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Norwegian Offers Limited-Time Savings of Up to $4,000
December 31, 2018 - January 8, 2018 | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it will allow guests to choose all six “Free at Sea” options at no extra cost until January 8. The promotion, valued at $4,000, applies to guests booking a balcony stateroom or higher and can include a beverage package, a specialty dining package, an internet package, shore excursion credits, free fare for third and fourth guests and free or reduced airfare.

The cruise line’s offer, announced December 31, 2018, will last through January 8 and only applies toward cruises three or more days in length. The deal is part of Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, which allows guests to choose a certain number of benefits from six possible choices. This deal allows for guests staying in a balcony stateroom or higher to choose all six of these options.

Guests sailing aboard all qualified sailings, aside from Pride of America and 3 to 5-night Sun & Sky sailings will receive the Ultimate Beverage Package, which is usually $99 per person per day. The deal covers most drink purchases, but limits guests to two beverages per person per transactions. The specialty dining package entitles guests to a certain number of free meals, depending on the length of the cruise. The deal’s internet package allows guests up to 250-minutes of free Wi-Fi per stateroom. Each stateroom also receives $50 per port in sore excursion credit.

Depending on the sailing, guests can bring a third and a fourth guest along for free. No deposit is required for these extra guests. Certain sailings will also include free or reduced airfare from select cities. Air reservations must be made more than 16 days before sailing to qualify.

For more information, visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s website.

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Regent Introduces Special Youth Rates, Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs
Regent

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is gearing up for the 2019 season. That is because Regent is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Alaska is the premier cruise destination market in the United States, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey, a statistic consistent with Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) predictions. In total, Alaska saw seven percent passenger growth this year. Responding to this traveler demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from May 16 through September 30, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, the Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the Hubbard Glacier.

Seven Seas Cruises is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. During the voyage many immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska that are included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:

  • Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty on a rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
  • Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
  • Ocean Raft Adventures, an ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 mph. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
  • Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
  • Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce beverages. 

Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up scenery from custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning five-star dining. Now, Regent announced a new Ultimate Alaska package available on 15 voyages next year allowing guests to save up to $6,000 off the combined package fare when they book an Alaskan voyage along with the Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program by December 15, 2018.

Alaskan Voyages For Families

To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises is announcing that 17-an-unders can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $499 on select seven night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travelers experience Regent’s Club Mariner Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages five to 17 can participate in a range of specialized enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by youth counselors.

Reservations

All-inclusive Alaskan fares start at $5,299 per person, which include roundtrip airfare, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, Wi-Fi, fine wines and spirits, and a host of other amenities.

For more information, visit https://www.rssc.com/

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This story was originally posted on luxurytraveladvisor.com 

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W Hotels Unveils "Now Boarding" Initiative
W Hotels

W Hotels is offering surfers the chance to avoid board bag travel fees with the launch of “Now Boarding.”

Travelers who book a room at select surfside W destinations will have the cost of flying their board with them reimbursed via an amenity credit. Tapping into the travel itineraries of the more than 23 million surfers worldwide, the program will kick off at the newly opened W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, where guests can book the package. W Hotels will launch the program with four more oceanfront destinations throughout 2019, including W Bali – Seminyak, W Barcelona, W Punta de Mita and W Goa.

The “Now Boarding” initiative was born from in-depth research on the surf industry in line with agency collaborator, Pen & Public. The commissioned research project confirmed key facts that have encouraged the brand to engage with surfers across the globe at W destinations.

The amenity credit for the inaugural wave of “Now Boarding” will be $300 at W Costa Rica. The other retreats will offer a $150 amenity credit when they roll out later this year. 

For more information, visit https://w-hotels.marriott.com/

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor.

Photo: W Barcelona

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The Venetian Specialist
Travel Agent University

If you’re like us, you’re excited by the record-breaking growth that Las Vegas has achieved the last couple of years. Whether your clients are embarking on an epic girls getaway or spring break with the family and everything in between, you want to make sure their stay is as exciting as the Strip and we’re here to help make that happen. Take the Venetian Specialist Course today!

 
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Holland America Line Unveils Ocean of Extras Promotion
Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s new Oceans of Extras promotion gives guests up to $600 in onboard spending money per stateroom and awards bonus perks for suite bookings on select fall 2019 through spring 2020 cruises.

The offer, which runs through June 30, 2019, provides cruisers who book an eligible itinerary with onboard spending money ranging from $50 to $300 per person, depending on the length of cruise and stateroom category. In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card valued at $100 per stateroom, as well as a Signature Dining Package that includes one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

Oceans of Extras is available on a range of itineraries from Sept. 30, 2019, through May 1, 2020. With this promotion, guests can book a cruise to many of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal, South America and the South Pacific.

The onboard spending money allows guests to experience a treatment at the spa, book a shore excursion, go shopping for souvenirs, dine in a specialty restaurant, pick up a photo, order beverages and more.

Specialty Dining Included for Suite Bookings

In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card and one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

The award-winning Pinnacle Grill showcases Pacific Northwest cuts of beef and other traditional steakhouse favorites, along with exclusive dishes and desserts by Culinary Council Members David Burke and Jacques Torres. Menu items include a 16-ounce dry aged Delmonico steak, corn-fed chicken breast, baked Alaskan halibut, seared jumbo scallops and Burke’s beef tenderloin with lobster dumplings. The menu also offers vegetarian options.

Adjacent to the Lido Market dining area, the festive Canaletto features an Italian “sharing” dinner experience every evening that offers a variety of dishes to have with family and friends. The menu was conceived out of a desire to create a leisurely and more authentic Italian experience. All pasta served in Canaletto is made fresh on board, and appetizers include grilled calamari with salsa verde and lemon herb panagrattato and Melanzane ripiene.

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Abu Dhabi: Maximizing Experiences and Your Returns
Recorded May 15, 2019 | Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism

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Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale by Pleasant Holidays Gets Extended
Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has extended its Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale with new offers and exclusive deals for new bookings made through June 30, 2019. The extended sale features savings on vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and more, including:

  • $250 off Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Alaska cruise vacations
  • $100 off air-inclusive vacation packages to Hawaii and Mexico
  • Exclusive reduced room rates, kids-stay-free offers, complimentary room upgrades and more at select resorts
  • Lower hotel prices in Hawaii at five oceanfront resorts on four islands with additional exclusive added values

The Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale deals are valid on new package bookings made by June 30, 2019 for travel through Aug. 31, 2019. Qualified bookings must include roundtrip airfare from AMA, AUS, BTR, DAL, DFW, ELP, HOU, IAH, LBB, LIT, MAF, MSY, OKC, SAT or TUL and include a minimum of three nights’ accommodation at hotels and resorts in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico or Europe portfolios, or staterooms on an NCL Alaska itinerary plus one additional vacation component (e.g., cruise travel protection coverage, pre- or post-cruise hotel stay, Hawaii luau, etc.). Travelers will savings and added values on vacations with many of the most popular hotel brands, including AMResorts, The Excellence Collection, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hawaii, Playa Hotels & Resorts, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and others.

In addition, travelers save $250 on NCL Hawaii cruise vacations when roundtrip airfare and one additional package component are included, for new bookings made May 13 – 31, 2019.

For more information, visit PleasantAgent.com

Photo by RossHelen/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Abercrombie & Kent Offers Savings on Antarctica Cruises
Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has announced a new lineup of Antarctica voyage deals. Travelers can save up to $11,000 per stateroom. Additionally, solos get half off the single supplement on December 7 and December 17, 2019, sailings. 

Classic Antarctica 2019; 13 Days from $12,995 was $15,995; Limited to 199 Guests

Save $3,000 per person, plus 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. In addition, receive a $1,500 per person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for Antarctica—home to towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife.

Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands 2019-20; 18 Days from $18,995 was $22,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

December 17, 2019 Departure: Save $4,000 per person and 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

January 1, 2020 Departure: Save $4,000 per person on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K. Extend the journey and save $500 per person on the two-night Buenos Aires Pre-Tour New Year’s Eve Celebration (December 30, 2019-January 1, 2020).

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an 18-day adventure in the Southern Ocean.

On the January 1 departure, opt to ring in the New Year prior to departure with a special two-night package.

2020 Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition; 15 Days from $18,495 was $21,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

Book early and save $3,500 per person on stateroom categories one, two and three.

Cruise on a 15-day voyage commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, featuring an itinerary exploring historic areas and wildlife-rich islands, as well as the chance to travel within the Antarctic Circle.

For more information, visit https://www.abercrombiekent.com

Photo by Photodynamic/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Unveils United Vacations as May Preferred Partner
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has selected United Vacations as  Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of May. The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. and Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program experience a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web, social media, and press exposure. The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

During the month of May, United Vacations’ clients will save up to 62 percent and receive up to a $500 resort credit, exclusive kids’ concierge and more. Resort credits can be used toward s services such as massage services, culinary experiences, wine credits, and more. This offer is available for clients when booking by May 31, 2019. It is also combinable with Cash for Your Bash, Your Stay Your Way, and Pick Your Perks. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent in commission. This offer is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during their designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal, dedicated social media and press outreach. To generate sales for the Preferred Partner and drive exposure internally, Karisma Hotels & Resorts creates exclusive promotions and added values for the designated partner.

Photo Courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

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Avalon Waterways Announces "You Snooze, You Don't Cruise" Promotion
Now through August 27, 2019 | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is kickstarting the cruise-selling season for travel advisors with its biggest savings of the year on 2020 itineraries. The company’s “You Snooze, You Don’t Cruise” sales event offers advisors the opportunity to reach out to their clients with free air, plus savings of up to $500 per couple on select 2020 Europe sailings or savings up to $2,000 per couple on the company’s 2020 Mekong and Ganges departures.

As part of this sales event, Avalon Waterways is also offering advisors extra booking incentives. When they share this sale with clients, travel advisors will be rewarded with robust commissions, as well as chances to win a complimentary Avalon cruise for two. Avalon Waterways will pick a cruise giveaway winner each month through August. Chances to win are based on three criteria: "Sell, Share and Send."  

Sell: Travel Advisors who secure bookings between now and August 27, 2019 will receive two entries to win per booking.  

Share: Those who share complimentary images, videos and messages from the Travel Agent Portal (via social media) will also get an entry.  

Send: Advisors who use Avalon’s free email template – or create their own email – and send it to clients will receive yet another chance to win the monthly giveaway. 

The more advisors "Sell, Share and Send," the more chances they have to win. Travel advisors who win can choose from Avalon’s list of Europe or Mekong 2019 and 2020 itineraries. 

For details, travel advisors can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com/avalonviews.

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JetBlue Vacations Offers $400 in Savings on Travel to Barbados
For travel through October 1 when booked from May 7 through May 14. | JetBlue Vacations

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue Vacations are offering exclusive savings and benefits on vacation packages just in time for the summer season. From May 7 through May 14, travelers from around the U.S. will receive $400 off through JetBlue Vacations when booking select flight and hotel packages to Barbados.

The Barbados vacation packages will include flights and accommodations starting at $2,500 for two people. The packages can be booked with any of JetBlue’s hotel and resort partners on the island; this includes more than 100 accommodation options, ranging from all-inclusive properties and luxury resorts to villas and budget accommodations.

Additionally, guests can enjoy exclusive offerings when staying at one of the following top hotel properties: Sea Breeze, Ocean Two, Hilton Barbados and Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences. Special perks include welcome gifts, food and spa credits, free airport transfers, late checkout, on-property discounts, room upgrades and more. These hotel-specific offerings are valid on bookings made through June 30.

In the summer and fall, travelers to Barbados can celebrate the island’s culture, cuisine and art at Crop Over, Food & Rum Festival and Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf. 

Packages must be booked using the promo code BGI400 by May 14 for travel between May 7 and October 1, 2019.

JetBlue offers direct service to Barbados from New York - JFK, New Jersey, Boston and Ft. Lauderdale.  All JetBlue flights include the airline’s award-winning service, complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks, free first-run Hollywood movies and the most legroom in coach.

Photo: Hilton Barbados

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2019 River Cruise Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

River cruise popularity is soaring and is currently one of the hottest trends in the cruise industry. Here are some of the latest ship, itinerary and personnel developments on the river cruise fronts for 2019 and beyond.

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2019 London Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Year after year in survey after survey, London lands at or near the top of favorite European cities to visit. There is no shortage of well-known, popular attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and iconic museums and theaters to Piccadilly Circus, the Coca-Cola London Eye and shopping at Harrods and Carnaby Street. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series

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2019 Saint Lucia Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s looking like a banner year for Saint Lucia. This year, it will be celebrating its 40th year of independence, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2018 saw a 2.2 percent increase in global visitor arrivals. Here’s a snapshot of what travelers can expect this year. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series!

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Barceló Pro Rewards
Travel Agent University

Barceló Hotel Group admires and appreciates the tireless work that travel advisors do, day in and day out. That’s why we’ve  created a new loyalty program to make your jobs easier and increase your bottom line. Say hello to Barceló Pro Rewards. It’s simple. It’s informative. And it’s packed with perks.

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Journese Offers New Travel Advisor Incentive
Journese

Journese announced its new travel advisor incentive, whereby travel advisors will earn 500 Bonus TRIP points for every confirmed Journese booking at hand-selected partner resorts across the globe made by June 30, 2019 for travel through June 30, 2020; plus, the top two revenue-producing advisors will earn a three-night stay at The Trump International Hotel Waikiki or a four-night stay at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. In addition, travel advisors who add any optional activity from the Journese portfolio in combination with select family-friendly resorts will receive an additional 100 Bonus TRIP Points on registered bookings.

Together with premier four- and five-star properties, travelers can sample resorts worldwide for a family experience, many offering special amenities for families including children stay and eat complimentary, as well as value-adds, including special rates, resort credits, daily breakfast and more. Travelers can also choose from all-inclusive and meal-inclusive options, private resort residences and villas, in conjunction with family features including incredible pools, water sports, and kids clubs.

Furthermore, many of the select hotel partners offer real-time rates and availability, and bookings can be combined with all classes of air service, excursions including private options, car rentals and private transfers, plus the new Journese Cancel for Any Reason Protection Plan.

For family-friendly vacation ideas curated by Journese, go to Journese.com/itineraries to view sample itineraries.

To make a booking or explore further details on Journese’ exclusively four- and five-star portfolio and promotions, travel advisors can visit Journese.com or call 800-442-9244. 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.

Grand Class suite Grand Velas Riviera Maya // Photo by Passage of Distinction

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Apple Vacations Offers Savings on AMResorts Properties from Select Gateways
Apple Vacations

Agents booking at least three nights to any AMResorts property from select departure gateways can take advantage of savings of $150 on Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flight Packages from Apple Vacations.

The promotion applies to the following select departure gateways:

  • Indianapolis (IND): Use code INDAMR150 on bookings received by May 2, 2019 for travel May 1 – June 30, 2019
  • Kansas City (MCI): Use code MCIAMR150AV for travel May 1 – Aug. 4, 2019*
  • Philadelphia (PHL): Use code PHLAMR150AV for travel May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019*
  • Chicago (ORD): Use code ORDAMR150AV for travel Aug. 12– Oct. 31, 2019
  • St. Louis (STL): Use code STLAMR150AV for travel Aug. 12 – Oct. 31, 2019*

*Departures from these gateways must be booked by May 9, 2019.

For more information or to book, visit www.AppleVacations.com.

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Get to Know Excite Holidays
Recorded on April 24, 2019 | Excite Holidays

Excite Holidays is a leading global travel wholesaler with over 400,000 hotels, 100,000 activities, all with competitive rates, and more. Find out why we are the perfect partner for any travel agent. Register for this webinar.

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The 5 C's of Selling Ultra-Luxury Cruises
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Do you want to earn higher commissions on your cruise bookings? Sell more ultra-luxury cruises with our all-new email course.

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2019 Las Vegas Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

In 2018, Las Vegas, for the fourth consecutive year, welcomed more than 42 million visitors, according to the city’s convention and visitors authority (LVCVA). See what's new in Las Vegas for 2019 in the Focus Series

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts to Allow Kids to Stay Free With Wedding Groups
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Generations Riviera Maya and Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun are inviting children to stay for free with wedding groups of 10 rooms or more. Wedding couples can enjoy the company of even the smallest of guests as children ages 3-12 are free, up to 25 kids in total. The offer is available now through May 31, for travel beginning May 1, 2019, and ending December 20, 2020, for a maximum of two children per room.

At both Gourmet Inclusive resorts, the Signature Wedding Designer and Personal Wedding Attendant will cater to couples as they prep for their wedding day.

For more information, visit https://www.karismahotels.com/

Image Courtesy of Karisma Hotels 

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Meet Your Four New Besties
Recorded on April 17, 2019 | Apple Leisure Group

If you haven’t met us yet, or simply want to learn more, join us for an introduction to four of Apple Leisure Group’s vacation brands – Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations®, Blue Sky Tours, and United Vacations®. One lucky attendee and guest will win a 3 night stay at the all-inclusive Riu Costa Mujeres. Register now.

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Sandals Resorts to Honor Over 30 Individuals With #SandalsMaycation Giveaway
Sandals Resorts

In honor of #MothersDay, #TeacherAppreciationWeek, #NationalNursesDay and #MilitaryMonth, Sandals Resorts is sharing its appreciation to 31 hardworking individuals with a chance to win a vacation through its #SandalsMaycation giveaway.

Every day for the month of May, Sandals Resorts will randomly select one male or female teacher, nurse, military member or mother, and award them with a complimentary 6-night Luxury Included vacation for two adults at any Sandals or Beaches Resort of their choice – for a total of 31 giveaways. Winners will be selected randomly and announced every Friday during the month of May, including May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, 2019.

Nominate someone who is a nurse, teacher, active or retired military and/or mother. Or submitters can nominate themselves. Visit www.sandals.com/maycation, upload a photo of the nominee, and a 250-character explanation of why they deserve a #SandalsMaycation.

With 19 resorts to choose from, Sandals and Beaches Resorts span across the Caribbean islands – including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and Turks & Caicos. Through Sandals’ 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program, guests eat in as many as 16 restaurants per resort with cuisine inspired from around the world. There are also bars, such as Latitudes Overwater Bar – Sandals’ first overwater bar concept featuring 360° ocean views and an array of cocktails. Additionally, guests have access to land and water sports, such as snorkeling and paddle boarding, and day and night entertainment.

For more information on the #SandalsMaycation giveaway, visit www.sandals.com/maycation.

Photo: Sandals Royal Barbados by Matt Turner 

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Crystal - Where Luxury is Personal
Recorded on April 16, 2019 | Crystal Cruises

Join Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, on a journey into the heart of the Crystal Experience. Learn Crystal’s best kept secrets to help give you a competitive edge in the market and how to earn clients for life! Register now.

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2019 Florida Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Here are some of the latest developments that should be of interest to your Florida-bound clients.

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2019 Mexico Family Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

From new favorites to old standbys, there are plenty of options for families looking to book a vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Read the Focus Series to find out more!

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Majestic Resorts Offers Up to 40 Percent Savings on Certain Incentives
Majestic Resorts

Agents booking Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana with Travel Impressions from April 1 – 30, 2019, will save clients up to 40 percent along with exclusive room upgrades, spa credits or complimentary green fees. To qualify, travel must take place from April 1 – October 31, 2019.

Additional group incentives are available for agents, including a 16th guest free offer, while wedding groups can receive a Free Wedding Package.

 Promotional FIT pricing for five-night all-inclusive packages starts at:

  • $630 per person for a Colonial Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi plus a guaranteed room upgrade at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
  • $697 per person for a Junior Suite plus a guaranteed room upgrade at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
  • $816 per person for any room category plus $50 Spa Credit at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

Sample rates are quoted per person, double occupancy, based on travel August 17 – October 31, 2019, and include roundtrip hotel transfers; three-night hotel accommodations with all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities including non-motorized watersports and nightly entertainment; hotel tax and service charges. Rates may vary based on departure date and selected room category.

Agents will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per qualifying FIT booking during the promotional period.

Majestic Elegance Playa Mujeres, set to debut in 2020, is Majestic Resorts’ new resort. When booking, agents can use the code POME which gives clients one bottle of Moet Chandon, one bottle of Don Julio tequila, complementary massages, fruit basket upon arrival, commemorative opening polo shirt and a lobster dinner.

For added convenience and cost savings, Travel Impressions offers non-stop Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Punta Cana and Cancun from a variety of popular gateways in addition to scheduled service from all U.S. departure points.

Click on the ‘Supplier of the Month” tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more information or to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion.

Image: Punta Cana 

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Savings on Saint Peter’s Bay & Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences
Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences and Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences and its sister property, Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences, are offering 35 percent off all villas for travelers planning their Caribbean getaway. Available to book now until March 31, travelers staying at the two properties can immerse themselves in all that Barbados has to offer with activities and experiences that encapsulate the island’s appeal.

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort Residences offers villa-style accommodations with concierge service and the use of facilities at its sister resort, Port Ferdinand. Accommodations includes five-bedroom villas and on-site, family-focused amenities.

Port Ferdinand is home to waterfront restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, yacht slips and services, and a staff known for its warm Bajan hospitality. 

The Summer Savings 2019 special offer includes:

  • VIP Airport Meet & Greet on Arrival
  • Swim & Snorkel with the Turtles
  • Tour Concierge Service
  • Non-motorized water-sports
  • Unlimited Water Taxi Service between Port Ferdinand & Saint Peter’s Bay

For more information, visit https://www.portferdinand.com/

Photo by achiartistul/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images    

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Mandalay Bay and Luxor Offer Kids Eat Free Deal
MGM Resorts

To help guests save on their summer family vacations to Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay and Luxor are offering a Kids Eat Free deal. Guests who book between April 2, 2019 – April 16, 2019 and visit anytime during June 2019 will receive a free buffet daily for up to two kids.

At Mandalay Bay, kid-friendly amenities include a Shark Reef Aquarium, a real wave pool and lazy river at Mandalay Bay Beach. Also featured is a daily complimentary breakfast or lunch at the Bayside Buffet (up to a $45 per day value). At Luxor, kids could have a daily complimentary breakfast or lunch at The Buffet (up to a $36 per day value).

Buffet Credit Redemption Instructions:

  1. For guests to redeem the Kids Eat Free package, a valid credit card must be presented upon check-in and guests will be required to charge their two complimentary kids’ breakfast, lunch, or brunch per night, tax-inclusive, to their room.
  2. Guest must provide a credit card to cover incidental charges to activate room charge privileges.
  3. Credit will be applied to the guest’s folio. Any additional charges will be the responsibility of the guest to be paid at check out.
  4. Individual booking links have been created for each offer, and routing has been built as a package.
  5. Mandalay Bay: Kids Eat Free package is available for kids age 5-12. Redeemable only at Mandalay Bay Bayside Buffet.
  6. Luxor: Kids Eat Free package is available for kids age 4-11. Redeemable only at The Buffet at Luxor.

To book a Las Vegas family vacation this June, search for available dates and properties here, https://www.suiteness.com/suites/united-states/nevada/las-vegas/hotels

Photo of Mandalay Bay/Courtesy of MGM Resorts 

Webinar
Learn & Earn Your Way to Las Vegas
Recorded on March 26, 2019 | Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Las Vegas continues to capture the world’s imagination as the one destination where nearly anything is possible.  As the destination is continually evolving, this webinar will share with you the latest hotels, shows and attractions. Register Now!

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Seabourn Offers Special Pricing On a Selection Of 2019 & 2020 Sailings
Seabourn

For two weeks only, Seabourn is offering a package of savings and amenities on select 2019 and 2020 voyages across the world aboard its fleet.

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale kicks off Monday, March 25 and runs through April 8, and offers benefits on select sailings for travelers to experience the world on a Seabourn voyage. Travelers who book during the Two-Week Sale may:

  • Receive complimentary veranda suite category upgrades
  • Reserve a penthouse or premium suite and receive a $1,000 per suite shipboard credit
  • Book a Combination Cruise and receive up to 15 percent savings
  • Receive a special deposit offer of $500 per suite
  • Solo travelers will find single supplements starting at only 25 percent above the standard double occupancy fares on select voyages

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale applies to select cruises in destinations around the world. A complete listing of the voyages, savings and amenities can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.

Additional offerings and programs include partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals, such as An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a culinary concept reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s.

Other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.

For more information, visit www.seabourn.com

Photo by Seabourn 

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Email Course: Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests
Travel Agent University

Sign up for our 5-day email course Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests to learn how the luxury hotel landscape has changed and why this can affect your bottom line. Plus, tactical sales advice for creating more personalized hotel stays.

Day 1

  • Modern Luxury by the Numbers
  • How to Shorten the Sales Cycle 

Day 2 

  • Profiting from Personalization
  • How Hotels are Creating Personalized Experiences

Day 3 

  • Why You Should Look East to Grow Your Luxury Hotel Sales
  • ​Why "Authentic Asian Hospitality" Sells 

Day 4 

  • The Upside of Upselling
  • Seamless Cross-Selling Pre-, During and Post-Booking 

Day 5 

  • How to Leverage Your Hotel Knowledge to Break into Selling New Niches 
  • Industry Trends and Disruptors
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Pleasant Holidays Announces Spring & Summer Vacation Sale
Valid for new qualified bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced its "Texas-Sized Spring & Summer Vacation Sale" to some of its most popular destinations, including Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, plus $500 off Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Hawaii cruises and $250 off NCL Alaska cruise vacations. In conjunction with the sale, Pleasant Holidays is launching its Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive featuring travel rewards for travel advisors. Both the Vacation Sale and Travel Advisor Incentive are valid for departures from airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Sale and Incentives are valid for new qualified bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019.

Pleasant Holidays’ Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive will award four vacations to travel advisors, one each to Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Hawaii. Reward vacations include roundtrip airfare for two- and four-nights’ accommodation at either Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun, Hilton Paris Opera or Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The travel advisor with the highest revenue growth in qualified bookings for each destination wins the four-night, air-inclusive vacation for two to that destination. In addition, all travel advisors receive 1,000 Bonus TRIP points per qualified booking that can be redeemed for personal travel to any Pleasant Holidays destination worldwide, including Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Tahiti and Central America.

To assist travel advisors in their efforts to win, Pleasant Holidays’ Texas-Sized Spring & Summer Vacation Sale features savings on vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe plus $500 off NCL Hawaii cruise vacations and $250 off NCL Alaska cruise vacations. Pleasant Holidays says it offers the guaranteed lowest hotel prices in Hawaii at five oceanfront resorts on four islands. The sale deals are valid on new package bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019. Qualified bookings must include roundtrip airfare from AMA, AUS, BTR, DFW, ELP, HOU, IAH, LBB, LIT, MAF, MSY, OKC, SAT or TUL and include a minimum of three nights’ accommodation at hotels in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico or Europe portfolios, or staterooms on NCL’s Hawaii itinerary plus one additional vacation component (e.g., cruise travel protection coverage, pre- or post-cruise hotel stay, Hawaii luau, etc.). Travel advisors will find savings on vacations to many of the most popular hotel brands, including AMResorts, Excellence Group Luxury Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hawaii, Playa Hotels & Resorts, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and more.

Travel advisors must register one qualified booking by May 12, 2019 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/southsale in order to have their bookings tracked for the Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive travel prizes and to receive 1,000 Bonus TRIP points per booking. TRIP is Pleasant Holidays’ travel reward incentive program where agents earn points for personal travel with every booking.

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Eurobound Announces $500 Award for Swiss Promo
The sales contest lasts throughout all of 2019. | Eurobound

Eurobound has launched a promotion awarding a $500 gift check to each of the top 10 dollar-producing agents who sell the company’s Switzerland packages in 2019. The year-long promotion marks the second year Eurobound has teamed up with the Swiss in promoting travel to Switzerland.

New St. Moritz, Zermatt, Bern Itinerary

To keep up the momentum, Eurobound will unveil a series of Switzerland packages throughout the year. One such itinerary is a seven-day St. Moritz, Zermatt and Bern combination.

The luxury package features two nights each in five-star hotels: Hotel Waldhaus in Sils Maria on Lake St. Moritz, Hotel Zermatterhof in Zermatt and Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern. Daily breakfast is included, as well as half-board in Sils Maria, first-class train travel throughout, transfers from railway stations to hotels, and a private walking tour of Bern. Highlights include a ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt, the Gornergrat Railway overlooking 29 peaks, and a gourmet lunch cruise on Lake Lucerne

Package price is $3,675 per person, based on double occupancy. Air fare is additional. Eurobound can also arrange attractively priced business class air fare and can customize each package.

To Book

For more information on the Switzerland promotion, and Eurobound’s custom itineraries, call 888-672-7476, or email [email protected]. Further information on Eurobound is available on the company’s web site, Eurobound.com. Eurobound pays commission with delivery of documents.

Now in its 23rd year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents. Eurobound has been recognized as Tour Operator of the Year for 2018 by Atout France, the French Tourist office. The company is also a past winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator.

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PONANT Academy
Travel Agent University

We know you have choices when it comes to small-ship, ultra-luxury cruises. This training course is designed to help you see why PONANT, a favorite among luxury travelers in Europe for over 30 years, is on course to become a leading choice among U.S. travelers. 

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All Inclusive Travel 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

When choosing a hotel to stay at, an all-inclusive option is a determining factor for half of U.S. vacationers. Read all about all-inclusives in the Focus Series!

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Expedition & Adventure Cruising Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Nothing is as hot as expedition cruising, especially among luxury travelers, multiple advisors tell us emphatically. Simply put, travelers are clamoring for adventure experiences, more active, in-depth exploration and more voyages to such far-flung destinations as the Northeast Passage, Antarctica, remote islands in the South Pacific, The Kimberley in Australia, the Indian Ocean region, exotic African or lesser-known Latin American ports, or the Galapagos Islands. And it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating. Read the Focus Series to find out more!

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Travel Impressions Offers $300 in Exclusive Resort Coupons
Travel Impressions and AMResorts

Travel Impressions has partnered with AMResorts as its Supplier of the Month to offer $300 in exclusive resort coupons at Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas on bookings received March 1 – 31, for travel completed by August 17, 2019. Travel professionals can take advantage of a combinable Kids Stay Free offer as well as up to $300 in instant savings at select AMResorts properties.

Dreams Resorts & Spas offer appointed rooms and suites in beachfront ambiance, while Now Resorts & Spas feature settings where multigenerational families, couples and friends play and party steps away from peace and quiet.

In addition to the added incentive of resort coupons and instant savings, travelers will get Unlimited Fun experiences and Unlimited-Luxury Packages featuring hotel accommodations, taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room and concierge services (Unlimited-Luxury Packages only), daily activities, nightly entertainment and more.

Agents will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per FIT booking for all AMResorts properties during the promotional period.

For added convenience and cost savings, Travel Impressions offers non-stop Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Cancun, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Costa Rica and Jamaica from a variety of gateways in addition to scheduled service from all U.S. departure points.

Click on the "Supplier of the Month" tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more information or to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion.

  • Kids Stay Free is valid on select bookings now through March 20 on travel April 22 – December  22, 2019.
  • Up to $300 instant savings via Savings in Bloom promotion applies to bookings received now through April 30 for qualifying travel completed by August 17, 2019.

 For more information, visit http://www.travimp.com/

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Puerto Vallarta Beach Club Offers Free Night
Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

Puerto Vallarta Beach Club is offering a free night. Travelers can experience a week-long stay with the seventh night free, when paying for six nights. The Owner’s Gift special is valid from May 1-31.

At the private gated estate on Playa los Muertos, mornings begin with fresh coffee in the one of the appointed villas. Guests can request to have the refrigerator pre-stocked with preferred refreshment.

Breakfast is taken overlooking the bay or on the private terrace. A private chef is on call to prepare any other meals in the villa or on the beach, or the concierge can make reservations at any of Puerto Vallarta’s bistros. Villas also come with a full gourmet kitchen and an outdoor gas-fired grill.

Travelers can have a spa treatment in the villa or on the estate’s private beach, set among one of the last beachfront jungles in Puerto Vallarta. Or they can float in the private infinity-edged pool on the terrace.

The private concierge will also help make arrangements if guests decide to leave the villa to visit a local island, golf at one of the six nearby courses, go deep sea fishing or wish to explore town and its art and shops by foot. 

For those eager to experience some of Puerto Vallarta’s nightlife, the estate is a short walk along the beach to town and to the Malecón.

The Owner’s Gift includes a welcome margarita along with the free night. 

For more information, visit www.PuertoVallartaBeachClub.com

Photo courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

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Variety Cruises Releases Discount for Costa Rica and Panama Departures
Deal is available from March 3 to March 9, 2019. | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has created a special discount and group offer on its March 2 and March 9, 2019, departures in Costa Rica and Panama.

The Variety Cruises Group Offer and Discount for Costa Rica and Panama:

March 2, 2019- Puerto Caldera Port, Costa Rica- Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama

March 9, 2019- Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama- Puerto Caldera Port, Costa Rica 

Offer:

  • 20% DISCOUNT in double occupancy or no single supplement for single travelers
  • Book 6 cabins, get a 7th cabin free. Includes a complimentary bottle of wine and fruit in each cabin
  • Book 9 cabins, get a 10th cabin free. Will also include a cocktail reception for the entire party
  • When booking 9 cabins, in addition to a free 10th cabin, a 5% discount will be applied to gross rates

The Costa Rica and Panama cruises are aboard the 36 Cabin M/Y Variety Voyager. From this cruise, Variety cruise-goers get access to white sand beaches, jungles and ports not accessible to large ship. Destinations to explore include Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Quepos, a small harbor town. In Panama, travelers can see Restingue Island for swimming and snorkeling and visit the Embera Indians, one of the seven native Panamanian people who are known for their handcrafts.

The line is also offering discounts and group offers to other destinations including Cuba, the Red Sea, West Africa, the Seychelles and the Cape Verde islands.

For more information, visit http://www.varietycruises.com/

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Blue Sky Tours Offers 8% Commission on United, Delta Flights
From March 1-30, 2019 | Blue Sky Tours

From March 1 to 30, travel advisors who book travel to Hawaii through Blue Sky Tours can receive an eight percent commission on flights with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Additionally, the wholesaler will offer up to 15 percent commission on its land components.

The increased air commission will be available on flights to Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Kona International Airport (KOA) and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu. Blue Sky Tours is also offering the eight percent commission on travel to Hilo International Airport (ITO), but only for United Airlines flights. The 15 percent commission on land components includes car rentals, excursions and travel protection.

The promotion applies only to new bookings and can be combined with other offers. For advisors booking from March 8 to 21, for travel April 1 to September 30, clients can save up to $150 at certain Aqua-Aston Hospitality properties. From March 15 to 18 and for travel between April 1 and September 30, travelers can receive up to 44 percent off rates at select locations from Independent Hawaii Hotels & Resorts.

Blue Sky Tours sells custom designed vacation packages to Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island) and the South Pacific (Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia). The company’s Hawaii products can include airlines, hotels and condominiums, cars and activities, a “peace of mind” protection waiver, commission protection and during-travel insurance. The company sells exclusively through travel advisors.

For more information visit Blue Sky Tours’ website.

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Wymara Resort and Villas Offers New Villa Specials
Booking Window: Through December 15, 2019; valid for stays through December 18, 2019 | Wymara Resort and Villas

The recently rebranded Wymara Resort and Villas, formerly known as Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, is offering guests 40 percent off stays in its new four- and five-bedroom luxury oceanfront villas in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Each villa has two swimming pools, an over-the-water swim platform, personalized concierge service and more. Villa guests will also have full access to the resort, including the revamped beachfront restaurant, Zest; popular pop-up-turned mainstay, Pink Bar; and signature restaurant, Stelle.

Details are as follows: 

  • Receive 40 percent off your villa stay plus a $250 resort F&B credit
    • Winter/spring rates start at $3,450 per night
    • Select summer/fall rates start at $2,850 per night
  • Booking Window: Now through December 15, 2019
  • Valid for stays taking place through December 18, 2019
  • Four-night minimum stay required
  • Reservations require a three-night deposit or 50 percent, whichever is greater, and there is a 30-day cancellation policy. Subject to blackout dates and availability. Taxes and fees apply.

Photo by Wymara Resort and Villas

Webinar
A New Vacation Concept is Born: All Fun Inclusive™
Recorded on February 27, 2019 | Hotel Xcaret

A sophisticated all-inclusive that combines its unique eco-integrative architecture, with the most exciting natural parks in the world!

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Discover St. Kitts – Where the Caribbean Story Begins
Recorded on February 20, 2019 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Attend this webinar and learn about the latest hotel updates, airlift options in 2019, and best things to do in St. Kitts, one of the fastest growing destinations in the Caribbean. You'll learn how to sell St. Kitts for Romance, Dive, Golf, and MICE markets as well as how to become a St. Kitts destination specialist! Register now.

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Selects Travel Impressions as Preferred Partner
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, has announced that Travel Impressions has been selected as the Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of February. The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. and Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities designed to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program experience a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web, social media, and press exposure. The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

During the month of February, Travel Impressions’ clients will save up to 64 percent and receive up to a $500 resort credit. Resort credits can be used towards services such as massage services, culinary experiences, wine credits, and more. This offer is available for clients when booking by February 28, 2019. This special is combinable with Cash for Your Bash, Your stay Your Way, and Pick Your Perks. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent in commission.  This offer is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Plus with Travel Impressions agents can earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points for FIT bookings to all Karisma properties.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during their designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal, dedicated social media and press outreach.  To generate sales for the Preferred Partner and drive exposure internally, Karisma Hotels & Resorts creates exclusive promotions and added values for the designated partner.

Vacation packages can be booked through Travel Impressions by visiting www.travimp.com.

Photo courtesy of Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma

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Guests Receive Air on Select Uniworld Cruises the Rest of February
Through February 28 | Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Guests who book select cruises from Uniworld River Cruise Collection by the end of February can receive free airfare. The offer applies to more than 65 departure dates on six itineraries, including:

  • Castles Along the Rhine – This eight-day cruise sails between Amsterdam and Basel. Stops include Cologne, Koblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and more.
  • Portugal, Spain & the Douro – Offered as an eight-day sailing roundtrip from Porto as an 11-day trip beginning in Lisbon and ending in Porto, this itinerary offers travelers a chance to sail through Spain and Portugal’s Douro River Valley.
  • Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River – Travelers looking to explore the Douro River can also choose this 13-day cruise between Madrid and Lisbon. Along the way, guests see Toledo, Salamanca, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego, Porto and more.
  • Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna – An even longer sailing, this 15-day trip travels between Amsterdam and Vienna with stops at Dürnstein, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim and Cologne.
  • Gems of Northern Italy – Lasting 10 days, the Gems of Northern Italy runs from Milan to Venice.
  • Magnificent Moselle and Rhine – Another 10-day trip, this itinerary sails between Cologne and Frankfurt, stopping at destinations throughout Germany and Luxembourg.

All itineraries include onboard accommodations, food and beverage, daily guided excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. The deal is only combinable with River Heritage Club savings, agency discounts and member benefits. The offer began February 12 and will be available through February 28.

For more information, visit Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s website.

Queen Isabel

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Crystal Cruises Presents "Book Now" Savings Until February 28
Crystal Cruises

Luxury travelers have limited time remaining to save thousands of dollars on global voyages aboard the award-winning ships of Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises. Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $2,000 per suite on select Ocean voyages; $1,500 per suite on select River voyages; and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages.

With dozens of applicable sailings, guests can experience added value with the all-inclusive Crystal Experience on the vacation they choose. The recently redesigned Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer itineraries that span the globe, from Australia, Asia and Alaska to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet of five ships sail the rivers of Europe on journeys through Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and more. Crystal Esprit offers boutique yachting escapes for active travelers, including spring sailings in the West Indies and summer and beyond in the Adriatic, Arabian Peninsula and the Seychelles

Crystal’s Book Now Savings program is designed to reward travelers who book early with the very best possible fares for the sailings of their choice. Following the February 28 “Book Now” deadline, fares for 75 voyages will increase.

For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com

Photo by Crystal Cruises

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South African Airways Vacations Introduces Six-Day Cape Town Trip
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations, the leisure branch of South African Airways, debuted a six-night air-inclusive “South Africa Sweetheart on Sale” vacation package. The deal starts at $2,399 and includes roundtrip airfare, four nights in Cape Town and a two-night stay at a safari lodge.

Those who choose the package receive roundtrip international economy class airfare aboard South African Airways from New York-JFK or Washington-Dulles to Johannesburg, as well as domestic flights between there and Cape Town. Travelers additionally receive meet and greet service by a South African Airways Vacations’ representative.

The package includes a four-night stay at Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl Hotel. Located in the heart of Cape Town, the hotel is just a short walk away from restaurants, boutique shops, local craft markets and major tourist attractions. Guests receive daily complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Travelers will also spend two nights at the five-star Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. The lodge will conduct twice daily game drives offering guests the opportunity to see the Big 5. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom, an outside shower and a private patio overlooking the reserve. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

The “South Africa Sweetheart on Sale” deal can be used towards travel between April 1 and May 31, as well as from August 11 to 31. The $2,399 price is per person and based on double occupancy and economy class flights. It includes all government and airline-imposed taxes and fees.

For more information, visit South African Airways Vacations’ website.

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Carnival Cruise Line Has Launched Its "Carnival Word Search Contest"
Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has launched an interactive “Carnival Word Search Contest” for travel agents. The online game, designed to keep agents up to date on Carnival’s ships and itineraries, will run for 18 days, from February 11 through February 28, 2019.

Every day of the contest travel advisors who visit Facebook.com/carnivaltrade can play along and find three ship- or port-related terms in a word-search puzzle. Each time participants find a word; a fun fact pops up with relevant information. For example, finding the word “PANORAMA” yields “The all-new Carnival Panorama will take your clients on a picturesque cruise through Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta starting December 2019.”

Completing the three-word challenge automatically enters the agent in an instant daily giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as the drawing for the grand prize — a three-day cruise on Carnival Panorama, which debuts in December. The more often agents visit and play, the more chances they have to win.

The grand prize is a three-day cruise on Carnival Panorama departing Long Beach, CA, December 11. The package includes airfare, one hotel night and $200 for travel expenses for the winning travel advisor.

Travel advisors can visit GoCCL.com for details on how to play. The Carnival Word Search Contest is open to travel advisors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding Quebec).

For more information, visit www.carnival.com.

Photo Courtesy of Carnival 

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Apple Vacations Announces Kids-Stay-Free Deals at Over 50 Hotels
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is offering an assortment of kids-stay-free offers this year, with deals available at more than 50 all-inclusive properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Here are some of those deals:

Caribbean

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Dominicus La Romana* in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort** and The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical** in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Jamaica*** in Ocho Rios
  • Two kids stay free at Now Larimar Punta Cana* and Now Onyx Punta Cana* in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort** and The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana** in the Dominican Republic
  • Kids stay free at Riu Negril**** or Riu Ocho Rios**** in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Cove Montego Bay* and Sunscape Splash Montego Bay* in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Puerto Plata* in the Dominican Republic

Mexico

  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Cozumel Palace***
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta*
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Cancun*** and The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun***
  • Two kids stay free at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta* in Riviera Nayarit
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa*

Central America

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama*
  • Kids stay free at Riu Guanacaste**** in Costa Rica
  • Kids stay free at Riu Playa Blanca**** in Panama

* Valid for select travel dates Aug. 18 – Dec. 22, 2019 on bookings received anytime

** Valid for select travel dates May 1 – Dec. 21, 2019 on bookings received by Feb. 15, 2019

*** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates now through Dec. 23, 2019

**** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates May 1 – Dec. 23, 2019

For more information visit Apple Vacations’ website.

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Elegant Hotels
Travel Agent University

We’ve created this training program to show you how our diverse collection of nine luxury hotels are the very definition of elegance—stylish yet tasteful, classic yet sophisticated—and suited to every taste, from families to couples to groups to adventurers.

While each property is unique in its attributes and distinctive in its personality, every hotel will welcome your clients with the same warm hospitality and truly authentic Caribbean experiences.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Here is a small sampling of places where married couples can symbolically tie the knot all over again in a simple or as elaborate a way as they choose. If your clients have a favorite island, destination or resort, chances are that with a minimum of research you’ll be able to find a blissful package or deal there to suit them.