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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Offers 40 Percent Off Room Rates
The offer is valid on bookings made by June 15 with travel dates through December 31.
 
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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas, an adults-only, all-inclusive, is offering travelers savings of up to 40 percent on nightly rates through the Paradise Spring Fever Savings promotion. The offer is valid on bookings made by June 15 with travel dates through December 31.
 
All-inclusive rates offered as part of the Paradise Spring Fever Savings promotion start from $190 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Rates quoted are based on bookings in an Island View room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates.
 
Guests booking a minimum of three nights receive a four-ounce Tortuga Rum cake and $30 per person credit for use towards Amber Spa’s full menu of massages, facials, skin care, nail and hair treatments (available for an additional charge). The spa credit cannot be bartered or sold and has no cash value.

As part of the resort’s all-inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy the “Cabbage Beach Picnic” which takes guests to one of Paradise Island’s finest beaches on the Atlantic Ocean

The resort provides transportation to Cabbage Beach, which is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Departures from Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas are available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). Beach service is also provided, at no additional cost to guests, with a beverage and a light lunch.

Reserved spaces are limited to 36 guests per day and reservations should be made 24-hours in advance of the excursion at the reception desk. Agents who book the Paradise Spring Fever Savings offer receive a 15 percent commission. 

Visit www.warwickhotels.com

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11-Day China FAM From Pacific Delight Tours
The trip departs March 19, 2018 | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering travel agents an 11-night FAM trip to China departing March 19, 2018. Agents will stay in deluxe accommodations in a private balcony Superior Stateroom on a Yangtze River cruise onboard the five-star Victoria Jenna. Stops along the way include modern Shanghai, ancient Xi'an, and the country’s capital and cultural center, Beijing

The trip begins at $1,999 per agent. The fare includes airfare from LAX, intra-China flights and ground transportation, meals as per the itinerary, all sightseeing entrance fees, and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

A companion rate is available from $2,099, while a single supplement surcharge of $799 applies to single occupancy travel. Flights from JFK are an additional $100.

In addition to the room on the Victoria Jenna, travel agents will stay in deluxe accommodations at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Mercure Hotel Xi'an, and the Capital Hotel in Beijing.

For more than 40 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been taking Americans throughout Asia on high-end and affordable luxury tours. Locations include India, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. There are also gluten-free and Kosher tours available 

The company has won numerous awards including TravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008–2016, the 2009 Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, call 800-221-7179 or visit their website at pacificdelighttours.com.

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Hawaii Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent University

Besides the broad appeal of Hawaii’s natural wonders, adventure activities and cultural attractions, there are places to go and things to do that zero in on special interest and niche markets. There is more information on things for families to see and do — as well as updates on places to stay — in the pages that follow.

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Couples Resorts: All-Inclusive Refined
Recorded on February 28, 2018 | Couples Resorts

Couples Resorts has refined the word all-inclusive while still making it affordable, and now All-Inclusive is Spa Inclusive. This webinar will break it down and show you why Couples provides the best value for your clients and authenticity that cannot be found anywhere else. Register now!

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Trek Travel Cycling Vacations
Recorded on February 27, 2018 | Trek Travel

Do you want to wow your clients and be a part of the growing active travel market? Join us to learn about Trek Travel’s cycling vacations of a lifetime, and how we:

  • Provide competitive commissions and special travel agent promotions, 
  • Offer unrivaled insider access to professional races and the Trek Segafredo pro racing team
  • and more

Register here and watch on-demand. 

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Princess Cruises Announces the Come Back New Sale
The sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2, 2018, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced the Come Back New Sale, offering guests free gratuities and the opportunity to experience the line’s award-winning service and onboard experiences. In addition to free gratuities, guests book with a low $100 refundable deposit during the Come Back New sale, and are offered a savings of up to $300 per person on flights booked through Princess EZair.

Guests using Princess EZair can benefit from low fares, worry-free booking, late arrival protection, easy flight quote requests, 24/7 support, and no customization fee when booking flights for their cruise vacation.  

As part of the Come Back New Promise, Princess welcomes guests to sample dishes from the line’s exclusive specialty dining restaurants, enjoy exclusive entertainment, or experience the local cultures on Discovery recommended shore excursions. The sale offers deals on cruises to the line’s most popular destinations including Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, California Coast, Australia & New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Canada & New England, South America, as well as World Cruise voyages.

Examples of the Come Back New cruise deals include:

  • Eastern Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $699 interior; $899 balcony
  • Circle Caribbean cruise — 14 days: $1,199 interior; $1,799 balcony
  • Hawaiian Islands cruise —15 days: $1,549 interior; $2,399 balcony
  • Panama Canal cruise — 10 days: $899 interior; $1,599 balcony
  • Southeast Asia & Japan cruise — 12 days: $1,599 interior; $2,349 balcony
  • Classic Canada & New England cruise —10 days: $1,399 interior; $2,249 balcony
  • Australia & New Zealand cruise – 12 days: $1,249 interior; $1,699 balcony

All cruise prices are per guest, based on double occupancy. Princess Cruise’s Come Back New Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2, 2018 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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Central Holidays Guarantees Departures, Offers Discounts on Tours
Gift cards and savings are only available on bookings made for departures by May 31, 2018. | Central Holidays

Central Holidays is offering travelers guaranteed departures through May 2018 for their Italy Motorcoach Tour programs – giving travel agents the assurance that they can carry out their clients’ vacations with no worries of cancellation. Travel agents also receive a bonus $100 Amex gift card per person booked on the company’s Italy Escorted Tours, and travelers receive an extra five percent savings on bookings made for departures by May 31, 2018. 

Guaranteed departures also equate to guaranteed commissions for agents as well as an assurance that their clients will receive all the travel services and experiences that come with Central Holidays’ tours. These value-added specials offer travelers the opportunity to experience one of the new Italy Escorted Tour programs created by the company’s destination experts – just released in the company’s new 2018 brochures and online.  

Here’s are Central Holidays’ new Italy Escorted Tour programs:

  • "Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Lakes": Pistoia – Santa Margherita LigureStresa. 9 Days from $ 2298.
  • "In the Footsteps of Italy’s Culinary Traditions": Rome Montepulciano San Gimignano Parma Padua. 10 Days from $2748.
  • "Legendary Amalfi Coast & Undiscovered Trulli Villages": Rome – Sorrento Savelletri di Fasano. 9 Days from $2598.
  • "Italian Vistas: From Tuscany to the Dolomites": Pistoia – Santa Margherita Ligure – Stresa – Venice Bolzano. 13 Days from $3298.

Prices are per person, land only based on double occupancy. The five percent discount offer applies to land only portions of tour. The Amex gift card offer is $100 per passenger booked. Tour must be booked and deposited by February 28, 2018 for departures thru May 31, 2018.

Central Holidays Italy Premier Escorted packages feature the Central Holidays Signature Dining Plan that includes most meals (breakfast daily – plus many lunches and dinners) served in hotels and local restaurants.  In addition, wine, coffee or cappuccino and mineral water at lunch and dinner are included in the tour price. Sightseeing and bonus touring is included in each motorcoach escorted package as well as the services of a professional, English-speaking tour director throughout the itinerary.

For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.

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CIE Tours Offers Travel Agent Discount on Spring Trips to the UK
Agents must book the trip before February 28 to receive the discount. | CIE Tours

CIE Tours is offering discounts to travel agents on spring vacations to Ireland and the British Isles to help clients book one of ten select excursions. Those who do so before February 28 will not only help travelers save on their trip, but will also receive a $50 gift card using the code AGENTLOVE50.

Vacation itineraries with trip-specific codes include:

  • Irish Spirit: 8 days departing April 5; sale price $1,685 (code SPA040518)
  • The Scots Irish Tour: 11 days departing April 8; sale price $2,025 (code SNA040818)
  • Taste of Scotland: 5 days departing April 1; sale price $1,100 (code SCA040118)
  • Northern Welcome: 9 days departing April 28; sale price $1,800 (code NWA042818)
  • Best of Ireland South: departing April 12; sale price $1,165 (code ISA041218) / departing April 28; sale price $1,285 (code ISA042818)
  • British & Irish Delight: 9 days departing April 15; sale price $1,790 (code GRA041518)
  • Irish Explorer: 9 days departing April 8; sale price $1,645 (code EXA040818)
  • Mystical Ireland: 8 days departing April 7; sale price $1,360 (code CLA040718)
  • Irish Adventure: 8 days departing April 30; sale price $1,775 (code ADA040418)

CIE Tours offers fully inclusive guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, with both group travel and private itineraries available. The company’s escorted tours include prepaid sightseeing, hotel accommodations, full breakfasts, and most dinners.

Recently, the company partnered with Air Canada to offer air-inclusive guided vacations for Canadian travelers. The agreement enables CIE Tours to package flights within its tour price for travel originating at any airport serviced by Air Canada with direct flights to Shannon or Dublin.

For more information, visit www.cietours.com.

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Apple Vacations' “Hawaii SuperSale”
The deal is valid to book now through March 22 for travel from April 1 to August. | Apple Vacations

As part of Apple Vacations' new Hawaii SuperSale, travelers can enjoy Apple-exclusive extras, including room upgrades, free nights, free daily buffet breakfasts and food and beverage credits at participating resorts.

The deal is valid to book now through March 22 for travel from April 1 to August.

Here a few examples of some of the offers:

Travelers coming from Chicago (ORD) can stay five nights at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach at rates starting from $1,465 per person. Clients from Philadelphia (PHL) get five nights at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach starting from $1,229 per person and guests coming from Los Angeles (LAX) get five nights at the Royal Kona Resort starting from $1,165 per person. 

All participating resorts in the Hawaii SuperSale are Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach; Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort; Courtyard By Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach; Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach; Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa; Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort; Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach; Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kauai Shores Hotel; Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa; Royal Kona Resort; Royal Lahaina Resort; Sheraton Kauai Resort; Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas; Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa; Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui.

Visit www.applevacations.com/super-sale-hawaii
 

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s New “Experience Package”
The Outrigger Experience Package can be booked online year-round and is available for all room types based on a four-night minimum stay. | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has introduced a new offering providing visitors with an immersive vacation experience that aims to appeal to the diverse array of interests and activities that Hawaii has to offer. 

When booking the new “Outrigger Experience Package” at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, guests receive a $200 resort credit to create and discover their own vacation experiences. From Hawaiian music and farm-to-beach food offerings, to wellness and waterfront activities, there’s an array of offerings. 

The Outrigger Experience Package can be booked online year-round and is available for all room types based on a four-night minimum stay. Whether guests want to reserve a beachfront table at The Reef Bar & Market Grill for a romantic sunset dinner, enjoy an afternoon of poolside cocktails and appetizers at Kani Ka Pila Grille, go shopping at Outrigger Trading Company, unwind with a soothing spa treatment at La’akea Spa, sunbathe and play on Waikiki Beach with rentals through Aqualani Beach Services, or simply take advantage of hotel valet parking, those who purchase the “Outrigger Experience Package” can redeem their resort credit for a number of memorable Hawaiian activities.

“Our newest Experience Package at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort showcases the brand’s passion for exploration and discovery, while making it easy for travelers to book a vacation and take advantage of all the warm-weather activities, delicious foods and beautiful scenery that Hawaii has to offer,” said Kelly Hoen, area general manager and general manager at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, in a written release. “With Outrigger’s unmatched hospitality and a $200 resort credit to splurge on one-of-a-kind Hawaiian experiences, we’re excited to give guests the opportunity to create the vacation of their dreams.” 

As part of its commitment to preserving and sharing Hawaii’s deep-rooted heritage, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort invites guests to join its cultural activities and special events offered year-round, including ukulele lessons, lei making classes, beachside Hawaiian vow renewal ceremonies twice a week and live musical performances every evening. 

Visit www.outrigger.com

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Spring Savings at Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy
Booking for the Spring Offer is available through June 21, and is valid for travel from March 29 to June 21.

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Il Salviatino

Guests staying at Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century, 44-room villa in Florence, Italy, can now book the hotel’s Spring Offer, representing savings of 20 percent off the best available room rates.

Closed annually during the winter, ll Salviatino will reopen for season March 29, with exclusive offers on its mix of guest rooms and suites. 

The Spring Offer is available for guests who book a minimum three-night stay and applies to Deluxe rooms, Dome View Deluxe rooms, Junior Suites, Greenhouse Junior Suites and Dome View Junior Suites. 

Rates start at $469 per night for a Double Deluxe room. Booking for the Spring Offer is available through June 21, and is valid for travel from March 29 to June 21. 

Also, exclusive experiences can be booked by all guests at Il Salviatino including cooking classes in a private mansion hidden among the Tuscan vineyards; truffle hunting on the property grounds; tastings at private wineries; hot air balloon rides and personalized photo tours.

The hotel also offers a “Florentine Artisans” package, which includes a three-hour workshop with an artisan paper conservator, who will not only unveil the secrets of his trade, but also under his precise instructions, teach guests how to create their own notebook, folder and marbled Florentine paper. The package also includes a guided walking tour of the city, visiting its best artisans workshops.

Il Salviatino also turned to famed perfume house, AquaFlor, located in Florence’s Santa Croce District, to create a unique perfume making workshop for guests. The workshop is led by a master perfumer who guides each person in creating their personal Eau de Parfum, taking home a bottle of their creation as a keepsake.

Visit www.salviatino.com

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MSC Cruises Offers Agents Double the Return for Wave Season
The promotion is only applicable on Caribbean itineraries from Miami from March 31, 2018 through December 15, 2018. | MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is offering travel agents double the opportunity to increase earnings with an enhanced tour conductor program now through March 31. Additionally, with Wave Season being the prime time booking season, travel agents are primed to make even more on the back end to “Book Four and Score.”

With the Book Four and Score deal, agents can earn double the TCs for every group booking made now through March 31. Book 4 staterooms (8 guests) online and earn 1 Tour Conductor as bonus commission. Plus, with the MSC Seaside’s reduced rates, agents can leverage the brand-new ship to help guests “Save & Sail” with up to $900 savings.

The reduced “Save & Sail” rate is available on Balcony Staterooms for two aboard the MSC Seaside on select spring, summer, and fall 2018 cruises. MSC Seaside will cruise to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, including destinations like St. Maarten, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

The “Book Four and Score” now offers double the commission:

  • By Phone: 1 TC for 10 guests
  • Electronically: 1 TC for 7.5 guests

The Previous Conductor Offer:

  • By Phone: 1 TC for 20 guests
  • Electronically: 1 TC for 15 guests

Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales at MSC Cruises, said of the promotion: “Travel agents continue to be a vital source of business, and we are delighted to create opportunities to forge an even stronger partnership between MSC Cruises and our dedicated ambassadors. As we continue to grow, we count on the support of our travel agent network.”

The promotion is only applicable on Caribbean itineraries from Miami from March 31, 2018 through December 15, 2018.

For more on MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.

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Riviera Travel Offers Christening Travel Agent FAM Trip
Contest runs through February 21. | Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel, a new European river cruise line expanding into the U.S. market, is offering travel agents to win a spot on a christening fam trip.

Agents who join the Riviera Cruise Club travel agency portal by February 21 will be automatically entered to win a spot for the agent and their guest on the fam trip, which will take place Tuesday, April 3 from Friday, April 6 on the new Robert Burns. Agents can join the Riviera Cruise Club at www.rivierarivercruises.com/agency.

The fam trip begins April 3 in Vienna, with a buffet lunch included onboard and an afternoon free to explore the ship. That evening is an exclusive christening event with a cocktail reception, christening ceremony and dinner.

The morning of April 4, attendees get a guided tour of Vienna, setting sail for Budapest in the afternoon. There will be a guided tour of Budapest the morning of April 5, followed by free time in the afternoon. Flights home depart April 6.

The following is included in the fam trip:

  • Luxury accommodation on board the new Robert Burns for the agent and their guest.
  • All meals onboard including buffet breakfasts and lunches as well as regional cuisine in the evening.
  • Wines, beers and sodas with lunch and dinner.
  • Transfers to and from the ship.
  • Up to $1,000 reimbursement for air fare.
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities in cabin.          

Additionally, pre- and post-stay hotel accommodation is available at The Intercontinental Vienna and The Intercontinental Budapest. Agents can contact Riviera Travel directly for more information at 1-888-838-8820.

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La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana
Recorded on February 6, 2018 | La Colección

Join La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana to learn about our 12 distinctive resorts throughout the top beaches in Mexico that combines the signature Mexican hospitality with lifestyle, luxury and soft adventure brands: Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana and The Explorean. Register Now.

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Victory Offers 2-for-1 Special on Cuba Itinerary
Travelers must book the cruise and pay in full by February 28 to receive the discounted rate. | Victory Cruise Lines

Victory Cruise Lines is celebrating its first Cuba season with a 15-night “Cuba 360o cruise round-trip from Miami departing on April 20. The voyage will have overnight calls at four Cuban ports, including a full three days and three nights in the capital of Havana. If booked and paid in full by February 28, guests will receive a special 2-for-1 rate of $3,999 per person, double occupancy.

The cruise line’s all-inclusive luxury Cuba experience aboard the 202-passenger Victory 1 includes five-star cuisine with house wines, beer, and spirits; shore excursions, entertainment, and expert shipboard lecturers.

The trip begins with two days at sea with expert lecturers who will provide guests with information to maximize their experience of Cuba. The first port of call is Santiago de Cuba, where an overnight stay enables guests to see the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, among other sights.

Following a sea day, the ship arrives at Trinidad de Cuba for another overnight call with visits to Valle de los Ingenios and a sugarcane plantation. An overnight call in Cienfuegos, known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South," allows for an optional tour to the Bay of Pigs.

The Cuba trip culminates with a stop in Havana for three days and nights of exploration and excursions. Guests can visit Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the colonial squares of Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de la Revolution. After the stop in Havana, Victory 1 then returns to Miami.

For American guests, the excursions fulfill all People to People program requirements, and Victory Cruise Lines handles all necessary Cuba visa and health paperwork.

For more information, visit cruises.victorycruiselines.com.

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TravelBound Launches 2018 Wave Season Deals
TravelBound

TravelBound is kicking off Wave Season with deals for every major ocean and river cruise port available now and throughout the year. Every week through March, the fully independent travel (FIT) company will roll out additional destination highlights with exclusive deals, hotel and tour recommendations, and tips from their staff. 

TravelBound features properties and experiences in many ports, from river cruise ports like Prague and Paris to the largest ocean ports including Miami and Barcelona. Wave Season deals will include early booking discounts, free night offers, and other incentives on thousands of properties in locations like Miami, London, Rome, Barcelona, Seattle, Paris, and more.

Selling exclusively to travel agents, TravelBound is a supplier of fully independent travel (FIT) to destinations around the world. Its inventory includes 50,000-plus hotels, apartments and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, as well as sightseeing tours, attractions and activities, and hundreds of transfer options. Travelbound’s products can be found in popular travel destinations like the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

A brand of GTA, TravelBound benefits from a worldwide network of offices staffed with product negotiators and coordination teams. GTA is provider of ground travel products and services to the fully independent travel industry.

Other deals and incentives at TravelBound include its Amazon Rewards Program. When agents sign up for the program, they will earn cash, loaded on an Amazon gift card, on eligible bookings based on the booking and travel period of select promotions run throughout the year.

For more information on TravelBound, visit travelbound.gta-promotions.com/wave2018/.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018
Travel Agent University

As engagement season (unofficially Christmas Eve through Valentine’s Day) draws to a close, be prepared for newlyweds-to-be seeking out your services to plan their destination wedding or honeymoon (or both). Better still, try to set up a cross promotion with your agency and local bridal shops, advertising each other’s services. Read on for some other tips on getting and handling this business, gleaned and distilled from conversations we have had with travel agents and wedding professionals.

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New FAM Trip to Fiji Departs This May
The fam trip runs May 10 through May 18, 2018. | Pacific Holidays

Pacific Holidays is offering travel agents a new fam trip to Fiji departing this May.

Departing May 10 from Los Angeles, the fam trip was developed in partnership with Fiji Airways and Captain Cook Cruises. It last nine days / six nights, through May 18, with travel agent rates starting from $1,599 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles.

On the fam trip travel agents will take a three-night cruise with Captain Cook on the small ship Reef Endeavour, calling at the Mamanuca Islands and the southern Yasasas, including Waya and Sacred Islands. Then agents will spend three nights at First Landing Resort, where according to a local legend the first Fijians arrived around 1,500 BC. All meals are included on the cruise.

The fam trip is for travel agents only, Pacific Holidays said. Other notable highlights will include an exploration of Monoriki, where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed, on a guided kayak tour. On Monu Island, agents will be able to snorkel and take in a special village choral service, followed by a performance of the Sunday Show in the evening.

More snorkeling in coral gardens will be available during the stop at Sacred Island, and on the journey through the southern Yasawa Islands, travel agents will have the chance to meet the village children of an island school and shop for souvenirs at a shell market.

For more information and reservation, contact Pacific Holidays, 12 West 32nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Toll Free: 1-800-355-8025, Tel: 212-629-3888, FAX: 212-629-8882. email: [email protected], Website: www.pacificholidaysinc.com

Photo by mvaligursky/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Zemi Beach House Offers Post-Hurricane Welcome Back Promotion
The promotion is valid for booking until December 19, 2018. | Zemi Beach House

To celebrate Zemi Beach House's re-opening after the hurricanes in late 2017, the luxury hotel in Anguilla is offering a Welcome Back Promotion. From February 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night for free. From April 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book five nights and receive a sixth and seventh night free. Additionally, all rooms and suites will include a complimentary daily buffet breakfast.

The complimentary nights promotion is subject to availability and valid for booking until December 19, 2018. To receive the complimentary nights, the stay must be a minimum of three or five consecutive nights. Complimentary nights are not redeemable for future stays. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, packages or offers, and is applicable towards new bookings only.

Zemi Beach House is situated on Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, guests start their vacation with a private plane or sea shuttle to the hotel from St. Maarten. Once they arrive, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Thai House Spa, three bars, two restaurants, pools, fitness center, and a variety of water sports and beachfront activities. 

Guests can enjoy casual beachfront dining at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, 20 Knots, serving Caribbean-style cuisine. Or, guests can try Stone, Zemi’s fine-dining restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of seafood, fish and sea-to-table entrees. Starting rates are $730 per night, and the hotel will be accepting reservations from February 15th onward.

For more information, visit www.zemibeach.com.

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New Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Packages Offer 15 Percent Commission
Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas invites travelers to personalize their vacation experience by offering special packages. Guests can select accommodations from five room categories and enhance their stay with amenity upgrades including treatments at the resort's boutique Amber Spa and specialized menu options.

Travel agents can book the resort's special offers for their clients, all of which feature the all-inclusive amenities, and receive a 15 percent commission. Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. 

Guests booking a minimum of three nights on the Paradise Winter Savings promotion receive a credit for use at the resort's boutique Amber Spa. Credits range from $30 - $150 per person and vary according to number of nights and room category booked. 

Rates start from $343 per room, per night, double occupancy in an Island View double/double bedroom, based on travel through April 15. Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates. 

Celebrate in Paradise can be used on stays that are a minimum of three nights in a Harbour Deluxe or Premium Balcony or Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite, to celebrate any special occasion. The offer includes $75 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay; chilled Prosecco and a miniature rum cake. 

Stays that are a minimum of seven nights receive an additional $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service from the airport to the resort. Rates start from $575 per room, per night, double, based on accommodations in a Harbour Deluxe Balcony double/double for travel through April 15.

Warwick Suite Dreams is available to guests booking the resort's Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite where travelers can experience Bahamian luxury with views of Nassau Harbour. 

The Suite Dreams package includes daily fresh fruit in-room, a selection of Bootleg Chocolates of The Bahamas (per stay), Tortuga Rum Cake (per stay), a bottle of Prosecco each night, complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service between the airport and resort, and nightly turn-down service. 

Stays that are a minimum of two nights receive a $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay while stays that are a minimum of five nights receive a $350 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and roundtrip private car service to and from the airport. Rates start from $924 per room, per night, double occupancy for travel through April 15.

Visit www.warwickhotels.com


 

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Variety Cruises Promotes Discounted Rates for Agents
Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises announced it will be offering new travel agent rates on select summer 2018 and winter 2018 - 2019 cruise dates. Travel agents can select from a diverse range of handpicked cruise destinations including Greece, Spain and Portugal, the Adriatic Sea, Cape Verde, the Seychelles, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama, Cuba, and Iceland

Variety Cruises has also announced new destinations for 2018/2019. "Gods, Kings, and Pharaohs," which takes voyagers to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan beginning in November 2018, and "Splendors of Egypt by Sea," set to begin in December 2018, which has an itinerary that features Egypt and Jordan by sea. In 2019, a Bali cruise is also planned to be launched where guests will explore the Indonesian Archipelago.

The Travel Agent Offer:

  • 60 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 179 to 60 days prior to embarkation day.
  • 75 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 59 days until embarkation day. 
  • Travel agents will be entitled to the discounts by providing their valid CLIA Certificate or IATAN list along with their business card- Both will be required onboard upon embarkation
  • The rates are per person and cruise, and apply for the Travel Agent and one companion
  • Valid for active employees, not retired
  • Travel agent rates do not apply for the owner’s suite and category P cabins
  • Reservations at Travel agent rates are subject to prior approval and completed paperwork
  • Port Taxes are additional

Variety Cruises operates a fleet of 11 fully owned yacht cruises with capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins. Variety Cruises’ voyages include shore excursions, experiential itineraries that focus on the destination, yacht deck barbecues, and more. 

For more, visit www.varietycruises.com.

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Pleasant Holidays' New Travel Discounts to the Caribbean, Mexico, South Pacific
Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.
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Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced it will celebrate milestone anniversaries for three of its core destination portfolios in 2018 with special offers and promotions throughout the year. 

The company marks 25 years of selling Mexico beach vacations, 20 years of selling Tahiti and Bora Bora, and 10 years of selling the Caribbean.

Pleasant Holidays launched sales of Mexico vacation packages with a handful of destinations in 1993, marking the company’s first venture outside of Hawaii. 

Pleasant Holidays’ newly released Mexico sales brochure features 250 hotels, resorts, villas, condos and residences—including 150 all-inclusive options—in 15 popular vacation areas plus cruises, sightseeing tours and activities, and more. 

To kick off the year-long 25th anniversary celebration, Pleasant Holidays is offering exclusive hotel rates and added values including kids stay and eat free promotions on air-inclusive Mexico vacations at participating resorts including Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. 

The deals are valid on new bookings made by January 28 for select travel through December 16. Mexico continues to be no. 1 for destination weddings for the company as well.

In 1998, Pleasant Holidays added South Pacific package vacations. Twenty years later, Pleasant Holidays is recognized as No. 1 travel provider to Tahiti by Air Tahiti Nui and offers a portfolio that includes more than 80 resorts across Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands plus six cruise lines, including luxury cruises from Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises. 

To celebrate 20 years of selling South Pacific vacations, Pleasant Holidays is offering up to $600 off per booking on air-inclusive vacations at participating resorts. 

The deals are valid on new bookings for travel through December 31 and require a minimum night stay of five or seven nights depending on the destination. Tahiti bookings must be made by March 18 to receive $600 off and include romantic overwater bungalow accommodations; Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.

Pleasant Holidays’ Caribbean portfolio has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2008 and the destination now ranks as one of its top performers in terms of sales and passengers. 

Pleasant Holidays offers 24 unique island nations including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos; more than 250 resorts—including all-inclusive, adults-only and family-friendly options—and an array of Caribbean cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. 

Pleasant Holidays has a variety of promotions planned throughout the year in celebration of its 10th anniversary of selling Caribbean vacations. Currently, travelers save up to 50 percent off room rates at select Caribbean hotels participating in the April Travel Sale, which is valid for travel April 1 – 30.

Visit www.pleasantagent.com

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You Deserve the Best: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection & U by Uniworld
Recorded on January 23, 2018 | Uniworld

Immerse yourself in the world of Uniworld to learn about the one-of-a-kind award-winning ships during this enlightening webinar focusing on what sets Uniworld and U by Uniworld (river cruising for 21-45-year olds) apart from other river cruise lines. Register Now

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Crystal Cruises Specialist
Travel Agent University

The Crystal Cruises Specialist course is designed to help you understand and communicate Crystal’s commitment to offering the world’s most luxurious and acclaimed travel experiences.


This course will provide an in-depth review of the award-winning Crystal Experience at a time when the line's celebrated ocean cruises are being elevated to a new level of luxury, service and adventure. Use Crystals’ standout sales features when positioning the line to clients. The key to selling Crystal’s ocean cruises is emphasizing how Crystal goes beyond all-inclusive to ALL EXCLUSIVE.

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All Things Crystal
Travel Agent University

Whatever it is that inspires your client’s wanderlust —the legendary elegance of a classic ocean voyage, the immersive discovery of a river cruise, the intimate adventures aboard a luxury yacht, or the soaring wonder of travel by chartered private jet — Crystal presents the world's most fascinating destinations to your discerning clientele with expert finesse and award-winning luxury.Take the All Things Crystal course to find out more!

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Crystal River Cruises
Travel Agent University

Crystal’s all-suite, butler-serviced river ships feature the same classic elegance and luxury Crystal Experience found on board the company’s award-winning ocean ships. Sell Crystal river cruises to upscale/luxury travelers, particularly those who have stayed in five-star hotels or who have sailed on luxury and upper-premium ocean cruise lines, and to repeat Crystal guests.Take the Crystal River Cruises course to find out more!

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises
Travel Agent University

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises offers gorgeous social spaces and impeccable butler-serviced suites rivaling any land-based hotel or resort while transporting guests to idyllic harbors. Currently, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises is composed of Crystal Esprit as well as three new builds which are expected to be delivered between 2019-2021. The on board guest experience is exclusively designed for travelers who love adventure, culture and revel in the casual elegance of the Crystal Yachting Lifestyle.

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ New “Love Takes Flight” Romance Package
The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17. | Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in Hawaii recently launches its new romantic package, “Love Takes Flight.” 

Conceived for those looking to take their beloved on a fairytale adventure in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the package entails an excursion with a private aerial tour of the eastern side of Maui.

The 45-minute ride begins with a journey over the town of Hana, revealing its lush vegetation, rugged mountains, veil-like waterfalls, and breathtaking coastline. Just a few miles beyond Hana, the trip continues over the majestic Haleakala, boasting its incredible volcanic landscape and vivid-colored natural formations.

The highlight of the dreamy tour is landing in the secluded Piiholo Ranch Cabins, an idyllic pasture surrounded by stunning mountain and ocean views, for an intimate champagne picnic lunch. Couples have the option to upgrade this romantic escape with a horseback experience for an additional fee (based on availability.)

“Nothing compares to a bird’s eye view of Hana and the striking Haleakala, with a helicopter landing on an exclusive ranch in Hawaii,” said Gregg Lundberg, president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, in a written release. “We wanted to offer this extraordinary aerial tour package to help our guests create unforgettable Valentine’s Day memories.”

The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17.

Visit www.bluehawaiian.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ April Sale for Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean Travel
The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays recently announced its April Travel Sale featuring its best deals for April vacations to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean

The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Hawaii feature exclusive hotel rates and added values including daily breakfast or food & beverage credit, up to 15 percent off pampering spa treatments and more at five luxury oceanfront resorts on four popular Hawaiian islands. 

Travelers can select from Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Waikiki Beach; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach; Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach; and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island. Hawaii April Travel Sale bookings made by February 25 also receive a complimentary three-day economy Hertz car rental, which may be upgraded to a convertible, luxury or SUV at additional cost.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Mexico feature up to 74 percent off hotel rates at more than a dozen all-inclusive beach resorts in Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Resorts include both family-friendly and adults-only options from Melia, Barcelo Hotel Group and Riu Hotels & Resorts in Mexico’s popular resort areas.
 
Travelers save up to 50 percent on hotel rates at all-inclusive Riu Hotels & Resorts located in the Caribbean with Pleasant Holidays’ April Travel Sale. The hotel chain offers a variety of family-friendly and adults-only resorts in popular beach destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas.
 
Travel Agents can boost their commission income by including, trip protection plans, sightseeing tours, activities, dinner cruises and more, available for booking online at PleasantActivities.com

Pleasant Holidays’ Protection Plan Plus includes travel agent commission protection while providing comprehensive travel protection including benefits, coverage and assistance services.
 
Visit www.pleasantagent.com and www.pleasantactivities.com

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Spirit of Barbados: Immerse, Indulge, Inspire
Recorded on January 16, 2018 | Barbados Elite Club

Discover a place with refined luxury and exceptional culinary delights; dance and mingle among lush tropical greenery, limpid blue waters and warm golden sunlight. 

Join us for this webinar and learn why Barbados is the ideal destination for the most discerning traveler and about the numerous benefits that the Barbados Elite Club offers you as a valued partner! Register now.

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NYC Broadway Week Winter 2018 Tickets Are on Sale Now
NYC & Company

NYC & Company, a destination marketing organization in New York City, announced NYC Broadway Week tickets are on sale now to the public. The bi-annual program, now in its eighth year, will run from January 16 through February 4, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase two-for-one tickets to 19 Broadway shows.

Seven of the 19 participating shows are new Broadway productions, including Farinelli and the King, Spongebob Squarepants, and the Parisian Woman, among others.

The 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons
  • The Lion King
  • Once on This Island
  • The Parisian Woman
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay hotel promotion. This winter, NYC Broadway Week two-for-one ticket holders who stay at one of 25 participating hotels will receive a daily $25 food and beverage on-property credit; all participating hotels are centrally located to Broadway’s famed Theater District.

Additionally, NYC & Company is inviting visitors to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week.

For more information, go to www.nycgo.com.

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Travel Impressions Offers Savings and Resort Credit for Groups at Iberostar
Available until January 31. | Travel Impressions

Agents booking groups at select Iberostar hotels and resorts will receive an exclusive 37 percent discount on top of $500 in instant savings and an up to $800 resort credit when reserving 10 rooms or more (for a minimum of 50 room nights) with Travel Impressions. The 37 percent savings is valid through January 31 for travel until April 30. Resort credit and $500 instant savings applies to travel by December 22.

The promotion applies to select Iberostar properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic such as the Riviera Maya’s Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro and Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.

Resort credit can be used toward room upgrades, romantic dining experiences, spa treatments, golf, premium champagne and wine bottle service, water sports, The Star Prestige upgrade package and purchases at the Star Market.

Agents who book FIT packages to participating Iberostar Hotels & Resorts from by January 31 will earn an additional 500 “LoyalTI First” bonus points for each applicable booking. Points can be redeemed for a variety of rewards from the leading agent-exclusive operator’s electronic Folio Reward Catalog.

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

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UnCruise Adventures Launches Wave Season Offer on Alaskan Cruises
Savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018 | UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, is offering savings on an "Alaskan Adventure" cruise in 2018. Starting January 2, 2018, guests will save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

With no more than 86 guests, the two ships take guests into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This Wave Season deal includes three Alaska itineraries, with expedition guides on hand to enhance the exploration and learning experiences during the journey.

The itineraries include:

  • Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord with twin Sawyer glaciers, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound—prime humpback feeding grounds. Departures available May-August.
  • Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May-August.
  • Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Take two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures in April, July and September.

Additionally, every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment for activities like kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

The Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Travelers must use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995.

Visit www.uncruise.com

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Four 2018 Wave Season Cruise Deals From Norwegian Cruise Line
The Super Splash Sale is available through January 15, and three more deals are available through January 31. | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is kicking off Wave Season 2018 with a limited time offer. Now through January 15, guests can take advantage of the Super Splash Sale and receive up to $500 in free onboard spending on select five-day or longer sailings. This offer is combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $3,100 in added value on a traveler’s cruise.

Three more Wave Season offers will be available throughout the month of January:

  1. Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion will be extended through January 31. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian get all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value.
  2. Guests looking to soak up the sun in the South Pacific can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, which has also been extended through January 31. Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, which sails seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, can select one of five offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.
  3. Guests who are looking to explore the rich history of Cuba can enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money with Norwegian’s Havana Nights promotion now through January 31. Cruisers who book a new cruise to Cuba can take advantage of an all-inclusive onboard experience with unlimited open bar on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral.

Visit www.ncl.com

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Mexico Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Focus on Mexico and you’ll see a destination weddings and honeymoons superstar. The reasons are plentiful. It’s a great value, especially with today’s strong dollar-to-peso exchange rate. It’s close to the U.S., with airlift continually on the upswing. Scenic settings provide romantic backdrops that include beaches, jungles, mountains and deserts. And the country’s rich culture maintains ties to ancient roots and puts a premium on hospitality. Read the Focus Series to find out more

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What’s your “ALL-FUN” travel personality?
Apple Vacations

Answer the questions to create the ideal Apple Vacations itinerary that starts with check in at Hotel Xcaret and continues through many of the ALL-FUN Inclusive® offerings available at the hotel.

Ask clients to take the quiz or find out your own travel personality! Take the quiz now.

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Pleasant Holidays’ Year-Long Savings at Five Beach Resorts in Hawaii
Booking is available throughout 2018 for select travel through January 2, 2019. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced deals on Hawaii vacations with hundreds of dollars in savings at five beach resorts on four islands.

Pleasant Holidays' collection of exclusive Hawaii vacation package deals includes hotel rates and added values featuring daily breakfast or food and beverage credit and up to 15 percent off spa treatments at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Oahu; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Maui; the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kauai and the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island

Valid for travel throughout 2018, these Hawaii vacation packages offer savings on warm-weather winter escapes; spring break trips; family vacations during the peak summer travel season; couples honeymoons and romance getaways.

For travelers wanting to visit all four islands on one vacation, Pleasant Holidays offers air-inclusive cruise vacations featuring Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL's) seven-night Hawaii itinerary aboard the Pride of America with departures from Honolulu every Saturday year-round. 

For a limited time, Pleasant Holidays bookings include NCL's “Free at Sea” offers, which provide travelers added savings and value with their choice of a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay,a specialty dining package, pre-paid gratuities, $50 in shore excursions credit per port or the third and fourth passengers sail free. 

All offers are valid for select travel through January 2, 2019; certain restrictions apply and book-by dates vary.

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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Los Cabos Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Los Cabos’ tourism sector remains strong, Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, tells us. He notes that international visitation to Los Cabos increased by 20 percent year over year between January and July 2017, which is double the growth rate for Mexico as a whole. Tourism from the U.S. is a big part of that. Read more in the Los Cabos Focus Series!

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Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Selling weddings and honeymoons has evolved dramatically over the past five years. Some couples may want to still take a relaxing, sun-and-sand vacation to celebrate their nuptials, but they are certainly assuming you’ll be able to add unique activities to the trip so they’ll be able to come home with great stories to tell their friends.

Other couples want nothing to do with the traditional honeymoon. They’re seeking to go where none of their friends have gone before. They’ll be pondering whether to venture into the depths of Africa or perhaps an undiscovered town in Eastern Europe. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Azamara Club Cruises Launches the Wave Offer
Deal is available on bookings made through February 28, 2018, for select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises has announced that its latest deal – the Wave offer – has just gone live, offering half off the second guest and free Wi-Fi during the voyage for bookings now through February 28, 2018. The discounted rates, plus free internet, are available when guests stay in a Club Oceanview Stateroom or higher on select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018.

Itineraries on the Azamara Quest, Journey and the recently announced Pursuit, offer travelers the chance to cruise globally and take part in unique shore excursions like tapas in Barcelona, historic walking tours in Havana, and biking through Amsterdam.

The featured voyages for the Wave Offer include:

  • 8 Night Iberian Passage Voyage, Azamara Journey – September 2018: Depart the city of Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world and travel to Seville for a historic tour of the Mudejar Palace followed by an overnight on the famed island of Ibiza.
  • 8 Night Alaska Adventure Voyage, Azamara Quest – July 2019: From Vancouver, guests sail through the Inside Passage with a view of glacier-capped mountains, winding fjords and small islands to arrive in Ketchikan for a visit to Tongass National Forest. A dog sledding Shore Excursion is offered along with a canoe ride to Mendenhall Glacier.
  • 16 Night Chilean Fjords Voyage, Azamara Pursuit – February 2019: The voyage traces South America’s eastern coast toward Antarctica with time in Buenos Aires, Laguna San Rafael in the Aysen region and San Antonio, Chile. Port stops feature excursions with an eclectic mix of Caribbean spirit and Afro-Cuban culture influences.

For more information, visit here.

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Madhya Pradesh - The Land of the Jungle Book
Wednesday, December 20 | 12pm ET / 9am PT | Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development

Join us for this webinar and 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. 

Register now!

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The Unique Cunard Experience
Available On Demand | Cunard

We will debunk the misconceptions and demonstrate how Cunard remains not only a one of a kind cruise experience but remains contemporary in every facet. We will share with you all the special event cruises, exciting onboard experiences and exquisite destinations that you will find Only on Cunard. Register Now

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Princess Cruises Unveils the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale"
The sale is available now through December 26, 2017. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering its lowest fares of the season during the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale," on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day Caribbean sailings departing February through April 2018. The sale is running now through December 26 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Bermuda.

During the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” rates start as low as $99 per day/per guest, plus free gratuities, and third and fourth guest fares start at just $15 per day. Guests must be 21 or older to book a cruise with Princess Cruises.

Fares are based on double occupancy on space-available basis at time of booking on select categories and sailings. Gratuities added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts or Lotus Spa services are not included.

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean sailings will depart round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will include ports in locations like Honduras, Mexico, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, depending on the voyage.

Part of Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 cruise ships that carry two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe. In total, the cruise line offers more than 150 itineraries that range in length from three to 114 days.

Princess Cruises has been recognized as a destination leader in the cruise industry. The cruise line was named "Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean" by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 and the cruise line's private beach in the Bahamas, Princess Cays, was ranked among the "Top Cruise Line Private Island Destinations" by Cruise Critic for 2017.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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Experience the New-Face of the All-Time Favorite, Excellence Punta Cana
Thursday, December 14 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts

Learn the details & photos of the new suite categories, what has been updated and the new favorite spots at Excellence Punta Cana.

Join us on this tour around the fully renovated Excellence Punta Cana for a chance to win 3 complimentary nights! Register now.

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Access Trips Launches Holiday Travel Agent Promotion
Travel agents must book guests by January 31 to receive the free trip for themselves. | Access Trips

Access Trips, a travel company specializing in culinary tours, has unveiled a special “Book Six; Travel Free” travel agent promotion. From now through January 31, travel agents who book six guests on any of their culinary tours will get a free trip for themselves.

Additionally, they can earn a $1,000 discount for groups of six or more and $500 for groups of four or five for bookings made through December 31.

The earned free trip is based on single occupancy, applicable to Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Peru departures with Access Trips. This trip must be taken in 2018, within six months of the clients’ booked tour, and at least six clients must have completed travel.

Earlier this week, Access Trips announced its newest culinary trip to Costa Rica that will explore San Jose, Costa Rican wildlife, and other scenic locations on an 8-day culinary tour. The itinerary includes a river safari, a cooking class at the base of Arenal Volcano, a tour of an organic Costa Rican coffee plantation, a farm-to-table lunch at a local farm, and more.

Established in 2001, Access Trips’ tours have been recognized as “Best Trips of the Year” by National Geographic and recommended by Fodor’s. Their trips have also been featured in the New York Times, Fodor’s, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and NPR.

Access Trips’ culinary tours are featured in Cuba, South Africa, Vietnam, Peru, Morocco, Japan, Alaska, Thailand, and Costa Rica.

For more information on Access Trips, visit www.accesstrips.com.

Photo by Santorines/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images    

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Wyndham Wise
Travel Agent University

Welcome to the Wyndham Wise training course. We didn’t grow to 8,100+ hotels across 78 countries without our valued partners—like you.  In this course, you’ll gain actionable insight on how to sell more to key market segments.
You’ll graduate a Wyndham Sage, earn 2 CEU credits from the Travel Institute and be entered to win a $50 gift card.

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Multigeneration Travel Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Navigating through the multigenerational travel niche can be a balancing act. Investigation, negotiation and good old-fashioned legwork all come into play when family dynamics are involved. But the rewards are handsome, as well. Read about multigenerational travel trends in the pages ahead.

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Adventure Cruise Learning Burst
Travel Agent University

Today’s cruise travelers aren’t playing shuffleboard all day, stuffing themselves at the midnight buffet or dressing in formal attire every night. Over the decades, guests have evolved in both their personal interests and mindset. Learn more about adventure cruising today!

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Mexico Family Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Family travel to Mexico is by all accounts booming. And that’s no accident. Suppliers, tour operators and travel sellers are redoubling efforts to highlight Mexico’s vast appeal. Read all about it in the Mexico Family Focus Series.

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Vancouver Specialist Program
Travel Agent University

Today, specialization is the key to success for many travel professionals in frontline sales. To help you excel and effectively sell one of the world's most spectacular destinations, Tourism Vancouver has designed the Vancouver Specialist Program, an interactive online training program that will provide you with the knowledge to increase your sales and deliver tailored itineraries for your clients.

The Vancouver Specialist Program is an educational tool designed to expand your knowledge of Vancouver and help you sell the destination more effectively. This program was designed to be intuitive, interactive and engaging. We believe learning should be interesting, fulfilling and fun – just like a visit to Vancouver.

Achieving a Vancouver Specialist designation means you will have even more confidence to promote and sell Vancouver. More importantly, your clients will really appreciate that the knowledge you have of the city will allow you to create a better travel experience for them.

When you earn accreditation as a Vancouver Specialist you will receive a Vancouver Specialist certificate in recognition of your qualification, as well as access to special benefits and sales resources to further enhance your ability to sell the destination to your clients. Vancouver Specialists are eligible for:

  • Access to an Experience Pass which provides complimentary admission for you and a guest to attractions and sightseeing activities for personal fam visits.
  • Access to industry rates for accommodation and additional sightseeing activities for personal fam visits.
  • Exclusive invitations to our Virtually Vancouver webinar series where you will receive updates on what’s happening in the city
  • Exclusive invitations for Vancouver fam opportunities