Webinar
The World of Crystal
May 19, 2021 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

Join Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales on a journey into the heart of the Crystal Experience – where a superior standard of service delivers on a brand promise that satisfies every discerning traveler’s version of luxury, because luxury is personal.

Learn Crystal’s plans to resume operations, our Health & Safety protocols as well as future plans for Crystal Ocean, River, Yacht & Expedition.

Register Now!

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Swiss Travel System Excellence Program
Travel Agent University

The Swiss Travel System Excellence Program is the only e-learning program worldwide to cover the entire public transport system of a country. In the individual courses, participants learn everything about the characteristics of the Swiss Travel System.

Learners are accompanied on this journey by Heidi and Peter, two animated characters personifying two important Swiss qualities: reliability and enthusiasm. They guide participants through the various modules and share their knowledge in a playful way. At any time, the current learning progress can be accessed and personal high scores compared to those of other participants. At the end, the certificate as Swiss Travel System Excellence Expert waits to be collected.

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Macao Updates Webinar
Recorded on March 25, 2021 | Macao Government Tourism Office

We welcome you to learn about important destination updates including the current situation in Macao, restrictions, how Macao has managed the pandemic, and protocols that have been created with your clients in mind.  Three lucky attendees will be selected to receive a gift from Macao. Join for your chance to win a Starbucks gift card or Macao goodie bag.  Register Now!

e-Learning
Mexico Pacific 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

Mexico’s Pacific Coast is ideal for those seeking quietude, peacefulness and plenty of space. Its dramatic natural ocean setting is ready to receive visitors in a mindful, careful way that acknowledges all of the issues the COVID-19 challenge brings. Here, we provide the latest information available as of press time. Learn more.

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Caribbean 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

The tourism-dependent Caribbean islands were among the first to close their borders and turn away cruise ships back in March as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak turned into a global pandemic. But the good news is that, with careful planning and plenty of health and safety protocols in place, the islands are reopening and again welcoming visitors to enjoy their beaches, warm waters, off-road adventures, culture and beyond.

Learn about the island-by-island breakdown regarding the latest travel protocols and news in the Caribbean 2020 Experience Series.

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

A Perfect New Beginning. Selling weddings and honeymoons show tremendous potential for 2021 and beyond. Consider the grand weddings that were downsized to backyard events this summer and all of the honeymoons not taken because travel was not possible. If travel opens up again in the near future, travel advisors should be ready to deal with newlyweds with a tremendous, pent-up demand to finally take their big trip. What will these trips look like? Some couples may want to still take a relaxing, sun and sand vacation to celebrate their nuptials, but they are certainly assuming you’ll be able to add unique activities in to the trip so they’ll be able to come home with great stories to tell their friends. Other couples  want nothing to do with the traditional honeymoon. They’re seeking to go where none of their friends have gone before. They’ll be pondering whether to go somewhere in to the depths of Africa or perhaps an undiscovered town in Eastern Europe. Learn more now.

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Las Vegas 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

Las Vegas hasn’t missed a beat to enhance its options for travelers in the past few months. Those who return for a fabulous vacation or business trip will find things quite spruced up and in some cases, simply brand new. Learn more by completing the Las Vegas 2020 Experience Series course.

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

We tapped in to our newly named “30Under30” winners for 2020 to find out where they send their clients in Mexico for destination weddings and honeymoons. They’ve provided a broad selection of romantic resorts which should help you for your altar-bound clients. Learn more in the Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2020 Experience Series.

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Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya are ready to welcome visitors back to their beautiful, natural settings with open arms, providing a warmth and service that will make everyone feel rejuvenated after months of being home.

The region has been awarded the “Safe Travels” seal by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), being the first in the Americas to receive this certification for destinations that adopt global standards to ensure that hygiene and protocols at establishments ensure traveler safety. Get started!

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River and Ocean Cruise 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

Anticipating their “return to travel,” consumers are now booking 2021 voyages to iconic European destinations — such as London, Dublin, Monte Carlo, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Istanbul, Turkey, among others. Increasingly, they’re eyeballing cruise itineraries with “overnight” stays (or even double overnights) in one or more ports. Learn more.

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St. Lucia 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

If you’re looking for a little inspiration on your next vacation, might we suggest Saint Lucia. Heading into 2020, the island was looking to top its record-setting 2019 but the coronavirus (COVID-19) had other plans for travel this year. Get Started!

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VIP Cayman
Travel Agent University

The VIP Cayman module was designed to help you sell more luxury travel to our islands. In the next three lessons, we’ll introduce the many products, from five-star accommodations to bespoke tours to signature wellness escapes, that uniquely position our islands to appeal to the affluent market. 

We anticipate another year of record-breaking arrivals to our destination by showing travelers that the Cayman Islands is more than a sun and sand destination; rather it’s a premier luxury lifestyle destination catering to travelers of all ages. This is our ongoing goal and we invite you to join in our efforts.

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Cayman Vows
Travel Agent University

However your clients define “romantic,” the Cayman Islands can cater to their vision.

Regardless of which island your clients choose for reveling in or renewing their romance, they’ll find a resort, villa, condominium or guest house suited to their tastes. Before we review the accommodation choices (it will be hard to choose one), the Cayman Vows course will provide a refresher on the differences between each of our three enchanting islands and more.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2021 Experience Series
Travel Agent University

Travel advisors offer their “inside intel” & top tips for selling destination weddings & honeymoons in this online course.

One quarter of all weddings are destination weddings, often with the wedding party’s travel arranged by a professional travel advisor. Creating dream honeymoons is another lucrative trade revenue opportunity. So, what are the emerging trends, changes necessitated by COVID-19, good tips for the sales process and pitfalls along the way? 

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Selling Luxury
Travel Agent University

Welcome to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises® continuing education module, Selling Luxury. At the conclusion of this four-lesson module, you will have a better understanding about all the sales and marketing resources at your disposal. Our luxury cruise packages stand out above our competition in both quality and cost, providing a truly all-inclusive experience that delivers An Unrivaled Experience®

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Onboard Life
Travel Agent University

Welcome to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises® continuing education module, Onboard Life. At the conclusion of this six-lesson module, you will have a deeper understanding about our unparalleled onboard lifestyle, which is centered on our continuous desire and effort to ensure each guest finds exactly what they’re searching for.

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Worldwide Destinations
Travel Agent University

Welcome to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises® continuing education module, Worldwide Destinations. 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.

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Mexico’s Velas Resorts Rewards Healthcare Workers With Free Stays
The contest to win a free stay is open through April 30, 2021. | Velas Resorts

Mexico’s Velas Resorts is showing appreciation for healthcare workers by rolling out a new “Let’s Be Thankful” campaign. The goal for the promotion is to give at least 100 free all-inclusive stays to those who have fought tirelessly against the coronavirus pandemic.

The resort collection, with properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, will offer a special promotion to help individuals say thanks to members of the healthcare community just by booking a reservation. For every five-night stay reserved by April 30, 2021, Velas Resorts will put one night in the prize pot for stays for healthcare workers. Nights can also be donated directly to the pool and will be matched by Velas Resorts.

The prize pot will be divided up into three-night stays for two healthcare heroes to receive a much-deserved all-inclusive vacation at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. Individuals can now enter their nominee in the social media contest by submitting a one-minute video sharing why they deserve a stay in paradise. The contest ends April 30 and recipients are determined by the most video likes. Additionally, a panel of five of Velas Resorts' most frequent guests from the U.S. and Mexico will choose three individuals from among the healthcare heroes to receive an upgrade to stay at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas of their choosing.

For more information, visit 100heroes.velasresorts.com. The awardees must show verification of practice in the healthcare field. Restrictions apply. Individuals who book a five-night stay will also receive an additional night free on their next visit.

For reservations or more information, visit www.velasresorts.com.

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Silversea Cruises Announces Bonus Commissions, Reduced Deposits
Available on bookings made through April 30, 2021. | Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises announced it has extended its support to travel partners, offering a $200 ($255 CAD) bonus commission on all bookings through April 30, 2021, as well as including more voyages eligible for this commission. Extended following its successful launch, the special commission incentive is now available on new bookings made on any Silversea voyage departing on or after October 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Moreover, the line has also enhanced guests’ flexibility by extending its “Cruise with Confidence” policy and its reduced deposit initiative.

Travel partners can receive the bonus commissions on 275 voyage options.

In further support to its valued travel partners, Silversea is also extending its reduced deposit promotion. The reduced deposit requirement of only 15 percent per suite is now available for any new booking made on or before April 30, 2021. The reduced deposit applies to all Silversea voyages departing before April 30, 2022, with the exception of full World Cruises and Grand Voyages. Guests in possession of a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) can also use their credit to take advantage of the offer. Moreover, guests can enjoy an "Early Booking Bonus" when booking a voyage departing on or after June 1, 2021, saving up to 20 percent when they reserve and pay in full by March 31, 2021.

Additionally, Silversea is extending its “Cruise with Confidence” program, making it available for all bookings made by April 30, 2021. Through the program, for cruises departing before April 30, 2022, guests may cancel their cruise up to 30 days prior to departure without penalties when selecting a 100 percent FCC for the amount paid.

As part of the “Cruise with Confidence” policy, Silversea also have comprehensive COVID-19 protections in place: Should a guest or a member of their traveling party test positive within 30 days prior to the cruise, at the boarding terminal or during the cruise, or if a guest is unable to meet their cruise or is denied boarding due to government mandated travel restrictions within 28 days prior to the cruise, or if a guest is subject to mandated hotel quarantine upon their return home, the guest will receive a 100 percent FCC or a 100 percent refund for the total booking amount.

Visit www.silversea.com.

Webinar
[WATCH NOW] Pivoting Back to Travel – The Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Edition
Recorded on February 23, 2021 | Travel Agent Central

The coronavirus pandemic delayed or flat out cancelled thousands upon thousands of weddings and honeymoons in 2020, but with the promise of widespread vaccine distribution in the near future, 2021 is looking up for engaged or recently married couples. Watch now to learn about available wedding venues & ceremony options, romantic destinations & resorts and more from top suppliers and destinations to help you book fabulous weddings and honeymoons for your clients.

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Awaken Their Sense of Wander with St. Kitts
Recorded on February, 24, 2021 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Join us to discover how our hidden gem, St. Kitts, can offer your clients one of the safest vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Awake their sense of wander with our soul-stirring island escape experiences. Topics include travel requirements during COVID-19, Vacation in Place experiences, airlift options, family, romance, and incentive travel and more.  Watch now!

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St. Lucia Launches Promo Campaign, Advisor Sweepstakes
Prizes will be awarded to the top-producing advisors based on registered room nights and revenue booked January 18 through March 20, 2021 | Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has launched “It’s Time for Saint Lucia,” a winter travel promotion and U.S. marketing campaign with hotels, resorts and villas offering rates up to 65 percent off, plus additional perks when booked by March 20, 2021. Deals include more than three dozen accommodation providers, from luxury resorts to family-friendly hotels and private villas.

Participating Properties

More than three dozen COVID-certified hotels, resorts and villas are offering up to 65 percent savings, with value-added amenities such as credits, spa treatments, dining perks, kids eat free, yoga, activities and worry-free cancellation policies.  

Participating hotels include: Akasha Luxury Villa; Anse Chastanet; Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa; Bay Gardens Hotel; Bay Gardens Inn; Bay Gardens Marina Haven; BodyHoliday; Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel; Calabash Cove; Fond Doux Plantation & Resort; Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa; Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton; Ladera Resort; The Landings Resort and Spa; Jade Mountain; The Landings Resort and Spa; Marigot Bay Resort & Marina; Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort; Marina Haven – Paradise Cove Villas; Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat; Rendezvous; Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa; Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Sandals Regency La Toc; Serenity at Coconut Bay; South Sea House; Stonefield Villa Resort; Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort; Tet Rouge; Treehouse Hideaway Villas; Villa Beach Cottages; Villa C’est La Vie; Villa Ivrea; Villa Paradise; Villa Pierre; Villa Zatarra; Water’s Edge Villas and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort.

What to See, Eat and Do

Visitors can maximize their trip by exploring COVID-certified signature attractions, restaurants and activities. This includes options to sail along 100 miles of coastline, savor local cuisine, soak in the mud baths at the Sulphur Springs, zipline through the rainforest, scuba dive and more. 

Attractive airfares for nonstop and connecting flights from major U.S. gateways are available on American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United Airlines.

Travel Advisors Can Win Big

Adding to the excitement, SLTA has created a sweepstakes for travel advisors with cash prizes, free trips and flight credits valued at more than $50,000. Prizes will be awarded to the five top-producing advisors based on registered room nights and revenue booked January 18 through March 20, 2021, for travel through March 31, 2021.

Five winners will receive a complimentary five-night, all-inclusive resort stay for two people, $2,021 cash and $221 in airline credit. Hotel prizes include Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Ladera Resort, Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Winners will be announced April 10, 2021.

Travel advisors can register for the sweepstakes beginning on Monday, January 18. Additional details, including rules and guidelines, can be found on the registration page. 

For more information, visit www.SaintLuciaTime.com.

Photo: Cliff at Cap Estate, St. Lucia // Credit: Ronald Raoul

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Princess Cruises Announces “Best.Sale.Ever.” Through March 2
Available through March 2, 2021. | Princess Cruises

Cruisers eager to book their next vacation need to look no further than Princess Cruises “Best.Sale.Ever.” to lock in their 2021/2022 vacation plans. Running through March 2, 2021, the “Best.Sale.Ever.” offers five Princess perks, including drinks, Wi-Fi, gratuities, stateroom location upgrades and specialty dining with the booking of a cruise or cruisetour.

Princess’ largest promotion to date offers guests “tremendous” value and savings allowing guests to enjoy gorgeous destinations and connect with their travel mates. Best.Sale.Ever. includes all destinations to must-see places like the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Europe and more.

Princess perks of the “Best.Sale.Ever.” promo include:

  • Drinks: The Premier Beverage Package is applied to guests who are 21 years or older and is a value of $59.99 per guest, per day and includes tips. Guests can enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, fountain soda, specialty coffees and more. Guests who are under 21 will receive the Premier Coffee & Soda Package, a value of $19.99 per day, plus tips, and includes a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • Unlimited Wi-FiMedallionNet Wi-Fi offers “land-like” connectivity for guests to make video calls from anywhere on the ship, share their vacation experiences on social media, and stream sports, movies, music and videos. Unlimited MedallionNet Wi-Fi will automatically apply when guests sign on to activate their device and applies to all guests in stateroom (up to four devices).
  • Daily Gratuities: Princess will cover gratuities on guests’ behalf, ensuring the crew are taken care of, too. Pre-paid gratuities include $14.50 per person, per day for guests in interior, oceanview and balcony staterooms; $15.50 per person, per day for guests in mini-suite and Club Class staterooms; and $16.50 per person per day for suite guests. 
  • Stateroom Location Upgrade: Guests can rest easy knowing they can choose their preferred location within their stateroom category. Offered on a first-come, first-serve basis upgrades are subject to capacity and availability and apply in like-to-like stateroom types (interior to interior, oceanview to oceanview, balcony to balcony and mini-suite to mini-suite). This is not offered in the suite category and cruises 66 days or longer are not eligible. 
  • Specialty Dining: Valid for all guests in the stateroom, vouchers will be delivered upon embarkation and are not redeemable for cash. Guests must dine at the same time in the same reserved seating. 

Note: Princess Cruises is currently enhancing health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in response to COVID-19 and assessing how they may affect future itineraries.

More details can be found at www.princess.com.

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Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort Offering 18% Commission
The 18 percent commission is available through April 30, 2021. | Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort

The all-inclusive Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort is celebrating its soft opening by offering a special 18 percent commission through April 30, 2021 to U.S. travel advisors who are members of the resort’s “Serenade Agents” program. 

The 18 percent commission offer, an increase from the resort’s standard 10 percent commission, is available to Serenade Agents member advisors who book their clients’ stays by April 30, 2020 through the resort’s website, www.serenadepuntacana.com. Travel advisors must include their valid identification number at the time of booking; those who want to become Serenade Agents and start earning the increased commission can register through the website by selecting “Travel Agents” on the page and completing the form. 

Additionally, travel professionals can experience the resort first-hand with the exclusive “U.S. Travel Agents” promotion, which provides travel advisor rates from $69 per person per night, based on stays in a Luscious Tropical Garden View suite. Travel advisors can book up to two double occupancy suites for up to four nights through the offer. The promotion is valid on reservations made by January 31, 2021 for travel now through April 30, 2021.

Travel agent reservations are made via the website, by sending an email to [email protected] or [email protected] or calling 1-888-399-1224. Reference code USATAPROMO21 and present a valid travel advisor ID at the time of reservation. The offer is subject to certain restrictions.

Serenade Agents

Travel advisors receive the following benefits when registering through Serenade Agents:

  • Best available rate guaranteed
  • Personalized attention to manage the negotiated rates
  • Make reservations for clients safely, reliably and quickly
  • Commissionable rates (10 percent standard) with access to bonus commissions, such as the current 18 percent commission and special discounts throughout the year
  • Updated information about Serenade Punta Cana and any future resorts in the Serenade Caribbean Hotels portfolio

The 603-suite all-inclusive Serenade Punta Cana Beach, Spa & Casino Resort is located on Playa Cabeza de Toro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The resort has a casino, spa, discotheque, theater, kids and teen’s clubs, swimming pools and white sand beach. 

Webinar
[WATCH NOW] Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4
Recorded on December 15, 2020 | Travel Agent Central

As we close out 2020, what do the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Maldives and Seabourn want you to know about traveling with them in 2021? Click here to watch Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4 on-Demand. Note: You must be registered for the event to view. Click here to register.

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[WATCH NOW] The Hawaiian Islands Virtual Event: Malama Hawaii
Recorded on November 19-20, 2020 | The Hawaiian Islands Virtual Event: Malama Hawaii

Don't miss this free virtual event that will include valuable destination updates, supplier presentations and a resource center to download materials.  Chat with destination and supplier representatives in real time, enjoy Hawaiian entertainment and qualify to win some amazing prizes!  You’ll learn about how you can help your clients experience Hawaii on a deeper level with a greater emphasis on connecting with the community and our culture, giving back to the destination—following safe health practices—and preserving it for the future.  Watch now on demand!

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Things to See & Do in the US Virgin Islands
Recorded on December 8, 2020 | US Virgin Islands

Learn about all of the new travel protocols for travelers, in place for the USVI and all of the wonderful adventures that await them, on their next vacation. Also learn more about becoming a USVI Specialist and how becoming a specialist can help grow your business to the USVI. Watch now.

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What hotel brand is the ideal recommendation for your client’s next trip?
ALG Vacations

People WILL TRAVEL again, so now is the time to start thinking about the right hotel fit for your valued clients. Answer the questions to create the perfect customized ALG Vacations™ package to Hard Rock Hotels, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts and El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma. Take the quiz now.

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[WATCH NOW] Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 3
Recorded on October 27, 2020 | Travel Agent Central

Get vital COVID-19 updates from top destinations and luxury vacation suppliers your clients can visit NOW! Phase 3 presentations included The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Trek Travel and Belize. Click here to watch on-demand. Note: You must be registered for the event to view. Click here to sign up.

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Hotel Xcaret México: All-Fun Inclusive
Recorded on November 16, 2020 | Hotel Xcaret México

Our one of a kind ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™ concept was created to make the world a happier place offering the best of Mexico. With our totally sustainable approach enhanced by Mexican hospitality, you will live the most incredible adventures, fall in love with Mexican culture and create memories that will last forever. Register today to learn all about our unique offers.

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AmaWaterways Introduces New Offer, Extends Booking Deadlines
Available to guests who book before December 31, 2020. | AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways announced a new solo traveler offer and the extension of special offers for travel in 2021 and 2022. Guests can book before December 31, 2020 and take advantage of savings, including Free Roundtrip Airfare for select 2021 European river cruises and a 5 percent Early Booking Reward for 2022 Europe, Mekong and Egypt itineraries. 

2021 Offers

AmaWaterways’ offers are now available (through the end of 2020) on a variety of itineraries and ships, including the line’s newest additions, AmaSiena and AmaLucia. Whether choosing complimentary flights with the Free Roundtrip Airfare or the $2,999 per person Upgrade to Business Class, both offers give guests the convenience of one-stop shopping by booking air, exclusive airport transfers and river cruise through one source. Guests also have the option of Free Companion Air on an additional selection of 2021 sailings.

Newly announced for solo travelers, AmaWaterways is pleased to offer for a limited time a reduced 25 percent single supplement on spacious balcony staterooms, available on select 2021 sailings through its Solo Travelers Special. (Not combinable with other retail offers and not applicable on certain stateroom categories. Other conditions apply.)

2022 Offers

The 2022 Early Booking Reward allows guest to save 5 percent on select Europe and Mekong river cruises, including those onboard the revolutionary AmaMagna. In September 2021, AmaWaterways will debut the AmaDahlia on the Nile River, and guests who book a 2022 Egypt river cruise can receive a 5 percent cruise savings on balcony staterooms and suites on select sailings.

Additional offers, including Enhanced Group Savings and Holiday Triple Savings, are available on select 2021 and 2022 sailings.

Finally, for those travelers choosing to book before December 31, 2020, AmaWaterways is giving additional flexibility with its limited time special Travel Waiver Plus program. Guests who purchase the Travel Waiver Plus can book with added peace of mind that they may cancel their river cruise vacation for any reason up to 24-hours in advance of their AmaWaterways’ booked services.

Visit www.amawaterways.com.

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Discover the Dominican Republic with Playa Hotels & Resorts
Recorded on December 2, 2020 | Playa Hotels & Resorts

Join Playa Hotels & Resorts as we uncover this tropical hotspot and the magnificent Playa properties within the destination including the brand-new and recently reopened Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Sanctuary Cap Cana and Hilton La Romana. Travel advisors won’t want to miss out on this educational webinar with topics ranging from exciting excursions to resort highlights and agent incentives. 

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ID Launches 50-Plus Offers, Bonus Commission for 2020-21
Valid for new bookings made now through April 15, 2021. | Island Destinations

Island Destinations has launched its new digital 2020-21 “Ultimate Exclusives” brochure inclusive of compelling exclusive deals advisors can offer their clients, valid for new bookings made now through April 15, 2021. Offers vary from guaranteed upgrades at time of booking, $250 resort credits, dining experiences and more. Destinations include Caribbean favorites like Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, St. Barth’s, along with Mexico, the Maldives and the newly added destination of Greece offering private excursions paired with top hotels in Athens, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini

Top offers in the digital brochure include a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking at five-star Mexican properties such as NIZUC Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, One&Only Palmilla and more. Clients will also enjoy savings such as $250 tour credit offered through ID’s newly launched Greece program, or a $300 resort credit at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic.

Along with an additional 1 percent in commission, new for this year, ID is offering its brochure in an editable format for advisors to brand the front and back covers with their agency logo and information, allowing a seamless way to promote these dream travel packages.

“We know this year hasn’t been easy, so we hope these offers and this editable piece will help inspire more clients to travel once again,” said Laurie Palumbo, COO of the ID Travel Group. “If there is one thing this pandemic has shown the world, it is that using a travel advisor is more critical than ever to help navigate this new landscape. This is an opportunity for advisors to get the recognition they deserve for their knowledge, incredible service and ability to manage expectations.”

To download a copy of the brochure click here; for an editable version that you can update with your agency’s details, click here. For reservations, contact ID Travel Group at 1-800-942-5499 or [email protected]

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Jamaica’s GoldenEye Resort Offering James Bond-Themed Package
Bookable now through December 19, 2020. | GoldenEye

The 25th James Bond movie, “No Time To Die,” is heading back to Jamaica and will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007. The island has played an important role in the films, from its star turn in “Dr. No” to its use as a filming location for “Live and Let Die.” In honor of the movie’s release on November 20, 2020, Ian Fleming's GoldenEye in Jamaica is offering a package to experience the birthplace of the greatest spy series.

Highlights of the “Ultimate James Bond Experience” includes a guided snorkeling tour through the reef, and visit to Firefly, Noel Coward’s former hilltop home where the author spent many afternoons. Additionally, the four-night package includes: 

  • Accommodations in a stand-alone Hut, Villa or Cottage—each with a private entrance  
  • A visit to Firefly, the former estate of playwright Noel Coward and rumored to be Captain Morgan’s lookout (transportation and cocktails included) 
  • A guided snorkeling excursion through Fleming’s reef  
  • A bottle of Bollinger champagne, featured in many of the Bond films and novels  
  • A copy of “GoldenEye: Where Bond was Born” by Matthew Parker and signed by Chris Blackwell  
  • A tour of the Fleming Villa (pending availability) 
  • Daily breakfast for two and a complimentary welcome flask of Blackwell Rum  

All guests of GoldenEye will be able to enjoy the James Bond outdoor film series offered every Thursday this fall leading up to the release of “No Time to Die.” In addition to complimentary popcorn, cocktails like the GoldenEye, using Chris Blackwell's new 007 limited edition Fine Jamaican Rum, as well as the Scotch Bonnet Margarita with chilies grown at Pantrepant (the property's farm), will be available for purchase. 

Fleming, a former British intelligence officer, discovered Jamaica during a World War II mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at the property each winter for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter (for a total of 14 books). Today, the property is owned by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who made the likes of Bob Marley and U2 household names. Fleming’s villa, where his original writing desk still stands, remains available for overnight stays.  

Package rates start at $2,630 for four nights; bookable now through December 19, 2020. Visit www.goldeneye.com.

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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.

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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.

Webinar
[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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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. 

e-Learning
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.

Webinar
[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.