upgrade at the time of booking (subject to availability).

The booking policy requires one night’s deposit at the time of booking. Any cancellation 14 days prior to check in date are fully refundable.

The “Dream Now, Travel Later” deal is available for any new future booking (not including festive dates 2020 and 2021). Bookings must be made from now up to June 2020.

Visit www.thefamilycoppolahideaways.com.

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Florida 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

Florida may be the proverbial “something-for-everyone” vacation destination. There are beach resorts galore, hundreds of championship-caliber golf courses, iconic theme parks, myriad museums and historic sites, wildlife attractions and so much more. It’s hard to go wrong wherever you send clients to in the Sunshine State. Certainly destinations such as Orlando, The Palm Beaches, Greater Miami and the Beaches and the island getaways of Lee County are proven draws, and deservedly so, but there is so much more to explore. Read more in the Experience Series!

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Playa Announces “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Savings
Bookings must made by April 30, 2020. | Playa Hotels & Resorts

Caribbean all-inclusive hotel company Playa Hotels & Resorts unveiled a Once-In-A-Lifetime-Savings that provides access to the company's "lowest rates ever" with a flexible, 100 percent refund cancellation window.

The Once-In-A-Lifetime-Savings rates apply to eligible bookings made through April 30, 2020 for travel from July 1, 2020 through December 20, 2020. Any bookings made under this offer, are required to be paid in full at time of booking. For any bookings made at these rates, guests can cancel for free provided booking is canceled at least 45 days prior to scheduled arrival date; cancellations within 44 days prior to arrival will be charged 100 percent of the booking and no refunds will apply.

Playa Hotels & Resorts is also offering a variety of other savings options, which are available April 15 through May 31, depending on the deal. Some are offering a free fifth night, $200 in resort credit or up to 63 percent off.

Visit www.playaresorts.com.

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Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskills Unveils "Get a Gift Card, Give a Gift Card" Offer
Emerson Resort & Spa

Though the Emerson has shut its doors due to precautions and recommendations from the CDC and local/state health officials for social distancing, the boutique property is now offering a “Get a Gift Card, Give a Gift Card” special now through Monday, April 6.

The Emerson will donate a $10 gift card to Family of Woodstock, Inc.,—a local not-for-profit whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention and support services to address the needs of individuals and familiesfor every $100 spent on a gift card purchase. 

Once the hotel reopens in the future, the gift card can be used at the Emerson Spa, The Shops at Emerson or overnight stays. Now, local can use it for their takeout menu from Woodnotes Grill, which serves Catskill-themed menu items with ingredients originating from the local Ulster County and Hudson Valley area. 

Amenities include 53 rooms and suites, one of the largest Kaleidoscopes in the world, a destination Spa and dog-friendy amenities. It spans 20 acres and is, as the name implies, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

For more information, visit https://emersonresort.com/covid-19/

Photo: Emerson Resort & Spa

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ASTA Extends Discount on Verified Travel Advisor Program
Available until May 31, 2020 | ASTA

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has extended its deal offering 50 percent off the full ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Certification Program (VTA) through the end of May. Regularly, the program is $399 for members, $598 for non-member independent advisors and $729 for non-member travel advisors. The nine-course program provides training on topics that are instrumental in helping travel professionals gain unique industry expertise to boost their skills. To take advantage of these savings, use code VTA50 at checkout.

In addition, ASTA has discounted its re-certification program by 40 percent. Use code VTACEU40.

For more information, visit https://www.asta.org/

Photo by iBrave/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Crystal Expedition Cruises
Travel Agent University

This short five-lesson module will help you sell more of expedition cruising and voyages from the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™. You’ll learn about the world’s premier luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, as well as our three exclusive categories of voyages: Remove Expedition, Destination Exploration and Cultural Discovery. Read on and refer to our other courses to compliment your sales strategy.

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Ixtapan Fitness and Spa Resort Is Offering A New FAM Trip This July
Ixtapan Fitness and Spa Resort

Ixtapan Fitness and Spa Resort is offering a Travel Agent and Group Leader Familiarization Trip from July 5-12, 2020. 

Travel agents and group leaders are invited to experience the Ixtapan Resort Signature "Spa Classic Stay" at 60 percent off brochure rates. Participants will visit our new main building: all suite, all balcony, all water view rooms. 

Package Prices:

  • Four nights: $655 double occupancy; $740 single occupancy.
  • Seven nights $945 double occupancy; $1075 single occupancy. 

Inclusions:

Four or seven nights accommodations all with private bathrooms, three healthy meals per day with choices, AM coffee/fruit/juice, bottled water and AM consommé.

Prices include fitness center, mineral water and pool classes, yoga, guided walks, tennis lessons and full use of resort amenities. Spa treatments include facials, full body massages, loofah/volcanic mud fango, hair treatments, neck and shoulder massages, reflexology, mani, pedi, hair styling and more. 

Included also are taxes, 10 percent gratuities and round trip transfers by modern hotel owned vehicles from Mexico City Airport (MEX). All arrivals are on May 31 2020. 

Ixtapan Fitness Spa is 65 miles from Mexico City. The resort is walkable to the historic spa town of Ixtapan de la Sal. Altitude keeps weather Spring like all year. Phyllis Stoller, award winning speaker on spa, fitness and women’s travel, is your hostess. 

To join the Fam trip, contact the resort at 1 800 IXTAPAN or [email protected]. For more information, visit www.spamexico.com 

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6.5 Million Visitors…Destination Paradise…Dominican Republic!
Recorded on March 18, 2020 | Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels

Expand your knowledge of the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels in the Dominican Republic where we will cover topics such as Palladium Connect, Infinite Indulgence®, adults-only offerings, and more! Register now.

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Discover A Gulf Coast Island Paradise
Recorded on March 10, 2020 | The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Discover pristine beaches, outdoor adventure, and abundant wildlife on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Surround your clients with the natural beauty and charm of our diverse island paradise. Register now.

Deal
Cultural Cuba Adds to "Cancel for Any Reason" Trip Coverage
Available indefinitely. | Cultural Cuba

In order to help dampen the fears of travelers due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Cultural Cuba is willing to help cover all components of “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) travel insurance.

Effective immediately, for any Cultural Cuba traveler who qualifies for and purchases “cancel for any reason” travel insurance, which covers 75 percent of non-refundable trip costs, Cultural Cuba will cover the additional 25 percent of all land-based costs (i.e. not air). This way, Cultural Cuba says, clients are effectively covered for 100 percent of their non-refundable trip expenses.

“We have found that most travelers do not want to cancel or postpone travel, but they are afraid of the unknown,” Cultural Cuba Founder David Lee says. While travel insurance doesn’t cover “fear,” by purchasing CFAR and Cultural Cuba adding the remaining 25 percent, travelers will be completely covered. “We felt it necessary to cover the rest to give clients peace of mind,” Lee adds.

Photo by Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images   

e-Learning
All Inclusive Travel 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

For nearly half of U.S. vacationers, all-inclusiveness is an important deciding factor when selecting a hotel, according to MMGY Global’s 2019-2020 Portrait of American Travelers. These leisure seekers will find no shortage of all-inclusive lodgings in tropical realms relatively close to home. Here are some of the latest developments on that front in Mexico.

e-Learning
NH Hotels Specialist
Travel Agent University

When your clients ask, “Is there an NH hotel at my destination?” you can easily choose from more than 350 hotels in 28 Countries, under three distinct brands—each with its own operational promise and differentiated experience. Take the course today!

Fam
Silversea Offers Free Expedition Cruise to Travel Advisors
Travel advisors can qualify by selling three suites between February 1 and April 30, 2020 | Silversea

Silversea has launched a new “Sell and Sail Free” promotion allowing travel advisors to earn a complimentary expedition cruise for two when they sell three suites between February 1 and April 30, 2020. The three suites may be booked on any 2020 and 2021 expedition voyage aboard Silver Wind Expedition, Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud (excluding 2021 Expedition World Cruise and segments).

The program rewards travel advisors who qualify with a free voyage chosen from more than a dozen eligible expedition sailings in 2020 and 2021. Options include a nine-day, Vancouver-to-San Diego voyage on Silver Cloud, exploring the American West Coast; four Antarctica journeys of 10 to 14 days sailing round trip from Ushuaia on Silver Cloud and Silver Wind; a 19-day, island-hopping South Pacific cruise from Darwin to Apra aboard Silver Explorer; and Silver Explorer's 14-day, round-trip voyage from Dunedin to the UNESCO-listed New Zealand Subantarctic Islands.

Travel advisors who earn a free cruise will sail in an ocean-view suite and be able to experience the line’s gourmet cuisine, personalized butler service and all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.

In addition, all expedition voyages sail with specialist experts who lead complimentary, immersive shore excursions. These specialists offer lectures, discussions and recaps on board, in addition to guiding Zodiac explorations and leading hikes and nature walks ashore.

Sell and Sail Free bookings must be made, and full payment received, from February 1 through April 30, 2020, to qualify. Travel advisors who qualify for the free cruise must submit a redemption form to their Silversea account executive noting the qualifying bookings by May 15, 2020. Suite space availability is subject to non-displacement of revenue.

For complete details of the offer, and to obtain the redemption form, listing eligible voyages, travel advisors should visit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wqzjndqbvuuuycx/Sell%203%20Sail%20Free_Silver%20Expeditions.pdf?dl=0


 

Webinar
MSC True Partnerships – Serving You
Recorded on April 1, 2020 | MSC Cruises

Join us for a webinar hosted by Michelle Lardizabal, SVP & Commercial Sales Officer, to review how MSC Cruises supports travel partners 100%, updates to 2020 Spring & Summer cruise itineraries and more.  Register now!

Two very lucky live attendees will win a $100 AMEX gift card.

 

Podcasts
Switzerland Tourism Highlights New Offerings And Experiences
Switzerland Tourism

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero interviews Paolo Lunardi, manager trade relations North America at Switzerland Tourism, on chocolate experiences, new flights and more new offerings in Switzerland. Listen now.

Podcasts
A Conversation With Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal of Fischer Travel to get insights on this ultra luxury travel business. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Jack Ezon, Founder and Managing Partner at Embark, Discusses Luxury Trends
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Jack Ezon, founder and managing partner at Embark, who discusses luxury trends and how to get to know your luxury clients better. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Chris Austin, SVP of Seabourn, on How Luxury Travel Advisors Can Boost Sales
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Chris Austin, senior vice president of Seabourn, who shares his expertise on how luxury travel advisors can sell more luxury vacations. Learn more. 

Podcasts
Larry Pimental of Azamara Cruises on How Advisors Can Sell Luxury Travel
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara, a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited family of cruise lines. Over a three decade career, Pimentel his built successful cruise lines and brands while accumulating a unique body of knowledge about affluent travelers and the experiences that appeal to them. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Luxury Travel Selling Tips from Ignacio Maza of the Signature Travel Network
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Ignacio Maza, executive vice president of the Signature Travel Network. Here, Ignacio shares intel on the top traits he’s seen in the top luxury travel advisors in the Signature network. Listen here.

Podcasts
Insider Tips to Selling Luxury Travel by Kimberly Wilson Wetty of Valerie Wilson Travel
Luxury Travel Advisor

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, one of the top luxury travel agencies in the country. Here, Kimberly shares observations on what it’s like to sell in the luxury space, based on her extensive experience in the industry. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Holland America
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel Group's Ruthanne Terrero speaks with Denella Ri’Chard, senior director of trade engagement and onboard sales for Holland America, who provides the very latest details for the cruise line’s new Pinnacle-class ship, the Ryndam, which sets sail in May 2021. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Seabourn
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero speaks with Chris Austin, senior vice president of Seabourn, who explains to travel advisors how the luxury cruise line personalizes service on board its fleet of ships. Listen here. 

Podcasts
Regent Cruises
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero chats with Randall Soy, Executive Vice President of Regent Seven Seas, to find out what's new with the luxury cruise line. Listen here.

Deal
United Vacations Offers Bonus Commission on AMResorts Bookings
Available on qualifying reservations made through February 29. | United Vacations

United Vacations is offering travel advisors bonus commission on applicable AMResorts bookings received through February 29.

Travel advisors will automatically earn 15 percent hotel commission on qualifying reservations for Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, as well as Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts.

Advisors will receive 16 percent hotel commission on bookings to the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun.
 
To qualify, reservations must be received by February 29 for travel through December 31. Enhanced commission will automatically be applied to applicable bookings, United said.

This offer can be combined with existing client incentives, including up to 40 percent hotel savings and $200 in resort coupons on select AMResorts bookings received by February 25. When booking a client through United Vacations, travel agents receive the lowest prices on United Airlines, an exclusive $200 per person deposit policy, 5 percent air commission on international and Hawaii bookings, earn bonus commission with the Get Paid to Upgrade program, complimentary seats and additional perks.

Visit www.unitedvacationsagent.com
 

Podcasts
Cunard
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero speaks with Steve Smotrys, Vice President of Sales for Cunard North America, about all the big news the cruise line has for 2020 and beyond, which includes a new ship. Listen now.

Podcasts
Uniworld River Cruises
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero interviews Ellen Bettridge, CEO of Uniworld, to find out what's in store for the new year. Listen now.

Podcasts
Variety Cruises
Travel Agent Central

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero interviews Yiannis Vontas, Executive Vice President of Variety Cruises, to find out what travel advisors can expect to see from the small ship line in 2020. Listen now