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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay’s Black Friday Sale Offers Up to 65 Percent Off
Guests staying from November 23 to December 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from December 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from January 1 to December 22, 2018, will get 60 percent off.
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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay in Jamaica is kicking off the 2017 holiday season by offering its “Black Friday/Cyber Monday” savings of up to 65 percent off resort stays through December 2018. 

Savings apply to all room categories, including the resort’s exclusive adults-only Rose Hall Club, as follows:

Guests staying from November 23 to Dec. 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from Dec. 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from Jan. 1 to Dec. 22, 2018 will get 60 percent off.

“Our biggest sale ever also features our most extended travel window, and our most flexible terms, with discounts available on every single one of our 518 rooms and suites for a full year – even over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, group director of marketing and sales, in a written release. “This Black Friday we’re proving that big things really do come in big packages.”

In addition to the savings, Black Friday/Cyber Monday bookings also carry an added bonus incentive of 20 percent off all treatments at the resort’s onsite Sol Mer Spa and Salon.

The all-inclusive guest experience at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay includes unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as unlimited use of non-motorized watersports equipment, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), free Wi-Fi usage throughout the resort, taxes and gratuities.

The value is even greater for families as up to two kids 12 and under also stay, play and eat free when sharing accommodations with parents, an added value of $100 per-night.

Visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

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The Sun is Out and it's Shining in the Cayman Islands
Tuesday, November 28 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Cayman Islands

Join the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for an informative programme on the current state of the destination, how we continue to see record air arrival growth, and our 2018 outlook. 

Learn about incentives, upcoming promotions, and get answers to all of your questions about Cayman. Register now!

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11-Day China FAM From Pacific Delight Tours
The trip departs March 19, 2018 | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering travel agents an 11-night FAM trip to China departing March 19, 2018. Agents will stay in deluxe accommodations in a private balcony Superior Stateroom on a Yangtze River cruise onboard the five-star Victoria Jenna. Stops along the way include modern Shanghai, ancient Xi'an, and the country’s capital and cultural center, Beijing

The trip begins at $1,999 per agent. The fare includes airfare from LAX, intra-China flights and ground transportation, meals as per the itinerary, all sightseeing entrance fees, and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

A companion rate is available from $2,099, while a single supplement surcharge of $799 applies to single occupancy travel. Flights from JFK are an additional $100.

In addition to the room on the Victoria Jenna, travel agents will stay in deluxe accommodations at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Mercure Hotel Xi'an, and the Capital Hotel in Beijing.

For more than 40 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been taking Americans throughout Asia on high-end and affordable luxury tours. Locations include India, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. There are also gluten-free and Kosher tours available 

The company has won numerous awards including TravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008–2016, the 2009 Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, call 800-221-7179 or visit their website at pacificdelighttours.com.

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Caribbean Family Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

A sun-and-fun vacation in the Caribbean is certainly a great choice for a family getaway and the resort options are seemingly endless. That’s only half the equation, however. Every island in the region has a rich culture and history that begs to be explored and enjoyed. Read all about it in the Focus Series!

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How To Hurtigruten in Antarctica
Tuesday, November 14 | 1pm ET / 10am PT | Hurtigruten

Discover why small ship cruising in Antarctica with Hurtigruten, the world leader in exploration travel, is the most immersive experience for your clients. Join us for this webinar and you will learn: when, how, what, who, where, and why Antarctica.

Register now for a chance to win a cruise to Antarctica!

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U by Uniworld Announces Agent FAM Trips in 2018
Departure dates are available for April through August 2018. | U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld has announced the opening of eight sailings along the Seine, Danube, and Rhine rivers to the travel agent community for 2018. The agent FAM trips will be available at exclusive industry pricing on its ships The A and The B.

The decision came after the success of its “Sneak Peak” cruise on The B last month, the river cruise line said, which brought on an increased demand among travel industry partners to experience the Millennial-focused river cruise.

The eight new itineraries will be removed from the U by Uniworld website and will not be part of the regular U cruise 2018 lineup. Instead, they will be made available only to travel agents, with an allotment of rooms at a special travel agent rate of 60 percent off the published fare on select itineraries on The A and The B in April, May, August, and October 2018.

The itineraries:

  • The A - “Rolling on the Rhine:” April 28
  • The A – “Danube Flow:” May 19
  • The A – “Germany’s Finest:” August 18
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” April 21
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” April 28
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” August 25
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” October 20

U by Uniworld, a new brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, is the first ever river cruise catered to travelers aged 21 to 45, offering voyages along popular rivers across Europe. The brand will begin sailings in spring 2018 with nine itineraries on the Seine, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers on its two newly renovated ships.

For more information on these itineraries, visit www.ubyuniworld.com/us/river-cruises.

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Star Clippers Offers 15 Percent Off All Sailings for Active Military and Veterans
To receive the discount, guests must book their sailing by November 30. | Star Clippers

In honor of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, and to show support and appreciation for military members, Star Clippers is offering all veterans, active military personnel, and their families 15 percent savings on any upcoming Star Clippers sailing when booked by November 30.

“The service provided by our dedicated military personnel and veterans is vital to our country’s freedom and this offer is our small way of saying ‘thank you,’” said Terri Haas, Vice President of Sales at Star Clippers.

After the 15 percent special promotion deadline has passed, Star Clippers will offer 10 percent savings for all active military personnel and veterans year-round which can be combined with other deals and incentives. To receive the military discount, veterans must submit a copy of their military ID or DD214 form.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has brought travelers to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore aboard its modern tall-ship sailings. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper, Star Flyer, and Royal Clipper.

Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record as the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today.

All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck, and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut at the end of 2018.

For more information, applicable restrictions and to make a booking, visit www.starclippers.com.

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Apple Vacations Offers Rate Reductions, Free Nights at Hawaii Hotels
Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.
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Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations has announced the launch of its new“Hawaii SuperSale,” with exclusive rate reductions, free nights and daily breakfast at participating Hawaii hotels and resorts. Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.

Travel agents booking air-inclusive and land-only packages to Hawaii will earn double "Bonus Royalties" points, which can be used toward stays at select hotels. Agencies can enjoy double points towards their preferred partner status level on every Hawaii passenger booked. 

With a variety of Hawaiian properties participating in the promotion and departures from all U.S. gateways, there are packages suitable for all travelers, occasions and budgets. Sample air-inclusive rates are as follows:

Spend five nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort with an Apple-exclusive rate in a resort-view room starting at $1,049 per person, based on double occupancy. Room upgrades are available on select room categories. 

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is offering five-night packages from $1,449 per person, based on double occupancy in a Tower City-view room. When accompanied by two paying adults, kids 17 and under stay for free and kids five years of age and under eat for free. 

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is offering five-night packages starting at $1,189 per person, based on double occupancy in a Garden/Mountain-view room with daily breakfast for two. 

All sample rates are per person, based on double occupancy, for February 8, 2018 departures from Los Angeles (LAX). Other dates, durations and gateways are available. Rates vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category. 
  
Guests staying four nights or longer on any Hawaiian island will receive an Apple Vacations "Sun and Fun" gift box, featuring a beach bag, selfie stick, waterproof phone case and a handy power bank for electronics. For additional savings, two adults can save up to $200 on scheduled air packages with United Airlines using the promo code UNITEDHAWAII17 for travel December 20, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Visit www.applevacations.com

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Star Clippers Authentic Sailing Adventures
Available On Demand | Star Clippers

A Star Clippers sailing is not a typical cruise. This is a product that is wonderfully different and can set you apart from your competitors. Join Terri Haas, Vice President of Sales for Star Clippers for a preview of the most exciting cruising adventure on the sea.Register Now!

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Variety Cruises Announces Special Winter Offers to Costa Rica and Panama
The offer is available for a limited number of cabins on departures for December 30, January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3 and 17. | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has announced two special promotions for its Costa Rica and Panama programs on seven winter 2017/18 departures. The cruise line is promoting the opportunity to explore Costa Rica and Panama with a private yacht experience at specially reduced rates.

The first offer includes a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy, no single supplement for single travelers, plus 50 percent off for Variety Members and double the referral rewards.

The second offer includes special rates for group travel. With a minimum of six paying cabins, the group will get one free cabin, a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy cabins, no supplement for single travelers, and wine and fruit in each stateroom on embarkation.

The two promotions are available for a limited number of cabins on departures for Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3, 17. Departures on Dec. 30 and Feb. 17 start and end in Colon, not in Panama City, and will include the special experience of the Panama Canal transit.

The two offers are available for sailings on the M/S Panorama, a three-masted ship that accommodates up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins, where guests can enjoy an intimate small-ship setting that strikes a balance between conventional cruising and private yachting. The M/S Panorama also possesses a two-to-one- passenger to crew ratio.

Variety Cruises’ voyages to the coastline of Costa Rica and Panama included visits to the historical San Lorenzo Spanish Forts, snorkeling excursions in the small island of Restingue, and exploration of Darien National Park, where guests will be welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama.

Visit www.varietycruises.com

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The Caribbean Travel Update
Friday, November 3 | 1pm ET / 10am PT | Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

Hear from leading Caribbean tourism industry officials to learn the latest about whose open for business, who’s on the road to recovery, special promotional offers, and how prospective visitors can enjoy a Caribbean getaway. Register Now!

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Destination weddings continue to grow in popularity, with new trends emerging on a regular basis. We asked a number of destination wedding pros to share their latest observations, hot tips and sales advice about this dynamic niche. Read the focus series to learn more

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Las Vegas Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Las Vegas Welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s recordsetting 42.3 million, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). That total marks a third consecutive year of growth for the city, which got off to an even better start in 2017. January visitor volume was up 1.1 percent over January 2016, and the LVCVA is projecting another record year.

The destination also continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates with an exceptionally large base of nearly 150,000 available rooms. That number keeps growing as well with new hotels and expansions to established properties. Here are some of the latest developments on that front.