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ASTA Offers Discount on Verified Travel Advisor Program
Available until April 30, 2020 | ASTA

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

ASTA is also offering three courses from the VTA program for free during April, which are Media Training, Marketing You and Agency Relationships & Law. ASTA members should visit asta.org/membertraining to retrieve special codes to obtain the courses at no cost.  

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

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

e-Learning
Crystal Expedition Cruises
Travel Agent University

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

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

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

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

Package Prices:

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

Inclusions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e-Learning
NH Hotels Specialist
Travel Agent University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Webinar
MSC True Partnerships – Serving You
Wednesday, April 1 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | MSC Cruises

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

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

 

Podcasts
Switzerland Tourism Highlights New Offerings And Experiences
Switzerland Tourism

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

Podcasts
A Conversation With Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal
Luxury Travel Advisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Podcasts
Holland America
Travel Agent Central

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

Podcasts
Seabourn
Travel Agent Central

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

Podcasts
Regent Cruises
Travel Agent Central

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.unitedvacationsagent.com
 

Podcasts
Cunard
Travel Agent Central

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

Podcasts
Uniworld River Cruises
Travel Agent Central

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

Podcasts
Variety Cruises
Travel Agent Central

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

e-Learning
US Virgin Islands Islands Multi-Gen Travel
Travel Agent University

Multigenerational travel has been a top trend for nearly a decade but planning a trip that meets the needs of three or more generations isn’t any easier. We’ll teach you that in addition to stunning beaches and natural landscapes, the U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the reasons why the Caribbean ranks so high among families and advisors alike.

e-Learning
US Virgin Islands Romance
Travel Agent University

Deep dive into the modern-day destination wedding and honeymoon market, which now encompasses pre- and post-celebrations (i.e. earlymoons, babymoons and vow renewals). We’ll cover everything from growth segments (babymoons) to key client targets (vow renewals) all with a focus on helping you sell more USVI—a destination that should be top of mind the moment a client says, “I’m engaged/pregnant/celebrating an anniversary.”

e-Learning
Expedition & Adventure Cruising 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

Here is a sampling of what’s new on the expedition and adventure cruises horizon.

e-Learning
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2020 Experience 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.

Podcasts
Insight Vacations Rolls Out New Offerings
INSIGHT VACATIONS

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero interviews Insight Vacations's CEO Ulla Hefel Böhler on everything travel advisors need to know about the new experiences offered from this global travel company. Tune in.

e-Learning
5 Days to Stronger Alaska Cruise Sales
Holland America

Over the next five days, we'll decode the Alaska cruise: market, sales opportunity, customer and booking. You'll finish the course fully prepared to set your Alaska cruise sales strategy. 

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Wyndham Reef Resort Announces Winter Sale, Increased Commission
Available for new bookings now through March 31, 2020. | Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman

To kick off the new decade, the Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman has announced its 2020 Winter Sale, in addition to an increase in travel agent commissions from 10 to 13 percent. The 13 percent commission is for new bookings on both room-only and all-inclusive plan for overnight stays booked now through March 31, 2020, with travel through December 19, 2020.

The 152-room Wyndham Reef Resort is located on the east end of Grand Cayman. The resort has 1,600 feet of white sandy beach and a myriad of water activities, including jet ski-guided snorkel tours and stand up paddle boards to kite surfing, sailing and more. The resort is also just 40 minutes from George Town, Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City and other popular island locations. Every room offers views of the Caribbean Sea, and all one- and two-bedroom condos, include a full kitchen and dining area.

For resort reservations or more information about Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, visit WyndhamCayman.com or call 888-232-0541.

Photo by mikolajn/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Carnival’s “Why Use a Travel Advisor” Campaign Returns With Booking Bonus
Booking bonus available through February 29, 2020. | Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line’s yearlong “Why Use a Travel Advisor,” or WUATA, campaign is back in 2020. Featured as “100 Reasons Why Use a Travel Advisor,” the initiative has kicked off with a new booking promotion — “100 Rockin’ Rewards.” Travel advisors can earn 100 bonus reward points for every five bookings they enter in the Loyalty Rocks! Rewards Program between January 13 and February 29, 2020, up to 1,000 points. Bonus points will be incremental to the standard reward points for each of these bookings.

The 100 Reasons WUATA initiative raises awareness about how travel advisors create value for their clients, with the goal of reaching more consumers this year and encouraging them to use a travel advisor. New for the 2020 program is the debut of monthly initiatives with 100 different fun and exciting new giveaways, events, rewards and more to benefit travel advisors and their clients.

“Every month in 2020 we’ll roll out fun initiatives for travel agents and their clients to participate in 100 Reasons Why Use a Travel Advisor,” said Adolfo M. Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of global sales and trade marketing, in a written statement. “We’re going to educate clients and make sure consumers know that a travel advisor’s knowledge and experience are game changers when booking a vacation.”

To participate in the 100 Rockin’ Rewards promotion, travel advisors need to complete the opt-in form available on GoCCL.com and enter their bookings in the Loyalty Rocks Rewards Program. Reward points can be redeemed for gift cards, merchandise, electronics and more.

Travel advisors and their clients can keep up with the latest monthly initiatives by visiting wuata.com or following the WUATA Facebook page and the Carnival Trade Facebook page.
 

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Warwick Paradise Island Extends Travel Agent Incentive Program
Throughout 2020. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas has extended its “WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program,” which will continue to provide eligible retail travel professionals with cash bonuses of up to $65 per booking throughout 2020 on top of regular commissions up to 20 percent. 

The WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program was launched in May 2019 and was set to expire December 20, 2019, before the extension was announced. Through the program, travel professionals must complete the “WPIB Specialist” training with the resort’s sales team to learn about the features of the resort and the incentives. Travel professionals with a valid IATA, TRUE or CLIA number can register for the WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program by completing the registration form, available by emailing [email protected]. The agent will be contacted by a member of the sales department to conduct the training and provided with a personalized form to log all bookings that are a minimum of three nights.  

Qualified WPIB Specialists will receive the following cash incentives per booking (including group bookings) on top of their regular commissions once all reservations have been validated by the resort:

Direct bookings made via resort’s website

  • Three to four nights - $30
  • Five to six nights - $50
  • Seven or more nights - $65

Bookings via participating tour operators

  • Three to four nights - $20
  • Five to six nights - $40
  • Seven or more nights - $55

WPIB Specialists can opt to redeem their incentives upon validation of their booking or accumulate incentives over time (up to 12 months) into a larger single check. All bookings can be reported up to 30 days after guest departure from the hotel. 

Additionally, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas provides travel professionals with commission of up to 20 percent on client reservations. Travel agents receive 20 percent commission for “Best Flexible Rate” reservations; 15 percent commission for special promotional and seasonal packages, as well as wedding and honeymoon packages; and 10 percent commission on reservations using special government, military, AARP, AAA and senior traveler rates (65 and over).

Cash incentives from the WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program are offered in addition to the resort’s standard commission structure. For additional information about the WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program, email [email protected] or call 1-888-645-5550.

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2020 Agent Incentive Campaign From Collette
For every 10 bookings made through March 31, agents will earn $1,000. Details here. | Collette

Collette has launched a new travel advisor incentive campaign to kick off 2020. For every 10 bookings, agents will earn $1,000. Bookings made from January 1 – March 31, 2020 for travel through April 30, 2021 are eligible for the incentive.

The agent incentive is valid on new retail bookings.  The agent will earn $25 for booking one and two, $50 for bookings three and four, $100 for bookings five through eight, $200 for booking nine and $250 for booking ten for a maximum of ten bookings and maximum earnings of $1,000. These incentives will be paid within 30 days following the quarter that the qualifying bookings have traveled. A booking is defined as a minimum of two full-paying passengers in a double room or a single passenger in a single room. All payments are payable per agent and bookings cannot be combined with other agency bookings. The promotion is not valid on existing or group bookings.

Visit www.gocollette.com 

Photo by solar22/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images   

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3% Bonus Commission From Atlas Ocean Voyages
Special travel advisor offers are available for all new bookings made from January 2 through March 31, 2020, aboard all inaugural deployment sailings. | Atlas Ocean Voyages

New cruise brand Atlas Ocean Voyages has announced the inaugural season for its first ship, the World Navigator, as well as a number of special offers for travel advisors and their clients. The new ship will set sail on July 17, 2021. 

For the inaugural deployment, Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering travel advisors an additional three percent bonus commission, for a total of 15 percent. Travelers will also enjoy early-booking savings of up to $2,000 per stateroom or suite, 50 percent reduced deposit and an additional 5 percent savings for sailing consecutive voyages. 

For being among the first to secure their suite or stateroom during World Navigator’s inaugural season, travelers can immediately enjoy $1,000 savings per guest per voyage in World Navigator’s Journey Suites, Discovery Suites and Navigator Suite; $500 per guest in Explorer-, Horizon-, and Veranda-category staterooms; and $200 per guest in Adventure staterooms. Atlas Ocean Voyages also is reducing its standard deposit by 50 percent for all bookings and adding a 5 percent bonus savings for travelers who book two consecutive itineraries.

The inaugural savings and bonus commission offers are combinable and applicable for all new bookings made from January 2 through March 31, 2020, aboard all inaugural deployment sailings. Fares are based on double occupancy; applicable for first and second berths; and subject to availability.

Travel advisors should visit www.atlasoceanvoyages.com or call 1-844-44-ATLAS  (1-844-442-8527).
 

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50% Off Group Bookings From Brightline
Available on bookings made through January 31. | Brightline

Brightline, a South Florida-based high-speed rail service, is rolling out a new group travel deal. Groups of all sizes can reserve a private 49-or 60-seat train car or full train buyout and bring friends and family along to experience the best of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach together. Through January 31, groups can receive 50 percent off bookings of 16 guests or more.
 
The events team at Brightline can curate lasting memories for couples, girls getaways, family reunions, kids birthday parties, holiday gatherings and more. Couples can even tie the knot while cruising at 79 miles per hour with 10 or 200 of their closest friends and family. Last August, Brightline hosted its first wedding with a couple from Wilton Manors, FL. The train car was outfitted with elegant floral bouquets and the loving couple said “I Do” as they pulled into the West Palm Beach station.
  
Corporate or private groups can also rent out all 240 seats and activate each car with unique themes complemented with specialty food and beverages, decorations and music. Turning the train into an experiential journey, Brightline cars can transform into silent disco dance parties, karaoke sing-alongs or a jungle-themed oasis.
 
Those groups looking to explore outside of the stations can collaborate with the Brightline sales team to create one-of-a-kind destination experiences in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Those looking to customize their celebration can visit www.gobrightline.com or e-mail gro[email protected].

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Insight Vacations Offers Air Savings, Early Payment Discount
Deals available through February 27 | Insight Vacations

Travelers can take advantage of savings in 2020 with an extended air offer and early payment discount from Insight Vacations. From now until February 27, guests can save up to $300 per couple on economy air on departures to Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Morocco for travel through May 31, as well as from September 1 to November 15.

By choosing flights with American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia, travelers can save $150 off per person on Economy, $200 off per person on Premium Economy or $300 off per person on Business Class.

Guests who book and pay in full by February 27 can receive a savings of 7.5 percent on trips to Europe and Britain, as well as the United States and Canada.

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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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The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club Offers Last-Minute Holiday Packages
The hotel in the Dominican Republic is offering packages through January 2, 2020. | The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club

For those looking to book a last-minute holiday getaway, The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club on the Dominican Republic’s Samana peninsula is offering a pair of special packages. 

“Christmas in Paradise,” available through December 27, offers rates starting at $140 plus 28 percent or $165 for an oceanfront suite, based on double occupancy rate. This rate includes daily breakfast, stand-up paddleboards and a three-course dinner for two at the hotel’s waterfront restaurant, La Regatta

From December 28 to January 2, the property is also offering the “New Years in Paradise” package, with rates starting at $180 plus 28 percent based on double occupancy for an ocean or mountain view suite (based on availability). This rate includes a welcome drink, daily breakfast and early check-in / late check-out. 

The hotel will also host a New Year’s Eve party with a gala dinner that includes a five-course tasting menu at La Deauville overlooking the marina, a DJ, live music and open bar until 1 a.m. for $110 per person. 

The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club is a 32-room resort that is part of the MINT Hotels & Residences boutique hotel brand. 

Visit www.thebannisterhotel.com

Podcasts
What Travel Advisors Need To Know About Selling Ireland
VISIT IRELAND

In this podcast, Questex Travel's Ruthanne Terrero interviews Tourism Ireland's Alison Metcalfe on everything travel advisors need to know about selling Ireland. Listen now.

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Virgin Voyages Launches Stackable Bonus Commissions
Travel advisors will be eligible for additional commission on bookings made December 19, 2019, to December 31, 2020. | Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has announced a new commission structure for travel advisors. From December 19, 2019, to December 31, 2020, the new adults-only cruise brand will offer additional opportunities for bonus commissions, including stackable rewards throughout the year. 

In advance of the inaugural cruise of the line’s first ship, the Scarlet Lady, in April 2020, Virgin Voyages is offering bonus commissions on all new sailings, including stackable options that can be combined for maximum incentives of up to 16 percent. In addition to the “Perfect 10” commission structure and the brand’s elimination of NCFs, including taxers and fees, travel agents will be eligible for an additional 3 percent bonus on fares for new bookings made from December 19, 2019, to December 31, 2020. The line is offering another 3 percent stackable bonus commission on new bookings for sailings that take place in April and May. 

Support is available from Virgin Voyages’ dedicated sales team:

Edyta Teper, AVP - Strategic Accounts, North America ([email protected])
John Diorio, AVP - Sales, North America ([email protected])
Shane Riley, AVP - International Sales ([email protected])

Visit Firstmates.com 

e-Learning
Learn to Grow Your Sales with Undiscovered Britain
VisitBritain

From England’s cutting-edge cities to Scotland’s coastal waters to Wales’ Dark Sky Reserves, Great Britain offers experiences that are both unexpected and iconic, attracting a wide spectrum of travelers. In just five days, we will take you on a journey through the undiscovered side of Great Britain while providing you with client base expertise to maximize your sales to this wildly popular destination.

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Travel Impressions Debuts “End of Year Countdown” Savings
Bookings must be made by December 31 for travel through June 30, 2020. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions is counting down to 2020 with oversized savings across destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Europe and the United States. To qualify for Travel Impressions’ End of Year Countdown promotion, bookings must be made by December 31 for travel through June 30, 2020.

In CancunGrand Oasis Cancun offers clients up to 74 percent savings plus Partner Privileges benefits. Among the array of options at Grand Oasis Cancun, guests can enjoy live presentations, such as concerts, music festivals, stage presentations and themed parties.

Clients staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui can receive a complimentary night and free breakfast. Hawaii’s only all-suite resort has four unique restaurants, three swimming pools (including an adults-only pool), a fitness and wellness program and access to the top adventures across the island.

Receive $200 in resort coupons and up to 64 percent off at Reflect Nuevo Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta. Travelers can also receive up to 63 percent off and Partner Privileges benefits at five-star Barceló Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana. Guests can use $200 in resort coupons on the entire family in Puerto Plata at family-friendly Sunscape Puerto Plata.

Travel agents can visit www.travimp.com/countdown to browse a list of savings and value-added amenities from participating hotels and resorts as well as exclusive offers.

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Central Holidays to Award $1,000 Gift Card for New Group Bookings
For bookings made with a deposit by January 31, 2020. | Central Holidays

Central Holidays Group Travel Experiences is unveiling a booking bonus of an up to $1,000 gift card for new group bookings made with deposit by January 31, 2020. Travel advisors that book and deposit a group with a minimum of 30 travelers and a minimum five-night stay receive a $1,000 gift card; for groups booked with deposit comprised of a minimum of 20 travelers and a minimum five-night stay, planners receive a $500 gift card.  

Here’s a look at some trip ideas for group planners from Central Holidays’ Group Travel Experiences:

Food and Wine

On these programs, guests will visit vineyards across the globe to sample wines, taste traditional regional cuisine, experience the hospitality of locals and participate in cooking class itineraries.

Culture and History

Travel advisors can have their clients embark on Culture and History Programs throughout the world, with visits to castles, places of worship, museums, gardens and ancient buildings that have been well-preserved. Clients experience the cultures of different countries by attending concerts, shows and more.

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

On these programs, travelers can: explore the Palace of Knossos in Crete or the ruins of Pompeii in Italy; discover the mysteries of Stonehenge in England or the archaeological wonders of Turkey; experience the vastness of the Roman and Greek Empires, or the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures in Eastern Europe; take a glimpse into the past in Egypt; or enjoy a journey to Peru's Machu Picchu.

Religious Experiences

In Europe, experience the Vatican and the religious sites of France, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Explore the Holy Land of Israel and learn about the religious significance of Egypt. For 2020, Central Holidays is presenting the Passion Plays in Oberammergau, Germany, or Sordevolo, Italy.

Gift card eligibility is based on a minimum number of travelers as indicated above, booked with deposit as part of a group with a minimum five-night stay. This promotion is valid for new group bookings deposited by January 31, 2020, for travel before March 31, 2021. The offer is not combinable with any other offers/discounts/promotions. Additional restrictions may apply. All programs can be customized to meet each group’s needs.

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Mexico’s beaches resort areas are perennially popular with honeymooners — and rightfully so. However, newlyweds these days may be looking for something more experiential in addition to the romance of sun, sand and sea. Read the Focus Series to learn more!

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.

For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Seabourn Runs 2020 Signature Savings Event
The event runs through February 28, 2020. | Seabourn

Seabourn has launched its 2020 Signature Savings Event, which offers savings and value-added amenities on select 2020 – 2021 voyages on Seabourn’s five vessels in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Arabia & India, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America and the Pacific Coast, as well as the cruise line’s transatlantic voyages.

The event runs December 4, 2019, through February 28, 2020. Depending on the individual voyage, event benefits may include any or all of the following:

  • Complimentary Veranda for Ocean View Suite upgrades
  • Up to three category Veranda Suite upgrades
  • Up to $1,000 shipboard credit per suite
  • Up to $500 air credit per person
  • Up to 600-minute Internet package per person
  • 50 percent reduced deposit
  • Only in Alaska: One complimentary Ventures by Seabourn Zodiac Shore Excursion per guest.
  • Plus, book a Penthouse or Premium Suite to receive up to $2,000 shipboard credit per suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per suite. 

More information is available at seabourn.com

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20% Commission From Casa Natalia
The 20 percent commission will be available on bookings made January 1 through March 31, 2020, while the 50 percent off fam rates will last indefinitely. | Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia, a boutique hotel in the historic town of San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, is offering a new commission deal for travel advisors. The 18-room property is celebrating its 20th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, the hotel is offering 20 percent commission and 50 percent off fam visits to travel advisors. 

The 20 percent commission will be available on bookings made January 1 through March 31, 2020, while the 50 percent off fam rates will last indefinitely. 

In addition to a collection of curated artwork, Casa Natalia is also home to Mi Cocina Restaurant and Maja Oyster Bar, which serves eclectic menu items inspired by Mexican, European and Asian cuisine. 

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Berlin Premium: Hotels, Experiences, Highlights
Recorded on December 3, 2019 | visitBerlin

Learn how your clients can indulge in the noble side of Berlin and explore the city’s Premium Hotels. Join us to discover the deluxe side of Berlin - one of the most fascinating cities in the world! Register for this webinar now.

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Find Your Clients’ Great Britain: From the iconic to the undiscovered in 5 Days
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Great Britain is brilliant for culture vultures, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, foodies, film fans and more. Sign up for our latest email course, Find Your Clients’ Great Britain: From the iconic to the undiscovered in 5 Days, and take your first step towards growing your sales beyond what you think you know about Great Britain.

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Eurobound Promotes Spain with $500 Gift Card
Available through March 31, 2020 | Eurobound

Eurobound has partnered with the Spanish Tourist Office, offering a $500 gift check to the 10 top agents selling Eurobound packages to Spain through March 31, 2020. As part of the partnership, Eurobound will roll out a series of customizable, all-Spain itineraries, starting with a trio of new regional, independent packages:

All the Charm of Andalusia

Beginning in Madrid and ending in Granada, this nine-day package includes four-star hotel accommodations with breakfast; two nights each in Madrid and Granada, three in Seville and one night in Ronda. Travel is via high-speed train from Madrid to Cordoba and Seville, while a driver-guide takes guests from Seville to Jerez, Ronda and Granada. Private tours and private transfers between airport and hotel are also included.

During their Andalusia discovery, Eurobound travelers will learn how to pair wine and tapas on a private, guided walking tour of historic bars in Madrid, take in a flamenco show with transfer from their hotel by horse and carriage in Seville, visit a winery and enjoy a sherry tasting, and enjoy an Andalusian horse show in Jerez. In addition to Jerez, excursions with the private driver include the White Villages with their white-washed houses and tile roofs, along with the scenic Caminito del Rey overlooking the Gaitanes Gorge 300 feet below.

Per person price starts at $2,750, based on double occupancy.

Madrid to Basque Country

This itinerary includes four-star hotel accommodations with daily buffet breakfast, private tours and airport transfers, plus a rental car for four days. Eurobound guests spend the first three nights in Madrid, followed by two nights each in La Rioja and in San Sebastian, and a final overnight in Bilbao.

Highlights include a Madrid city tour and privately guided tours in Toledo, La Rioja, San Sebastian and Bilbao. Guests sample wines and enjoy a private wine tour of two wineries in Rioja, along with lunch in a local restaurant. A culinary walking tour in San Sebastian provides a sampling of drinks and pintxos, while in Bilbao, a private city tour includes entry to the famed, Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum.

Per person price is $2,585 based on double occupancy. 

On the Shores of the Mediterranean Sea

Three Mediterranean destinations—Barcelona, Valencia and Majorca—are the focus of Eurobound’s 10-day package. Guests stay in Barcelona for three nights, Valencia for two and Majorca for four. Included are accommodations in four- and five-star hotels with daily breakfast, private transfers and privately guided tours and excursions at each destination. 

Highlights in Barcelona include a five-hour tour with a private driver-guide, a private tapas tour and a private day tour to Montserrat and Penedes with lunch at a local restaurant and “cava,” tasting. In Valencia, a private walking tour introduces Eurobound guests to “horchata,” a beverage made from the local “chufa” fruit. A full-day guided tour with driver in Majorca takes in the Tramontana mountain range, with lunch in a local restaurant and a boat ride to Port Soller. Also included is a half-day private tour to Palma de Majorca with its old town and elegant shops of the Plaza de la Reina. The independent tour concludes with a full day at leisure to enjoy Majorca.

Per person price begins at $3,375, including high-speed train travel between Barcelona and Madrid and flights between Valencia and Majorca.

Eurobound can also arrange business class air fare and can customize each package. For more information, call 888-672-7476 toll free or email [email protected]

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