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An estimated 89 million visitors traveled to France in 2017, up nearly 8 percent from 2016. The government’s target is 100 million in 2020. Between here and there are some key events that should keep the country’s tourism momentum rolling. Discover what's new in the France 2018 Focus Series!
Whether they are in search of history, culture, cuisine or natural beauty, affluent travelers are captivated by Italy. Read about what's new in Italy in the Italy 2018 Focus Series!
Isle Inn Tours is offering a $999 fam tour of Ireland. If travel agents book a group of 25, they can receive one free space. The trip lasts from November 4 to 10 and covers six nights in four and five-star hotels, including Dromoland Castle.
The price per person sharing is $999, with a single supplement or a companion supplement at $449. The cost of airfare is not included.
The tour will take travelers to see Dublin City, Dublin Liberties Distillery, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Kenmare, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Malahide Castle. Guests will be driven by luxury car, served a full Irish breakfast every morning and will receive five evening meals. The price includes visitor attractions, hotel inspections, service charges and local taxes.
Guests will spend one night at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, another night at the four-star Garryvoe Hotel, two nights at the four-star Great Southern Killarney, one night at the five-star Dromoland Castle and one night at the four-star Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.
Travelers are expected to take an overnight flight November 3 and meet the tour company at the Fitzwilliam Hotel on November 4 in the morning. The tour will end at Dublin Airport on November 10. Isle Inn Tours can assist with purchasing air travel or accommodations before and after the trip. Bookings must be completed by August 3.
Isle Inn Tours advises waiting until the tour is guaranteed to book flights in case the tour sells out.
For more information contact Andrea Wright at [email protected] or 703-997-6725.
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South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) announced a $1,699 vacation package from New York City to Cape Town for this summer. The deal is open for new reservations made by June 11 for travel dates ending by August 10. The “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” deal include the price of flights and accommodation for five nights.
The discount, based on the cost per person for two travelers, is for economy class flights traveling from New York-JFK Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways (SAA). A representative from SAA Vacations will meet and greet travelers at the airport.
Three nights of the trip will be spent at the Sun Square Cape Town Hotel, close to main tourist attractions. The other two nights will be at the Evergreen Manor & Spa, near restaurants, shops and art galleries in the wine region town of Stellenbosch. The vacation package also includes a full-day tour of Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope.
SAA Vacations is a subdivision of SAA and offers travel packages that focus on safaris, culture and cuisine throughout Africa, including in South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands.
SAA serves over 75 locations around the world in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and Mango. It offers nonstop flights from New York-JFK as well as direct flights from Washington D.C. – IAD, via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal, to Johannesburg. Through its partnerships, SAA offers connections to more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
For more, visit www.flysaavacations.com.
RIU Hotels & Resorts is working with Travel Impressions to offer special discounts for various travel dates, mostly between December 23, 2018 and April 30, 2019. Deals include up to 37 percent savings, $35 spa credit, up to $350 air credit, a $1,000 group discount and complimentary upgrades for those who book by June 30.
Package discounts vary between locations with many hotels offering at least 20 percent off. Savings peak at 37 percent for three-night minimum stays at Riu Playacar.
Travelers can also receive $200 in air credit if they stay at least three nights at Riu Dunamar and $150 if they go to Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Baja California or Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Guests visiting for six or more nights can receive $350 air credit at all four hotels.
Groups who book together receive $1,000 off. Groups most reserve at least 15 rooms for three or more nights or have at least 60 room nights between them. This deal can be booked until July 15 and is applicable for travel between January 7 and April 30, 2019.
Other savings include complimentary room upgrades at 17 hotels and resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos, Riviera Nayarit, Costa Rica, Aruba, the Bahamas, Punta Cana and Jamaica. At Riu Bambu in Punta Cana, up to two kids can stay free.
Travelers to Riu Dunamar, Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, Riu Jalisco, Riu Palace Pacifico, Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Republica may also receive a complimentary $35 spa credit.
For specific details visit Travel Impressions’ website.
Travel agents can choose from three new fam trips to Portugal from Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida. The tour packages include an eight-day trip around northern Portugal, a six-day tour through southern Portugal and a 13-day throughout all of Portugal.
Those who choose the northern Portugal package will visit travel round trip from Lisbon, stopping in Obidos, Fatima, Oporto, Amarante and Urgeirica. Travel agents would pay $1,500 for the trip and their spouse or companion would pay $1,600.
Travel specialists who take the southern Portugal trip will also travel round trip from Lisbon, but instead visit Evore, Algarve, Beja, Silves, Lagos and Sagres. The deal would cost travel professionals $1,450 and their spouse or companion $1,550.
The full Portugal deal will start in Lisbon, then make its way to Obidos, Fatima, Coimbra, Aveiro, Oporto, Amarante, Lamego, Urgeirica, Tomar, back to Lisbon, then on to Evore, Largo and Sagres. The price of this package is $2,500 for travel agents and $2,600 for their spouse or companion.
Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida is offering departure dates every month through December. All three fam deals are based on double occupancy and include the cost of hotels, daily breakfast, transfers and sightseeing. All trips leave on a Friday.
Originally founded as Tours Specialists Inc. in 1963, Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida specializes in tour packages to the Mediterranean countries and throughout Europe. Destinations include Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, the UAE, Portugal, Sardinia, Spain, Italy and Sicily.
For more information, visit the company’s website, www.toursspecialists.com.
Katarina Line is offering free fam trips to travel agents who sail with a companion on three of its Deluxe cruises in Croatia. As part of the promotion, agents stay free and their companions receive 30 percent off the double occupancy rate. After the discount, the companion rates start at $1,151. Agents can also earn an extra 10 percent commission in addition to their regular Katarina Line commission for every client they book on these cruises. All prices are based on the latest currency exchange rates and other restriction may apply.
The fam trips are available on regularly scheduled departures, allowing agents to experience the cruises just as Katarina Line guests do. Each cruise explores the country’s coastline and historic towns and visits many islands in the Adriatic Sea. Eligible tours include the July 14 – 21 Adriatic Explorer; the August 4 – 11 Northern Gems; and the August 11 – 18 Dalmatia Paradise.
Prices include buffet breakfast and three-course lunches daily, a Captain’s dinner, numerous excursions and admission fees per itinerary, and daily cabin service, among other amenities. Agents can enjoy cruising from port to port, swimming in the waters of secluded coves, and guided tours in towns that explore their history, culture, and culinary traditions. Excursions also include tours of national parks and other World Heritage sites.
The Adriatic Explorer FAM, July 14 – 21 on the MV Admiral Deluxe cruiser, departs from the resort town of Opatija and ends at the walled city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia. In between, it visits the island of Rab and the coastal town of Šibenik - the gateway to the Kornati Islands - and the island of Korčula, among others. Excursions include a guided tour of Krka National Park, known for its seven spectacular waterfalls.
The Northern Gems FAM, August 4 – 11, is a round-trip cruise from Split on the deluxe MV My Way cruiser. The cruise visits the old town of Trogir, the village of Rogoznica, Krka Waterfalls and the Kornati National Park. It also visits the city of Zadar, known for its Roman and Venetian ruins.
The Dalmatia Paradise FAM, August 11 – 18, also on the MV My Way, is a round-trip cruise from Split. In between, the ship docks at Korčula, Dubrovnik, the island of Hvar, and the town of Bol on the island of Brač, among other ports.
For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.
South African Airways (SAA) is offering “Sizzling Summer Savings” for travel from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban, South Africa. Fares start from $1,099 roundtrip and are available for purchase through June 6, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018.
Fares are valid for roundtrip travel in economy class, and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $1099 fare is valid for midweek travel (Monday to Thursday) from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB). Fares must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made, or by June 6, 2018, whichever is first.
South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York (JFK) and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for comfort for long-haul travel. Customers can enjoy in-flight amenities like gourmet cuisine, a selection of complimentary spirits and South African wines, and individual entertainment systems that deliver a menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games.
Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, which offer connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 16 consecutive years.
For more, visit www.flysaa.com.
Culture Holidays has introduced a new fam trip to Bali that showcases the island’s oceans, volcanic mountains, rain forests, and rice paddies, as well its cuisine, customs, and culture, both ancient and modern.The all-inclusive six-day land itinerary includes five nights at luxury hotels with all meals, sightseeing, transfers, luxury spa treatments, and a sunset dinner cruise. The new FAM trip starts at $799 exclusively for travel agents.
The new itinerary includes experiences like visiting Ubud Village and Kintamani for a view of Mount Batur Volcano; a tour of Ubud Monkey Forest which inhabits several groups of monkeys and other tropical animals; a drive to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, known for its setting on Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul; snorkeling in Tanjung Benoa; and a Bali Hai evening dinner cruise around Benoa Harbour.
On this fam trip, travel agents will also enjoy:
- Two nights at the Aryaduta Bali Hotel in Kuta and three nights at the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali in Nusa Dua. Accommodations include daily breakfast, lunch and dinner except on day one and day six.
- One 600-milliliter bottle of mineral water on arrival day, and 2 bottles of during tours.
- Two-hour spa treatment including a foot bath and traditional Balinese massage.
- An english-speaking tour guide.
In addition to travels in Indonesia, Culture Holidays offers tours in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania, including Srilanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Dubia, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand and more.
For more information on Culture Holidays's new itinerary, visit www.cultureholidays.com.
Quality Travel Solutions, an affiliate of Travel Planners International, is offering travel agents FAM rates to Cuba on the company's October 27, 2018 tour. This 9-night “Cuban Life Experience” is an opportunity to experience Cuba, exploring different areas of the island, including Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. This OFAC compliant tour includes activities that expose travelers to Cuba in many ways, including education, history, religion, agriculture, art, music, and cuisine.
This travel experience includes: roundtrip airfare between Ft. Lauderdale and Havana, one-night pre-tour hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, eight nights lodging in Cuba in privately owned VIP class Bed and Breakfasts, All sightseeing tours and activities, private local Cuban guide, full-time U.S. escort, private transportation in air-conditioned bus, almost all meals, airport transfers, and gratuities for the included activities. Quality Travel Solutions also included the mandatory medical insurance required for travelers to Cuba.
The fam rate for this travel experience is $2,195 per agent, and $2,395 for one travel companion.
The “Cuban Life” program is an active tour that requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of “Support for Cuban People” activities. Due to special U.S. requirements to visit Cuba, travelers will be required to complete a visa application, travel reservation form, and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a “Support for Cuban People” license and are aware of the travel rules. Quality Travel Solutions warned that in Cuba, activities that have been scheduled in advance can become unavailable for several reasons. If a planned educational exchange isn’t available, another one will be substituted.
Support for Cuban People (SCP) is a designation used by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to refer to travel to Cuba for educational exchanges that don’t involve academic study. It is to describe travel to Cuba that is for the purpose of learning and engaging with the people of Cuba to encourage and support the Cuban people.
The full itinerary can be found at issuu.com/qualitytravelsolutions.
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is offering a discounted vacation for travelers looking to head to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico this summer with the resort’s new "Another Day in Paradise" package. The package includes a 25 percent discount on all rooms along with access to the resort’s poolside amenities.
Starting now for stays through September 30, the Another Day in Paradise offer includes a fourth night complimentary in addition to 25 percent off the original guest room rate for the remaining three nights; $100 resort credit upon arrival for use at all on-property vendors, in addition to complimentary meals for all children under 12 years of age and access to the Eforea Spa, local excursions, golf, water sports and dining at six restaurants.
As one of the only swimmer-friendly beaches on the tourist corridor, this resort in Los Cabos offers 375 ocean view guest rooms with private balconies, including its hotel-within-a-hotel concept, the La Vista Club.
Some exclusive privileges for La Vista Club guests includes access to La Vista Club Lounge; rooms on top floors with the best views; rooms with floor-to-ceiling plantation shutters, rooms with 48-inch HD televisions; free WiFi, and bathrobes and slippers.
Guests of the La Vista Club rooms also get free laundry services for gym clothes; exclusive pool loungers and twin day beds and late check-out upon availability.
Hilton Los Cabos currently employs more than 500 staff members and also recently launched new wellness activities to focus on the individual health and betterment of its guests.
Jumeirah is far from just another luxury hotel chain. Born in Dubai, it is one of the reasons that the Emirate is considered a leader in imaginative and exhilarating experiences, pushing the boundaries of luxury hospitality and always exceeding guest expectations.
Our Hallmarks underpin everything we do and the thoughtful and generous service you experience at Jumeirah celebrates the uniqueness of every single guest. For, when you have created one of the world’s most luxurious hotels through the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, you simply think about things that others do not. This is what makes Jumeirah so unique.
Our DNA is built on the highest standards of genuinely Arabian hospitality, the tradition of welcoming guests like no other. We have used this to create the standards of service that have made Dubai exceptional in what it offers to visitors, and are now taking these standards to people all over the world.
Whether your clients are experiencing our remarkable Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah or the honey made by the bees on the roof of Jumeirah Frankfurt, your clients can be sure that their experience will be different, fulfilling and rewarding.
Eurostar, the rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is offering savings of up to 20 percent for travel in Standard Premier and 30 percent in Business Premier this summer. Bookings are available from May 15 to June 19, 2018, and valid for travel between July 16 and November 1, 2018.
With departures and arrivals at center-city train stations as well as food and refreshments served right to the seat, travelers can enjoy a luxury rail journey. With Eurostar, travelers can enjoy multiple famous destinations in one day, like having breakfast in London before stopping for lunch on the banks of the Seine or beside Amsterdam’s canals. Eurostar offers trips on the new e320 and refurbished e300 trains that travel at speeds of up to 186 mph through the European countryside and under the Channel.
Standard Premier Includes:
- Light meal and refreshments served at seat.
- Seats in spacious coaches.
- Complimentary magazines.
Business Premier Includes:
- Cuisine created with Business Premier Culinary Director Raymond Blanc OBE.
- Access to exclusive Business Lounges in London, Paris, and Brussels.
- Fully flexible to accommodate changing plans.
- Time savings with check-in up to 10 minutes before departure.
Traveling With Eurostar includes:
- 2 for 1 entry to permanent collections and exhibitions at museums and galleries by showing a Eurostar ticket at the box office.
- A luggage allowance of two free bags plus hand luggage, without weight restrictions.
- No expensive airport transfers, with city center stations.
- Free Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment.
- Free travel for children under four.
For more information on Eurostar, visit www.eurostar.com.
Through a new offer, travel agents can now receive two complimentary tickets on Rocky Mountaineer.
Rocky Mountaineer is offering the new travel agent incentive to travel agents who book two reservations on a Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service package or rail-only itinerary. The offer is available to travel agents in Canada and the United States, on new bookings now through June 30, 2018. Offer valid on two bookings, with a minimum of two people each (four total).
This first-time offer will allow redeeming agents to enjoy two-day rail tickets in SilverLeaf Service. Tickets will be available for First Passage to the West or Journey Through the Clouds routes on select dates in 2018 and 2019. These include October 2018, April 2019 or October 2019.
The itinerary will travel between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff (First Passage to the West route), or between Vancouver and Jasper (Journey through the Clouds route) in a single-level glass dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows. Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will tell stories and offer personalized service, while hot breakfast and lunch will be served at their seat. Also included are complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks onboard, overnight hotel accommodation at the end of day one in Kamloops and rail station transfers in Kamloops.
Travel agents and their guest must travel at the same time and agents must show proof of employment at the time of travel. The offer is only applicable for travel agents in the United States and Canada.
Agents can redeem the bookings by downloading a form here and emailing it to [email protected]. Once verified, a team member form Rocky Mountaineer’s in-house reservations team will be in touch to finalize the journey.
Carnival Cruise Line is running a promotion for travel agents that offers special rates for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and waives noncommissionable fees for those guests.
With the new offer, more families and friends will be able to take a Carnival cruise this fall, while travel agents earn more commission, Carnival said. The promotion runs through May 31, 2018, and is available on select cruises through fall 2018.
“As we grow #thelist we’re looking to activate initiatives that benefit both consumers and our travel partners,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing, in a written statement.
The offer is the latest addition to #thelist of Carnival’s travel agent initiatives, which includes Be the Hero, Agentpalooza, Carnival Conversations, AMP Up Commission Program, Dedicated Group Desk, and commissions on Future Cruise Credits.
The special offer can be booked through GoCCL.com, GDS and Carnival’s contact center.
This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to book this successful brand that has been catering to couples and romance for more than 35 years. At all four Jamaican oceanfront resorts—two in Ocho Rios and two in Negril, guests will find virtually everything included.
Go Port Canaveral has launched a special 20 percent commission officer for travel agents. As part of the deal, the company is offering travel agents 20 percent commission on every package booked through May 31, 2018. There is no other limitation, Go Port Canaveral said.
Go Port Canaveral offers a number of land-based travel options in the Port Canaveral area. The company is partnered with over 30 hotels in the vicinity, and packages are inclusive through the company. Some packages offer free return, which allows guests to return from their cruise and enjoy the rest of their day at the hotel pool before they have their flight back home.
Additionally, Go Port Canaveral’s Fly Snooze Cruise all-in-one package includes roundtrip airport shuttles, a hotel stay and cruise transfers. The Snooze Park Cruise package includes a night at a selected hotel, cruise parking for the duration of the cruise and roundtrip transfers from the parking lot to the cruise terminals.
Agents can access the bonus commission here: https://www.goportcanaveral.com/travel-agents/
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced early booking offers, as well as new on-board experiences and shore excursions for its 2019 Europe River Cruise season. To receive the incentives, travelers must book their 2019 cruise by August 31, 2018.
The incentives and experiences include:
- Free air on every cabin and itinerary, including free Premium Economy for some stateroom categories on sailings of 11 or more days; $1,000 or $1,500 Scenic savings in lieu of free flights.
- $595 Premium Economy upgrades; Business class upgrades are also available.
- Up to $1,000 savings per couple for full payment by August 31, 2018.
- No single supplements on sailings of 11 or more days in April, May, July, August, October, and November, and 50 percent off in June and September as well as all season long on 8- to 10-day departures.
- New active focus on Bordeaux and South of France cruises with yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking.
- Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience now available on all Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône River cruises.
- Online and printed 2019 Scenic European River Cruise brochures will be available mid-June.
Whether it is the new for 2019 eight-day Highlights of Normandy & the Seine cruise itinerary in France, an exploration of Eastern Europe on the 11-day Black Sea Explorer or the 15-day Jewels of Europe, between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests who book earliest will receive the greatest savings.
The free air, full air payment and single supplement offers are available to those who book a 2019 Scenic European River Cruise by August 31, 2018. The specials are capacity controlled. Free flights revert to $295/$495 per person, depending on itinerary and stateroom category, once capacity limits are met.
For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.
Windstar Cruises has unveiled new deals and incentives for 2018, with benefits like discounted rates, shipboard credit, airport transfers, round-trip airfare, and more on select itineraries.
Windstar’s Get Closer event delivers savings on itineraries linking America’s western frontier to the Far East. From now until May 31, guests booking an Alaska cruise or Cruise Tour (including cruises to and from select ports in Japan) receive a tiered per person Shipboard Credit. Depending on the sailing and the cabin category booked, guests can save from $300 to $1,000 per stateroom. The offer is good for new bookings only. View details on how to experience Alaska, and select from ten Get Closer cruise options here.
South Pacific Savings
Guests booking a luxury Tahiti cruise with Windstar receive the South Pacific Savings package. The packages include round trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX), one-night pre-cruise accommodation at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete, transfers from the airport to the hotel and ship, plus a day room at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete post-cruise. Choose from available dates on one of two Tahitian itineraries here.
Windstar's President John Delaney has announced a special bonus for all Yacht Club members (Windstar's return guest program). Members booking one of Windstar’s 2018 Asia itineraries will receive a $500 per person discount on the cruise. Additionally, this discount can be combined with up to one other promotional offer. Offer good on new bookings only. Guests can browse the 25 cruise and Cruise Tours available to explore Asia here.
For more information on all of Windstar’s offers and itineraries, visit www.windstarcruises.com.
Katarina Line is rewarding travel agents with an extra 10 percent commission for last-minute bookings on select cruises and departure dates. The additional bonus is available on some of the company’s most popular routes, based on eligibility. All cruises must be booked by June 1, 2018 to be eligible for the extra 10 percent commission.
Among the eligible routes offering an additional 10 percent commission is the one-way “Northern Pearls” cruise from Split to Opatija, available for the August 4 – 11 departure on Dalmatia as well as the August 11-18 departure on the Premium Superior vessel, Amalia.
Several round-trip “Northern Gems” cruises out of Split are also eligible, including the August 4 – 11 cruise aboard the Deluxe My Way vessel and the August 11 – 18 cruise on the Deluxe Admiral vessel. Highlights for these departures include a cruise on the Krka River, known for its many waterfalls, and visits to the Zadar Sea Organs and Diocletian’s palace in Split.
Numerous “Croatian Wilderness” round-trip cruises out of Split are also eligible for an additional 10 percent in commission. These include the August 4 – 11 departure aboard Spalato, which includes swimming at secluded beaches, visits to the Blue and Green Caves, and an excursion to see the famed Lastovo chimneys, on their namesake island.
The August 4 - 11 “Southern Explorer” departure aboard the Moonlight, a round-trip from Split, is also eligible. Highlights include visits to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Mljet National Park, optional Zip line over the Cetina River canyon, and wine tasting in the fortified town of Korčula.
Several “Dalmatian Paradise” departures are also eligible, sailing round-trip from Split. These include the August 11 – 18 departure aboard the Adriatic Sun Deluxe Superior vessel and the August 11 – 18 departure on the Deluxe My Way vessel. The cruise visits Mljet National Park. Guests also attend a Croatian village party, enjoy an evening dinner cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik, and swim at Golden Horn beach on Brač Island.
For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.
From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida is dotted with a great number and variety of family-friendly hotels and resorts. In addition to amenities for all ages, they are convenient to fun activities, be it a great beach, a theme park, a wildlife reserve or other adventures. Here are some of the most recent developments on the Sunshine State’s accommodations front for you to share with your multi-generational clients.
River cruising is a hot commodity for travel advisors desiring to increase earnings. Discover what's new in river cruising in the Focus Series!
For clients planning to take their first family vacation outside the continental United States, especially those living on or near the East Coast, the Caribbean offers many advantages. For starters, flight times are shorter; even the southernmost islands are only three hours from Miami. Read all about updates in the Caribbean in the Focus Series!
Year after year in survey after survey, London lands in the top three of favorite European cities to visit, jockeying for position with Paris and Rome. Among the advantages the British capital has over its French and Italian counterparts, especially with first time transatlantic travelers, is a shorter flight time and, beyond some delightful differences in some word meanings, no language barrier. And, of course, there is no shortage of iconic attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the Coca-Cola London Eye, shopping at Harrods, and the West End theaters, where “Hamilton“ and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are the hottest tickets. Read more in the London 2018 Focus Series!
Travel Impressions has announced a new incentive for travel agents that will run during the month of May. The Million In May promotion will see Travel Impressions gift 1,000,000 in LoyalTI First points and prizes to travel agents. The top five agents who book the most FIT vacations to any destination, valid for any travel dates, from May 2 – May 31, 2018, will win grand prizes between 25,000 and 250,000 LoyalTI First points.
Every FIT booking made for Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe or domestic travel will be automatically entered to win weekly prizes such as top-brand consumer electronics worth an additional 500,000 LoyalTI First points. Winners will be selected at random and posted on Facebook.
To participate, agents must register for the LoyalTI First program at www.LoyalTIFirst.com and begin booking their clients’ FIT vacations with Travel Impressions. Each FIT booking made by LoyalTI First-registered agents from May 2 – 31, 2018 increases their chances to win.
Visit www.travimp.com/MillionInMay for complete details.
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Velas Resorts’ family-friendly properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are offering complimentary stays for kids, discounted rates for teens, dedicated kids’ and teen clubs, Summer Camp, baby concierge and more this summer.
At Grand Velas resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, and Riviera Maya, up to two kids (ages four to 12) are free when staying in the same suite as the adults from now through October 31, 2018. Families traveling with children ages 13 to 15 to Grand Velas in Los Cabos and Riviera Nayarit also receive a 50 percent discount off teen rates. Additionally, Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta features discounts on kid and teen rates.
At Grand Velas and Velas Vallarta, activities range from sand castle building, Spanish lessons, piñata making and kickball tournaments to animal shows, cooking and baking classes, drive-in movies, eco-cycling tours and more. Summer Camp at the resorts is held July 15 to August 12, 2018 with special activities such as zip lining, climbing walls, astronomy nights, DIY mandala workshops and more. Throughout the year, the resorts offer dedicated kids and teens clubs, family-friendly entertainment and even a baby concierge to cater to the needs of the little ones.
The top accommodations for families are the resorts’ two-bedroom family suites. The 2,000-square-foot rooms have one king bed suite and a two queen bed suite with a private terrace.
The Summer Promotion is available through October 31, 2018. All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, taxes, gratuity and more.
This story originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com.
In celebration of Travel Agent Appreciation Month, GOGO Vacations announced that it will be giving away $30,000 in prizes.
Throughout the entire month of May, GOGO Vacations and its sister brands – Worldwide Traveler and GO Groups – are giving away a total of four trips and cash prizes.
Here’s how it works.
All bookings made and paid in full in May are eligible to win. Each booking qualifies as an automatic entry; the more bookings, the more chances to win.
Each winner, four in total, will receive a five-night, all-inclusive hotel stay certificate for two, two airline tickets and $1,000 in gift cards. Each prize is valued at $7,500, for a total of $30,000 in giveaways.
One stay from each of the four participating hotels is being awarded weekly; winners will be selected on May 11, 18, 25 and June 1. The participating hotels are Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic, UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, Grand Velas Los Cabos and Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is a 7,000-acre resort in the La Romana area of the Dominican Republic. It includes three golf courses, a marina, tennis courts and polo facilities.
UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya
UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya is a unique all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya in the sense that it includes spa treatments as part of the rate.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
A main selling point at Grand Velas Los Cabos is its stylish pools. The resort, which opened on December 20, 2016, has three infinity pools at different temperatures to suit both clients looking for a cold, refreshing dip and those looking for a warm plunge.
The pools are tiered with five feet separating each level. Rows of loungers were designed with unevenness between them, so that every space is in the front row, unobstructed.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa is surrounded by Montego Bay Marine Park and includes about 150 suites. The resort is adults-only. Some amenities offered at the hotel include butler service, a rooftop pool and bar, a beach club, fire pits and cabanas.
Answer these questions to create the ideal Apple Vacations itinerary to one or more of the six beautiful islands of Hawaii. Ask your clients to take the quiz to spur a sales discussion or take the quiz yourself to find out which island matches your own Aloha spirit best!
Celestyal Cruises is celebrating the launch of its newest itineraries with a 20 percent commission special on seven-day all-inclusive cruise bookings. The cruise line offers commission across the majority of components, including the cruise fare (which includes standard unrestricted drinks package and select shore excursions), additional pre-sold shore excursions, and pre-sold premium drinks upgrade package. This special 20 percent commission offer is applicable on new bookings made through June 30 for any seven day all-inclusive cruise departing in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In the ongoing effort to continue introducing new destinations and to reach its goal of presenting year-round cruising in the Aegean, Celestyal Cruises recently introduced three new seven-day all-inclusive itineraries: the new Idyllic with sailings commencing in April 2018, and starting in 2019 the new Eclectic and Three Continents cruise programs.
All of these new itineraries, like all of the line’s cruises, include meals onboard, drinks, entertainment, gratuities, port charges, and excursions in the cruise fare. The line’s drinks package offers passengers included top shelf spirits, wines, cocktails and beers, specialty coffees, bottled water, as well as juices and sodas.
Beginning on April 30, 2018, Celestyal Crystal will perform the new seven-day Idyllic – departing from Athens’ port of Piraeus with overnight stays in Mykonos and Santorini. Other stops include Milos; Crete, with the Minoan Palace of Knossos; and Turkey's Kusadasi, with an excursion to explore Ancient Ephesus.
Celestyal is also introducing an Eclectic itinerary that will re-introduce the port of Istanbul to its cruise programs. With weekly sailings from October 21 through November 25, 2019, this itinerary will sail roundtrip from Athens’ port of Piraeus and include an overnight in Istanbul. The itinerary also introduces two new destinations: Greece’s Volos, with Meteora’s hanging monasteries, and Turkey’s Canakkale, gateway to Troy and the site where the WWI Gallipoli campaign took place. Travelers on this itinerary will additionally have the opportunity to visit Crete and Santorini, as well as Mykonos on an overnight stay.
The new Three Continents sailings will commence in December of 2019 with five sailings from the December 2 through December 30 that will also mark the introduction of Christmas and New Year’s cruises in the Aegean for Celestyal Cruises. This itinerary visits destinations on the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Beginning and concluding in Athens, passengers will explore cities and villages in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, and Turkey. From Greece's capital, the voyage heads to Alexandria and Port Said in Egypt, before heading to Israel, with excursions to sites of biblical and historical importance. Next, and a new destination Celestyal Cruises is introducing as part of this itinerary, is Cyprus' Limassol, where travelers can visit the area's mountain villages and tour Paphos. The Greek Island of Rhodes and Turkey's Kusadasi round out the itinerary before sailing back to Athens.
In honor of National Travel Agent Day on May 2, 2018, independent travel specialist Avanti Destinations is offering a $50 bonus commission on all bookings made between April 30 and May 4, 2018.
Avanti specializes in locally owned hotels in both large and small cities and multi-destination itineraries. Agents can also book individual components, such as transfers, rail travel, hotels, air, sightseeing tours and experiential activities, as well as complete vacations.
For details log on to www.avantidestinations.com or call 1-800-422-5053 to speak with a travel specialist.
Organized by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the holiday aims to spotlight the value of travel agents on both social and traditional media. Tour operators and other travel suppliers typically offer special agent incentives and promotions on the day of and throughout the month of May, while organizations like ASTA and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) celebrate with social media highlights and other events.
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Red Mountain Resort, an adventure and wellness destination in the red rock bluffs of southwestern Utah, has announced its travel agent fam trip schedule for 2018.
Red Mountain Resort’s FAM events include:
- Private welcome tour and hosted group dinner
- One 50-minute spa or wellness service
- Three meals daily
- Guided morning hikes year round
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and relaxation and rejuvenation activities
*FAM trips have limited space and valid IATA/CLEA are required. Pricing starts at $210.
Available 2018 Dates
- Sunday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
- Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9, 2018
Red Mountain Resort has a number of fitness classes and programs, outdoor and hiking activities, nutritious cuisine and personal discovery seminars, as well as spa services at the Sagestone Spa & Salon. Red Mountain Resort is 30 minutes from St. George Municipal Airport and two hours from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
For reservations, travel agents can contact Lori Munk at [email protected] or 435-652-5706.
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Central Holidays has announced the Deluxe Paris Summer Special, a five-day package starting at $1,309 per person, double occupancy, with 25 percent savings.
The Deluxe Paris Summer Special Travel Package Includes:
- Deluxe hotel accommodations for 4 nights at the boutique, 4-star Villa Opera Drouot
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Round-trip airport transfers by private car with chauffeur
- Half-day city tour of Paris by private car with professional driver-guide
- Special gift with purchase from the Galeries Lafayette
On this special getaway, travelers will experience Paris luxury with a four-night stay at the boutique, four-star Villa Opera Drouot. The Villa Opera Drouot hotel is situated in the heart of the Right Bank theatre district, near well-known attractions such as the Folies Bergère and the Brasserie Chartier. Packed with attractions, museums, and monuments -- from the historical to modern, Paris offers a full supply of culture, art, nightlife, eateries and chic shopping opportunities.
While in Paris, travelers will experience the sights that France’s capital has to offer with an included half day city tour-- the Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the designer shops along the Champs-Elysees, a tree-lined avenue completed by Louis XV that is full of cafés, theaters and shops.
Price is per person, land only, based on double occupancy. This Paris travel package must be booked with deposit by May 31, 2018 and is valid for departures from July 8 - September 3, 2018 & October 26-31, 2018. A selection of different hotels, room categories, additional nights, transfers, and optional tours are available. Program’s validity and/or some included features may vary. Rates are not valid during certain blackout periods and are subject to availability. Additional restrictions may apply.
For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.
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CroisiEurope is offering travel agents a last-minute fam trip opportunity through the Rhine Valley onboard the MS Gerard Schmitter. The sailing runs from May 20-27, 2018. The fam rate is $1,699 per person and valid for a travel agent and one companion, and includes all meals served onboard, drinks onboard, all port charges and taxes, and shore excursions as listed in the itinerary.
This itinerary includes:
- Visiting the windmills of Kinderdijk on a guided walking tour
- Tasting of the famous wines of the Rhine Valley
- Exploring the city of Amsterdam, with a visit to a diamond merchant
The itinerary sails roundtrip from Amsterdam. The MS Gerard Schmitter has a capacity of 176 passengers, with amenities including a lounge – bar with a dance floor, as well as another bar and a main dining room. There is also a large sundeck with deck chairs, as well as a terrace, French balconies, a gift shop and onboard Wi-Fi.
Travel agents interested in booking this fam trip are asked to fill out and submit the following form: https://form.jotform.com/81055748852969
Island Destinations and IDx, both part of ID Travel Group, have announced over 75 Exclusive Extras for 2018 through the 2018 Ultimate Exclusives Brochure and the 2018-2019 IDX Collection. The ID Ultimate Exclusives offer savings up to $8,000 from top hotels while the 2018-2019 IDX Collection showcases the brand’s selection of full-service resorts with Xclusive Xtras. The brochures highlight specials across top destinations from each portfolio, including the Maldives, Hawaii and the Turks and Caicos - all personally evaluated by the ID Travel Group.
With the debut of these savings, the tour operator has increased travel advisor commission by an extra 1 percent on all new bookings made and traveled from now through December 15, 2018 – upwards of 16 percent commission for select destinations.
A sampling of this year’s ID Ultimate Exclusives include:
Grace Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection, Turks and Caicos
Highlighted on the covers of the 2018 ID Ultimate Exclusives brochure, this resort on Grace Bay Beach includes savings up to $8,000 offering two complimentary nights at the Estate or Beachfront Villa Residence, $250 resort credit, daily breakfast and non-motorized sports.
The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, French Polynesia
With up to $3,900 in savings, this luxurious stay in a one-bedroom villa includes a $100 gift shop credit and $150 wine credit along with daily meals and beverages, inter-island flights and a 50-minute spa treatment per villa, per day.
Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua
This retreat on Nicaragua’s Pacific shores on the Emerald Coast offers savings up to $3,140 with a guaranteed upgrade, one complimentary night, daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transportation.
The 2018-2019 IDX Collection Xtras include the following:
UNICO 20° 87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico
This year’s cover star is a modern adults-only retreat in the Riviera Maya featuring savings up to $270 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, exclusive butler service, a spa and wellness center and private roundtrip airport transfers.
Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This adults-only hideaway in Puerto Vallarta is offering savings up to $770 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, $60 spa credit per person, per day and a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
This Punta Cana resort located in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana offers unlimited luxury inclusions, up to $500 resort credit and VIP butler service for preferred club guests.
For more information, visit www.islanddestinations.com.
The North America version of the Switzerland Travel Academy consists of core and specialization modules.
Core modules (4 + News from Switzerland) cover what you need to know about Switzerland and inform you on the latest events and experiences in Switzerland.
Basic and practical knowledge: This module is about the country’s geography, languages and cultures, customs and traditions, and important practical information.
How to travel to and within Switzerland: In this module, you will learn about Switzerland's transportation system, also known as the Swiss Travel System, which, precise like a Swiss watch, connects even the most remote places by train, bus, and boat.
You will become familiar with how to travel to and within Switzerland, learn about the numerous means of transportation, and understand the different ticket options.
Last but not least, you will discover the best scenic routes to transform a journey through the country into a unique experience.
Switzerland in 3, 5 or 10 days: Discover Switzerland’s must-sees and learn how to combine them into packages and itineraries, creating the perfect Swiss experience that suits your clients’ needs and wants.
Must-know for North American travel professionals: This is a market-specific module that provides important information relevant for North American clients.
Learn about Switzerland Tourism contact points in North America, flights from North America to Switzerland, passport & visa regulations, tour operators (both outbound and incoming), and much more.
News from Switzerland 2018: This module presents the most important Swiss events, openings, and projects occurring in 2018 and is updated every year. Discover on what your clients cannot absolutely miss out!
Completion time for core modules: about 3 hours.
Specialization modules offer a deeper focus on different topics and provide insights in touristic experiences, knowledge on a specific topic of interest connected with Switzerland Tourism’s partners, segments or campaigns.
- Road Trip: Grand Tour of Switzerland
- Cultural attractions and city breaks
- Nature and outdoor activities
- Snow and winter activities
- Perfect accommodation
- Luxury, wellness, and lifestyle
- Family vacations
- Meetings, congresses, and incentive planners
Completion time of each module: about 40 minutes.
The process of certification is easy and free:
Pass the final exam on the core modules to graduate as a Switzerland Travel Expert.
You will receive the certificate that is valid until December of the following year.
Every year, stay informed and renew your certificate by taking the exam of the updated “News from Switzerland” module.
After passing the core modules exams, you can continue your training to receive specialization certificates: choose the specialization module you are interested in, pass the exam and receive the certificate.
- Certification upon graduation
- Option to specialize in certain segments
- Rights to use the Travel Expert logo for letters / brochures / website / email signature
- Possibility of ordering brochures
- Enter to win an amazing trip to Switzerland (including flights with Swiss International Airlines and Swiss Travel Passes for two people) by graduating by November 30.
For the third year in a row, Las Vegas topped the 42 million visitor mark in 2017, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). That trend is expected to continue with the LVCVA forecasting a just-shy-of-the-record count of 42.7 million visitors for 2018.
The destination also continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates — averaging 88 percent over the last four years — with an exceptionally large base of nearly 149,000 available rooms. That inventory always includes rooms in new properties as well as expansions and renovations of existing accommodations. Upgrades to amenities such as restaurants and spas are also part of the equation, spurred by the always desert-hot competition among the city’s hotels. Here are some of the latest developments on that front.
Interest in visiting Mexico has remained steady over the last several years, with Millennials and Gen Xers — the generation most likely to be traveling with children — showing the strongest inclination. Read on for information on things for families to see and do, as well as updates on places to stay.
Travel Impressions has partnered with Barceló to offer discounts on select April bookings, plus resort discounts and bonus commission. Agents can save their valued clients up to 46 percent on top of additional resort discounts at select Barceló Hotel Group properties throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean on bookings received April 1 – 30, 2018. Applicable travel dates and savings vary based on property.
Agents booking leisure groups at select hotels in April may receive different levels of cash incentives with up to $2,500 when booking 200 or more room nights. Additionally, group bookings for a total of 75 room nights or more to any property within the Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex in Mexico’s Riviera Maya will earn agents two complimentary nights toward a five-night double occupancy stay.
Agents will be rewarded with up to 3 percent bonus commission and 500 LoyalTI First bonus points for booking FIT packages to participating Barceló resorts throughout the promotional period.
An additional $1,000 resort discount applies to Barceló Bávaro Palace and the adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach in the Dominican Republic as well as the 2,760-room Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex, featuring Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Palace and Barceló Maya Tropical.
A $500 resort discount is valid for bookings to Barceló Aruba in the Caribbean, Costa Rica’s Occidental Papagayo and a dozen Mexico resorts, including Barceló Huatulco, Barceló Ixtapa, Barceló Karmina, Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos, Allegro Cozumel, Occidental Cozumel, Barceló Puerto Vallarta, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Occidental Costa Cancún, Occidental Tucancún, Occidental Xcaret Destination and Royal Hideaway Playacar.
Additional properties participating in the promotion include Occidental Caribe and Occidental Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Mexico City’s Barceló Mexico Reforma, Barceló Tambor Beach in Costa Rica, El Salvador’s Barceló San Salvador, Guatemala’s Barceló Guatemala City, Barceló Montelimar in Nicaragua and Panama’s Occidental Panama City.
For more information, visit promotions.travimp.com.
Travelers looking to plan ahead and book their future Holland America Line cruise vacation can take advantage of the Ready Set Sail promotion that offers pre-paid gratuities, reduced deposits, and reduced rates on nearly all of the cruise line’s worldwide itineraries. Guests who book a Holland America Line cruise by June 14, 2018, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.
All cruises between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the promotion. The prepaid gratuities cover the hotel service charge, while 50 percent reduced deposits and attractive fares make it more affordable to start planning for a future cruise. Depending on the cruise length, guests booking suites will receive onboard spending money up to $300 per stateroom.
Suite guests can use their onboard spending money to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities. Extras that the credit can be applied to include treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, gift shop purchases, EXC Tours (shore excursions), beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants such as Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Canaletto or Tamarind, depending on the ship.
By booking with Ready Set Sail, guests enjoy cruise fare savings and can sail all over the world while taking advantage of the promotion. Eligible Holland America Line destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Australia and New Zealand.
For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line invites guests to take advantage of the Tax-Free Spree, available now through April 17. For a limited time only when guests book select three-day or longer cruise in an ocean view category stateroom or above, government taxes, fees and port expenses will be waived. This offer is available on over 430 cruises and combinable with the Free at Sea promotion, which offers guests more value for the amenities of their choice.
Additional April value offers include:
Free at Sea - Extended
Guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, now extended through April 30. This signature value-added promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer cruise their choice of up to five free offers that include onboard amenities, including free unlimited open bar, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, a free specialty dining package, 250-minute internet package, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows the third and fourth guests to sail for complimentary on select cruises.
The number of offers available is based on the stateroom category selected.
- Reserve an inside cabin or Norwegian’s studio staterooms and receive one free offer.
- Book an ocean view, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom and choose up to two free offers.
- Guests who want to spread out in comfort in a suite will enjoy all five free amenities, providing them up to $2,700 in overall value on their cruise.
Distinctive Voyages Offer - Extended
Guests looking to cruise to new destinations can take advantage of Norwegian’s Distinctive Voyages offer, now extended through May 31, 2018. On select seven-day or longer cruises, guests receive five additional amenities that include 120-minute phone call package, 250-minute Internet package, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, up to $400 in air credit, and $100 hotel credit for a pre- or post-cruise stay. The offer is also combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $5,000 in value on their next ultimate cruise vacation.
Free at Sea All-Inclusive - Extended
Now through April 30, guests who reserve a new three, four or five-day Bahamas or Cuba voyage on Norwegian Sun or Norwegian Sky can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea All-Inclusive promotion, in addition to the already included complimentary unlimited open bar. With this offer, guests will choose up to five onboard amenities including a $50 specialty dining credit per stateroom, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, 100-minute Internet package, a photo package with ten free images, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail complimentary on select sailings.
Free at Sea Hawaii – Extended
Guests can also take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, now extended through April 30. For those who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship to sail a seven-day inter-island itinerary roundtrip from Honolulu all year, have the freedom to choose from 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 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer, 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 will enjoy all five offers.
For more, visit www.ncl.com.
ID Travel Group has launched a new incentive for travel agents. From now until April 30, 2018, travel agents can earn an extra $1,000 bonus commission when booking groups at a number of Grand Velas properties in Mexico.
The offer is good on travel in all of 2018 and 2019, with blackout dates from December 20, 2018, through January 2, 2019. The bonuses apply to new reservations of 10 or more rooms or suites. A three-night minimum stay is required. Bonuses will be distributed upon completion of travel.
The offer applies to the following Grand Velas hotels in Mexico:
- Grand Velas Los Cabos
- Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya
There is no tracking required, ID Travel Group said.
Travel agents can visit www.idtravelgroup.com and log on to the travel agent portal for more information on the incentive and more.
ID Travel Group is the parent organizations for Island Destinations and IDX. All ID Travel Group brands currently focus exclusively on business-to-business and their products are not offered directly to consumers, but rather only through travel professionals around the world. Since its inception, ID Travel Group has maintained its principal office in Larchmont, New York.
ID Travel Group serves clients in five continents. Sales professionals are located in North and South America, Singapore, Hong Kong (covering Greater China) and Australia. Future years promise a continuance of rapid growth for ID Travel Group, as its brands continue on their upward path to becoming the international leaders in sophisticated travel, the company said.
Travel management company Culture Holidays has introduced a new Transformative FAM Trip to India. This “7 Days Golden Triangle India" trip combines tours of exotic locations in the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur) with daily “Transformative” meditation sessions designed to recondition the mind to achieve success.
The trip includes stays in five-star hotels, all meals, all sightseeing and transfers, professional English speaking guides, and all taxes. The new FAM Trip starts at $699 per person.
Notable experiences along the seven-day itinerary include a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi with a visit to the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi in the Jama Masjid mosque; an extensive tour of New Delhi including a visit to the famous Bangla Sahib, the Qutb Minar monument, and the Parliament House; a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world; excursions in Jaipur including trips to Amber Fort Palace, the Galta Ji Temple, the well-preserved Jantar Mantar observatory, and the five-story Hawa Mahal palace.
During the trip, guests will also get:
- daily buffet breakfast at hotels
- Tickets to all monuments to avoid standing in long lines
- an elephant ride in Jaipur
- cycle rickshaw ride in the local baazars in Delhi
- daily workshops and special sessions
Culture Holidays says travelers will make “discoveries” during the trip through meditation and guided sessions, like:
- Understand how and why people are programmed for success, mediocrity, or failure
- learn how to improve relationships and health
- learn how to eliminate stress and anxiety through meditation
For more information on Culture Holidays, visit www.cultureholidays.com.
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has launched its “Stay Longer – Fifth Night Complimentary” offer available to guests who stay four consecutive paid nights through December 15. During summer months, guests get a complimentary sixth night, for travel dates from June 30 to August 25.
Travelers can enhance their stay and explore the island with the resort’s new “Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass,” for $400 per night for two adults (includes complimentary nights).
The pass provides guests with a selection of unlimited daily activities within the resort and all across the island. Guests can discover the forested upcountry on horseback at Lanai Ranch at Koele, take aim with sporting clays and archery, adventure off-the-beaten-path with Polaris guided UTV tours, or explore diverse terrain on mountain bike.
For guests looking to take advantage of activities closer to the resort, unlimited championship golf, tennis, and various water sports are available including snorkel and sunset sails.
If the agent is booking the room and the Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass, both are commissionable. The Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass by itself, however, is not.
New Air Service Exclusive to Guests
Four Seasons Resort Lanai also recently launched new, private daily air charter service for guests coming from Honolulu on Lanai Air.
Parties as small as two passengers can book the entire aircraft for their own personal journey, with fares starting at $500 per couple. Two Pilatus PC-12 aircraft will offer customized daily service for travelers.
Planes seat up to eight passengers. One-way tickets are $500 per couple and can be booked through the Lanai Travel Advisor Desk at [email protected].
Additional passengers are $200 for each ticket, to a maximum of $1,100 per flight for parties of up to eight guests.
Excellence Oyster Bay, located on a private peninsula and bordered by the Caribbean Sea and a glistening waters luminous lagoon, includes suites with private pools or rooftop terraces, where 70% of the suites offer breathtaking Caribbean views.
Don't miss this webinar that discusses the Caribbean’s premiere romantic destination. Register now.
Pleasant Holidays has announced its 2018 Summer Vacation Sale, which features exclusive offers worldwide with savings up to $500 per booking for select travel from May 1 to September 30.
Valid for new bookings made by April 1, offers and minimum-night stays vary by destination and feature top resorts for family-friendly and adults-only vacations alike, including all-inclusive options.
Ideal for active travelers, Pleasant Holidays’ 2018 Summer Vacation Sale features offers that include free car rentals or car rental upgrades, a buy-one-get-one-free activity and hundreds of dollars off options during the peak summer travel months.
Clients visiting Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii Island will get either a free five-day midsize Hertz car rental or a complimentary one-category Hertz car rental upgrade. The free five-day midsize Hertz car rental is valid for travel from May 1 to June 18 and from August 10 to Sept. 20. The free one-category Hertz car rental upgrade is valid for travel from June 19 to Aug. 9.
The same offers apply for clients heading to Maui. The free five-day midsize Hertz car rental for Maui-bound travelers is valid for travel from May 1 to June 18, from June 29 to July 31 and from Aug. 10 to Sept. 30. The free one-category Hertz Car Rental upgrade is valid for travel from June 19 to June 28 and from Aug. 1 - 9.
Travelers heading to Mexico will receive up to $250 air credit per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Caribbean-bound clients receive $100 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Vacationers heading to Tahiti and Fiji will receive $500 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30.
Clients heading to the Cook Islands get $300 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Costa Rica-bound vacationers can buy one activity and get another free with the “Vida Aventura Super Combo Activity” for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30
Those heading for Europe will received up to $150 off per booking for travel from May 1 to June 30. Vacationers heading to the United States and Canada will get up to $100 per book for travel from May 1 to July 30.
Journese has announced the launch of an exclusive $400 air credit for Hawaiian Islands vacation packages, valid for travel from July 1 - 31.
The offer is valid for bookings made now through April 30. The air credit is applicable when booking five-night minimum resort or cruise stays and a minimum three-day Avis car rental.
In addition to exclusive offerings, travelers will have options to enhance their vacation with such private excursions as zip line adventures, private picnics and helicopter/waterfall experiences on Hawaii Island; a VIP multi-adventure excursion along the Hule’ia River in Kauai, including kayaking, hiking and swimming in exclusive areas; evening volcano, wine tasting and upcountry exploration on Maui; and champagne sunset cruises sailing to Diamond Head in Oahu.
“Journese is excited to offer this exclusive air credit when booking a tailored Hawaii vacation,” says Amy Comparato, brand director of Journese, in a written release. “July is a fantastic time to travel to Hawaii to experience the Aloha spirit, whether as a family or on a romantic escape.”
Journese is the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, offering customized four- and five-star journeys across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, the Cook Islands, Europe, Fiji, Japan, the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti and the United States.
Pleasant Holidays also recently 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.
| 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.
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.