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Tour Operator 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s no secret that the consumer has changed in terms of what they want from a trip. Today’s traveler no longer wants to feel like a tourist, like a stranger in a strange town. The desire these days is to fit in like a local and to take part in activities that convey the emotion of what it would be like to live in the place they’re visiting. Or, at the very least, to feel like a very privileged guest who has been granted access to see the sights in a most respectful way. Here are some take-aways from a recent Tour Operator Roundtable we conducted that should help you sell your services to Millennials and other experiential travelers.

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European Waterways Offers Savings on Select Early Bookings for 2019
Available until September 14. | European Waterways

European Waterways is offering early-booking specials of 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on many 2019 departures when booked before September 14, 2018. These specials include the March 24 and 31, 2019 departures of the 12-passenger Panache as it cruises Holland during the beginning of the country’s tulip season. Prices for these cruises start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

In addition to departures in Holland, Panache is also offering 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on select departures in the Alsace and Lorraine region, which the vessel cruises later in the season.  Prices for cruises on August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019 start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

In Southern France, the eight-passenger Rosa hotel barge cruises the Gascony and Bordeaux, with excursions that include wine tastings, tours of medieval towns, chateaux and colorful village markets. Prices start at $30,420, a saving of almost $3,400, for departures on April 14 and 21 and 28, as well as May 5 and 12, 2019. 

European Waterways’ largest vessel, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, cruises the Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and Mantua. Itinerary highlights include a tour of Venice, a visit to Chioggia’s colorful fish market, and dinner at the 17th-century villa of Ca’Zen, accompanied by the countess herself. Prices start at $66,960, a saving of $7,440. Eligible departures include March 24 and 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 5 and 12, 2019.

Visit www.europeanwaterways.com.

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Discover Abu Dhabi - Your Extraordinary Story
Recorded on July 31, 2018 | Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Captivating culture, breath-taking luxury, exhilarating adventure and the warmth of Arabian hospitality await you in Abu Dhabi. Discover tourism assets, new developments, and an overall insight into Abu Dhabi’s tourism products and services, with a particular focus on culture and heritage attractions alongside cruise, golf and entertainment segments. 

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Culture Holidays Offers Vietnam FAM Deal With Free Malaysia Add-On
Culture Holidays

Those who book Culture Holiday’s Vietnam FAM trip can receive a free four-day Malaysia trip if they book for May 18, September 14 or October 18, 2019.

Priced at $899 per person, the seven-day Cultural Vietnam tour provides five nights at four-star hotels, one night on a cruise, sightseeing, a Cyclo trip and a Water Puppet show in Hanoi. Guests will arrive in Hanoi where they will see the Quan Thanh Temple, the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

After Hanoi, travelers will head to the UNESCO-designated Gulf of Tonkin for the one-night cruise. Boarding around lunchtime, guests will see Dog Head, the Swan Islands, the Luon cave area and Titop Island. The next day, after a visit to the Cave of Ha Long Bay, passengers will return to port and make their way to the airport for a flight to Saigon.

While in Saigon, guests will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Reunification Palace, see several city landmarks and walk through Ben Thanh market. Travelers will spend the next day along the Mekong River, walking around rural villages and tasting local food.

The additional, free four-day Malaysian trip bases guests in Kuala Lumpur and offers opportunities to see the city’s highlights as well as a nearby Hindu shrine at the Batu Caves. While in the city, travelers can see the world’s largest twin tower complex, PETRONAS Twin Towers, visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and head to the Chocolate Boutique & Batik Centre.

For more information visit www.cultureholidays.com/vietnamfam.

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Himalayan International Tours Introduces India Nepal FAM Trip
Tour departs September 25. | Himalayan International Tours

Himalayan International Tours is offering a 10-day FAM trip of India and Nepal, leaving New York September 25. Guests will see the Taj Mahal, visit Kathmandu, ride an elephant and see countless historic cities, palaces, temples, mosques and more.

Travelers will spend their first full day in India in Delhi. They will visit the oldest and largest mosque in the country Jama Masjid, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and the bazaar Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, they will see Birla Temple, Qutab Minar Tower, India Gate and the Raj Path. The day will conclude with the drive to Jaipur, the next stop in the tour.

In Jaipur, guests can ride decorated elephants to the Amber Palace and see examples of Rajput architecture, such as Vijay Temple and Sheesh Mahal. In the afternoon, the tour will take visitors to Jai Singh’s Observatory and the City Palace, an art museum displaying Rajput and Mogul paintings.

The following day, on the drive to Agra, the travelers will stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, a deserted Sandstone City dating back to the 17th century. The following day, guests will visit the Taj Mahal. On the seventh day of the trip, the tour will take guests to Kathmandu, to the Temple of Hanuman, Dhoka Square, the Royal Palace and the city’s bazaars.

The next day will bring guest to the Tibetan Handicrafts Center in Patan and the shell-shaped city of religious devotees Bhaktapur. The following morning travelers will have the option of adding on a flight-seeing tour of Mt. Everest. Afterwards, the trip will bring visitors to the World Heritage Site Bouddhanath, a sacred Hindu shrine.

The India Nepal trip includes airfare, hotels, sightseeing tours and English-speaking guides. The per person cost is $2,688, with an additional cost of $385 for a spouse.

For more information, visit www.himalayantours.com.

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Experience New Luxury & All-Inclusives in Saint Lucia & Barbados
Recorded on July 24, 2018 | Windjammer and Ocean Hotels

Why sell Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia and Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados? Attend this webinar to learn why and earn a chance to win a 3-night stay for 2 at Windjammer, Saint Lucia or Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados.

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Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts Offer 45% Off Re-Opening Discount
Available through September 30. | Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa are wrapping up renovations following Hurricane Irma. Opening November 15 and February 1, 2019 respectively, the resorts will offer up to 45 percent off its normal rates. Reservations must be made by September 30 for stays through December 20, 2019.

In addition to the discounted rates, guests who book by September 30 will be entered to win a five-night all-inclusive stay for two. In October 2018, one winner will be chosen. In order to claim the five-night reward, guests must complete their original booked stay.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort will reopen for guests November 15. The resort will be feature an upgraded contemporary style and the new tapas restaurant Casa Blue, located on the rooftop terrace. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will begin accepting guests again February 1, 2019. The family resort will also offer a new, more contemporary feel. Sonesta rebuilt both properties to include storm-resistant materials and new architectural innovations.

The two Sonesta resorts sit next to each other overlooking Maho Bay in St. Maarten. The adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort features a fitness center, a wellness area, private cabanas, three pools, four bars and two restaurants. Guests will have access to all of its neighbor’s amenities.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa provides a large pool area, swim-up bar, five restaurants, five bars, a fitness center, sports courts, its Serenity Spa and its Casino Royale. Children can visit the resort’s Kids Club, Teen Zone, all-ages activities and separate kids pool with mini aqua park. Tours, car rental and motorized water sports are also available for an extra fee.

For more information, visit the resorts’ website.

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Avalon Offers Free or Reduced Air on Select Cruises
Lasting until July 24. | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways has announced it is offering free air fare for passengers flying from the U.S. to Europe and $299 fare for cruises in southeast Asia. The cruise line also announced discounts of $500 per person for European trips and $1,000 per couple for southeast Asian cruises.

Avalon’s European air deal covers select cruises with departure dates from September to December. It only applies to flights leaving from LAX, EWR, JFK, IAD, BWI, BOS and ORD. Other cities may receive prices of $200 to $1,075 per person. Passengers may combine this deal with the $500 per person deal and Welcome Back Credit.

The cruise company’s southeast Asia deal provides trans-Pacific air fare at $299 per person round trip from certain U.S. airports. It includes air for travel packages from September 2018 to very early January 2019. This does not cover intra-vacation air, which ranges from $200 to $502.

The European $500 per person discount applies to select cruise packages the rest of 2018. The southeast Asian $1,000 per person deal covers select Mekong and Irrawaddy river cruises from September to December. Both can be used in combination with repeat traveler benefit and the flight discount if it’s offered.

All deals apply to travel and cruises in 2018 and cannot be used for pre-existing bookings. Each offer runs until July 24.

Avalon Waterways’ European cruises feature 200-square-foot Panorama Suites and Open-Air Balconies. Trips can include regional wine and beer with dinner, artisan demonstrations and cultural excursions. The company’s Mekong River Suite ships, holding a maximum of 36 guests, offer an intimate experience in Vietnam and Cambodia.

For more information on these deals, visit Avalon Waterway’s website.

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MSC Cruises - "The Sleeping Giant"
Recorded on July 19, 2018 | MSC Cruises

This is your opportunity to learn about MSC as the world’s 4 largest cruise line. Our growth and investment into North America over the next several years has many consumers and agents talking about MSC Cruises, “The Sleeping Giant”. Watch this webinar on-demand and learn how you can grow with us! 

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Passengers Receive Free Drinks, Internet When Booking MSC Cruise
Deal available from July 16 to July 23. | MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises announced a weeklong sale beginning July 16 offering $750 in value. The package costs $599 per person for a seven-night cruise on board MSC Seaside.

The Seaside Balcony Bonus, lasting from July 16 to 23, is available for travelers looking to book a balcony stateroom from fall 2018 to summer 2019. The deal is available with a reduced deposit of $99 and includes an extra $75 in shipboard credit per person.

Guests receive free drinks while aboard MSC Seaside as part of the deal. A $250 value, this includes, bottled and draft beers, house wines by the glass, house brands of vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, mixed drinks and non-alcoholic drinks. Drinks on Us does not include beverages from the guests’ stateroom mini-bar.

Passengers participating in the promotion also received a Standard Internet package, a $100 value. Including web browsing, audio calls and social media, the package allows two devices to connect to the ship’s Internet. The offer covers up to 3 GB.

Parents may also make use of MSC Cruises’ ‘Kids Sail Free’ promotion. On select cruises, children 11 and under do not need to pay the cruise fare. Starting this winter, children between the ages of 12 and 17 will also not need to pay the cruise fare on certain trips during low and mid-season.

MSC Seaside will offer four different itineraries sailing round trip from Miami. The different trips offer a variety of destination lineups, including stops in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information, visit MSC Cruises’ website.

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Scenic Offers Savings and New Benefits for Summer 2019 Sailings
To receive early-bird discounts and benefits, guests must book their sailings by August 31, 2018. | Scenic

With more travelers booking far in advance, Scenic has decided to reward those planners with a new All-Inclusive PLUS summer 2019 sale. The cruise line, known for its all-inclusive luxury European river cruises, is adding several more benefits to its early-bird deals. 

Guests booking any June, July, or August 2019 European sailing by August 31, 2018, will receive a €200 (approximately $234) per suite on board credit and, for those booking sailings of 11 days or longer, free roundtrip door-to-door US airport transfers. This is combinable with the free air, free single supplement, discounted flight upgrades, loyalty and travel show vouchers, and pay-in-full offers already available. It is not combinable with Groups and National Geographic sailings.

As an example, a couple booking a 15-day Jewels of Europe sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest enjoy free roundtrip air, a €200 (approximately $234) on-board credit voucher for spa and salon treatments or maybe a gift from the ship’s store, free roundtrip home-to-airport transfers, and up to $1,000 per couple savings by paying in full by August 31, 2018. 

Additionally, Scenic includes a river cruise guarantee, automatically covering every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, high/low water issues, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes, reimbursing approved claimants up to $750 per day with a maximum of seven days or $5,250 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.

Scenic also offers new onboard experiences and excursions including new active focus cruises in Bordeaux and South of France offering yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking; and the addition of the company’s Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience to all its ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône rivers.

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts: Let It Shine
July 11th, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Iberostar

Join this webinar and learn about Iberostar's stunning, all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, as well as our exciting plans for the future. 

Upon course completion, you’ll be preregistered as an Iberostar StarAgent and be eligible for special rewards and incentives. Register now for a chance to win a 3-night complimentary stay for 2 adults.

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Karisma Offers Discounts for Southwest Vacations Clients
Deals end July 31. | Karisma Hotels & Resorts

As part of Karisma Hotels & Resort’s Preferred Partner program, the accommodations company will offer discounts for clients of July’s Preferred Partner Southwest Vacations. Discounts include hundreds of dollars in savings and resort credit, access to exclusive resort amenities and complimentary transfers.

Karisma will provide clients of Southwest Vacations with up to $600 in savings and up to $500 in resort credits. Guests can use these credits for spa treatments, room upgrades, dining and more. The hotel company will offer these benefits for clients who book by July 31.

Those who book at Azul Beach Resort Negril will gain access to the departure lounge Club Mobay at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Guests visiting Palafitos – Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma will receive free private transfers.

Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants may earn up to 21 percent commission when booking applicable properties. Participating properties include El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts. The offers may only be applied to stays of at least three nights.

Karisma Hotels & Resort’s Preferred Partner program picks one tour operator from the United States or Canada to highlight each month. Tour companies Karisma picks receive training support, sales incentives and assistance and social media and press exposure.

Southwest Vacations is a tour company that provides packages to more than 100 destinations. It offers travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica. Southwest Vacations is the vacation package arm of Southwest Airlines.

To book, visit Southwest Vacations’ website www.southwestvacations.com.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travel Agent University

The St. Vincent and The Grenadines E-Learning Program aims to give you all the information you need for a sublime island experience, and we hope to do so by immersing you in the character, culture and flavor of our places and people.

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Experience the Cunard Difference
Recorded on July 10, 2018 | Cunard

Learn more about how Cunard is a one of a kind cruise experience and contemporary in every facet. We will share with you all the special event cruises, exciting onboard experiences and enrichment, along with the exquisite destinations  -- now including Alaska, that you will find Only on Cunard℠. Register now!

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Tours Specialists Launches FAM Trips to Croatia
Departure dates are Sundays from May 6 to September 23, 2018. | Tours Specialists INC. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida, a small deluxe tour operator, is now offering four FAM trips to Croatia that include transfers, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, daily breakfast and dinner, and visits to many destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb.

Croatia From Dubrovnik to Zagreb

This five-day trip starts in Dubrovnik and takes guests to Split, Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb. Travelers can explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, see historic landmarks like Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, go on guided sightseeing tours, and more. The trip departs on Sundays from August 5 to September 23.

The cost is based on double occupancy, land only:

  • Travel Agent: Price from $900
  • Companion: Price from $1000

Croatia Adriatic Cruise From Dubrovnik

The eight-day cruise from Dubrovnik travels to Korčula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Hvar, and Mljet before sailing back to Dubrovnik. The trip includes seven nights in a classic cabin, shared transfer from Dubrovnik Airport or hotel to Dubrovnik Harbor included on the day of arrival and departure, guided city tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik, a professional English-speaking Cruise Manager, and free Wi-Fi on board.

The cruise, departing on Sunday, is available on the High Season dates of July 22 and 29; August 5, 12, and 19; and September 2. One Low Season departure is available on October 7.

The cost per person, based on double occupancy:

Low Season 

  • Travel Agent from $1450 based on Main Deck Cabin
  • Companion from $1550 based on Main Deck Cabin

High Season is an additional $320 per person.

Croatia From Dubrovnik

This eight-day experience begins in Dubrovnik and includes visits to Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb, and Plitvice before coming back to Dubrovnik. The tour includes all transfers, accommodations in four hotels as per itinerary (or similar), breakfast and dinners, guided tours of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Zagreb, and entrance to a number of historic sites and parks including the Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik and St. Donatus Church in Zadar, among others.

Dates include July 1 and 8; August 5, 12, and 26; and September 2, 9, 16, and 23, which are all in the High Season.

Cost per person based on double occupancy:

Low Season

  • Travel agent from $1450
  • Companion from $1550 

High Season is an additional $95 per person.

Croatia With Serbian Highlights

This six-day trip starts with a transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to the Adria Hotel for an overnight stay. Then it is on to several destinations such as Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Zagreb. The trip includes all transfers, accommodations in 4 hotels as per itinerary (or similar), breakfast and dinner daily, local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Zagreb, and entrance to more famous sites and landmarks.

The High Season dates include July 28; August 4 and 18; and September 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Cost per person, based on double occupancy:

Low Season

  • Travel agents from $1100   
  • Companion from $1200

High season is an additional $100 per person.

For more information, visit www.toursspecialists.com.

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Barceló Hotel Group Launches Kids “Stay, Play & Eat Free” Offer
Booking must be completed by July 31. | Barceló Hotel Group

Two adults staying at participating resorts can bring their child for free through Barceló Hotel Group’s “Stay, Play & Eat Free” deal. Booking must be completed by July 31 and can be for stays through November 30.

Barceló Hotel Group targets a wide variety of customers, with options for scuba divers, golfers, pet-owners, couples and budget-conscious families. Guests at the five-star Occidental Cozumel can visit one of the top five scuba destinations. Visitors to the four-star Barceló Huatulco or the four-star Allegro Cozumel can enjoy themselves at the hotel’s water park.

Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos, Occidental Costa Cancun or Occidental Nuevo Vallarta offer guests specially designed kids programs. Travelers to Barceló Ixtapa or Occidental Tucancun can relax at the hotel’s spa or wellness offerings.  Those staying at Barceló Puerto Vallarta, Barceló Karmina and Allegro Playacar can enjoy the waterfront views.

All these hotels are included in Barceló’s “Stay, Play & Eat Free” deal.  It is applicable for two paying adults with a child between the ages of two and 12 years old. Restrictions may apply, blackout dates and availability may change and Barceló Hotel Group can cancel the offer at any time.

The worldwide hospitality brand maintains over 100 hotels around the world. Locations are spread across 10 countries in the Americas, eight in Europe, two in Africa and one in Asia. Barceló Hotel Group owns four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels and Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels.

For more information, visit Barceló Hotel Group’s website.

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Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Mexico, especially the Yucatecan state of Quintana Roo, is as resilient as it is popular. Amid State Department warnings and the ongoing wall controversy, a record-breaking 10.6 million tourists visited Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 12.6 percent over the same period last year. Learn the newest hot spots, trends and travel specialties to recommend to your clients visiting Mexico and take the Cozumel, Riviera Maya 2018 Focus Series today!

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What Type of Now Resorts & Spas Guest are You?
Apple Vacations

Take this quiz and create the perfect Apple Vacations itinerary at one of the Now Resorts & Spas properties in Punta Cana, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta where the Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept provides unrivaled value and experiences. Let’s go – Live in the Now™!

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Princess Cruises Reintroduces Free Beverage Package
From Now Until September 5. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced it is bringing back its Sip and Sail promotion for trips from the summer of 2019 to the spring of 2020. The deal provides guests who book a balcony, mini-suite or suite stateroom a free Premier Beverage Package for two.

The package covers beer, glasses of wine and cocktails that cost $12 or less. Also included are all non-alcoholic beverages, such as medium-sized bottled water, fountain soda, fresh juice, specialty coffee and tea, Gong Cha items, frappes at Coffee & Cones, milk shakes and energy drinks. Bottles of wine, one-liter bottles of water, cans of soda and bottled juices are not included but can be bought at a 25 percent discount.

Additionally, third and fourth guests in a stateroom may receive a free Unlimited Soda & More package. Guests who book now can also choose a refundable, reduced deposit of 10 percent of cruise fare for each guest.

The deal, based on double occupancy, will be available through September 5. It is available for anyone 21 years or older who is a resident of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico or Bermuda.

The Sip and Sail promotion applies to all destinations the company will sail from summer 2019 to spring 2020. Examples of prices include:

  • 7-Day Alaska Cruise: $1,749 for a balcony stateroom
  • 11-Night Alaska Cruise: $2,599 for a balcony stateroom
  • 7-Day Caribbean Cruise: $1,399 for a balcony stateroom
  • 12-day British Isles Cruise: $2,949 for a balcony stateroom
  • 11-day Scandinavia and Russia Cruise: $2,649 for a balcony stateroom

For more information, check out Princess Cruises' website.

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AmaWaterways Offers Suite Savings for AmaMagna’s Inaugural Season
AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways announced a special offer providing savings of up to $800 per person to guests booking AmaMagna’s SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube river in 2019.

With this offer, guests can upgrade from a base category stateroom to a more spacious 355-square-foot SB suite with a supplement of $2,999 per person. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites include full outside balconies, open seating areas, and bathrooms complete with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks. Six Grand Suites (474-square-feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710-square-feet) provide more amenities with separate seating areas and spacious bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.

All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes the following:

  • Welcome gift including a bottle of champagne.
  • A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore.
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service.

At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna offers a total of 98 staterooms – most of which are suites measuring between 355 and 710-square-feet. Complementing the Main Restaurant and the Chef’s Table Restaurant will be two new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable windows and outdoor seating. 

Passengers can also enjoy a complementary daily excursion program including escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes lead by a trained Wellness Host. Additional highlights include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services and a Water Sports Platform.

For more information, visit www.amawaterways.com.

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Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts Announces Discounts for Travel Agents
The discounted rates are available for stays from November 2018 and then throughout 2019. | Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts is inviting travel agents to book and experience the new all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa with its new “See for Yourself” Program. The two hotels are currently being restored with new facilities, technology, and hurricane-resistant materials after the damage dealt by Hurricane Irma. Sonesta Ocean Point will reopen in November 2018 and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort will reopen in February 2019.

Bookable now with limited availability, the new “See for Yourself” program offers travel agents discounted all-inclusive rates available for stays from November 2018, and then throughout 2019. All-inclusive travel industry dates and rates are as follows:

  • Sonesta Ocean Point Resort: Travel dates are November 15 – December 21, 2018 and January 6 – December 20, 2019. Room rates for a Junior Suite are $145 per person, per night and an upgraded room category is based on availability, subject to surcharge or lowest available rate. This resort is adults-only, and no children under the age of 18 are allowed.
  • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa invites agents to book visits February 1 – December 20, 2019. The Run of House (ROH) room rate is $85 per person, per night and an upgraded room category is $105 per person, per night. Children up to the age of five are free and ages six to 12 are $45 per child, per night.

Sonesta Resorts offers the signature "Stay at One Play at Two" for guests of Sonesta Ocean Point to fully experience both properties. Starting February 1, 2019, Sonesta Ocean Point guests will have access to the facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, coinciding with the re-opening.

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts also offers special rates for representatives of the airline and cruise industries, available upon request. 

For more information, visit www.sonesta.com.

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Jamaican All-Inclusive Introduces 15% Commission
Recorded on June 27, 2018 | Couples Resorts

Couples Resorts, a couples-only boutique brand in Jamaica, has refined the word all-inclusive while still making it affordable. Attend this webinar and learn about a course to become a certified Couples Ambassador and begin earning 15% commission. It’s time to take your partnership to the next level with Couples Resorts. 

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Palladium Hotel Group Has It All
June 25, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Palladium

At Palladium Hotel Group, we have it all. From resorts in beautiful destinations to people who work passionately every day to serve our guests. Join us to learn more about the continuously evolving Palladium Hotel Group and all the new hotels opening in Costa Mujeres in the Fall of 2018. Register Now!

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The World of Crystal
June 22, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

Join Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, for an intimate exploration into The World of Crystal. Gain insight from The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line as to how the onboard experience is delivered, its distinct experiences, endless entertainment and enrichment onboard.

Register now and learn why no one does it like Crystal.

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St. Barth Properties’ Villa Swayanah Offers Last-Minute Savings
Available for stays from July 31 to August 31, 2018 | St. Barth Properties

This summer, guests staying at St. Barth Properties' Villa Swayanah will received 33 percent off on stays from July 31 to August 31.

Located in the gated community of Mont Jean, this two-bedroom villa combines traditional Caribbean architecture with a contemporary feel. Outside, guests will find a semi-circular infinity pool lined with chaises as the focal point. At one end, there is a dining pavilion, while the other end has a pavilion furnished as a second living room.

Inside, there is as formal living room, an L-shaped kitchen and two bedrooms. One bedroom with an adjacent bath is in the main house. (It has twin beds that can convert to a king.) The other bedroom (king-sized) with an en-suite bath is located in a separate pavilion

Prices for this offer start at $2,950 per week for the use of one bedroom.  

Visit stbarth.com

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Spice Island Resort Increases Agent Commission to 15 Percent
Spice Island Beach Resort

Grenada’s all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort has increased its travel agent commission to 15 percent on all reservations booked directly with the property or through the GDS system. Nightly rates range from $1,145 to $2,155 per room, per night from now until December 15, 2018.

Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to high-end travelers with luxury beachfront and private pool suites, spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and a culinary program that offers seven-course dinners.

The Spice Island Beach Resort offers 64 suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a beachfront yoga pavilion, a fully equipped fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

An all-inclusive vacation at Spice Island Beach Resort includes gourmet dining (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner) including premium cocktails and house wines; afternoon tea; oceanfront swimming pool and non-motorized watersports; island tours, scuba diving and sailing charters; access to the resort’s fitness center; tennis, cycling and golf (greens fees at the nine-hole Grenada Golf Club included); full-day children’s activities program (ages three to 12); Wi-Fi; and room service (delivery fee applies).

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and a member of Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and Green Globe.  

For more information, visit www.spiceislandbeachresort.com.

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Join Us & Learn About the Barceló Hotel Group
June 12, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Barceló Hotel Group

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Madhya Pradesh – Land of the Jungle Book
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Explore Madhya Pradesh, a new and exciting destination in the “Heart of Incredible India” – a land full of history, heritage, religion, culture and nature that will surprise and captivate even the most well-traveled visitors.

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France 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

An estimated 89 million visitors traveled to France in 2017, up nearly 8 percent from 2016. The government’s target is 100 million in 2020. Between here and there are some key events that should keep the country’s tourism momentum rolling. Discover what's new in the France 2018 Focus Series!

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Italy 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Whether they are in search of history, culture, cuisine or natural beauty, affluent travelers are captivated by Italy. Read about what's new in Italy in the Italy 2018 Focus Series!

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Isle Inn Tours Offers $999 Six-Day FAM Tour of Ireland
June 5 - August 3 | Isle Inn Tours $999

Isle Inn Tours is offering a $999 fam tour of Ireland. If travel agents book a group of 25, they can receive one free space. The trip lasts from November 4 to 10 and covers six nights in four and five-star hotels, including Dromoland Castle.

The price per person sharing is $999, with a single supplement or a companion supplement at $449. The cost of airfare is not included.

The tour will take travelers to see Dublin City, Dublin Liberties Distillery, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Kenmare, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Malahide Castle. Guests will be driven by luxury car, served a full Irish breakfast every morning and will receive five evening meals. The price includes visitor attractions, hotel inspections, service charges and local taxes.

Guests will spend one night at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, another night at the four-star Garryvoe Hotel, two nights at the four-star Great Southern Killarney, one night at the five-star Dromoland Castle and one night at the four-star Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.

Travelers are expected to take an overnight flight November 3 and meet the tour company at the Fitzwilliam Hotel on November 4 in the morning. The tour will end at Dublin Airport on November 10. Isle Inn Tours can assist with purchasing air travel or accommodations before and after the trip. Bookings must be completed by August 3.

Isle Inn Tours advises waiting until the tour is guaranteed to book flights in case the tour sells out.

For more information contact Andrea Wright at [email protected] or 703-997-6725.

Photo by: Leonid Andronov/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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SAA Vacations Announces Air-Inclusive Five Night Package
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) announced a $1,699 vacation package from New York City to Cape Town for this summer. The deal is open for new reservations made by June 11 for travel dates ending by August 10. The “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” deal include the price of flights and accommodation for five nights.

The discount, based on the cost per person for two travelers, is for economy class flights traveling from New York-JFK Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways (SAA). A representative from SAA Vacations will meet and greet travelers at the airport.

Three nights of the trip will be spent at the Sun Square Cape Town Hotel, close to main tourist attractions. The other two nights will be at the Evergreen Manor & Spa, near restaurants, shops and art galleries in the wine region town of Stellenbosch. The vacation package also includes a full-day tour of Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope.

SAA Vacations is a subdivision of SAA and offers travel packages that focus on safaris, culture and cuisine throughout Africa, including in South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands.

SAA serves over 75 locations around the world in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and Mango. It offers nonstop flights from New York-JFK as well as direct flights from Washington D.C. – IAD, via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal, to Johannesburg. Through its partnerships, SAA offers connections to more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

For more, visit www.flysaavacations.com.

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RIU and Travel Impressions Partner for Up to 37% Savings and More
For travel completed by June 30. | Travel Impressions and RIU Hotels & Resorts

RIU Hotels & Resorts is working with Travel Impressions to offer special discounts for various travel dates, mostly between December 23, 2018 and April 30, 2019. Deals include up to 37 percent savings, $35 spa credit, up to $350 air credit, a $1,000 group discount and complimentary upgrades for those who book by June 30.

Package discounts vary between locations with many hotels offering at least 20 percent off. Savings peak at 37 percent for three-night minimum stays at Riu Playacar.

Travelers can also receive $200 in air credit if they stay at least three nights at Riu Dunamar and $150 if they go to Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Baja California or Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Guests visiting for six or more nights can receive $350 air credit at all four hotels.

Groups who book together receive $1,000 off. Groups most reserve at least 15 rooms for three or more nights or have at least 60 room nights between them. This deal can be booked until July 15 and is applicable for travel between January 7 and April 30, 2019.

Other savings include complimentary room upgrades at 17 hotels and resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos, Riviera Nayarit, Costa Rica, Aruba, the Bahamas, Punta Cana and Jamaica. At Riu Bambu in Punta Cana, up to two kids can stay free.

Travelers to Riu Dunamar, Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, Riu Jalisco, Riu Palace Pacifico, Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Republica may also receive a complimentary $35 spa credit.

For specific details visit Travel Impressions’ website.

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Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida Offers Portugal FAM Trips
The deal is available for departure dates from June 1 - December 14. | Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida

Travel agents can choose from three new fam trips to Portugal from Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida. The tour packages include an eight-day trip around northern Portugal, a six-day tour through southern Portugal and a 13-day throughout all of Portugal.

Those who choose the northern Portugal package will visit travel round trip from Lisbon, stopping in Obidos, Fatima, Oporto, Amarante and Urgeirica. Travel agents would pay $1,500 for the trip and their spouse or companion would pay $1,600.

Travel specialists who take the southern Portugal trip will also travel round trip from Lisbon, but instead visit Evore, Algarve, Beja, Silves, Lagos and Sagres. The deal would cost travel professionals $1,450 and their spouse or companion $1,550.

The full Portugal deal will start in Lisbon, then make its way to Obidos, Fatima, Coimbra, Aveiro, Oporto, Amarante, Lamego, Urgeirica, Tomar, back to Lisbon, then on to Evore, Largo and Sagres. The price of this package is $2,500 for travel agents and $2,600 for their spouse or companion.

Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida is offering departure dates every month through December. All three fam deals are based on double occupancy and include the cost of hotels, daily breakfast, transfers and sightseeing. All trips leave on a Friday.

Originally founded as Tours Specialists Inc. in 1963, Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida specializes in tour packages to the Mediterranean countries and throughout Europe. Destinations include Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, the UAE, Portugal, Sardinia, Spain, Italy and Sicily.

For more information, visit the company’s website, www.toursspecialists.com.

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Katarina Line Offers Free FAM Cruises for Travel Agents
Eligible tours include the July 14 – 21 Adriatic Explorer; the August 4 – 11 Northern Gem; and the August 11 – 18 Dalmatia Paradise. | Katarina Line

Katarina Line is offering free fam trips to travel agents who sail with a companion on three of its Deluxe cruises in Croatia. As part of the promotion, agents stay free and their companions receive 30 percent off the double occupancy rate. After the discount, the companion rates start at $1,151. Agents can also earn an extra 10 percent commission in addition to their regular Katarina Line commission for every client they book on these cruises. All prices are based on the latest currency exchange rates and other restriction may apply.

The fam trips are available on regularly scheduled departures, allowing agents to experience the cruises just as Katarina Line guests do. Each cruise explores the country’s coastline and historic towns and visits many islands in the Adriatic Sea. Eligible tours include the July 14 – 21 Adriatic Explorer; the August 4 – 11 Northern Gems; and the August 11 – 18 Dalmatia Paradise.

Prices include buffet breakfast and three-course lunches daily, a Captain’s dinner, numerous excursions and admission fees per itinerary, and daily cabin service, among other amenities.  Agents can enjoy cruising from port to port, swimming in the waters of secluded coves, and guided tours in towns that explore their history, culture, and culinary traditions. Excursions also include tours of national parks and other World Heritage sites.  

The Adriatic Explorer FAM, July 14 – 21 on the MV Admiral Deluxe cruiser, departs from the resort town of Opatija and ends at the walled city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia. In between, it visits the island of Rab and the coastal town of Šibenik - the gateway to the Kornati Islands - and the island of Korčula, among others. Excursions include a guided tour of Krka National Park, known for its seven spectacular waterfalls.

The Northern Gems FAM, August 4 – 11, is a round-trip cruise from Split on the deluxe MV My Way cruiser. The cruise visits the old town of Trogir, the village of Rogoznica, Krka Waterfalls and the Kornati National Park. It also visits the city of Zadar, known for its Roman and Venetian ruins.

The Dalmatia Paradise FAM, August 11 – 18, also on the MV My Way, is a round-trip cruise from Split. In between, the ship docks at Korčula, Dubrovnik, the island of Hvar, and the town of Bol on the island of Brač, among other ports.

For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.

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SAA Offers Summer Savings on Flights to South Africa
The deal is available through June 6, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018. | South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is offering “Sizzling Summer Savings” for travel from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban, South Africa. Fares start from $1,099 roundtrip and are available for purchase through June 6, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018.

Fares are valid for roundtrip travel in economy class, and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $1099 fare is valid for midweek travel (Monday to Thursday) from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB). Fares must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made, or by June 6, 2018, whichever is first.

South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York (JFK) and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for comfort for long-haul travel. Customers can enjoy in-flight amenities like gourmet cuisine, a selection of complimentary spirits and South African wines, and individual entertainment systems that deliver a menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games. 

Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, which offer connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 16 consecutive years.

For more, visit www.flysaa.com.

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Culture Holidays Debuts FAM Trip to Bali
Culture Holidays

Culture Holidays has introduced a new fam trip to Bali that showcases the island’s oceans, volcanic mountains, rain forests, and rice paddies, as well its cuisine, customs, and culture, both ancient and modern.The all-inclusive six-day land itinerary includes five nights at luxury hotels with all meals, sightseeing, transfers, luxury spa treatments, and a sunset dinner cruise. The new FAM trip starts at $799 exclusively for travel agents.

The new itinerary includes experiences like visiting Ubud Village and Kintamani for a view of Mount Batur Volcano; a tour of Ubud Monkey Forest which inhabits several groups of monkeys and other tropical animals; a drive to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, known for its setting on Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul; snorkeling in Tanjung Benoa; and a Bali Hai evening dinner cruise around Benoa Harbour.

On this fam trip, travel agents will also enjoy:

  • Two nights at the Aryaduta Bali Hotel in Kuta and three nights at the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali in Nusa Dua. Accommodations include daily breakfast, lunch and dinner except on day one and day six.
  • One 600-milliliter bottle of mineral water on arrival day, and 2 bottles of during tours.
  • Two-hour spa treatment including a foot bath and traditional Balinese massage.
  • An english-speaking tour guide.

In addition to travels in Indonesia, Culture Holidays offers tours in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania, including Srilanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Dubia, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand and more.

For more information on Culture Holidays's new itinerary, visit www.cultureholidays.com.

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Quality Travel Solutions Introduces FAM Trip to Cuba
The tour departs on October 27, 2018. | Quality Travel Solutions

Quality Travel Solutions, an affiliate of Travel Planners International, is offering travel agents FAM rates to Cuba on the company's October 27, 2018 tour. This 9-night “Cuban Life Experience” is an opportunity to experience Cuba, exploring different areas of the island, including Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. This OFAC compliant tour includes activities that expose travelers to Cuba in many ways, including education, history, religion, agriculture, art, music, and cuisine.

This travel experience includes: roundtrip airfare between Ft. Lauderdale and Havana, one-night pre-tour hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, eight nights lodging in Cuba in privately owned VIP class Bed and Breakfasts, All sightseeing tours and activities, private local Cuban guide, full-time U.S. escort, private transportation in air-conditioned bus, almost all meals, airport transfers, and gratuities for the included activities. Quality Travel Solutions also included the mandatory medical insurance required for travelers to Cuba. 

The fam rate for this travel experience is $2,195 per agent, and $2,395 for one travel companion. 

The “Cuban Life” program is an active tour that requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of “Support for Cuban People” activities. Due to special U.S. requirements to visit Cuba, travelers will be required to complete a visa application, travel reservation form, and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a “Support for Cuban People” license and are aware of the travel rules. Quality Travel Solutions warned that in Cuba, activities that have been scheduled in advance can become unavailable for several reasons. If a planned educational exchange isn’t available, another one will be substituted.

Support for Cuban People (SCP) is a designation used by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to refer to travel to Cuba for educational exchanges that don’t involve academic study. It is to describe travel to Cuba that is for the purpose of learning and engaging with the people of Cuba to encourage and support the Cuban people.

The full itinerary can be found at issuu.com/qualitytravelsolutions.

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New Hilton Los Cabos Deal Includes 25 Percent Discount on Rooms
The deal is available to book now for travel from now through September 30. | Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is offering a discounted vacation for travelers looking to head to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico this summer with the resort’s new "Another Day in Paradise" package. The package includes a 25 percent discount on all rooms along with access to the resort’s poolside amenities.

Starting now for stays through September 30, the Another Day in Paradise offer includes a fourth night complimentary in addition to 25 percent off the original guest room rate for the remaining three nights; $100 resort credit upon arrival for use at all on-property vendors, in addition to complimentary meals for all children under 12 years of age and access to the Eforea Spa, local excursions, golf, water sports and dining at six restaurants.

As one of the only swimmer-friendly beaches on the tourist corridor, this resort in Los Cabos offers 375 ocean view guest rooms with private balconies, including its hotel-within-a-hotel concept, the La Vista Club.

Some exclusive privileges for La Vista Club guests includes access to La Vista Club Lounge; rooms on top floors with the best views; rooms with floor-to-ceiling plantation shutters, rooms with 48-inch HD televisions; free WiFi, and bathrobes and slippers. 

Guests of the La Vista Club rooms also get free laundry services for gym clothes; exclusive pool loungers and twin day beds and late check-out upon availability.

Hilton Los Cabos currently employs more than 500 staff members and also recently launched new wellness activities to focus on the individual health and betterment of its guests.

Visit www.hiltonloscabos.com

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Jumeirah Beacon
Travel Agent University

Jumeirah is far from just another luxury hotel chain. Born in Dubai, it is one of the reasons that the Emirate is considered a leader in imaginative and exhilarating experiences, pushing the boundaries of luxury hospitality and always exceeding guest expectations.

Our Hallmarks underpin everything we do and the thoughtful and generous service you experience at Jumeirah celebrates the uniqueness of every single guest. For, when you have created one of the world’s most luxurious hotels through the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, you simply think about things that others do not. This is what makes Jumeirah so unique.

Our DNA is built on the highest standards of genuinely Arabian hospitality, the tradition of welcoming guests like no other. We have used this to create the standards of service that have made Dubai exceptional in what it offers to visitors, and are now taking these standards to people all over the world.

Whether your clients are experiencing our remarkable Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah or the honey made by the bees on the roof of Jumeirah Frankfurt, your clients can be sure that their experience will be different, fulfilling and rewarding.

Begin your Jumeirah education today!

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Eurostar Announces Savings for Summer and Fall Journeys
Bookings are available from May 15 to June 19, 2018 and valid for travel between July 16 and November 1, 2018. | Eurostar

Eurostar, the rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is offering savings of up to 20 percent for travel in Standard Premier and 30 percent in Business Premier this summer. Bookings are available from May 15 to June 19, 2018, and valid for travel between July 16 and November 1, 2018.

With departures and arrivals at center-city train stations as well as food and refreshments served right to the seat, travelers can enjoy a luxury rail journey. With Eurostar, travelers can enjoy multiple famous destinations in one day, like having breakfast in London before stopping for lunch on the banks of the Seine or beside Amsterdam’s canals. Eurostar offers trips on the new e320 and refurbished e300 trains that travel at speeds of up to 186 mph through the European countryside and under the Channel.

Standard Premier Includes:

  • Light meal and refreshments served at seat.
  • Seats in spacious coaches.
  • Complimentary magazines.

Business Premier Includes:

  • Cuisine created with Business Premier Culinary Director Raymond Blanc OBE.
  • Access to exclusive Business Lounges in London, Paris, and Brussels.
  • Fully flexible to accommodate changing plans.
  • Time savings with check-in up to 10 minutes before departure.

Traveling With Eurostar includes:

  • 2 for 1 entry to permanent collections and exhibitions at museums and galleries by showing a Eurostar ticket at the box office.
  • A luggage allowance of two free bags plus hand luggage, without weight restrictions.
  • No expensive airport transfers, with city center stations.
  • Free Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment.
  • Free travel for children under four.

For more information on Eurostar, visit www.eurostar.com.

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Two Free Tickets for Travel Agents on Rocky Mountaineer
Through June 30, travel agents can now receive two complimentary tickets on Rocky Mountaineer. Here’s how. | Rocky Mountaineer

Through a new offer, travel agents can now receive two complimentary tickets on Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer is offering the new travel agent incentive to travel agents who book two reservations on a Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service package or rail-only itinerary. The offer is available to travel agents in Canada and the United States, on new bookings now through June 30, 2018. Offer valid on two bookings, with a minimum of two people each (four total).

This first-time offer will allow redeeming agents to enjoy two-day rail tickets in SilverLeaf Service. Tickets will be available for First Passage to the West or Journey Through the Clouds routes on select dates in 2018 and 2019. These include October 2018, April 2019 or October 2019.

The itinerary will travel between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff (First Passage to the West route), or between Vancouver and Jasper (Journey through the Clouds route) in a single-level glass dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows. Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will tell stories and offer personalized service, while hot breakfast and lunch will be served at their seat. Also included are complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks onboard, overnight hotel accommodation at the end of day one in Kamloops and rail station transfers in Kamloops.

Travel agents and their guest must travel at the same time and agents must show proof of employment at the time of travel. The offer is only applicable for travel agents in the United States and Canada.

Agents can redeem the bookings by downloading a form here and emailing it to [email protected]. Once verified, a team member form Rocky Mountaineer’s in-house reservations team will be in touch to finalize the journey.

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Carnival Waives NCFs on Third and Fourth Guests
The promotion runs through May 31, 2018, and is available on select cruises through fall 2018. Get the details here. | Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is running a promotion for travel agents that offers special rates for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and waives noncommissionable fees for those guests.

With the new offer, more families and friends will be able to take a Carnival cruise this fall, while travel agents earn more commission, Carnival said. The promotion runs through May 31, 2018, and is available on select cruises through fall 2018.

“As we grow #thelist we’re looking to activate initiatives that benefit both consumers and our travel partners,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing, in a written statement.

The offer is the latest addition to #thelist of Carnival’s travel agent initiatives, which includes Be the Hero, Agentpalooza, Carnival Conversations, AMP Up Commission Program, Dedicated Group Desk, and commissions on Future Cruise Credits.

The special offer can be booked through GoCCL.com, GDS and Carnival’s contact center.

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Couples Resorts Specialist
Travel Agent University

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to book this successful brand that has been catering to couples and romance for more than 35 years. At all four Jamaican oceanfront resorts—two in Ocho Rios and two in Negril, guests will find virtually everything included. 

 
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20% Commission From Go Port Canaveral
Go Port Canaveral is offering travel agents 20 percent commission on every package booked through May 31. Get the details here. | Go Port Canaveral

Go Port Canaveral has launched a special 20 percent commission officer for travel agents. As part of the deal, the company is offering travel agents 20 percent commission on every package booked through May 31, 2018. There is no other limitation, Go Port Canaveral said.

Go Port Canaveral offers a number of land-based travel options in the Port Canaveral area. The company is partnered with over 30 hotels in the vicinity, and packages are inclusive through the company. Some packages offer free return, which allows guests to return from their cruise and enjoy the rest of their day at the hotel pool before they have their flight back home.

Additionally, Go Port Canaveral’s Fly Snooze Cruise all-in-one package includes roundtrip airport shuttles, a hotel stay and cruise transfers. The Snooze Park Cruise package includes a night at a selected hotel, cruise parking for the duration of the cruise and roundtrip transfers from the parking lot to the cruise terminals.

Agents can access the bonus commission here: https://www.goportcanaveral.com/travel-agents/

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Scenic Offers Early Booking Incentives on 2019 River Cruises
Travelers must book their cruise by August 31, 2018, to receive the incentives. | Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced early booking offers, as well as new on-board experiences and shore excursions for its 2019 Europe River Cruise season. To receive the incentives, travelers must book their 2019 cruise by August 31, 2018.

The incentives and experiences include:

  • Free air on every cabin and itinerary, including free Premium Economy for some stateroom categories on sailings of 11 or more days; $1,000 or $1,500 Scenic savings in lieu of free flights.
  • $595 Premium Economy upgrades; Business class upgrades are also available.
  • Up to $1,000 savings per couple for full payment by August 31, 2018.
  • No single supplements on sailings of 11 or more days in April, May, July, August, October, and November, and 50 percent off in June and September as well as all season long on 8- to 10-day departures.
  • New active focus on Bordeaux and South of France cruises with yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking.
  • Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience now available on all Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône River cruises.
  • Online and printed 2019 Scenic European River Cruise brochures will be available mid-June.

Whether it is the new for 2019 eight-day Highlights of Normandy & the Seine cruise itinerary in France, an exploration of Eastern Europe on the 11-day Black Sea Explorer or the 15-day Jewels of Europe, between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests who book earliest will receive the greatest savings.

The free air, full air payment and single supplement offers are available to those who book a 2019 Scenic European River Cruise by August 31, 2018. The specials are capacity controlled. Free flights revert to $295/$495 per person, depending on itinerary and stateroom category, once capacity limits are met.

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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Windstar Debuts New Deals and Incentives for 2018
Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has unveiled new deals and incentives for 2018, with benefits like discounted rates, shipboard credit, airport transfers, round-trip airfare, and more on select itineraries.

Get Closer

Windstar’s Get Closer event delivers savings on itineraries linking America’s western frontier to the Far East. From now until May 31, guests booking an Alaska cruise or Cruise Tour (including cruises to and from select ports in Japan) receive a tiered per person Shipboard Credit. Depending on the sailing and the cabin category booked, guests can save from $300 to $1,000 per stateroom. The offer is good for new bookings only. View details on how to experience Alaska, and select from ten Get Closer cruise options here.

South Pacific Savings 

Guests booking a luxury Tahiti cruise with Windstar receive the South Pacific Savings package. The packages include round trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX), one-night pre-cruise accommodation at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete, transfers from the airport to the hotel and ship, plus a day room at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete post-cruise. Choose from available dates on one of two Tahitian itineraries here.

President's Discount

Windstar's President John Delaney has announced a special bonus for all Yacht Club members (Windstar's return guest program). Members booking one of Windstar’s 2018 Asia itineraries will receive a $500 per person discount on the cruise. Additionally, this discount can be combined with up to one other promotional offer. Offer good on new bookings only. Guests can browse the 25 cruise and Cruise Tours available to explore Asia here.  

For more information on all of Windstar’s offers and itineraries, visit www.windstarcruises.com.

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Katarina Line Offers Extra 10% Commission on Last-Minute Bookings
Cruises must be booked by June 1, 2018 to be eligible. | Katarina Line

Katarina Line is rewarding travel agents with an extra 10 percent commission for last-minute bookings on select cruises and departure dates. The additional bonus is available on some of the company’s most popular routes, based on eligibility. All cruises must be booked by June 1, 2018 to be eligible for the extra 10 percent commission.

Among the eligible routes offering an additional 10 percent commission is the one-way “Northern Pearls” cruise from Split to Opatija, available for the August 4 – 11 departure on Dalmatia as well as the August 11-18 departure on the Premium Superior vessel, Amalia.  

Several round-trip “Northern Gems” cruises out of Split are also eligible, including the August 4 – 11 cruise aboard the Deluxe My Way vessel and the August 11 – 18 cruise on the Deluxe Admiral vessel. Highlights for these departures include a cruise on the Krka River, known for its many waterfalls, and visits to the Zadar Sea Organs and Diocletian’s palace in Split.

Numerous “Croatian Wilderness” round-trip cruises out of Split are also eligible for an additional 10 percent in commission.  These include the August 4 – 11 departure aboard Spalato, which includes swimming at secluded beaches, visits to the Blue and Green Caves, and an excursion to see the famed Lastovo chimneys, on their namesake island.

The August 4 - 11 “Southern Explorer” departure aboard the Moonlight, a round-trip from Split, is also eligible. Highlights include visits to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Mljet National Park, optional Zip line over the Cetina River canyon, and wine tasting in the fortified town of Korčula.

Several “Dalmatian Paradise” departures are also eligible, sailing round-trip from Split. These include the August 11 – 18 departure aboard the Adriatic Sun Deluxe Superior vessel and the August 11 – 18 departure on the Deluxe My Way vessel. The cruise visits Mljet National Park. Guests also attend a Croatian village party, enjoy an evening dinner cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik, and swim at Golden Horn beach on Brač Island.

For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.

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Florida Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida is dotted with a great number and variety of family-friendly hotels and resorts. In addition to amenities for all ages, they are convenient to fun activities, be it a great beach, a theme park, a wildlife reserve or other adventures. Here are some of the most recent developments on the Sunshine State’s accommodations front for you to share with your multi-generational clients.