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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.
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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.
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/
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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 Cancun, Grand 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the return of their Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks. During this month of giving thanks, Pleasant Holidays and Journese are honoring their travel advisor partners, showing gratitude and appreciation with special reward incentives.
During the entire month of November, travel advisors who make the most qualifying combined Pleasant Holidays and/or Journese bookings each week for travel in 2019 and 2020 will be rewarded with one of 30 prizes, including:
- Three-night hotel stays including all-inclusive resorts
- $100 gift cards
- 1,000 bonus TRIP points for personal travel
Plus, the travel advisor with the highest sales of total qualifying bookings during the month of November will be rewarded with the Grand Prize of Appreciation: a Tahiti voyage for two on Aranui Cruises, including onboard meals, select beverages, guided excursions, picnic and special meals onshore and more.
30 Days of Thanks is combinable with all other Pleasant Holidays and Journese promotions and incentives, including the tourism board certification incentives. For rewards and prize details, travel advisors can contact [email protected] or [email protected].
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises is gearing up for the 2019 season. That is because Regent is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.
Alaska is the premier cruise destination market in the United States, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey, a statistic consistent with Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) predictions. In total, Alaska saw seven percent passenger growth this year. Responding to this traveler demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from May 16 through September 30, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, the Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the Hubbard Glacier.
Seven Seas Cruises is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.
Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences
Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. During the voyage many immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska that are included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:
- Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty on a rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
- Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
- Ocean Raft Adventures, an ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 mph. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
- Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
- Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce beverages.
Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up scenery from custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning five-star dining. Now, Regent announced a new Ultimate Alaska package available on 15 voyages next year allowing guests to save up to $6,000 off the combined package fare when they book an Alaskan voyage along with the Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program by December 15, 2018.
Alaskan Voyages For Families
To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises is announcing that 17-an-unders can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $499 on select seven night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travelers experience Regent’s Club Mariner Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages five to 17 can participate in a range of specialized enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by youth counselors.
For more information, visit https://www.rssc.com/
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Insight Vacations has announced its extraordinary air offers. From now until November 8, 2019, travelers can save up to $300 per couple on Economy air on departures from October 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020, and September 1, 2020, to November 15, 2020. 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.
A sampling of Insight Vacations trips to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt include:
Best of Italy (11 days): This journey takes guests with a local expert to landmarks such as the Vatican Museum, the Bramante Staircase, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. In Tuscany, guests will enjoy a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolò Machiavelli, with a special opening of his private office where he wrote “The Prince.” Afterwards, guests can taste wines made from vineyards surrounding the home. They’ll also visit the Italian garden for a view of Florence’s iconic domed cathedral and explore the historic cellar connected to one of the oldest restaurants in Italy by a secret tunnel. On Giudecca Island, guests will witness the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans at an arts center, and in Venice they’ll ride on a gondola while being serenaded through the canals. Travelers will also take a private cruise to Capri to enjoy views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Greek Island Hopper (10 days): The Greek adventure begins in Athens with guests spending their first day with a local expert to visit the ancient sights of the Acropolis and Parthenon. Guests will join the locals and take a ferry to Santorini for the next four days. They will also explore this volcanic island with a local geology expert. The adventure continues by sailing across to Mykonos where guests will spend another four days to explore the white and blue streets and beaches while enjoying fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Guests will also meet a local captain before embarking on a leisurely cruise around the island.
Wonders of Egypt (Nine days): Guests begin this journey by visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and viewing the treasures of Tutankhamun with Insight’s professionally trained Egyptologist. Guests will experience the splendor of the Great Pyramids and venture inside one of the inner chambers before visiting the Great Sphinx. Clients then take a scenic flight to Luxor, where they explore the massive temple complex of Karnak before boarding their cruise ship then visiting the Temple of Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the west bank of the Nile they’ll explore the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings and visit a working bakery to watch local artisans making Egyptian bread. The following evening, guests experience a traditional Egyptian dinner and galabeya party; and on the final day, they visit the imposing Aswan High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis. The trip ends with a ride in a traditional Nile felucca, where clients learn about the art of sailing this ancient craft from a local sailor.
In addition to the above air offers, Insight Vacations is also offering a 10 percent savings to Europe with its Early Payment Discount for those who book and pay in full by December 18, 2019. This discount is combinable with Insights’ air offers.
Spanish tour operator Hidden in Spain has announced that it is now accepting applications for travel agents who are interested in exploring Northern Spain on a fam trip that will take them from Asturias to the Basque Country. The fam will highlight the “great scenery, lovely coastal and inland villages, amazing food and wine, and the natural landscape” of the region, according to Luis Fernandez de Vega, founder of Hidden in Spain.
Hidden in Spain’s fam of Northern Spain will start in Santander, the capital of Cantabria, from which guests will take a bus to Llanes, a small fishing village in Asturias. Along the way, among other activities, agents will visit several prehistoric caves and enjoy a brief visit to Santillana Del Mar, a town known for its mix of Romanesque, medieval and Renaissance architecture. They will also tour the 19th-century Gaudí-designed El Capricho chalet in Comillas and other attractions.
Other itinerary highlights include a guided tour of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, a visit to the coastal city of Gijon, and a visit to the fishing village of Lastres. On another day, guests will ride on the funicular railway to the top of the mountain for a gentle hike in the Picos de Europa, Spain’s first and oldest national park. Guests will stay at a family-run boutique hotel whose staff wears the region’s traditional outfit. Among the excursions before reaching the hotel is a visit to the monastery of Covadonga and its little chapel inside a cave.
Continuing on, agents will visit the village of Fuente Dé for a ride in the funicular that takes riders to the top of the mountain, where they will enjoy a guided scenic walk. After lunch at a local restaurant in Potes, they will visit the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana and the tiny village of Mogrovejo. The next day is a visit to the famous hanging bridge on the outskirts of Bilbao. This will be followed by a visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which many “Game of Thrones” fans will recognize as the setting for Dragonstone. Other highlights include a guided pintxos tour in the old quarter of San Sebastian that includes traveling from bar to bar, drinking beer and wine and tasting the traditional small snacks, or pintxos. In the evening, agents will dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The final days of the tour include a special Rioja wine excursion, visiting a family-own boutique winery to taste its wines paired with pintxos. Guests will also be treated to an outdoor cookout in the middle of the vineyard. They will then head off to Laguardia for a guided tour. Then, it’s back to San Sebastian for some time to rest before heading out to a traditional cider house outside the city to taste local specialties and the popular cider.
The tour concludes with a private tour of Bilbao and free time for lunch in the old quarter, followed by a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum.
FAM rates are $2,959 per person, based on double occupancy. A supplement is applied for single occupancy. Price includes accommodations in three- and four-star boutique hotels, domestic transportation, guided tours, admission fees per itinerary and some meals. For additional information, contact [email protected], call 347-775-3397 or visit www.hiddeninspain.com/fam-trip-travel-agents-spring-2020/.
Just in time for Wave Season, Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back its AMP Up Commission Challenge for the third year in a row. Travel advisors can now register to earn higher commissions of 11 percent to 15 percent based on the number of bookings they make between January 1 and March 30, 2020.
To participate in the program, travel agencies must register during the opt-in period between October 14 and November 30, 2019. Once registered and confirmed for the AMP Up Commission Challenge, participants who make 20 to 125 bookings during the three-month booking period will qualify for higher commission levels on sales for the rest of the year, from April 1 through December 31, 2020.
To participate, an agency owner or authorized representative must complete a registration form on GoCCL.com. Qualifying agencies will receive an enrollment confirmation email by Dec. 6, 2019. New bookings that are fully deposited or paid in full between January 1 and March 31, 2020, count toward the goal, with the exception of free cabins, reduced agent fares or full-ship charters. Agencies that currently qualify for 10 percent to 14 percent commissions are eligible to participate.
Here are the commission levels and required sales thresholds:
- 15 percent commission, 125 bookings
- 14 percent commission, 88 bookings
- 13 percent commission, 63 bookings
- 12 percent commission, 38 bookings
- 11 percent commission, 20 bookings
South African Airways Vacations is offering a $300 per person discount in its “Best of South Africa” air-inclusive package. Starting from $4,199, guests can travel from New York – JFK or Washington Dulles between November 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020, taking advantage of the special savings when booking by October 31, 2019.
The “Best of South Africa” package includes four nights of accommodations at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town, which is near the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. In Cape Town, travelers can enjoy a full-day escorted tour of the Cape Peninsula, including a scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard to the Cape of Good Hope and a visit to Boulders Beach, with the chance to encounter the penguins that populate the area. Also included is a full-day tour of South Africa’s wine region, as well as additional opportunities to explore Cape Town, including a cable car or hike up Table Mountain, a stroll through Kirshenbasch Botanical Gardens or a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
After Cape Town, guests fly to Kruger National Park for a three-day safari at the Thornybush Game Reserve, exploring both in open Land Rovers and on foot. The private reserve is home to a variety of animals, including the “Big Five.” Included are accommodations, twice-daily safari drives, and all meals on safari.
To book visit www.flysaavacations.com
The all-inclusive Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten is offering savings for holiday travelers with the “Unwrap Your Holiday Special” and with it, an increased commission of 13 percent to travel agents who book this offer for their clients.
In addition to a full lineup of merrymaking-themed events, feasts, Santa visits and live musical cheer, guests will save up to 35 percent off stays at the all-inclusive, family-focused Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa or the adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort when booking the “Unwrap Your Holiday Special.” The offer is valid now through November 30, 2019, for travel December 19 through January 4, 2020, with the promo code: HOLIDAY.
Included in the rate are all the festivities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, including the Magic Moment Series during the 12 days of Christmas, featuring Under the Tree, Santa’s Grotto and Meet & Greet with Santa. Santa’s Signature Series will bring on the fanfare exclusively for Sonesta Ocean Point guests with Sax on the Beach, On the Edge Pool Party and In the Mix at Sunset Lounge. To ring in the New Year, guests of both resorts will have a privileged view of the spectacular fireworks display on December 31, the largest in St. Maarten, setting off from a boat in Maho Bay.
Guests can also march into Maho Village for the Holiday Carnival Series on December 25, 27, 29 and January 1, followed by free Vegas-style production shows at the region’s largest theater inside Casino Royale at 8:30 p.m. Located across from Sonesta Resorts, the Casino Royale Theatre (ages 18 and over are permitted) will host Planet Pop on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; Latin Fire on December 27; and Through the Night on December 29.
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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions has announced a series of promotions for guests booking by December 31, 2019.
Guests who take advantage of these offers can receive free air from Miami or from $249 and $349 from popular home cities on select 2019 – 2021 departures. Business class upgrades are also available starting at $750. Additionally, Linblad will waive the solo traveler premium on solo cabins on select 2019 and 2020 departures. The solo waiver is valid on new bookings only, is subject to availability and may not be combined with other offers or extensions.
In addition to the deals, on select 2019 voyages a lineup of experts from the Charles Darwin Foundation, as well as other scientists, researchers and photographers, will sail with Lindblad, offering guest presentations.
Finally, Lindblad is supporting Explora Galapagos – Discover Your Islands, an initiative that provides residents the opportunity to experience the archipelago as a guest with Lindblad Expeditions. Since 1999, Lindblad has taken over 260 teachers through the archipelago to enhance the teachers’ local knowledge, especially as it relates to the protection of the natural environment. Now, cabins are being provided to teachers, park wardens and other members of the Galapagos community under this park program to educate and inspire stewardship of the islands, Lindblad said.
Guests will have the opportunity to travel with the local community, including recently retired park warden, Andrade Ballesteros, recognized by the park for his service at the 60th anniversary ceremonies. The park wardens are traveling October 19, 2019, with teachers on several 2019 departures.
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Eurail is now offering 10 percent discounts on the coveted Eurail Global Pass, available for purchase now through October 10, 2019. Passes purchased during the deal can be used anytime through December 15, 2019.
With a Eurail Global Pass, travelers of all ages gain entry to 31 countries, a myriad of attractions and cultural hubs via railways in over 40,000 European cities. Unlike traditional train tickets, with Eurail, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Some trains do ask you to make a reservation, but most trains can be boarded as easily as flashing your Pass.
The Eurail pass also provides customers with exclusive access to extra benefits and discounts while traveling. A full list of current deals available in specific countries can be accessed via the free Eurail Rail Planner App. Use the App before the journey to plan an itinerary or make it up as you go with convenient access to train times, schedules and reservations. To book, visit www.eurail.com.