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Mexico Mood: Would you rather be in Cancun, Cozumel or Riviera Maya?
Apple Leisure Group

Fall and winter travel planning is well under way—and you already deserve a vacation! The Mexican Caribbean, with its turquoise waters, white sands and warm hospitality, sounds like the perfect reward for all your hard work. Which of the region’s famed, fantastic destinations defines your #MexicoMood? Take this quick quiz to find out.

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Build Your Client's Ideal Hotel Experience
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Wyndham makes hotel travel possible for all. Let us help you determine which brand matches your different types of clients. Take this quick quiz to discover your client’s ideal hotel experience.

Webinar
What is True Luxury? The World of Crystal
December 6, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

An engaging session into understanding how to identify and sell to the Crystal guest. Topics include:

  • The differences between luxury and “true” luxury
  • Snapshot of Crystal Experiences by Ocean, River and Yacht Expedition
  • Marketing & Sales tools to grow your Crystal Business

Attend for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

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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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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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Star Clippers Offers BOGO for Summer 2019 Indonesia Cruises
Star Clippers introduced a new Buy One Get One offer for seven-night Indonesia cruises, with per-person prices coming to between $715 and 1,685 with the deal. Read more. | Star Clippers

Star Clippers announced a Buy One Get One offer on seven-night round trip sailings out of Bali. Guests who book select eastbound and westbound Bali departures for travel in June, July and August 2019 will receive a free companion fare.

The company’s Indonesian voyages will call on a few of the country’s 17,000 islands. Satonda, a tiny and uninhabited isle, is surrounded by coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving. On Komodo Island, visitors can see seven- to nine-foot long Komodo dragons in their natural environment. Elsewhere on the island, guests can visit the black sand Lovina Beach or Pink Beach, one of only seven pink sand beaches in the world.

Fares for an inside stateroom aboard these cruises start at $715 per person when accounting for the Buy One Get One offer. The cost for the Owners Cabin, where guests receive butler service and have access to a whirlpool tub, is $1,685 per person with the deal. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Passengers on the Indonesian itineraries will sail on the 170-passenger Star Clipper. One of the company fleet’s three tall clipper ships, the boat will use wind charts to ensure the ship sails under wind power for as long as possible.

Tall ship sailing company Star Clippers has been in business for over 25 years. Its ships sail to ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Asia. It operates three ships: the 170-guest Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. Its newest ship, the Flying Clipper, will begin sailing in 2019.

For more information, visit Star Clippers’ website.

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Classic Vacations: Tools & Technology
Travel Agent University

Learn how to tap into a versatile suite of tools devised to save you time by making each step of the planning process easier and your sales efforts stronger. 

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Classic Vacations 101
Travel Agent University

For 40 years, valued partners like you have counted on us to deliver world-class accommodations, exceptional privileges, and unparalleled service to your clients. That is the Classic®Difference—the difference between a good vacation and a great one.

Register here to learn more about the Classic® Difference.

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Couples Resorts: A Cost-Efficient Wedding For Your Client
November 13, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Couples Resorts

Catering to a range of styles and budgets, our personalized wedding packages offer a breathtaking assortment of options. We'll handle every last romantic detail, leaving your clients free to enjoy the moment with their family and friends. Join our webinar to learn more about our locations and packages--and one lucky attendee will win a $100 AmEx giftcard.

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Mexican Caribbean: What is Your Celebrity Travel Style?
Apple Leisure Group

You know your clients’ celebrity travel style. You may even have clients who are celebrities. But did you ever wonder about your celebrity travel style? Take this quick quiz to find out for when you venture to mega-star hot spot the Mexican Caribbean.

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MSC Yacht Club: The All-Inclusive VIP Experience
Recorded on November 8, 2018 | MSC Cruises

This webinar reviews all of the benefits and privileges about the MSC Yacht Club.  MSC Yacht Club is the epitome of elegance and luxury at sea and offers a cruise experience like no other. This experience boasts a “ship within a ship” mentality where MSC Yacht Club guests get a section of the ship all to themselves, while still enjoying all of the features and offerings of the public areas.  

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Zegrahm Offers Bonus Commission on 2019 Expedition Cruises
Zegrahm Expeditions

Zegrahm Expeditions is announcing a new bonus commission incentive. When travel consultants book new guests on select 2019 small-ship cruise expeditions, they can receive an additional $250 per person bonus commission in addition to standard commission earnings.

Travel professionals can earn bonus commission on the following Zegrahm expedition cruises:

  1. India, Bangladesh & Myanmar: Zegrahm guests will be on the second ship to explore Bangladesh’s Sunderbans during this 17-day program. Travelers cruise along the Bay of Bengal aboard the 120-guest Silver Discoverer, and visit sacred temples, bazaars, rural villages, beaches, nature reserves and one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. Pricing on the January 20, 2019 departure starts at $14,980.
  2. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: On this 22-day adventure, travelers follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on a voyage to the bottom of the world aboard the 100-guest Island Sky. Only 100 guests are allowed at any one landing site at any time. Guests discover penguin colonies of South Georgia Island, the Falkland Islands and Shackleton’s Elephant Island. Pricing on the January 24, 2019 departure starts at $23,480.
  3. Treasures of Japan with South Korea: From hopping a bullet train to exploring Shinto shrines, guests on this 17-day journey discover Japan and South Korea while sailing aboard the 100-guest Caledonian Sky. Highlights include exploring ancient castles, strolling through traditional gardens and learning to make soba noodles. In South Korea, travelers visit Gyeongju, an ancient dynastic capital known for artistry in wood, metal and stone. Pricing for the April 12, 2019 departure start at $15,980.
  4. Iberian Peninsula: On the 120-guest Ocean Adventurer, guests can discover Spain and Portugal. The 16-day expedition cruise offers a host of exclusive experiences along the way, including a private evening tour of the 14th-century Alhambra palace. Pricing for the April 18, 2019 departure starts at $11,980.

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

Photo by SoumenNath/iStock

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The Hottest Caribbean Destination: The Cayman Islands
Recorded on November 7, 2018 | Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Join the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for an informative session on what’s new in the destination, how we continue to see record growth with air arrivals and why your clients would enjoy Cayman. The webinar will feature events, product and lift updates, and an overview of the Cayman Rewards program. Register now!

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Jamaica Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Reports from various sources indicate that Jamaica continues to be one of the most popular destinations for American couples planning to be wed outside the United States. The island nation hosted about 5,000 destination weddings last year alone. With most marriages in the U.S. falling within the Millennial demographic, we reached out to several 30-and-under travel advisors to get their take on Jamaica as a destination, as well their resort recommendations for weddings and honeymoons.

In the pages ahead you’ll find more of what makes Jamaica a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, including accommodations news, adventures for couples to share and more.

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Pleasant Holidays Giving Away 30 Prizes This Month
November 1 - November 30, 2018 | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays, with its luxury brand Journese, will be giving away 30 prizes this month to travel advisors with the largest number of bookings through Pleasant Holidays and Journese. Deeming November 2018 Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks, Pleasant Holidays will be giving away a variety of prizes, culminating with a trip for two aboard the American Duchess.

Agents who make the most qualifying bookings each week will be eligible to win a two-night hotel stay, an office lunch for up to 30 people, a $50 gift card or 1,000 bonus TRIP points. The travel advisor with the most total qualifying bookings over the course of the month will be eligible to win two tickets for an eight-night American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise aboard the American Duchess.

The 30 Days of Thanks promotions are combinable with all other promotions and incentives from Pleasant Holidays and Journese. This include the Colombia $100 air credit promotion, the Journese bonus TRIP point campaign, Pleasant Holidays’ 60th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation Sale and the Military Discount Program. The contest runs from November 1 to November 30 and is open only to United States residents.

Pleasant Holidays is an American tour operator that offers vacation packages, flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, travel protection and more to destinations in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Mexico and the South Pacific. Journese, Pleasant Holidays’ luxury brand, specializes in four- and five-star trips to locations around the world.

For more information visit Pleasant Holidays’ website.

Photo by Rawpixel Ltd/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Uniworld & U by Uniworld Roll Out Deals on 2019 Voyages
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U by Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U by Uniworld are offering travelers savings on select 2019 voyages with their Our Best Offer promotion for new bookings made through December 31, 2018. The offer extends to over 40 itineraries throughout Europe and Asia, including all five of Uniworld’s brand new itineraries, as well as its exclusive cruise for River Heritage Club members aboard the brand’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage.

Guests will receive up to 30 percent off on over 200 voyages including select departures on Uniworld’s new itineraries for 2019 such as the Magnificent Moselle and Rhine, 10 days from Frankfurt to Cologne (savings of $1410 to $1710 per person); new 10-day Authentic Danube & Prague from Prague to Vienna aboard the River Princess, (savings of $1500 to $1860 per person); new 15-day Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna on the Rhine, Maine and Danube rivers, (savings of $2250 to $2700 per person); and India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, a 13-day land and river journey from New Delhi to Kolhata with a new wellness-themed itinerary, (savings of $2700 to $3900 per person). The offer also applies to U itineraries, including select departures on its new Northern France at a Glance itinerary with stops in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Rouen and more (savings of $720 to $1460 per person).

With Uniworld’s Our Best Offer promotion guests can also save on the new Brilliant Bordeaux itinerary and be among the first guests to sail on Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage, launching in April 2019. Inspired by the wine and gastronomic expertise of the region, the S.S Bon Voyage offers all-inclusive amenities including farm-to-table meals at new onboard restaurants, hosted excursions such as a Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting and more. Guests will also experience a reimagined top deck with a new outdoor swimming pool adjacent to a new dining venue, outdoor lounge and banquette seating along the edges with lighting for the evenings; additional suites and upgraded staterooms; marble bathrooms throughout the ship; and renovated gym and spa facilities.

To celebrate the launch of the S.S. Bon Voyage, CEO Ellen Bettridge will host an exclusive reunion cruise for River Heritage Club members on June 30, 2019 onboard the ship. During this eight-day sailing from Bordeaux throughout Southwest France, guests will participate in Q&A sessions with Bettridge and will take part in wine tastings, local village tours, farmers’ market visits and biking excursions.

For more information, visit https://www.uniworld.com/en/

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Which European country could you be a tour guide for?
Travel Bound

At this point in your career, you’ve probably been to Europe more times than you can count and could sell Europe based on your own experiences alone. You’re practically a tour guide. Test your knowledge of classic European getaways—Italy, Spain and Great Britain—to find out which country you could be a tour guide for. Take the quiz now!

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Agents Can Save Clients Up to 39 Percent When Booking Majestic Resorts
Agents Can Save Clients Up to 39 Percent When Booking Majestic Resorts

Agents booking Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana with Travel Impressions from November 1 – 30, 2018, will save clients up to 39 percent in addition to earning 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per FIT booking. Additionally, customers receive exclusive room upgrades upon arrival or spa credits with complimentary green fees based on resort and room selection. To qualify, travel must take place from December 24, 2018 – December 23, 2019. 

Additional group incentives are available for agents booking 10 or more rooms, including one complimentary upgrade for every 10 rooms booked, a 16th guest free offer and one-hour cocktail party. A non-combinable Free Wedding Package offer is valid on minimum seven-night bookings of 15 or more rooms received through April 1, 2019 for travel May 1 – December 23, 2019. Agents with qualified group bookings are automatically entered into a contest to win a five-night stay at any Majestic Resorts property.

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

  • $624 per person for a Colonial Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
  • $643 per person for a Junior Suite with Jacuzzi at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
  • $707 per person for a One Bedroom Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi plus $50 Spa Credit at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

Guests staying within the main sections of Majestic Elegance or Majestic Colonial will receive one complimentary green fee per guest, while adults-only Colonial Club or Elegance Club accommodations earn two complimentary green fees. Travelers opting for the Majestic Mirage Family Club or Mirage Club will receive unlimited green fees per adult guest.

Sample rates are quoted per person, double occupancy, based on travel January 5 – 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.

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

For more information, visit https://www.majestic-resorts.com/hotels/

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MGM Grand Las Vegas Webinar
Recorded on October 29, 2018 | MGM Resorts

Every moment at MGM Grand is designed to thrill, from check in to check out.  Attending this webinar, you will learn why MGM is the only destination that offers the most Vegas experience in Vegas.

One lucky attendee will win a three day, two night stay in a Stay Well Grand King or Queen Room with two tickets to KA and $100 F&B credit to Primrose at the all new Park MGM Las Vegas.

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Rediscover Antigua & Barbuda - New Hotels & Flights
Recorded on October 24, 2018 | Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua & Barbuda is the idyllic tropical getaway, and is known for it's amazing beaches, world-class resorts and villas, friendly locals and a host of excursions and cuisine worth indulging! Attend this webinar and  see why we say, 'The beach is just the Beginning'! Register now!

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Bianca Sands on Grace Bay Offers Free Night When Booking Four
Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

Until December 20, guests at Bianca Sands on Grace Bay, located in Turks & Caicos and managed by Trust Hospitality, receive the fifth night free when booking a total of four nights, a welcome gift including a Bambara Rum Cake and a bottle of Bambara Rum for two, and a turkey.    

Bianca Sands’ guests can arrive at a fully stocked kitchen with items of their choice including fresh produce, wine and beer, as well as a private Chef Dinner experience for a Thanksgiving holiday meal with family and friends indoors or in al fresco setting. The team at Bianca Sands can provide a grocery list request form prior to the guests’ arrival. Guests can also enjoy the flavors of Provo’s international restaurants located within walking distance of the resort serving holiday meals combined with authentic island dishes.

Luxury accommodations at the resort include studio, one, two and three-bedroom oceanfront suites as well as a penthouse suite. Suites feature all the amenities of a home, including a fully equipped kitchen, in-suite dining service, and luxury bed linens among others.

For multi-generational families or groups of friends needing a little more space to call their own, the resort features a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath penthouse suite with views overlooking Grace Bay beach. This suite comes complete with a kitchen, gym, a children’s room equipped with two twin bunk beds, full access to all the resort amenities and additions such as a private chef upon request and a concierge to assist with the guest’s festive needs.

Guests of Bianca Sands can experience the surroundings of Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach, as well as enjoy the resort’s newly renovated infinity swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, Italian inspired courtyard, poolside bar, fitness center and lighted tennis courts.  The resort’s concierge can recommend a variety of recreational adventures such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips, parasailing, Sunset cruises, wakeboarding, kayak and island excursions.

There are direct flights to Providenciales from major U.S and international carriers including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, and Chicago

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

Photo by Bianca Sands on Grace Bay 

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Apple Vacations Offers Hawaii Rate Reductions
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is offering exclusive rate reductions, guaranteed complimentary room upgrades and daily breakfast for two at participating hotels and resorts throughout Hawaii on bookings made by Nov. 1, 2018, for travel now through March 31, 2019. The promotion features numerous Apple-exclusive perks, such as a fifth night free, food, beverage, spa and resort credits and a savings up to $100 per couple with promo code HULA18.

Additionally, travel advisors booking air-inclusive and land-only packages to Hawaii earn Triple Bonus Royalties points, which can be used toward stays at select Hawaii hotels.

Sample air-inclusive rates are as follows:

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is offering every fifth night free in a resort-view room with daily breakfast for two with packages starting at $1,415 per person, based on double occupancy, departing from Los Angeles (LAX) on American Airlines. Guests can experience the resort’s full-service spa, fitness center, cultural activities and on-property restaurants.

Depart from San Diego via Alaska Airlines and spend five nights at the Island of Hawaii’s “newest” resort, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, with Apple-exclusive rates on Ocean-view rooms starting at $1,365 per person, based on double occupancy. Guests also receive every fifth night free and experience a daily breakfast buffet for two. Set on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, the newly renovated and re-branded resort has activities for guests including a swimming pool, health club, two golf courses and numerous restaurants and bars.

Fly from Los Angeles on Delta Air Lines to The Laylow Autograph Collection and receive an Apple-exclusive $100 food and beverage credit per room. Five-night packages start at $1,125 per person, based on double occupancy, in a deluxe room with a king bed. Centrally located in the heart of Waikiki, guests will experience short walks to the ocean, restaurants, shops, and nightlife.

Guests will experience a city-view room at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach with an Apple-exclusive rate of $899 per person, based on double occupancy, with departures from Los Angeles on Delta Air Lines. Located on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and a three-minute walk to the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Place features contemporary décor.

Stay in a Partial ocean-view room and receive a $200 spa credit per stay plus daily breakfast for two at Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach for $1,609 per person, based on double occupancy, traveling on Hawaiian Airlines from Oakland. One of Kauai’s premier boutique hotels located on the island’s south shore, guests will experience complimentary recreation as well as cultural and wellness experiences.

Sample rates reflect five-night packages and are quoted per person, based on double occupancy, for Jan. 10, 2019 departures. Other dates, durations and gateways are available. Rates vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category.

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

Photo by Pixabay 

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The Best of St. Lucia
Recorded on October 17, 2018 | Anse Chastanet Resort. Coconut Bay, and Sunswept Resorts

St. Lucia is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Located in the Caribbean, St. Lucia greets you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and many beautiful resorts. Attend this webinar and learn more.

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Pacific Delight Tours Offers FAM Trip to India in March 2019
The five-night trip is from March 31 to April 6, 2019. | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering a land-only five-night travel agent familiarization trip to India from March 31 – April 6, 2019 from $489 per person. Covering Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, the trip will provide first-hand experience of India’s palaces, temples and natural beauty.

FAM trip highlights include visits to ancient Humayun’s Tomb and Jaipur’s intricate Amber Fort, as well as the red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, palatial Agra Fort and a sunrise overlooking the legendary Taj Mahal.

The program includes all air-conditioned transfers with bottled water, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Aloft New Delhi Aerocity Hotel in Delhi, Indana Palace in Jaipur and Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Agra, daily breakfast and farewell dinner in Delhi, sightseeing with English-speaking guides, wash and change room in the Delhi airport before departure after midnight on last day, entrance fees and all applicable taxes. Participation is limited to one member per agency.

Land fare is per person, based on double occupancy. A single occupancy surcharge for agents is available at $159. Agents can also opt to bring a companion for $589. Transatlantic airfare and India visa are not included.  

Pacific Delight Tours has been providing tours to China and Asia for 47 years. In addition to India, the tour operator offers trips to such destinations as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia. Pacific Delight Tours is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, visit www.pacificdelighttours.com.

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South African Airways Vacations Introduces "South Africa on Sale" Package
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations is introducing a six-night air-inclusive “South Africa on Sale” vacation package providing the opportunity for travelers to visit Cape Town and experience an African safari starting at $2,299* for each person with children age 12 and under at $1,155* per child.

The “South Africa on Sale” package is available for travel between January 10 – March 31, 2019, and includes air transportation from New York-JFK or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways four nights’ accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl hotel and two nights’ accommodations at the Mongena Game Lodge in the malaria-free northwestern section of Dinokeng Game Reserve, roundtrip airport transfers, and meet and greet services by SAA Vacations representatives.

The Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl is a new hotel in Cape Town’s city center near restaurants, boutique shops, local craft markets, night life and tourist attractions in the “Mother City.” Guests will experience contemporary appointed rooms, complimentary breakfast served daily, flatscreen TV’s and free Wi-fi in the property.

The deal also includes a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula where travelers can experience views at Chapman’s Peak, see the penguins at Boulder’s Beach and go to Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans come together. The Mongena Game Lodge is a 4-star rated safari lodge in the malaria-free Dinokeng Game Reserve, the only big five game reserve in Gauteng where Johannesburg is located.

The lodge is in an almost 70-acre scenic dam bordered by the Pienaars and Boekenhut rivers, and it includes the Kingfisher restaurant with an a la carte menu featuring both local and international gourmet cuisine, an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Each air-conditioned suite provides flat-screen televisions, coffee/tea facilities and nightly turn-down service. People who stay can experience daily morning and afternoon game drives to see Africa’s Big 5 wildlife and more. The safari includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The package details are:

“South Africa on Sale” - $2,299

  • Roundtrip international economy class airfare from New York, JFK, or Washington, Dulles, to Johannesburg, South Africa, on South African Airways
  • Domestic flights to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • 3-nights’ accommodation at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl with daily breakfast
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at the Mongena Game Lodge with all meals included
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa and meet and greet service by South African Airways Vacations’ representative 

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

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Apple Vacations Launches 50th Anniversary Sale
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is beginning its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with an Anniversary Sale offering exclusive rates to MexicoCaribbean and Central America, up to $500 in resort credits, reduced greens fees, non-stop transfers, and up to 50 percent off at select resorts, plus a savings of up to $200 per couple with promo code CHEERS50!

In the late 1960’s, Apple Vacations was founded by John J. Mullen in a storefront in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, selling packages to Hawaii for as low as $299. Early on, he understood that bringing together airfare, hotel and transfers into one package price would make vacation planning easier and more affordable for leisure travelers. Apple Vacations is now the nation’s largest vacation company to Mexico and Dominican Republic and the nation’s largest seller of all-inclusive vacations.

Apple Vacations milestones include:

1977 – Apple Vacations is the first US tour operator to charter flights to a new destination – Cancun, Mexico and is one of the first to introduce the concept of “all-inclusive” vacations to the U.S. market.

1993 – Apple Vacations is the first vacation company to welcome its millionth passenger to Cancun.

1996 – Apple Vacations offers the first non-stop charter service to Punta Cana from the U.S.

1998 – Apple Vacations celebrates 2 million passengers to Cancun the following year.

2006 – Apple Vacations welcomes its millionth passenger to Punta Cana.

2015 – Apple Vacationers are among the first Americans to experience Cuba.

2018 – More than 50 new all-inclusive hotels throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America are added to our robust product line.

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

Photo credit: Getty | Jose Carlos Macouzet Espinosa

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Complimentary Room Upgrade at Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts
Travel Impressions

Clients save up to $2,428 and get a complimentary room upgrade when booking five-night, all-inclusive Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts vacations in Mexico and Jamaica through October 31 in conjunction with Travel Impressions’ Supplier of the Month promotion. The room upgrade deal is effective when traveling October 2, 2018 – December 23, 2019 (excluding holiday blackout dates) and rewards agents with 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points for qualifying FIT bookings.

Participating properties include Palace Resorts throughout Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Jamaica, as well as Le Blanc Spa Resorts in Cancun and Los Cabos.

Clients can upgrade from Deluxe Resort View to Deluxe Garden View on five-night, all-inclusive vacations with airfare to Moon Palace Cancun and save up to $1,232 with rates from $1,668* per person. Similar offerings are available at nearby Sun Palace and Moon Palace Cancun along with Isla Mujeres Palace eight miles off Cancun’s tranquil coast.

In Moon Palace Jamaica, clients can trade a Deluxe Resort View for a Deluxe Ocean View and save up to $1,220 with all-inclusive, five-night packages starting at $1,620* per person with airfare.

At Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, clients can upgrade from Royale Deluxe Resort View to Royale Deluxe Partial Ocean View and save up to $2,428 with rates starting at $3,038* per person for five all-inclusive nights with airfare.

Room upgrades and rates are also available at Cozumel Palace and Playa del Carmen’s Playacar Palace where clients can enjoy savings up to $1,304 with rates on five-night, all-inclusive packages starting at $2,028* and $1,819* per person, respectfully.

Additionally, clients may qualify for up to a $1,500 Resort Credit to improve their vacations with experiences such as spa treatments, exotic tours or a round of golf in Cancun.

* Sample prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect rates for travel Jan. 15-20, 2019 with roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines departing Miami. Roundtrip hotel transfers; all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities and nightly entertainment; non-motorized watersports; and hotel tax and service charges are included. Rates may vary based on departure date and origin gateway.

For more information, visit www.TravelImpressions.com

Pictured: A Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos Presidential Room 

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Europe Luxury 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

We asked Millennial travel advisors to tell us about any unique hotels they’ve visited that they feel fit in very well with their locale. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of their Europe accommodation choices fall into the luxury category. Here is a sampling.

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Caribbean Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The Caribbean has a wealth of attributes that can inspire or amplify romance. Whether your couples are planning a destination wedding, a honeymoon, anniversary celebration or simply a romantic getaway, there are plenty of hotels to meet their needs. Read on to help you find your clients a place to stay that they will fall in love with.

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Avanti Offers Bonus Commission on Britain Bookings
Avanti Destinations

Avanti Destinations has announced a “Celebrate Great Britain” promotion for travel during 2019. The promotion is valid on early land-only bookings made through December 15, 2018, for next year’s travel to anywhere in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The company is providing a discount of 15-20 percent on all British customizable itineraries and most hotels, sightseeing tours and transfers. The deal also offers additional savings on several London tours, properties and transport services.

Agents can earn a bonus commission of $100 for each booking of $2,500 or more through October 31, 2018, for travel taking place October 1, 2018-December 31, 2018. For each booking of $1,500 or more made through February 28, 2019, for travel between October 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, agents earn a $50 bonus commission.

The British itineraries include:

Historic British Grandeur – 10 days/9 nights in London, York and Edinburgh. Includes hotels, private driving tour of London by Black Taxi, shared tour/tasting at City of London Gin Distillery, Oyster Card, private food walking tour of village of Harrogate, afternoon tea in Edinburgh, private driver/tour of Sterling Castle and Deanston Whisky Distillery, 1st class rail between cities, daily breakfast and more. Starts at $3,749** per person/double occupancy.

England in a Glass – 7 days/6 nights in London and York. Includes in London: afternoon tea lesson; City of London Gin Distillery tour and tasting; and Meantime Brewery tour & tasting. In York: tour and tastings at 2-3 breweries in the Yorkshire countryside. First-class rail and daily breakfast also included. From $1,799.

British Classics – 7 days/6 nights in London, York and Edinburgh. Includes hotels, London Oyster Card and TripBuilder Guide, hop-on/hop-off city tours of all three cities, 1st class rail between cities, daily breakfast. From $1,079. Optional tours of Stonehenge or Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle.

Enchanting England – 8 days/7 nights in London, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath. Includes: private arrival transfer, private punting tour, private walking tours in Oxford, Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, behind the scenes tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theater, entrance to Roman baths and Pump Room with afternoon tea, 6 days car rental or private car driving guide, daily breakfast.  From $2,279.

Winter in London – 4 days/3 nights. Includes 4 or 5-star hotel, private arrival and departure transfers, private tour by Black Taxi, private tour/tasting at City of London Gin Distillery, London Oyster Card, daily breakfast. From $1,019 (for 4-star hotel) for travel between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Visit www.avantidestinations.com

Photo by Avanti 

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Celestyal Cruises Announces Early Booking Promotion
The fare discounts are for bookings made by October 31, 2018. | Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is offering savings of up to $600 per person with its “Book Early and Save More” promotion, valid for 2019-2020 sailings on qualifying bookings made by October 31, 2018. 

The Book Early and Save More Promotion includes:

  • Fare discounts for booking made by October 31, 2018
  • Savings of up to $600 per person (Fares from $171 per person per day, based on 7-day Idyllic Aegean sailings)
  • 50 percent off Third and Fourth Guests
  • Kids Sail Free promotion

Rates & Inclusions

Idyllic Aegean -- Fares from $1,199 per person (down from $1,419 per person) – Departing from Athens’ port of Piraeus and including overnight stays in the ports of Mykonos and Santorini, this cruise program offers the ideal opportunities for experiencing these Greek Isles as well as their nightlife and sunsets.

Three Continents -- Fares from $1,379 per person (down from $1,629 per person) – This itinerary visits destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. Beginning and concluding in Athens, guests will explore cities and villages in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, and Turkey.

Eclectic Aegean -- Fares from $1,199 per person (down from $1,419 per person) – This itinerary will sail round-trip from Athens’ port of Piraeus and include an overnight in Istanbul. The itinerary also introduces two new destinations: Greece’s Volos and Turkey’s Canakkale.

All of these exclusive itineraries and all of the line’s cruises offer the Celestyal Inclusive Experience – an all-inclusive program that includes meals on board, unlimited drinks, entertainment, gratuities, port charges, and a selection of shore excursions all in one price. The line’s drinks package offers guests a selection of spirits, wines, cocktails and beers, specialty coffees, bottled water, as well as juices and sodas.

Conditions

“Starting from” fares are based on stateroom category IA and subject to qualifying dates. All fares are per-person, based on double occupancy of the stateroom. Fares include accommodation on board in the booked category, all meals on board, a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (complimentary all-inclusive drinks package), select complimentary shore excursions, all port fees, gratuities and an entertainment program on board. The offer is valid for new, individual bookings. Booking window for Book Early, Save More promotion is now to October 31, 2018 for the qualifying sailings.

Third and Fourth Guests offer provides 50 percent off of the cruise fare of the third and/or fourth adult guest booked in the same stateroom as the first two full-fare paying guests.

The Kids Sail Free promotion is only applicable to new 2020 sailings booked by September 30, 2018. The offer also includes 50 percent off of the cruise fare of the third and/or fourth child (up to 11 years old) booked in the same stateroom as the first two full-paying adult guests sailing in 2019. All other charges, including but not limited to port and gratuities, are additional and apply to all guests.

Fares above are already reduced. Reduced fare space is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time with, or without, notice. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to add, change or modify reduced rate conditions at any time, without notification. Celestyal Cruises deposit and cancellation standard policies apply based on the booking/sailing date. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to correct any incorrect information due to a human error, typographical error or technical error. The general terms and conditions of Celestyal Cruises apply. Other restrictions may apply.

For additional details, visit CelestyalCruises.com.

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Offering "Explore The Exotics" Sale
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering cruise-goers 20 percent off and more than $1,000 on select 2018 and 2019 itineraries in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Egypt now until the end of September with its Explore the Exotics Sale. Also, travelers will get another 10 percent early booking discount on 2019 select spring cruises.

Exotic itineraries on sale include:

Splendors of Egypt & The Nile:

  • 12 days from $3,850 (a savings of $1,649 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount)
  • Guests experience Egypt and Nile sites, visiting the Temple of Karnak, Valley of Kings, Cairo, ancient burial grounds and more.

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong: 

  • 15 days in 2018 from $3,990 (savings of $1,709) and 13 days in 2019 from $3,710 (savings of $1,589 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount).
  • Sail to Vietnam and Cambodia while meeting locals, visiting floating villages, and UNESCO sites along the way.

 Me to We & The Sacred Ganges:

  • 12 days from $4,620 (savings of $1,979 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount)
  • New in 2019, Uniworld is providing the first ever wellness cruise along the Ganges in India, including several onboard yoga classes and meditation sessions led by a yoga guru, healthy cooking classes, certified wellness instructors, and the Serenity River Spa.

Visit uniworld.com

Photo by Leonid Andronov//Getty Images

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Marriott Celebrates Unified Loyalty Programs With Promotion
Marriott International

Marriott International is celebrating its recently unified loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), with a new points promotion that will allow members to earn bonus points across 6,700 hotels at all 29 participating brands for the very first time. 

“MegaBonus in More Places” offers members the broadest opportunity to earn bonus points ever. The new offer rewards members for stays of two nights or more and for exploring new brands. Plus, members are invited to play a limited time game, “29 Ways to Stay,” for chances to win prizes such as bonus points and nights. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments, and more.

MegaBonus in More Places

  • Registration: By January 7, 2019
  • Earning Period: September 26, 2018 – January 31, 2019
  • By registering for the promotion here, Marriott Rewards and SPG members will earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights and 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with their second brand.
  • Promotion valid at participating Marriott Rewards, SPG and Ritz-Carlton properties.
  • See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at Marriott.com/MorePlaces.

29 Ways to Stay

  • Playing Period: October 4 – November 1, 2018
  • “29 Ways to Stay” is a memory game with fun facts and trivia about Marriott’s entire loyalty portfolio of brands. Each day, players have the chance to win instant prizes, including bonus points and nights.
  • By playing “29 Ways to Stay” every day members increase their chances of winning the grand prize which includes a two-night stay at each of the 29 brands participating in Marriott’s loyalty programs.
  • See the Official Rules at Marriott.com/29Ways.

Under the recently unified loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG members can combine their accounts giving them one account number, one elite night and points balances to travel all over the world further, faster and easier.

Together, the unified programs are filled with new member benefits. Members can book, earn, and redeem points at all 6,700 hotels in the portfolio across all Marriott International channels, achieve Elite status faster, and more quickly earn points that can be redeemed at properties spanning 130 countries and territories. Plus, members earn on average 20 percent more points per dollar spent and have their Elite status recognized consistently at every hotel across the portfolio.

In addition to redeeming points for hotel stays, all Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG members can redeem points to pursue their passions wherever they travel by choosing from an array of curated special experiences offered exclusively on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments. Members have access to the collection of nearly 120,000 experiences in 1,000 global destinations on the company’s Moments platform. Whether it’s tickets to a Broadway show; a chance to hang out with your favorite sports team; or a cooking class with a famous chef, members can redeem points to participate in a variety of experiences.

For more information, visit www.marriott.com.

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Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Launches "The Happiness Sale"
The deal is available until October 2, 2018 for travel through December 22, 2019 | Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is offering The Happiness Sale, which includes savings of up to 60 percent off, plus kids-stay-free deals at select hotels in 2018 and 2019.

These discounts let travelers pick from a variety of all-inclusive Bahia Principe properties with options for families, couples or large groups. The deal is available for booking until October 2, 2018, for travel through December 22, 2019, including peak season and holidays.

The deal is available for numerous properties, including Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, the family resort in Punta Cana that will rebrand as Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana November 1. Discounts are also available on the completely renovated Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar and Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, previously Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green, reopening as a revamped adults-only entertainment-focused property.

For families, the special kids stay free promotion applies to the following hotels, where up to two children can stay for free in selected room categories:

  • Dominican Republic: Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
  • Mexico: Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum, Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal
  • Jamaica: Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Similar offers are available for next year with discounts on travel from May 1 through October 31, and additional hotels added to the list, including Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal and Grand Bahia Principe Tulum in Riviera Maya. Restrictions on number of children and room categories vary.

Travel agents can take advantage of double points for all bookings through the brand’s Bahia Principe Rewards loyalty program. Agents who are new to Bahia Principe Rewards receive 1,000 welcome points when they sign up, which are also doubled during the Happiness Sale booking window and earn 100-125 points for each room booked at a Bahia Principe property that can be redeemed for perks such as free airport transfers, spa massages or a round of golf.

Visit https://www.bahia-principe.com/en/

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Deals and Packages From The Bahamas
The Bahamas

Hotels on Nassau Paradise Island, the Bahamas, including Melia Nassau Beach, Sandyport Beach Resort, British Colonial Hilton, Comfort Suites Paradise Island and more, are offering travelers a number of deals. 

  • Comfort Suites Paradise Island Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free – Book before September 15, 2018 and children can stay for free in the room with parents, receive access to Atlantis facilities including Aquaventure and enjoy complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at Crusoe’s.
  • SLS Baha Mar Stay Longer & Save –Travelers who book three or more paid nights receive a free night, along with dining credit for the hotel restaurants. Offer valid until September 30, 2018.
  • The Ocean Club Fourth Night Free –Guests who book three consecutive paid nights before September 30, 2018 receive a complimentary fourth night.
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Family Fun – This family-friendly resort is offering half off a connecting guest room for children under the age of 18 with “The Family Plan.” Also, children under five years old eat for free. Available to book through the last day of September 2018.
  • British Colonial Hilton Nassau Another Day in Paradise – Travelers who book a three-night stay receive a fourth night free. Offer expires the last day of September 2018.
  • Rosewood Baha Mar More Rosewood – People who stay two nights or more at this recently opened hotel receive a third night free. Guests must book before the last day of October.  

Other deals include: 

  1. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Extended Labor Day Sale –Book by September 16 and the second guest sails for half off when you book an ocean view stateroom. Valid for trips in September and October 2018.
  2. Silver Airways End of Summer Sale –Fly from Florida to destinations in The Bahamas with fares from $84 one-way. Offer is valid on travel through October 17, 2018. Restrictions apply.
  3. Warwick Hotels & Resorts Fall into the Holiday Spirit –People who book their  holiday getaway at Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas get up to 45% on their reservation. This offer is valid on reservations booked thru June 30, 2019.
  4. Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board's Air/ Cruise Credit Offer – Travelers from the United States and Canada can pre-book an air/cruise ferry-inclusive vacation for four consecutive nights or longer at a participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel and get up to a $250 Air/Cruise Ferry Credit. Guests must book between October 15 and November 12th, 2018 for travel before June 30, 2019. Blackout dates apply.

For more information, visit http://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/travel-deals/

Photo by Sharan Singh/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

 

Webinar
ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™: A New Vacation Concept
Recorded on September 19, 2018 | hotel Xcaret

Hotel Xcaret’s ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™ includes unlimited access to eight nature parks and tours with free transportation between parks and a free airport shuttle - all while staying in sophisticated accommodations with top of the line service and amenities.

Attend this webinar to learn  how the new vacation concept, ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™, can transform your Mexico experience.

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Spirit of Barbados: Immerse, Indulge, Inspire
Recorded on September 13, 2018 | Barbados Elite Club

Come learn why Barbados is the ideal destination for the most discerning traveler and about the numerous benefits that the Barbados Elite Club offers you as a valued partner. Register Now!

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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Announces Unforgettable Vegas Package
September 10 - November 30, 2018 | Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

The recently opened Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is currently offering a special package for its first 100 guests. The Unforgettable Vegas deal includes overnight accommodation in any selected guestroom or suite, spa credit of $200, two cocktails at Sky Bar and dining credit in Twist for $100.

The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, formerly the Mandarin Oriental, is a non-gaming, non-smoking luxury hotel catering to sophisticated travelers. It offers several restaurants, a 27,000 square foot Forbes Five-Star Spa and an eighth-floor pool deck with poolside cabanas.

The Unforgettable Vegas package will run until November 30 for arrival dates between now and then. The deal may not be used in combination with other specials or promotions.

Visitors who book the Unforgettable Vegas deal receive $100 in dining credit for Twist, one of five dining options at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The restaurant comes from Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin star winning chef. Twist, located on the 23rd floor of the hotel, offers a high vantage point for guests to view the city.

Guests who book the special package are also given $200 in spa credit. The spa and wellness center offer a variety of amenities, including a hammam, laconium, vitality pool, steam rooms and beauty salon.  Women have access to their own rhassoul and relaxation lounge and men have a sauna, ice fountain and relaxation lounge. The spa offers seven private couple’s suites and nine single treatment rooms, as well as a Chinese foot spa, beauty salon and boutique.

For more information visit the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ website.

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CIE Tours Offers Gift Cards to Agents Who Book England Tours
To qualify for the reward, agents must fill out the claim form by the end of September. | CIE Tours

CIE Tours, an international tour company, is offering American Express (AMEX) gift cards to travel professionals who book guided CIE Tours to England. Travel agents who book their first CIE Tour will be provided with a $50 AMEX gift card for their first booking of a 2018 or 2019 guided tour.

With no limit, after the first reservation, agents will get a $100 AMEX gift card for any additional reservations made for a guided vacation to England in September.

The three step process towards getting a gift card is:

Step One: Choose from the following 15 of CIE Tours’ most popular guided vacations located here and here.

Step Two: Book and send the deposit to CIE Tours by Sept. 30, 2018.

Step Three: Qualify for the reward:

  • Go to www.cietours.com/englandbonus and fill out the claim form by Sept. 30, 2018.
  • Provide the reservation number, client’s name, client’s date of departure, your information, IATA# and the address where CIE Tours should send the gift card.
  • CIE Tours will verify client travel and send out gift cards quarterly following the client’s return.

For more information, visit www.cietours.com

Photo by Pixabay 

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Casa de Campo Announces 15 Percent Commission on Villa Bookings
To receive the 15 percent commission, bookings must be made by October 30, 2018 for travel through October 30, 2019. | Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is offering 15 percent commission on villa bookings made by October 30, 2018, for travel through October 30, 2019. For example, a weeklong stay in the oceanfront Villa Cielo Azul translates into a nearly $4,000 commission. Some of the most spacious oceanfront villas can go for $10,000 nightly (a $1,500 commission for each night booked). 

Plus, clients will enjoy a bonus perk, in the form of a $500 resort credit on stays of five nights or more, which will be gifted to them on behalf of their travel agent. They can use the credit towards golf, spa, a daytrip to Catalina Island, dining and more. 

There are over 50 villas to choose from with three to 10 bedrooms, oceanfront or golf course views. Here is a look at some of the luxury accommodations:

Villa Golf Azul

This three-bedroom villa, located on the golf course, is ideal for families. Its private pool is surrounded by lush greenery and right off the kitchen for easy entertaining access with windows that open onto the pool with outdoor bar seating. The living room has high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling wraparound glass doors that offer an unobstructed golf course view. From $1,099 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,150.

Villa Esmeralda 

A two-story villa in a peaceful setting with gathering spaces both inside and out. An outdoor patio, private pool surrounded by trees and separate Jacuzzi make the outdoors a place to relax. From $1,259 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,300.

Villa Preciosa

A four-bedroom villa in the heart of Casa de Campo’s nursery offering a pool area and a separate Jacuzzi for privacy. From $1,649 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,730.

Villa Cielo Azul

This oceanfront villa, which can accommodate 14 people, is nestled along the Caribbean coastline and has an infinity pool, game room, three golf carts to cruise the resort, garden with modern-art sculptures and more. From $3,800 nightly; weeklong stay commission of $3,990.

Each villa comes with a maid that makes a freshly prepared breakfast each morning and tends to the home and its guests. Also, golf carts are provided to explore all that Casa de Campo has to offer. There are also private cars and butlers with some villas.

For more information, visit www.casadecampo.com.do.

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Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

Like you, our clients look to us for the unique and authentic.  Localized, immersive experiences aren’t just terms we added to our sales materials a couple of years ago. To us, unique and authentic aren’t a marketing strategy. For over 40 years, we’ve created distinctive hotels and resorts that capture the spirit of the destinations we are proud to call home. We strive to harmonize with each property’s local culture and environment–it’s the reason we got into the game. To pay homage to our communities. To connect through curiosity. To experience high touch, hand-crafted hospitality. Take the Noble House Hotels & Resorts course today!

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Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The diversity of Pacific Mexico sells itself. Natural beauty, varied ecosystems, rich culture and history have all made distinctive marks on the coast. The mountains meet the ocean in Pacific Mexico. And in Baja California Sur, they meet the desert as well. Read all about it in the Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series! 

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Hawaii Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Hawaii is rich with resorts, activities and sites well suited for romance travelers. From honeymoons, weddings or even just a getaway for two, the naturally breathtaking views of the islands provide a picturesque backdrop for lovers. Here are some recent developments on that front.

Quiz
What's Your Italy Travel Persona?
Alitalia

Would Italy bring out the romantic in you, or would your travels be all about adventure? Find out by taking this quiz!

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Travel Impressions Offers Bonus Commission With Blue Diamond Resorts
Available during September. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions reports that it is partnering with select Blue Diamond Resorts for its September 2018 Supplier of the Month offer with a $100 air credit and $150 resort credit along with 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points. To qualify, bookings must be received September 1 – 30 with travel completed by December 22, 2019.

Additionally, groups can earn up to $750 cash bonus depending on the number of rooms booked from September 1 – October 15, 2018 with travel completed by December 22, 2019.

All FIT and group bookings made to participating Blue Diamond Resorts properties received throughout September 2018 will be rewarded with an additional 3 percent bonus Royalton Saint Lucia HIREScommission.

Below are select sample rates for three-night all-inclusive vacations at participating Blue Diamond Resorts properties:

Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun: $700 (originally $1,251) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun: $706 (originally $1,350) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Jamaica

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay: $767 (originally $1,390) per person in a Luxury Room.

Grand Lido Negril, Au Naturel All Suite Resort: $844 (originally $2,205) per person in a Sunset Ocean View Suite.

Royalton Blue Waters: $857 (originally $1,597) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Royalton Negril: $880 (originally $1,632) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Negril: $904 (originally $1,779) per person in a Luxury Room.

Punta Cana

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa: $853 (originally $1,548) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Chic Punta Cana: $863 (originally $1,444) per person in a Luxury room.

Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino: $868 (originally $1,368) per person in a Luxury Room.

Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana: $895 (originally $1,479) per person in a Luxury Room.

Grand Memories Punta Cana: $1,066 (originally $1,116) per person in a Deluxe Room valid for travel November 16 – December 22, 2018.

Antigua

Starfish Jolly Beach: $1,244 (originally $1,651) per person in a Supersaver room.

Saint Lucia

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: $1,471 (originally $2,211) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia: $1,513 (originally $2,358) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica: $1,559 (originally $2,774) per person in a Junior Suite, valid for travel February 1 – 4, 2019. 

Sample rates are per person, based on double occupancy, for travel from December 1 – December 4, 2018 and include roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines from Miami International Airport, roundtrip hotel transfers, three-night hotel accommodations, hotel tax, all meals, drinks and snacks, concierge service and more. Rates may vary based on departure date.

Click on the ‘Supplier of the Month” tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more.

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What kind of Abu Dhabi adventurer are you?
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Test your knowledge and discover why travelers seeking cultural and demographic diversity are drawn by the allure of Abu Dhabi. Take the quiz now!

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SAA Vacations Announces Free Five-Star Luxury Hotel Upgrades
Travelers must book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. | SAA Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, has announced complimentary luxury upgrades to five-star accommodations in Cape Town and in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve for travelers who book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. 

Starting at $4,499 per person, the “Best of South Africa” package upgrade special includes five-star accommodations in Cape Town at the Taj Cape Town located in the heart of the “Mother City” and the exclusive Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve. In addition to accommodations, the package includes roundtrip air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways, airport transfers in South Africa, a Cape Peninsula tour, Winelands tour, safari activities and airport meet and greet services by a SAA Vacations representative. 

In all, the package includes:

  • Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington Dulles to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Four-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Taj Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Three-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Becks Safari Lodge, including all meals
  • Daily breakfast in Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Cape Winelands tour
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa

This five-star upgrade is available for new reservations made by September 30, 2018.

The Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel situated near shops, restaurants and nightlife in the “Mother City”. The hotel offers 176 rooms, each individually appointed with classical furnishings, flat-screen televisions and marble bathrooms with rain showers and an oversized bathtub. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, spa access, and free shuttles to Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront. 

Becks Safari Lodge combines luxurious living with distinct design nestled within the South African Bushveld. Each air-conditioned safari suite offers views of either the Makhutswi River or a popular waterhole, providing ideal game viewing. Amenities include private verandahs, premium bedding, coffee and tea facilities, and an infinity pool. Daily game drives in open safari vehicles provide the opportunity to view South Africa’s “Big 5” followed by evenings watching the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains.

For more information, visit www.flysaavacations.com.

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USTOA Offers Deals for Travel Together Month
September 1, 2018. | The United States Tour Operators Association

The United States Tour Operators Association's (USTOA) Travel Together Month is starting on the first day of September. It is going to provide incentives for both travel agents and consumers. For a month, travel agents have the opportunity to get perks which include:

  • CroisiEurope Cruises: Book 10 guests on any CroisiEurope Mekong River Cruise aboard the Indochine or Indochine II and earn one free cabin for the agent and a guest in 2018 or 2019. Only bookings during September 2018 apply.
  • CIE Tours International: Earn a $600 booking bonus for groups of 10 or more with no money down at time of booking. Additionally, clients can receive a 5% discount when booking early. Available to book through September 30, 2018 for travel in 2019.
  • International Expeditions: Earn a free space, discounts for clients, and special amenities when booking small groups on select Galapagos expedition cruises and Amazon River cruises. Free tour conductor space starts with six guests booked. Available for booking 12/31/18, for departures throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • Authentic Vacations: All travel agents will earn a $200 bonus commission during the month of September on any FIT custom tour. Bonus commission applies to new bookings made September 1-30, 2018.
  • Alexander+Roberts: Earn a $100 per couple ($50 per passenger) booking bonus when clients take advantage of the pay-in-full savings of $500 per person on all 2019-2020 Small Group Journeys, Private Tours, and Small Ship Cruises of six days or longer and pay in full at time of booking before December 31,2018.

These are available from September 1 to the end of the month. For more information, visit http://www.ustoa.com/travel-together-month

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Loews Hotels Adds Shoulder Season Travel Deals
The deals apply for shoulder season | Loews Hotels

Loews Hotels is creating special programming and reduced fares for travelers who go between peak and off-peak seasons. The company has announced five shoulder season travel deals in Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami Beach and Philadelphia.

  1. Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Located in the USA’s first skyscraper, the place of stay has created a new offer combining the historic features of the hotel with a social media scavenger hunt called Past, Present, Philadelphia. The package includes a complimentary Secret Knock at Bank & Bourbon. Bookings are available until December 3 Accommodations start at $169/night.
  2. Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel: Located in Rosemont, Illinois, this place offers the latest fashions at Chicago Fashion Outlets. With more than 130 outlets, Loews says is the Midwest’s only two-level indoor shopping center. The Fueled for Fashion package includes breakfast at The Ashburn, a complimentary self-parking for one vehicle each night, a $50 gift card and a Fashion Outlets Savings Pass. Accommodations start at $129/night.
  3. Loews Chicago Hotel: From downtown Chicago, Lowes guests could visit the Millennium or Grant Park in the day and go to a Broadway show at night. Accommodations starting at $239/night.
  4. Loews Minneapolis Hotel: The Twin Cities location is near several shopping and entertainment venues. People who stay are encouraged to visit a local brewery, the hotel’s spa or an outdoor festival. Accommodations start at $175/night
  5. Loews Miami Beach Hotel: Located by South Beach’s Art Deco District, the place of stay has year-round tropical weather and miles of white sand beaches. Destinations to see include the South Beach sites and oceanfront pool. Accommodations start at $329/night.

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

 

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Singapore Airlines Announces Discounted Fares to Europe and Asia
Travel must be booked from now through September 13, 2018, for travel from October 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019. | Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is offering round-trip promotional Economy and Premium Economy Class fares starting at $575 on select routes from five U.S. gateways (JFK, EWR, LAX, SFO, IAH) to Singapore and a range of additional Asian destinations. Travelers can save an additional 5 percent on fares when using the SIA mobile app to book travel. Travel must be booked from August 24 through September 13, 2018 for travel from October 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.

Economy Class Price Premium Economy Price
LAX-TOKYO (NRT) $575 LAX-TOKYO (NRT) $1,200
LAX-SINGAPORE (SIN) $650 LAX-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,250
LAX-BALI (DPS) $690 LAX-BALI (DPS) $1,500
SFO-HONG KONG (HKG) $575 SFO-HONG KONG (HKG) $1,000
SFO-SINGAPORE (SIN) $675 SFO-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,250
IAH-MANCHESTER (MAN) $675 IAH-MANCHESTER (MAN) $1,400
IAH-SINGAPORE (SIN) $675 IAH-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,300
JFK-FRANKFURT (FRA) $675 JFK-FRANKFURT (FRA) $1,200
JFK-SINGAPORE (SIN) $700 JFK-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,200
    EWR-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,350
    EWR-BANGKOK (BKK) $1,400

Above fares are all-in for round-trip, Economy and Premium Economy travel and includes all taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges. The inventory may not be available on all permitted travel dates. Blackout dates and fare terms and conditions apply. Passengers are responsible for travel documents, including a valid passport and any required tourist/entry visas.

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com.

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Travel Agent Special in Fort Lauderdale
Available through September 30. | The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, an all-suite, beachfront boutique hotel in Fort Lauderdale, has announced a special deal for travel agents that’s aimed to coincide with summer’s end. Exclusively for travel agents, those who book their stay through September 30 will receive a special rate, as well as 20 percent off at the hotel’s newly renovated signature restaurant, Coastal

The deal is timed to coincide with the introduction this summer of a wave of new services to the hotel. The property has also announced a full renovation of its 104 suites to be completed this winter. The project will aim to preserve the hotel’s classic coastal charm while introducing a fresh new feel with brighter tones that aim to complement the property’s surrounding tropical landscape.

To book, travel agents must use the promo code PHRTVL. Visit the hotel’s website to book and for more information. 

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The Top 10 Things to do at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel
August 15, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel

Become a local expert on the hotel that sits on an award-winning beach, steps away from water activities, boat trips, restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shopping. Attend this webinar and discover the top ten things to do at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, conveniently located near all that West Maui has to offer.

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Warwick Paradise Island Offers 40 Percent Savings, 15 Percent Commission
Good for bookings by September 14, 2018. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is offering a Forever Summer promotion, valid for travel through 2019 with savings up to 40 percent off the resort's "Best Flexible Rate." A $30 per person Amber Spa credit is provided to guests booking a minimum of three nights. In addition, travel agents who book the Forever Summer offer receive a 15% commission on all reservations.

Nightly all-inclusive rates offered through the Forever Summer special start from $160 per person, based on double occupancy in an Island View room; from $175 per person, double occupancy in a Water View room; from $210 per person, double occupancy in Harbour Deluxe Balcony accommodations, and from $250 per person, double occupancy, in a Harbour Premium Balcony room. Nightly rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates.

The $30 per person credit for the resort's Amber Spa is available on reservations that are a minimum of three nights and can be used towards the purchase of any of Amber Spa's full menu of massages, facials, skin care, nail and hair treatments. The credit cannot be refunded, bartered or sold, and has no cash value.

Guests of Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas can enjoy the following all-inclusive features:

  • All meals and snacks available at five on-property restaurants, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Activities, including pool volleyball, indoor and outdoor pool tables, ping pong table, pinball, foosball tables, bocce, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, use of bicycles and outdoor adult-size chess board game
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Standard Wi-Fi internet access for Island View and Water View rooms
  • Premium Wi-Fi internet access for Harbour Deluxe and Premium Balcony rooms
  • Use of the 24-hour fully-equipped fitness center
  • Gratuities, taxes, surcharges (7.5 percent VAT included for stays up to June 30, 2019; starting July 1, 2019, 12 percent VAT is included)

The Forever Summer promotion is valid on bookings made by September 14, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019. Travel advisors can make reservations for their clients for this promo online, by calling 1-888-645-5550 (U.S. and Canada) or sending an email to [email protected] or through the GDS system.

As part of the resort's all-inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy the Cabbage Beach Picnic, which takes guests to Cabbage Beach (a five-minute drive). Beach service is provided, at no additional cost to guests, with a beverage and a light lunch. Reserved spaces are limited to 36 guests per day and reservations should be made 24-hours in advance of the excursion at the reception desk.

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Ocean-Going Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

As cruise selling agents sail into the second half of 2018, the horizon is clear for robust cruise sales. But the cruise seascape always brings swells and bigger waves too. Being proactive in your sales game and knowing what opportunities to tap are critical for retailers. Here are key trends and events to watch through the end of 2018 and beyond.

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Africa & The Middle East Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

With an increase in visitors, new air routes, and exhilarating hotel and lodge development, it’s a good time to recommend travel to East and Southern Africa to clients. Travel to the Middle East has held steady over the last four years, thanks in part to a stronger than average interest by Millennials, with Matures (born before 1946) not far behind. Discover what's new in these destinations in the Africa & The Middle East Focus Series.