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Lindblad Offers Galapagos Deals, Community Programs
Available for guests booking by December 31, 2019. | Lindblad Expeditions

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions has announced a series of promotions for guests booking by December 31, 2019. 

Guests who take advantage of these offers can receive free air from Miami or from $249 and $349 from popular home cities on select 2019 – 2021 departures. Business class upgrades are also available starting at $750. Additionally, Linblad will waive the solo traveler premium on solo cabins on select 2019 and 2020 departures. The solo waiver is valid on new bookings only, is subject to availability and may not be combined with other offers or extensions. 

In addition to the deals, on select 2019 voyages a lineup of experts from the Charles Darwin Foundation, as well as other scientists, researchers and photographers, will sail with Lindblad, offering guest presentations. 

Finally, Lindblad is supporting Explora Galapagos – Discover Your Islands, an initiative that provides residents the opportunity to experience the archipelago as a guest with Lindblad Expeditions. Since 1999, Lindblad has taken over 260 teachers through the archipelago to enhance the teachers’ local knowledge, especially as it relates to the protection of the natural environment. Now, cabins are being provided to teachers, park wardens and other members of the Galapagos community under this park program to educate and inspire stewardship of the islands, Lindblad said.

Guests will have the opportunity to travel with the local community, including recently retired park warden, Andrade Ballesteros, recognized by the park for his service at the 60th anniversary ceremonies. The park wardens are traveling October 19, 2019, with teachers on several 2019 departures.

Photo by pkphotoscom/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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The Ultimate European Travel Experience: Master Rail Travel in Five Days
Rail Europe

If you haven't heard, European rail travel is quickly becoming the next big niche. Learn how to create more immersive European journeys and grow your repeat bookings to Europe in 5 days. Sign up for the email course to learn the ins and outs of planning and selling Europe rail travel—one of the most immersive, flexible and convenient ways to embark on a multi-country journey.

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Eurail Offers Discounts on Global Pass
Available through October 10, 2019 | Eurail

Eurail is now offering 10 percent discounts on the coveted Eurail Global Pass, available for purchase now through October 10, 2019. Passes purchased during the deal can be used anytime through December 15, 2019. 

With a Eurail Global Pass, travelers of all ages gain entry to 31 countries, a myriad of attractions and cultural hubs via railways in over 40,000 European cities. Unlike traditional train tickets, with Eurail, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Some trains do ask you to make a reservation, but most trains can be boarded as easily as flashing your Pass. 

The Eurail pass also provides customers with exclusive access to extra benefits and discounts while traveling. A full list of current deals available in specific countries can be accessed via the free Eurail Rail Planner App. Use the App before the journey to plan an itinerary or make it up as you go with convenient access to train times, schedules and reservations. To book, visit www.eurail.com.

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Seabourn Announces Set Sail Event
Available for booking now through November 20, 2019. | Seabourn

Seabourn has launched its Set Sail Event, offering travelers savings, benefits and an array of amenities. The Set Sail Event will run through November 20, 2019, for select voyages departing in 2019 and 2020.

The event offers may include the following and vary by voyage:

  • Veranda for Ocean View Suite upgrade
  • Up to $500 shipboard credit per suite
  • Up to $1,000 air credit per person
  • 300-minute Internet Package per person
  • Up to 15 percent savings on select Combination Cruises
  • Penthouse or Premium Suite bookings will receive $1,000 shipboard credit per suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per suite

Seabourn’s Set Sail Event applies to select worldwide itineraries with destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, Arabia and India, Asia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America and more.

Guests of Seabourn will find several new innovative offerings and programs onboard. Such programs include “An Evening with Tim Rice”, the new evening entertainment experience created for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; “Shopping with the Chef” excursions in select ports, with a Seabourn chef as guide to learn about regional markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected; “Seabourn Conversations” with special guest speakers including historians, naturalists, marine biologists, destination experts and more; “Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil”, providing guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and “The Grill by Thomas Keller”, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s which focuses on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other traditional American dishes like premium steaks and whole roasted chicken. 

Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability.

For more information, visit www.seabourn.com.

Photo courtesy of Seabourn

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What Kind of Cayman Islands Traveler are You?
Cayman Islands

Whether seeking thrilling beach action, quality family time, tropical romance, or unrivaled adventures above and below the water’s surface, discover how to Dream in Cayman with the ideal vacation experience for you. Take the quiz now.

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Avanti Destinations Launches Four New London Itineraries
Available now through October 16, 2019. | Avanti Destinations

Avanti Destinations, a Portland-based tour operator, has announced four new air-inclusive tour packages to London in celebration of Delta’s new daily nonstop flights between Portland and London’s Heathrow. The new packages, ranging in length from eight to 11 days, will include the daily nonstop PDX-LHR flight as well as other U.S. gateways, and will be available for booking now through October 16, 2019.

Here’s a look at the new packages:

  • Gardens of England: 11 days/10 nights in London, Cotswolds, Lake District and York. Highlights include a private tour of two gardens belonging to the Royal Horticultural Society: the Wisley, a garden that features over 30,000 plant varieties, and the 58-acre Harlow Carr garden in York. The itinerary also includes entrance to Kew Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Lowther Castle, Kensington Palace, an Ullswater lake cruise, as well as roundtrip transatlantic air on Delta.
  • Highlights of London & South West England: Eight days/seven nights in London, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath and Cornwall. Highlights include a private London black taxi tour; a private tour and entrance to Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Rosemoor; and entrance to Stonehenge and Baths with afternoon tea. The package also includes private arrival and departure transfers in London.
  • Best of Britain: Nine days/eight nights in London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Scotland’s Highlands. Highlights include a private Beatles walking tour in Liverpool; Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh; and small group tours to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath, Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands. Additionally, the package will include rail travel between cities as well as private arrivals and departure transfers in London.
  • Connect the Capitals: 10 days/nine nights in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Highlights include a private London black taxi tour; a small group tour to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath; a private Paris and Versailles tour; wine and cheese tasting in Paris; an Amsterdam city tour with driving guide; entrance to Rijksmuseum; and a canal day pass by boat in Amsterdam. Rail travel between cities as well as a three-day Paris Visite Pass will be included.

For more information, visit www.avantidestinations.com.

Photo courtesy of Avanti Destinations

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Save up to 70 Percent With Travel Impressions’ “VAXiversary” Sale
Bookings must be received by October 31, 2019 with travel completed by March, 30, 2020. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions is celebrating its one-year “VAXiversary” with reduced rates on properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, the United States, Hawaii and Europe, as well as complimentary amenities and other value-adding promotions. To qualify, bookings must be received now through October 31, 2019 with travel completed by March, 30, 2020.

Additional exclusive booking benefits during Travel Impressions’ “VAXiversary” sale include:

  • Over eight weeks of bonus LoyalTI First points, with an additional 2,500 points awarded for every FIT booking that agents make to participating properties 
  • More than 100 new offers in destinations across the globe
  • Exclusive savings and experiences, from free nights and resort credits to Partner Privileges perks

Since launching on VAX VacationAccess one year ago, Travel Impressions enhanced the tools at agents’ disposal based on their feedback to do just that. To use VAX to its full advantage, watch this three-level training course on-demand at www.travimp.com/Trisept

Travel Impressions offers packaged and FIT vacations to over 1,300 destinations in the Caribbean; Asia and its subcontinents and the Persian Gulf; Mexico; Central and South America; Europe, including the Eastern Mediterranean; Africa; Australia; New Zealand; Fiji; the Islands of Tahiti; Canada; the Continental U.S.; Alaska; and Hawaii. An extensive portfolio includes more than 250,000 resorts, hotels, and over 2,500 luxury villas, plus more than 30,000 tours, attractions and transfers.

Visit www.travimp.com/VAXiversary for full details.

Photo: Grand Oasis Cancun

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Travel Impressions Launches September 2019 Supplier of the Month Offer
Bookings must be received from September 1 – 30, 2019 for travel through March 31, 2020.

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Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions is partnering with all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic for its September 2019 Supplier of the Month offer with up to 58 percent exclusive savings, complimentary private transfers along with a Kids Stay Free offer and all-inclusive perks. To qualify, bookings must be received from September 1 – 30, 2019 for travel through March 31, 2020.

Note: Kids Stay Free is valid on bookings received now through December 21, 2019 on travel now through December 18, 2020.

Clients can receive exclusive savings and kids stay free offer at the following properties throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic:

  • Riviera Nayarit, Mexico: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta: Guests save up to 58 percent and kids stay free
  • Riviera Maya, Mexico: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya: Guests save up to 57 percent and kids stay free
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: Guests save up to 56 percent and kids stay free
  • Los Cabos, Mexico: Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos: Guests save up to 55 percent and kids stay free
  • Cancun, Mexico: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun: Guests save up to 55 percent and kids stay free

Agents will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points for FIT bookings to all All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotel properties during the promotional period.

For added convenience and cost savings, Travel Impressions offers Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Cancun, Los Cabos, Riviera Nayarit and Punta Cana from a variety of popular gateways in addition to scheduled service from all U.S. departure points.

For more information, visit www.travimp.com/SupplieroftheMonth

Photo: Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos // Courtesy of AIC Hotel Group

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Mexico Pacific 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

Interest in visiting Pacific Mexico’s two most popular tourism regions, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, is up a tick this year over 2018, with Millennials leading the charge. See what's new in the Focus Series

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The Sands at Grace Bay Announces Fall Promotions and New Refund Policy
For stays between August 1-December 19, 2019. | The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay has announced two ways guests can save on end of summer and fall stays, offering savings of up to 30 percent, as well as a new 100 percent refund policy in the event of a hurricane.

Here’s a look at what the resort is offering:

The End of Summer and Fall Promos:

  • Save 30 Percent: Travelers can save 30 percent off rack rates for stays between September 1 through October 9 for new bookings made now through October 9, 2019. This promotion will apply to all room categories excluding Studio Courtyard. To book, guests must present the promo code “30OFF”.
  • Save 15 Percent: Travelers can book now through December 19, 2019 for travel between August 1 and December 19, to receive 15 percent off. This promotion applies to One Bedroom Suites or higher. For booking, guests must present the promo code “15OFF2019”.

Hurricane Season Policy

The Sands at Grace Bay will give guests a full refund in the event of a hurricane threat up until November 30, 2019. If the threat of a hurricane prevents travel to Providenciales, or otherwise interferes with the guest’s vacation, the resort will offer a refund of any unused portion of the resort stay. The policy is in effect for hurricanes only.

  • Tropical Storm Warning: If the Turks and Caicos Islands are under a tropical storm warning and this impacts guest’s ability to travel to the island, they can elect to receive a credit for a return stay of the same value, valid for one year. There will be no refunds issued for tropical storms.
  • Pre-arrival Cancellations: Guests who choose to cancel the entire duration of the trip due to hurricane conditions (based on terms and conditions outlined) will be fully refunded with no cancellation penalties.
  • In-House Guests Departing Early: Guests who choose to depart early from Turks and Caicos will be credited for the unused nights and fully refunded.
  • Missed Flights/Delayed Arrivals: If hurricane conditions cause travelers to miss a flight, and/or arrive one or more days late to the resort, guests will receive a full refund for any such days.
  • Evacuation Orders: If the Turks and Caicos government issues a mandatory evacuation order, guests will receive a full refund of any days for which they are unable to use the resort resulting from the evacuation order.
  • Post-Hurricane Damage: If the resort is damaged by a hurricane and is temporarily uninhabitable while repairs are being performed, guests will receive a full refund of those days booked.

For more information, visit www.thesandstc.com.

Photo by The Sands at Grace Bay

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Launches $99 Travel Agent Exclusive Deal
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced a $99 agent-only offer.

This September, advisors can take a two-night cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama and better understand the product while enjoying the trip.

The rates are:

  • $99 per person inclusive of taxes and fees for both the agent and one guest
  • Third and fourth guests occupying the same stateroom also pay $99 per person
  • Single rate is $139 per advisor

To book, advisors must be registered to sell BPCL (to register, visit www.bookparadise.com). Call the travel advisor reservations line at 1-800-995-3143 to make a reservation and let them know about the special agent rate using promo code AGT99. The name on the credit card must match the name of the primary sailing guest (the agent).

For more information, visit https://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/

Photo by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

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Serafina Beach Hotel Offering End of Summer Deals Up to 25 Percent Off
Booking- August 20-31, 2019.
Travel- August 20 through September 30, 2019. |
Serafina Beach Hotel

Serafina Beach Hotel, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has announced a new travel deal for a grand finale summer getaway. The hotel is extending summer through September with their “Summer Vibes” package which includes a complimentary room upgrade for a three-, four- or five-night stay, two welcome drinks and a food and beverage credit at the hotel’s signature restaurant, aMare.

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the ocean, aMare’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine offers a modern take on recipes influenced by Italian, Latin-European and Puerto Rican flavors. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy local flavors and seasonings every day of the week or stop in on Saturday and Sunday for aMare’s signature "Bubbly Brunch."

Details for “Summer Vibes” include:

  • Stay 3 Nights: Guests will receive a 15 percent discount off the “Best Available Rate” and a $75.00 food and beverage credit at aMare for dinner, as well as two welcome drinks and a complimentary 1 p.m. late check-out.
  • Stay 4 Nights: Guests will receive a 20 percent discount off the “Best Available Rate” and a $100.00 food and beverage credit at aMare for dinner, as well as two welcome drinks and a complimentary 1 p.m. late check-out.
  • Stay 5 Nights (or more): Guests will receive 25 percent off the “Best Available Rate” and a $150.00 food and beverage credit at aMare for dinner, as well as two welcome drinks and a complimentary 1 p.m. late check-out.

Booking for “Summer Vibes” is available until August 31, 2019 for travel now through September 30, 2019.

For additional information, visit www.serafinabeachhotel.com.

Photo courtesy of Serafina Beach Hotel.

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Seadust Cancun Family Resort Launches Resort Credit Program
Seadust Cancun Family Resort

The all-inclusive, family-friendly Seadust Cancun Family Resort has launched a new Seadust Credit program to celebrate its second anniversary, which takes place in August. 

The new program grants visitors a credit component that can be applied in different services, including spa treatments at the Seadust Elegance Spa, a dinner, wine bottles, and more. Guests who book a seven-night stay will receive $300; for a five-night stay guests will receive $200; and for a three-night stay guests will receive $100 in resort credit.

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort was established in August 2017 after a multimillion-dollar enhancement project. The resort has 505 guestrooms, a number of dining establishments, family-friendly amenities, access to Mexican Caribbean beaches and more.

For more information, visit www.seadustcancun.com.

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Princess Cruises Offers Up to 40 Percent Discount on Top Destinations
Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering guests up to 40 percent off and free room upgrades on select voyages from December 2019 to May 2020. Now through September 9, 2019, the sale includes cruises to top destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii, and California Coast.

Guests can book this special cruise deal in select stateroom categories with a deposit of 10 percent per guest.

Example fares include:

  • Mexican Riviera on Royal Princess - 7 days: interior $599 on January 4, 2020
  • Pacific Wine Country on Star Princess – 7 days; interior $599 on April 7, 2020
  • Caribbean on Regal Princess – 7 days; interior $619 on January 19, 2020
  • Panama Canal on Emerald Princess – 15 days; interior $999 on December 3 ,2019
  • Hawaii on Grand Princess – 15 days; interior $1199 on January 27, 2020

The sale is available now and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on September 9, 2019. This offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.

More information about the Princess Cruises sale can be found at www.princess.com/cruise-deals-promotions/.

Photo: Star Princess / Princess Cruises

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Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa Announces Groups Getaway Package
Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa recently launched The Endless Taste of Summer group package. It includes new tropic-inspired spa treatments, a new summer signature craft cocktail, curated gastronomy, nightlife, and local encounters.

What’s Included in the Girls Group Getaway Package:

  • Private mixology experience where our mixologists show guests how to make the “Endless Taste of Summer” Cocktails
  • Reservations at all dinners, including welcome cocktail from the new Summer menu
  • Spa Journey Experience for 4 at Haven’s MySenses Spa
  • Playa Del Carmen shopping excursion, including private transportation
  • Girl’s Night Out at Moon’s Cabaret and Lounge
  • A night at the CocoBongo Nightclub with a VIP Golden Ticket that includes Fast Pass entrance, reserved seating and unlimited premium drinks

What’s Included in the Guys Group Getaway Package:

  • Private mixology experience where mixologists show guests how to make the “Endless Taste of Summer” Cocktails.
  • Reservations at all dinners, including welcome cocktail from the new Summer menu.
  • Spa Journey for 4 at Haven’s MySenses Spa
  • VIP Golf Excursion for 4 at El Tinto Golf Course
  • Guys Night Out at Moon’s Cabaret and Lounge
  • A night at the Cocobongo Nightclub with a VIP Golden Ticket that includes Fast Pass entrance, reserved seating and unlimited premium drinks.

For more information, visit https://www.havenresorts.com/packages.html

Photo: Haven's Pool // Courtesy of Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa 

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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Offers "Third Night Free" for Advisors
Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

Travel advisors can experience the adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas this fall and enjoy a “Third Night Free” when booking a personal stay at the resort for two nights. The offer is valid on stays August 15 – November 15, 2019, and December 1 – 20, 2019.

Through the offer, travel professionals can book up to two rooms for their personal stays with friends and family.

Travel advisor rates start from $280 per room, per night for two people in an Island View room. The promotion is offered on all room categories with starting rates varying according to room category and travel dates. The offer is subject to blackout dates and availability. One free night is offered with a minimum three-night stay.

Travel professionals will enjoy an all-inclusive vacation experience at the resort featuring all meals and snacks available at five on-property restaurants, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Cabbage Beach Picnic, standard Wi-Fi Internet access for Island View and Water View rooms, premium Wi-Fi Internet access for Harbour Deluxe and Premium Balcony rooms, use of the 24-hour fully-equipped fitness center, daily activities and nightly entertainment, gratuities, taxes, surcharges and 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT).

When booking the Third Night Free promotion, travel agents must use promotional code TAFR through the website, GDS system or by calling 1-888-645-5550 (toll-free U.S. and Canada) or 242-363-2560 (elsewhere). A valid IATA or CLIA number is required.

Bonuses Up to $65 With WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program

Through the recently launched “WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program,” eligible retail travel professionals can earn monetary incentives up to $65 per booking on top of their standard commissions when booking their clients at the resort.

Travel agents must complete the “WPIB Specialist” training with the resort’s sales team to learn about the features of the resort and the incentive program.

The WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program is open to travel professionals with a valid IATA, TRUE or CLIA number who complete the registration form, which is available by emailing [email protected]. Once registered, the agent will be contacted by a member of the sales department to conduct the training and provided with a personalized form to log all bookings that are a minimum of three nights.

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

Direct bookings made via resort’s website

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

Bookings via participating tour operators

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

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

Note: Travel agents working at tour operators, tour operator subsidiaries and affiliates and any Warwick Hotels and Resorts affiliated company are not eligible for participation in the WPIB Travel Agents Incentive Program.

For more information, visit https://warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas/

Photo: Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

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African Travel, Inc. Announces Educational Safari to Rwanda
Deadline to apply is August 9, 2019 | African Travel, Inc.

African Travel, Inc. has announced The Rwanda & Gorilla Trekking Educational, November 3 – 11, 2019, offering travel advisors a chance to learn more about one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet. 

Some of the greatest wildlife adventures on the continent, and in the world, can be found in Rwanda, “the land of a thousand hills.” This educational itinerary has been carefully crafted to provide the tools and knowledge for travel advisors to confidently sell African Travel, Inc.’s journeys to Rwanda. 

The trip begins in Kigali for an overnight and a taste of the capital city. The group will track critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Volcanoes National Park. Additionally, guests will explore Nyungwe National Forest, a pristine mountain rainforest that’s home to chimpanzees and other primates.

Luxury accommodations at One&Only Nyungwe House and at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will be included.

Deadline to apply is August 9, 2019. To quality for this educational trip, travel advisors must be first-time visitors to Rwanda and must submit a marketing plan describing how they will promote the destination and experience to their clients and must have also completed African Travel University. Roundtrip economy international flights on Kenya Airways from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and six-night accommodation on a shared twin basis, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits, touring and most meals, site inspections, transfers, park fees and gratuities are included.

Visit africantravelinc.com.

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Ocean-Going Cruise 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

As the industry sails through the second half of 2019, we take a look at what’s new, what’s next and what’s trending for the cruise industry and agents who sell ocean cruises.

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Africa & The Middle East 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

For 2019, what’s new under the African sun isn’t just safaris and wildlife, although those are certainly at the top of the list, but also new experiences, unique destinations and innovative spins on locales. See what's new in the Focus Series

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Travel Impressions Announces 'Warm Up Your Winter' Promotion
Travel Impressions

Travel agents can help their clients trade snow for sand with Travel Impressions’ Warm Up Your Winter promotion at more than 100 properties across destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Europe, the South Pacific and United States. To qualify, bookings must be received by August 31 for travel November 1 – March 31, 2020.

In Cancun, The Pyramid at Grand Oasis Cancun offers clients up to 67 percent savings. The all-inclusive resort features music festivals, colorful shows, multiple restaurants and daily unlimited activities.

Kids can stay and eat for free at the family-friendly Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia, which is now offering savings up to 20 percent as well as a free upgrade on Travel Impressions bookings. It features spacious accommodations, multiple pools and an all-inclusive program.

Clients staying at all-inclusive Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in Oahu can receive a fifth night free and a $150 resort credit per room, per stay.

In Spain, clients can receive reduced rates at brand-new Secrets Mallorca Villamil Resort & Spa as well as the upcoming Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa. One of the first Secrets Resorts & Spas to open in Europe, Secrets Mallorca Villamil Resort & Spa is ideal for those looking for an adults-only, romantic getaway nestled along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Up to $500 in instant credit per reservation and included bonus amenities are available at Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun.

Guests staying at Fiesta American Condensa Cancun can receive up to $500 in instant credit per reservation and included bonus amenities

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

Photo by g_stockstudio/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Announces Special Offer
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel has introduced a special offer of 50 percent off the second night for guests who want to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the landmark Inca citadel.

The Special Offer applies to all room categories and includes an array of included services and amenities:

  • Roundtrip luggage assistance between the train station and the hotel
  • Half board (breakfast buffet and lunch or dinner à la carte)
  • Welcome juice from a selection of regionals fruit
  • Courtesy cocktail with distilled cane spirit – a regional Andean specialty
  • 40-minute Cooking demonstration and Bar class
  • Mini chef lessons and Andean Tales story reading for children
  • Complimentary Wi-fi and Mini Bar

Special Offer Terms: 50 percent off of second night’s stay. Booking dates of promotion: August 5 to December 22, 2019. Travel dates: August 6 to December 23, 2019. Special Deal offers a 50 percent discount over a second night reservation in all rooms (Consortia rates include amenities). Offer applies to published rack rates commissionable at 10 percent. Subject to rate and date availability.

For more information, visit https://www.machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com/accommodations.html

Machu Picchu // Photo by Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Starts New "Summer Friday" Offer
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is announcing its new “Summer Friday” offer. Guests who book a minimum three-night stay in one of the resort’s 32 villas or residences receive a 15 percent off rate, daily breakfast and happy hour in addition to private airport transfers.

As part of happy hour, guests can enjoy margaritas accompanied by chips, guacamole and salsa. Accommodations also include twice-daily Four Seasons housekeeping with pre-arranged times, a private pool and poolside barbecues, a fully appointed kitchen, online shopping option to pre-stock the kitchen and more.

Guests can also celebrate the summer season with Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita’s newest guest experiences including:

  • Dos Catrinas Restaurant and Mezcal Tastings: Dos Catrinas, the resort’s new two-story restaurant and bar, is a take on traditional Mexican fare. Guests can enjoy the custom mezcal blend “Los Mitos” as part of a new mezcal tasting experience at the restaurant’s bar.
  • RegenerativeMind, Body and Soul Experiences: Activities range from spiritual energy clearing, sound healing and mud rituals to a chakra balancing spa treatment at Apuane Spa, yin yang yoga on a private bluff and a sea foraging culinary experience.

This offering is good from July 24 through November 15, 2019.

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor. 

Photo by Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

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Princess Cruises Launches "Landmark Sale"
Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced its Landmark Sale, offering guests up to $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom plus $50 onboard credit for a third and fourth guest booked in the same stateroom. Now through September 3, 2019, the sale includes landmarks in Europe, Alaska, Japan and the Caribbean. The sale applies to select cruises and cruise tours sailing from March 2020 to May 2021.

Sample voyages offered in the Landmark Sale include (taxes, fees & port expenses not included):

  • Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage (Whittier) aboard Grand Princess – 7 days starting at $659 interior; $1,629 balcony
  • Alaska Cruisetour AAX from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage aboard Grand Princess –10 nights starting at $1,149 interior; $2,099 balcony
  • Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia) aboard MedallionClass ship Crown Princess – 7 days starting at $1,259 interior; $1,679 balcony
  • British Isles roundtrip from London (Southampton) aboard MedallionClass ship Regal Princess – 12 days starting at $2,079 interior; $2,859 balcony
  • Japan roundtrip from Tokyo (Yokohama) aboard Diamond Princess – 9 days starting at $1,539 interior; $2,569 balcony
  • Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale aboard MedallionClass ship Caribbean Princess – 7 days starting at $929 interior; $1,399 balcony

Guests can book a Princess MedallionClass vacation onboard any of Princess Cruises MedallionClass enabled ships. The Princess OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates guests’ experiences by delivering enhanced and personalized service. MedallionClass Vacations are currently available on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess.

For more information, visit www.princess.com/cruise-deals-promotions/

Photo: Grand Princess 

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What Type of RIU Hotels & Resorts Guest are You?
Apple Vacations

Answer the questions to create the perfect Apple Vacations itinerary at one of the RIU Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Punta Cana, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Aruba and The Bahamas. Whether seeking fun with family and friends, living out your beach dreams, or rekindling romance, there is an ideal all-inclusive Riu property for you. Take the quiz now.

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Transformative India Announces $699 FAM Trip
Transformative India

An all-inclusive Transformative India FAM trip, 6 nights 7 days with 5-star hotels is USD 699 (land only) from May - August 2020, taking travel agents to the Golden Triangle of India.

Participants will see the Taj Mahal, listen the stories of Kings of Jaipur, experience Indian Culture & hospitality at Delhi, quiet the mind at a meditation session, eat local food and shop for jewelry and dresses.

The trip will focus on transformation, with activities designed to condition the mind for good health, prosperity and great relationships. It will also teach ways to build rapport, cure phobias, stop bad habits, and relieve anxiety.

The spaces are limited and filling up.

For more information, visit https://cultureholidays.com/famtrip/

Taj Mahal  // Photo by somchaisom/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images 

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International Expeditions: Save $1,000 on October Cruise to Galapagos
International Expeditions

Travelers can explore the Galapagos and save $1,000 per person on the October 11, 2019 departure of International Expeditions’ small-ship cruise aboard the Evolution.

In October, a strong Humboldt Current makes nutrients in the water more abundant. During twice-daily swimming and snorkeling excursions, guests are likely to be joined in the water by sea lion pups and some of the archipelago’s 86 endemic marine species. Opportunities for whale watching also increase, especially as guests travel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands on two days of the itinerary.

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include snorkeling and kayaking off uninhabited Rabida Island and calling on a family-run sugar cane farm, which also produces small-batch moonshine. IE travelers also stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs, and explore both the youngest and oldest islands in the archipelago — Fernandina and Española respectively.

On International Expeditions’ 10-day Galapagos cruises, guests travel aboard the 32-guest yacht Evolution, and go on excursions hosted by three naturalist guides. These guides share their knowledge during nightly lectures and in the field while bringing guests within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins and other animals. The Evolution offers public areas, including a lounge/library, sun deck, al fresco dining area and bar, where guests are greeted with a towel and glasses of fresh juices after excursions.

Discounted pricing for the October 11, 2019 Galapagos cruise starts at $6,498, and includes accommodations, all excursions, snorkeling gear, all meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

For additional information on International Expeditions’ small-ship cruises, visit IEtravel.com 

Photo: Evolution // Courtesy of International Expeditions

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The U.S. Virgin Islands is Open for Business
Recorded on July 18, 2019 | U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

This gorgeous Caribbean destination has shown true resiliency, bouncing back, looking more glorious and pristine than ever.

Learn more about all of the wonderful vacation delights that await your clients in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and why now is the best time to visit. Register now!

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Hidden in Spain Extends 15 Percent Travel Agent Commission
Hidden in Spain

Spanish tour operator Hidden in Spain announced that it is extending its 15 percent travel agent commission on all preplanned tours through August 31, 2019. The company said it can also work behind-the-scene with travel agents to customize group or independent tours based on the agents’ precise requirements for their clients.

Composed of notable pilgrim routes, the Camino de Santiago is an extensive network of roads through Spain's smaller towns and, now, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the routes converge at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the saint, discovered in the ninth century, are said to rest. Those who walk a minimum of 62 miles or bicycle 125 miles can request a “Compostela” – an official church certificate attesting to the completion of their pilgrimage.

Finding "The Way"

The seven-day French Way is one of Hidden in Spain’s customizable Camino de Santiago tours. The tour starts with a 13-mile walk from Sarria, a popular town in the Galicia province, to Portomarin, known for its medieval architecture. It also includes the 15-mile route to Palas de Rei, as well as the 8.5-mile route to the small village of Melide. This is followed by a hike to Arzúa, a town whose roots go back to Roman times. Guests will also visit the town of O Pedrouzo, just before arriving at Santiago de Compostela and the completion of their journey. The number of miles covered daily is based on guests’ physical capacity and can be modified as desired.

Hidden in Spain can also design cycling tours along any eligible Camino de Santiago routes.

For more information, visit https://www.hiddeninspain.com/

Photo: Ibarrola Bridge // Courtesy of Hidden in Spain

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2019 Italy Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

Year after year, Italy has consistently remained the European country generating the most interest among U.S. vacationers. If you have clients who are planning to visit Italy and are looking for insider insights, here are some tips and recommendations.

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2019 Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Beaches and sun-and-fun activities are a given along Quintana Roo’s Caribbean coast. What makes this region truly appealing, however — especially, but not exclusively, for families — is its wealth of natural and historical attractions, from Cancun and Cozumel and along Riviera Maya all the way south to Tulum and beyond. Read more in the Focus Series!

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Wymara Resort & Villas Announces Summer Specials
Through September 6, 2019 | Wymara Resort & Villas

Wymara Resort & Villas has announced several summer savings and specials. Here’s what’s on tap:

Summer Offer

Guests can save 20 to 40 percent on select dates now through December 18, 2019, which represents a minimum savings of $900 per night. Note: Villas range from $4500 to $5,500 per night and are subject to a 12 percent government tax, 10 percent service charge and 5 percent facility fee, or a minimum of an additional $1,215 per night. 

Summer Enhancements

The Rosé Your Summer enhancement includes:

  • Welcome bottle of rosé
  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • One day use of pool bed-cabana with one pitcher of Aperol spritz for two
  • Reserved bed at Pink Bar for the sunset hour with one cocktail of choice (One per person)
  • One 50-minute Provo Signature Massage with Eminence rose oil. (One massage per person)
  • Rosé sorbet served at Zest or Pink Bar (One per person per visit)
  • Special farewell turndown

Rosé Your Summer ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

The Summer Reset enhancement includes: 

  • Welcome fruit amenity
  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • Two spa fitness classes during the stay at the open-air yoga pavilion (two per person)
  • Unlimited use of the fitness center
  • One hydrating calm wrap at the spa (one per person)
  • A two-course healthy lunch at Zest (one per person)

Summer Reset ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

The Discover Turks & Caicos enhancement includes:

  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • Morning half-day snorkel trip for two with a light lunch
  • Two drinks at Pink Bar (one per person)
  • Three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine

Discover Turks & Caicos ($428) is available through December 18, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

Visit wymararesortandvillas.com.

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Marriott Bonvoy Kick-Starts “Endless Earning” Promotion
Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Read more. | Marriott International

Marriott International’s travel program, Marriott Bonvoy, is starting-up its second global promotion of 2019, “Endless Earning.” By registering for the promotion, members will be rewarded with 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more across all 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy properties from leading hotel brands located in 131 countries and territories. Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and more.

Earning 

  • Registration Period: June 18 – September 2, 2019; Earning Period: July 2 – September 16, 2019
  • By registering for the promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members will earn 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more during the promotion earning period, at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
  • There are no limits to how much members can earn with Endless Earning; however, only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay
  • Homes & Villas by Marriott International, ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for bonus points, and nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points
  • Members who elect to earn miles instead of points are not eligible for this promotion

See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at marriottbonvoy.com/endlessearning

Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities and Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the company’s ever-expanding travel experiences marketplace, offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from attraction tickets and tours for purchase with credit cards by all guests, to over 8,000 experiences only available to members using points. In 2018, nearly 35,000 experiences were booked by more than 25,000 unique travelers. Of those, 8,640 member-exclusive Moments were experienced by members who redeemed more than 780 million points to pursue their passions for all thing’s sports, music, entertainment, food and more.

For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/default.mi

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor

Photo by Marriott International 

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Ready to Learn What an All Exclusive Experience is All About?
Recorded on June 12, 2019 | Haven Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa

Be sure to join our webinar on June 12th, 2019 and you’ll not only learn about this exciting new resort, but you’ll uncover what a real all-exclusive experience is all about - fulfilling your clients every vacation desire. Register now.

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Locale, Grand Cayman Unveils Seasonal "Summer Sizzler" Offer
Locale, Grand Cayman

Locale, Grand Cayman, located in the Seven Mile Beach corridor, has unveiled its seasonal "Summer Sizzler" offer.

Guests coming to the property through August 31 get a five-night stay for the price of four, plus complimentary daily breakfast at the in-house restaurant, Bonfire Urban Italian Kitchen, and an additional $30 food and beverage credit during their stay. Rates start at $175 per room, per night, plus fees and taxes.

Bonfire Urban Italian Kitchen is a boutique eatery open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. It offers indoor and al-fresco dining, along with an expansive drinks list. Specialties include house-made pastas and pizzas and other dishes created using local ingredients.

Guest rooms have modern televisions, wireless chargers, contemporary bathrooms, kitchenettes and complimentary Wi-Fi, while social spaces provide opportunities for guests to mix and mingle while enjoying a drink, creative activities or both. The hotel offers an outdoor pool deck and beach access a short amble away.

For more information, visit https://staylocale.com/.

Photo: Locale, Grand Cayman Lobby // Courtesy of Locale, Grand Cayman

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Saint Lucia Offers Exclusive Rates and Deals for Travel Advisors
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has announced a portfolio of exclusive discounted rates and offers for travel agents in 2019 as part of Saint Lucia Agent Months, the destination’s annual discount familiarization program for travel advisors. The offers -- up to 50 percent off on hotels, ground transportation, meals, tours, activities and more -- invite travel advisors to experience more of Saint Lucia during their personal vacations through November 30, 2019.

Sample offers during Saint Lucia Agent Months include:

  • Anse Chastanet: Rates starting at $185 per person daily (double occupancy) and include breakfast, dinner and all tax/service charges
  • Bay Gardens Marina Haven: Bed & Breakfast Meal Plan $60 per night and All-Inclusive Meal Plan $150 per night
  • Caille Blanc Villa: 35 percent off rack rates, daily buffet breakfast, free transfers and welcome cocktail
  • Calabash Cove: All-inclusive nightly rates of $250 (double) for up to five nights; additional nights 20 percent off published rates
  • Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina: $99 per night for up to three nights (single or double) with full daily breakfast plus taxes and service charge; additional nights 50 percent off published rates
  • WestJet: Travel agents and one companion receive 50 percent to 75 percent off regular published fares, plus taxes and fees

The following hotels, tour companies, attractions and airlines are participating in Saint Lucia Agent Months:

  • Hotels: Anse Chastanet, Bay Gardens Resorts, Bel Jou, BodyHoliday, Caille Blanc Villa, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, Casa Del Vega, Coco Palm, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, Jade Mountain, La Dauphine Estate, Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina, Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, Oasis Marigot, Samfi Gardens, Sandals Resorts, Sugar Beach - A Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa and Villa Beach Cottages
  • Tour companies and attractions: Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia, CHI Shuttles, Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall, Holiday Adventures, Jus Sail, Rainforest Adventures and Sea Spray Cruises
  • Airline: WestJet

Travel agents interested in participating in the program simply contact the hotel or tour operator directly, then notify their Saint Lucia Tourism Authority trade manager of the intended travel dates, as well as their preferred dates for their private familiarization trip. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority team will create an itinerary, confirm the hotel site inspections and coordinate ground transportation.

The full list of travel advisor offers as well as further information on the Saint Lucia Agent Months program can be found at www.stlucia.org/travel-trade.

Marigot Bay // Photo Courtesy of Saint Lucia 

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Last-Minute Europe Travel Offers by Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations is providing last minute offers on trips to Europe.

Best of Ireland and Scotland—a 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, experience a VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of northern Ireland's best storytellers as he walks with travelers inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the Ring of Kerry.

Italian Escapade—a 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the Colosseum and architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the hill town of Assisi, see the stone-built structures that overlook Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that is filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take a cruise through the Isle of Capri, surrounded by Mediterranean waters. In the city of Florence, have a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo.

Amazing Spain and Portugal—a nine-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the Alhambra Palace with a local expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production.

From now until August 29, guests can utilize Insight Vacations' offer of $150 off per person on economy, $200 off per person on premium economy and $250 off per person on business class with British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair or Iberia Airlines. This exclusive offer is valid for travel from September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and can save travelers up to $500 per couple. Offer is valid on the Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries.

Terms and Conditions: The air discount is valid when adding Economy, Premium Economy or Business class air (on British A).

For more information, visit https://www.insightvacations.com/us

Photo by vwalakte/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Seabourn Launches Summer Opportunity Sales Event
Seabourn

Seabourn has launched its Summer Opportunity Sales Event with savings and value-added amenities available on select 2019-2020 voyages scheduled on every ship across Seabourn’s award-winning fleet.

The Summer Opportunity Sales Event is now underway, with benefits on select voyages sailing all over the globe. Travelers must choose their sailing by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Value-added benefits may include*:

  • Veranda for Ocean View Suite Upgrades
  • Up to Three Category Veranda Suite Upgrades
  • Up to $500USD Shipboard Credit per Suite
  • Up to $750USD/$900CAD Air Credit per person
  • 300-minute Internet Package per person
  • Up to 15 percent savings on Combination Cruises
  • Book a Penthouse or Premium Suite and receive $1,000USD Shipboard Credit per Suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per Suite.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Offer is valid on select 2019 & 2020 sailings. 

For more information, visit https://www.seabourn.com

Photo: Seabourn Venture // Courtesy of Seabourn

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W Hotels Unveils "Now Boarding" Initiative
W Hotels

W Hotels is offering surfers the chance to avoid board bag travel fees with the launch of “Now Boarding.”

Travelers who book a room at select surfside W destinations will have the cost of flying their board with them reimbursed via an amenity credit. Tapping into the travel itineraries of the more than 23 million surfers worldwide, the program will kick off at the newly opened W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, where guests can book the package. W Hotels will launch the program with four more oceanfront destinations throughout 2019, including W Bali – Seminyak, W Barcelona, W Punta de Mita and W Goa.

The “Now Boarding” initiative was born from in-depth research on the surf industry in line with agency collaborator, Pen & Public. The commissioned research project confirmed key facts that have encouraged the brand to engage with surfers across the globe at W destinations.

The amenity credit for the inaugural wave of “Now Boarding” will be $300 at W Costa Rica. The other retreats will offer a $150 amenity credit when they roll out later this year. 

For more information, visit https://w-hotels.marriott.com/

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor.

Photo: W Barcelona

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The Venetian Specialist
Travel Agent University

If you’re like us, you’re excited by the record-breaking growth that Las Vegas has achieved the last couple of years. Whether your clients are embarking on an epic girls getaway or spring break with the family and everything in between, you want to make sure their stay is as exciting as the Strip and we’re here to help make that happen. Take the Venetian Specialist Course today!

 
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Holland America Line Unveils Ocean of Extras Promotion
Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s new Oceans of Extras promotion gives guests up to $600 in onboard spending money per stateroom and awards bonus perks for suite bookings on select fall 2019 through spring 2020 cruises.

The offer, which runs through June 30, 2019, provides cruisers who book an eligible itinerary with onboard spending money ranging from $50 to $300 per person, depending on the length of cruise and stateroom category. In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card valued at $100 per stateroom, as well as a Signature Dining Package that includes one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

Oceans of Extras is available on a range of itineraries from Sept. 30, 2019, through May 1, 2020. With this promotion, guests can book a cruise to many of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal, South America and the South Pacific.

The onboard spending money allows guests to experience a treatment at the spa, book a shore excursion, go shopping for souvenirs, dine in a specialty restaurant, pick up a photo, order beverages and more.

Specialty Dining Included for Suite Bookings

In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card and one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

The award-winning Pinnacle Grill showcases Pacific Northwest cuts of beef and other traditional steakhouse favorites, along with exclusive dishes and desserts by Culinary Council Members David Burke and Jacques Torres. Menu items include a 16-ounce dry aged Delmonico steak, corn-fed chicken breast, baked Alaskan halibut, seared jumbo scallops and Burke’s beef tenderloin with lobster dumplings. The menu also offers vegetarian options.

Adjacent to the Lido Market dining area, the festive Canaletto features an Italian “sharing” dinner experience every evening that offers a variety of dishes to have with family and friends. The menu was conceived out of a desire to create a leisurely and more authentic Italian experience. All pasta served in Canaletto is made fresh on board, and appetizers include grilled calamari with salsa verde and lemon herb panagrattato and Melanzane ripiene.

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Abu Dhabi: Maximizing Experiences and Your Returns
Recorded May 15, 2019 | Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism

Join us to learn how Abu Dhabi is maximizing experiences and your returns. This webinar will help raise awareness on increasing sales & commissions. Register now.

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Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale by Pleasant Holidays Gets Extended
Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has extended its Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale with new offers and exclusive deals for new bookings made through June 30, 2019. The extended sale features savings on vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and more, including:

  • $250 off Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Alaska cruise vacations
  • $100 off air-inclusive vacation packages to Hawaii and Mexico
  • Exclusive reduced room rates, kids-stay-free offers, complimentary room upgrades and more at select resorts
  • Lower hotel prices in Hawaii at five oceanfront resorts on four islands with additional exclusive added values

The Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale deals are valid on new package bookings made by June 30, 2019 for travel through Aug. 31, 2019. Qualified bookings must include roundtrip airfare from AMA, AUS, BTR, DAL, DFW, ELP, HOU, IAH, LBB, LIT, MAF, MSY, OKC, SAT or TUL and include a minimum of three nights’ accommodation at hotels and resorts in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico or Europe portfolios, or staterooms on an NCL Alaska itinerary plus one additional vacation component (e.g., cruise travel protection coverage, pre- or post-cruise hotel stay, Hawaii luau, etc.). Travelers will savings and added values on vacations with many of the most popular hotel brands, including AMResorts, The Excellence Collection, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hawaii, Playa Hotels & Resorts, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and others.

In addition, travelers save $250 on NCL Hawaii cruise vacations when roundtrip airfare and one additional package component are included, for new bookings made May 13 – 31, 2019.

For more information, visit PleasantAgent.com

Photo by RossHelen/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Abercrombie & Kent Offers Savings on Antarctica Cruises
Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has announced a new lineup of Antarctica voyage deals. Travelers can save up to $11,000 per stateroom. Additionally, solos get half off the single supplement on December 7 and December 17, 2019, sailings. 

Classic Antarctica 2019; 13 Days from $12,995 was $15,995; Limited to 199 Guests

Save $3,000 per person, plus 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. In addition, receive a $1,500 per person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for Antarctica—home to towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife.

Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands 2019-20; 18 Days from $18,995 was $22,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

December 17, 2019 Departure: Save $4,000 per person and 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

January 1, 2020 Departure: Save $4,000 per person on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K. Extend the journey and save $500 per person on the two-night Buenos Aires Pre-Tour New Year’s Eve Celebration (December 30, 2019-January 1, 2020).

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an 18-day adventure in the Southern Ocean.

On the January 1 departure, opt to ring in the New Year prior to departure with a special two-night package.

2020 Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition; 15 Days from $18,495 was $21,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

Book early and save $3,500 per person on stateroom categories one, two and three.

Cruise on a 15-day voyage commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, featuring an itinerary exploring historic areas and wildlife-rich islands, as well as the chance to travel within the Antarctic Circle.

For more information, visit https://www.abercrombiekent.com

Photo by Photodynamic/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Unveils United Vacations as May Preferred Partner
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has selected United Vacations as  Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of May. The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. and Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program experience a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web, social media, and press exposure. The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

During the month of May, United Vacations’ clients will save up to 62 percent and receive up to a $500 resort credit, exclusive kids’ concierge and more. Resort credits can be used toward s services such as massage services, culinary experiences, wine credits, and more. This offer is available for clients when booking by May 31, 2019. It is also combinable with Cash for Your Bash, Your Stay Your Way, and Pick Your Perks. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent in commission. This offer is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during their designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal, dedicated social media and press outreach. To generate sales for the Preferred Partner and drive exposure internally, Karisma Hotels & Resorts creates exclusive promotions and added values for the designated partner.

Photo Courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

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Avalon Waterways Announces "You Snooze, You Don't Cruise" Promotion
Now through August 27, 2019 | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is kickstarting the cruise-selling season for travel advisors with its biggest savings of the year on 2020 itineraries. The company’s “You Snooze, You Don’t Cruise” sales event offers advisors the opportunity to reach out to their clients with free air, plus savings of up to $500 per couple on select 2020 Europe sailings or savings up to $2,000 per couple on the company’s 2020 Mekong and Ganges departures.

As part of this sales event, Avalon Waterways is also offering advisors extra booking incentives. When they share this sale with clients, travel advisors will be rewarded with robust commissions, as well as chances to win a complimentary Avalon cruise for two. Avalon Waterways will pick a cruise giveaway winner each month through August. Chances to win are based on three criteria: "Sell, Share and Send."  

Sell: Travel Advisors who secure bookings between now and August 27, 2019 will receive two entries to win per booking.  

Share: Those who share complimentary images, videos and messages from the Travel Agent Portal (via social media) will also get an entry.  

Send: Advisors who use Avalon’s free email template – or create their own email – and send it to clients will receive yet another chance to win the monthly giveaway. 

The more advisors "Sell, Share and Send," the more chances they have to win. Travel advisors who win can choose from Avalon’s list of Europe or Mekong 2019 and 2020 itineraries. 

For details, travel advisors can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com/avalonviews.

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JetBlue Vacations Offers $400 in Savings on Travel to Barbados
For travel through October 1 when booked from May 7 through May 14. | JetBlue Vacations

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue Vacations are offering exclusive savings and benefits on vacation packages just in time for the summer season. From May 7 through May 14, travelers from around the U.S. will receive $400 off through JetBlue Vacations when booking select flight and hotel packages to Barbados.

The Barbados vacation packages will include flights and accommodations starting at $2,500 for two people. The packages can be booked with any of JetBlue’s hotel and resort partners on the island; this includes more than 100 accommodation options, ranging from all-inclusive properties and luxury resorts to villas and budget accommodations.

Additionally, guests can enjoy exclusive offerings when staying at one of the following top hotel properties: Sea Breeze, Ocean Two, Hilton Barbados and Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences. Special perks include welcome gifts, food and spa credits, free airport transfers, late checkout, on-property discounts, room upgrades and more. These hotel-specific offerings are valid on bookings made through June 30.

In the summer and fall, travelers to Barbados can celebrate the island’s culture, cuisine and art at Crop Over, Food & Rum Festival and Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf. 

Packages must be booked using the promo code BGI400 by May 14 for travel between May 7 and October 1, 2019.

JetBlue offers direct service to Barbados from New York - JFK, New Jersey, Boston and Ft. Lauderdale.  All JetBlue flights include the airline’s award-winning service, complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks, free first-run Hollywood movies and the most legroom in coach.

Photo: Hilton Barbados

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2019 River Cruise Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

River cruise popularity is soaring and is currently one of the hottest trends in the cruise industry. Here are some of the latest ship, itinerary and personnel developments on the river cruise fronts for 2019 and beyond.

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2019 London Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Year after year in survey after survey, London lands at or near the top of favorite European cities to visit. There is no shortage of well-known, popular attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and iconic museums and theaters to Piccadilly Circus, the Coca-Cola London Eye and shopping at Harrods and Carnaby Street. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series

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2019 Saint Lucia Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s looking like a banner year for Saint Lucia. This year, it will be celebrating its 40th year of independence, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2018 saw a 2.2 percent increase in global visitor arrivals. Here’s a snapshot of what travelers can expect this year. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series!

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Journese Offers New Travel Advisor Incentive
Journese

Journese announced its new travel advisor incentive, whereby travel advisors will earn 500 Bonus TRIP points for every confirmed Journese booking at hand-selected partner resorts across the globe made by June 30, 2019 for travel through June 30, 2020; plus, the top two revenue-producing advisors will earn a three-night stay at The Trump International Hotel Waikiki or a four-night stay at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. In addition, travel advisors who add any optional activity from the Journese portfolio in combination with select family-friendly resorts will receive an additional 100 Bonus TRIP Points on registered bookings.

Together with premier four- and five-star properties, travelers can sample resorts worldwide for a family experience, many offering special amenities for families including children stay and eat complimentary, as well as value-adds, including special rates, resort credits, daily breakfast and more. Travelers can also choose from all-inclusive and meal-inclusive options, private resort residences and villas, in conjunction with family features including incredible pools, water sports, and kids clubs.

Furthermore, many of the select hotel partners offer real-time rates and availability, and bookings can be combined with all classes of air service, excursions including private options, car rentals and private transfers, plus the new Journese Cancel for Any Reason Protection Plan.

For family-friendly vacation ideas curated by Journese, go to Journese.com/itineraries to view sample itineraries.

To make a booking or explore further details on Journese’ exclusively four- and five-star portfolio and promotions, travel advisors can visit Journese.com or call 800-442-9244. Journese is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and an active member of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and participates in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

Grand Class suite Grand Velas Riviera Maya // Photo by Passage of Distinction