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.
Besides the broad appeal of Hawaii’s natural wonders, adventure activities and cultural attractions, there are places to go and things to do that zero in on special interest and niche markets. There is more information on things for families to see and do — as well as updates on places to stay — in the pages that follow.
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Princess Cruises has announced the Come Back New Sale, offering guests free gratuities and the opportunity to experience the line’s award-winning service and onboard experiences. In addition to free gratuities, guests book with a low $100 refundable deposit during the Come Back New sale, and are offered a savings of up to $300 per person on flights booked through Princess EZair.
Guests using Princess EZair can benefit from low fares, worry-free booking, late arrival protection, easy flight quote requests, 24/7 support, and no customization fee when booking flights for their cruise vacation.
As part of the Come Back New Promise, Princess welcomes guests to sample dishes from the line’s exclusive specialty dining restaurants, enjoy exclusive entertainment, or experience the local cultures on Discovery recommended shore excursions. The sale offers deals on cruises to the line’s most popular destinations including Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, California Coast, Australia & New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Canada & New England, South America, as well as World Cruise voyages.
Examples of the Come Back New cruise deals include:
- Eastern Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $699 interior; $899 balcony
- Circle Caribbean cruise — 14 days: $1,199 interior; $1,799 balcony
- Hawaiian Islands cruise —15 days: $1,549 interior; $2,399 balcony
- Panama Canal cruise — 10 days: $899 interior; $1,599 balcony
- Southeast Asia & Japan cruise — 12 days: $1,599 interior; $2,349 balcony
- Classic Canada & New England cruise —10 days: $1,399 interior; $2,249 balcony
- Australia & New Zealand cruise – 12 days: $1,249 interior; $1,699 balcony
All cruise prices are per guest, based on double occupancy. Princess Cruise’s Come Back New Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2, 2018 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
For more information, visit www.princess.com.
Central Holidays is offering travelers guaranteed departures through May 2018 for their Italy Motorcoach Tour programs – giving travel agents the assurance that they can carry out their clients’ vacations with no worries of cancellation. Travel agents also receive a bonus $100 Amex gift card per person booked on the company’s Italy Escorted Tours, and travelers receive an extra five percent savings on bookings made for departures by May 31, 2018.
Guaranteed departures also equate to guaranteed commissions for agents as well as an assurance that their clients will receive all the travel services and experiences that come with Central Holidays’ tours. These value-added specials offer travelers the opportunity to experience one of the new Italy Escorted Tour programs created by the company’s destination experts – just released in the company’s new 2018 brochures and online.
Here’s are Central Holidays’ new Italy Escorted Tour programs:
- "Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Lakes": Pistoia – Santa Margherita Ligure – Stresa. 9 Days from $ 2298.
- "In the Footsteps of Italy’s Culinary Traditions": Rome – Montepulciano – San Gimignano – Parma – Padua. 10 Days from $2748.
- "Legendary Amalfi Coast & Undiscovered Trulli Villages": Rome – Sorrento – Savelletri di Fasano. 9 Days from $2598.
- "Italian Vistas: From Tuscany to the Dolomites": Pistoia – Santa Margherita Ligure – Stresa – Venice – Bolzano. 13 Days from $3298.
Prices are per person, land only based on double occupancy. The five percent discount offer applies to land only portions of tour. The Amex gift card offer is $100 per passenger booked. Tour must be booked and deposited by February 28, 2018 for departures thru May 31, 2018.
Central Holidays Italy Premier Escorted packages feature the Central Holidays Signature Dining Plan that includes most meals (breakfast daily – plus many lunches and dinners) served in hotels and local restaurants. In addition, wine, coffee or cappuccino and mineral water at lunch and dinner are included in the tour price. Sightseeing and bonus touring is included in each motorcoach escorted package as well as the services of a professional, English-speaking tour director throughout the itinerary.
For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.
CIE Tours is offering discounts to travel agents on spring vacations to Ireland and the British Isles to help clients book one of ten select excursions. Those who do so before February 28 will not only help travelers save on their trip, but will also receive a $50 gift card using the code AGENTLOVE50.
Vacation itineraries with trip-specific codes include:
- Irish Spirit: 8 days departing April 5; sale price $1,685 (code SPA040518)
- The Scots Irish Tour: 11 days departing April 8; sale price $2,025 (code SNA040818)
- Taste of Scotland: 5 days departing April 1; sale price $1,100 (code SCA040118)
- Northern Welcome: 9 days departing April 28; sale price $1,800 (code NWA042818)
- Best of Ireland South: departing April 12; sale price $1,165 (code ISA041218) / departing April 28; sale price $1,285 (code ISA042818)
- British & Irish Delight: 9 days departing April 15; sale price $1,790 (code GRA041518)
- Irish Explorer: 9 days departing April 8; sale price $1,645 (code EXA040818)
- Mystical Ireland: 8 days departing April 7; sale price $1,360 (code CLA040718)
- Irish Adventure: 8 days departing April 30; sale price $1,775 (code ADA040418)
CIE Tours offers fully inclusive guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, with both group travel and private itineraries available. The company’s escorted tours include prepaid sightseeing, hotel accommodations, full breakfasts, and most dinners.
Recently, the company partnered with Air Canada to offer air-inclusive guided vacations for Canadian travelers. The agreement enables CIE Tours to package flights within its tour price for travel originating at any airport serviced by Air Canada with direct flights to Shannon or Dublin.
For more information, visit www.cietours.com.
As part of Apple Vacations' new Hawaii SuperSale, travelers can enjoy Apple-exclusive extras, including room upgrades, free nights, free daily buffet breakfasts and food and beverage credits at participating resorts.
The deal is valid to book now through March 22 for travel from April 1 to August.
Here a few examples of some of the offers:
Travelers coming from Chicago (ORD) can stay five nights at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach at rates starting from $1,465 per person. Clients from Philadelphia (PHL) get five nights at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach starting from $1,229 per person and guests coming from Los Angeles (LAX) get five nights at the Royal Kona Resort starting from $1,165 per person.
All participating resorts in the Hawaii SuperSale are Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach; Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort; Courtyard By Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach; Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach; Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa; Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort; Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach; Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kauai Shores Hotel; Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa; Royal Kona Resort; Royal Lahaina Resort; Sheraton Kauai Resort; Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas; Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa; Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has introduced a new offering providing visitors with an immersive vacation experience that aims to appeal to the diverse array of interests and activities that Hawaii has to offer.
When booking the new “Outrigger Experience Package” at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, guests receive a $200 resort credit to create and discover their own vacation experiences. From Hawaiian music and farm-to-beach food offerings, to wellness and waterfront activities, there’s an array of offerings.
The Outrigger Experience Package can be booked online year-round and is available for all room types based on a four-night minimum stay. Whether guests want to reserve a beachfront table at The Reef Bar & Market Grill for a romantic sunset dinner, enjoy an afternoon of poolside cocktails and appetizers at Kani Ka Pila Grille, go shopping at Outrigger Trading Company, unwind with a soothing spa treatment at La’akea Spa, sunbathe and play on Waikiki Beach with rentals through Aqualani Beach Services, or simply take advantage of hotel valet parking, those who purchase the “Outrigger Experience Package” can redeem their resort credit for a number of memorable Hawaiian activities.
“Our newest Experience Package at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort showcases the brand’s passion for exploration and discovery, while making it easy for travelers to book a vacation and take advantage of all the warm-weather activities, delicious foods and beautiful scenery that Hawaii has to offer,” said Kelly Hoen, area general manager and general manager at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, in a written release. “With Outrigger’s unmatched hospitality and a $200 resort credit to splurge on one-of-a-kind Hawaiian experiences, we’re excited to give guests the opportunity to create the vacation of their dreams.”
As part of its commitment to preserving and sharing Hawaii’s deep-rooted heritage, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort invites guests to join its cultural activities and special events offered year-round, including ukulele lessons, lei making classes, beachside Hawaiian vow renewal ceremonies twice a week and live musical performances every evening.
| Il Salviatino
Guests staying at Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century, 44-room villa in Florence, Italy, can now book the hotel’s Spring Offer, representing savings of 20 percent off the best available room rates.
Closed annually during the winter, ll Salviatino will reopen for season March 29, with exclusive offers on its mix of guest rooms and suites.
The Spring Offer is available for guests who book a minimum three-night stay and applies to Deluxe rooms, Dome View Deluxe rooms, Junior Suites, Greenhouse Junior Suites and Dome View Junior Suites.
Rates start at $469 per night for a Double Deluxe room. Booking for the Spring Offer is available through June 21, and is valid for travel from March 29 to June 21.
Also, exclusive experiences can be booked by all guests at Il Salviatino including cooking classes in a private mansion hidden among the Tuscan vineyards; truffle hunting on the property grounds; tastings at private wineries; hot air balloon rides and personalized photo tours.
The hotel also offers a “Florentine Artisans” package, which includes a three-hour workshop with an artisan paper conservator, who will not only unveil the secrets of his trade, but also under his precise instructions, teach guests how to create their own notebook, folder and marbled Florentine paper. The package also includes a guided walking tour of the city, visiting its best artisans workshops.
Il Salviatino also turned to famed perfume house, AquaFlor, located in Florence’s Santa Croce District, to create a unique perfume making workshop for guests. The workshop is led by a master perfumer who guides each person in creating their personal Eau de Parfum, taking home a bottle of their creation as a keepsake.
MSC Cruises is offering travel agents double the opportunity to increase earnings with an enhanced tour conductor program now through March 31. Additionally, with Wave Season being the prime time booking season, travel agents are primed to make even more on the back end to “Book Four and Score.”
With the Book Four and Score deal, agents can earn double the TCs for every group booking made now through March 31. Book 4 staterooms (8 guests) online and earn 1 Tour Conductor as bonus commission. Plus, with the MSC Seaside’s reduced rates, agents can leverage the brand-new ship to help guests “Save & Sail” with up to $900 savings.
The reduced “Save & Sail” rate is available on Balcony Staterooms for two aboard the MSC Seaside on select spring, summer, and fall 2018 cruises. MSC Seaside will cruise to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, including destinations like St. Maarten, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
The “Book Four and Score” now offers double the commission:
- By Phone: 1 TC for 10 guests
- Electronically: 1 TC for 7.5 guests
The Previous Conductor Offer:
- By Phone: 1 TC for 20 guests
- Electronically: 1 TC for 15 guests
Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales at MSC Cruises, said of the promotion: “Travel agents continue to be a vital source of business, and we are delighted to create opportunities to forge an even stronger partnership between MSC Cruises and our dedicated ambassadors. As we continue to grow, we count on the support of our travel agent network.”
The promotion is only applicable on Caribbean itineraries from Miami from March 31, 2018 through December 15, 2018.
For more on MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.
Riviera Travel, a new European river cruise line expanding into the U.S. market, is offering travel agents to win a spot on a christening fam trip.
Agents who join the Riviera Cruise Club travel agency portal by February 21 will be automatically entered to win a spot for the agent and their guest on the fam trip, which will take place Tuesday, April 3 from Friday, April 6 on the new Robert Burns. Agents can join the Riviera Cruise Club at www.rivierarivercruises.com/agency.
The fam trip begins April 3 in Vienna, with a buffet lunch included onboard and an afternoon free to explore the ship. That evening is an exclusive christening event with a cocktail reception, christening ceremony and dinner.
The morning of April 4, attendees get a guided tour of Vienna, setting sail for Budapest in the afternoon. There will be a guided tour of Budapest the morning of April 5, followed by free time in the afternoon. Flights home depart April 6.
The following is included in the fam trip:
- Luxury accommodation on board the new Robert Burns for the agent and their guest.
- All meals onboard including buffet breakfasts and lunches as well as regional cuisine in the evening.
- Wines, beers and sodas with lunch and dinner.
- Transfers to and from the ship.
- Up to $1,000 reimbursement for air fare.
- Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
- Bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities in cabin.
Additionally, pre- and post-stay hotel accommodation is available at The Intercontinental Vienna and The Intercontinental Budapest. Agents can contact Riviera Travel directly for more information at 1-888-838-8820.
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Victory Cruise Lines is celebrating its first Cuba season with a 15-night “Cuba 360o” cruise round-trip from Miami departing on April 20. The voyage will have overnight calls at four Cuban ports, including a full three days and three nights in the capital of Havana. If booked and paid in full by February 28, guests will receive a special 2-for-1 rate of $3,999 per person, double occupancy.
The cruise line’s all-inclusive luxury Cuba experience aboard the 202-passenger Victory 1 includes five-star cuisine with house wines, beer, and spirits; shore excursions, entertainment, and expert shipboard lecturers.
The trip begins with two days at sea with expert lecturers who will provide guests with information to maximize their experience of Cuba. The first port of call is Santiago de Cuba, where an overnight stay enables guests to see the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, among other sights.
Following a sea day, the ship arrives at Trinidad de Cuba for another overnight call with visits to Valle de los Ingenios and a sugarcane plantation. An overnight call in Cienfuegos, known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South," allows for an optional tour to the Bay of Pigs.
The Cuba trip culminates with a stop in Havana for three days and nights of exploration and excursions. Guests can visit Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the colonial squares of Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de la Revolution. After the stop in Havana, Victory 1 then returns to Miami.
For American guests, the excursions fulfill all People to People program requirements, and Victory Cruise Lines handles all necessary Cuba visa and health paperwork.
For more information, visit cruises.victorycruiselines.com.
TravelBound is kicking off Wave Season with deals for every major ocean and river cruise port available now and throughout the year. Every week through March, the fully independent travel (FIT) company will roll out additional destination highlights with exclusive deals, hotel and tour recommendations, and tips from their staff.
TravelBound features properties and experiences in many ports, from river cruise ports like Prague and Paris to the largest ocean ports including Miami and Barcelona. Wave Season deals will include early booking discounts, free night offers, and other incentives on thousands of properties in locations like Miami, London, Rome, Barcelona, Seattle, Paris, and more.
Selling exclusively to travel agents, TravelBound is a supplier of fully independent travel (FIT) to destinations around the world. Its inventory includes 50,000-plus hotels, apartments and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, as well as sightseeing tours, attractions and activities, and hundreds of transfer options. Travelbound’s products can be found in popular travel destinations like the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.
A brand of GTA, TravelBound benefits from a worldwide network of offices staffed with product negotiators and coordination teams. GTA is provider of ground travel products and services to the fully independent travel industry.
Other deals and incentives at TravelBound include its Amazon Rewards Program. When agents sign up for the program, they will earn cash, loaded on an Amazon gift card, on eligible bookings based on the booking and travel period of select promotions run throughout the year.
For more information on TravelBound, visit travelbound.gta-promotions.com/wave2018/.
As engagement season (unofficially Christmas Eve through Valentine’s Day) draws to a close, be prepared for newlyweds-to-be seeking out your services to plan their destination wedding or honeymoon (or both). Better still, try to set up a cross promotion with your agency and local bridal shops, advertising each other’s services. Read on for some other tips on getting and handling this business, gleaned and distilled from conversations we have had with travel agents and wedding professionals.
Pacific Holidays is offering travel agents a new fam trip to Fiji departing this May.
Departing May 10 from Los Angeles, the fam trip was developed in partnership with Fiji Airways and Captain Cook Cruises. It last nine days / six nights, through May 18, with travel agent rates starting from $1,599 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles.
On the fam trip travel agents will take a three-night cruise with Captain Cook on the small ship Reef Endeavour, calling at the Mamanuca Islands and the southern Yasasas, including Waya and Sacred Islands. Then agents will spend three nights at First Landing Resort, where according to a local legend the first Fijians arrived around 1,500 BC. All meals are included on the cruise.
The fam trip is for travel agents only, Pacific Holidays said. Other notable highlights will include an exploration of Monoriki, where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed, on a guided kayak tour. On Monu Island, agents will be able to snorkel and take in a special village choral service, followed by a performance of the Sunday Show in the evening.
More snorkeling in coral gardens will be available during the stop at Sacred Island, and on the journey through the southern Yasawa Islands, travel agents will have the chance to meet the village children of an island school and shop for souvenirs at a shell market.
For more information and reservation, contact Pacific Holidays, 12 West 32nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Toll Free: 1-800-355-8025, Tel: 212-629-3888, FAX: 212-629-8882. email: [email protected], Website: www.pacificholidaysinc.com
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To celebrate Zemi Beach House's re-opening after the hurricanes in late 2017, the luxury hotel in Anguilla is offering a Welcome Back Promotion. From February 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night for free. From April 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book five nights and receive a sixth and seventh night free. Additionally, all rooms and suites will include a complimentary daily buffet breakfast.
The complimentary nights promotion is subject to availability and valid for booking until December 19, 2018. To receive the complimentary nights, the stay must be a minimum of three or five consecutive nights. Complimentary nights are not redeemable for future stays. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, packages or offers, and is applicable towards new bookings only.
Zemi Beach House is situated on Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, guests start their vacation with a private plane or sea shuttle to the hotel from St. Maarten. Once they arrive, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Thai House Spa, three bars, two restaurants, pools, fitness center, and a variety of water sports and beachfront activities.
Guests can enjoy casual beachfront dining at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, 20 Knots, serving Caribbean-style cuisine. Or, guests can try Stone, Zemi’s fine-dining restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of seafood, fish and sea-to-table entrees. Starting rates are $730 per night, and the hotel will be accepting reservations from February 15th onward.
For more information, visit www.zemibeach.com.
The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas invites travelers to personalize their vacation experience by offering special packages. Guests can select accommodations from five room categories and enhance their stay with amenity upgrades including treatments at the resort's boutique Amber Spa and specialized menu options.
Travel agents can book the resort's special offers for their clients, all of which feature the all-inclusive amenities, and receive a 15 percent commission. Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31.
Guests booking a minimum of three nights on the Paradise Winter Savings promotion receive a credit for use at the resort's boutique Amber Spa. Credits range from $30 - $150 per person and vary according to number of nights and room category booked.
Rates start from $343 per room, per night, double occupancy in an Island View double/double bedroom, based on travel through April 15. Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates.
Celebrate in Paradise can be used on stays that are a minimum of three nights in a Harbour Deluxe or Premium Balcony or Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite, to celebrate any special occasion. The offer includes $75 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay; chilled Prosecco and a miniature rum cake.
Stays that are a minimum of seven nights receive an additional $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service from the airport to the resort. Rates start from $575 per room, per night, double, based on accommodations in a Harbour Deluxe Balcony double/double for travel through April 15.
Warwick Suite Dreams is available to guests booking the resort's Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite where travelers can experience Bahamian luxury with views of Nassau Harbour.
The Suite Dreams package includes daily fresh fruit in-room, a selection of Bootleg Chocolates of The Bahamas (per stay), Tortuga Rum Cake (per stay), a bottle of Prosecco each night, complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service between the airport and resort, and nightly turn-down service.
Stays that are a minimum of two nights receive a $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay while stays that are a minimum of five nights receive a $350 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and roundtrip private car service to and from the airport. Rates start from $924 per room, per night, double occupancy for travel through April 15.
Variety Cruises announced it will be offering new travel agent rates on select summer 2018 and winter 2018 - 2019 cruise dates. Travel agents can select from a diverse range of handpicked cruise destinations including Greece, Spain and Portugal, the Adriatic Sea, Cape Verde, the Seychelles, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama, Cuba, and Iceland.
Variety Cruises has also announced new destinations for 2018/2019. "Gods, Kings, and Pharaohs," which takes voyagers to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan beginning in November 2018, and "Splendors of Egypt by Sea," set to begin in December 2018, which has an itinerary that features Egypt and Jordan by sea. In 2019, a Bali cruise is also planned to be launched where guests will explore the Indonesian Archipelago.
The Travel Agent Offer:
- 60 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 179 to 60 days prior to embarkation day.
- 75 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 59 days until embarkation day.
- Travel agents will be entitled to the discounts by providing their valid CLIA Certificate or IATAN list along with their business card- Both will be required onboard upon embarkation
- The rates are per person and cruise, and apply for the Travel Agent and one companion
- Valid for active employees, not retired
- Travel agent rates do not apply for the owner’s suite and category P cabins
- Reservations at Travel agent rates are subject to prior approval and completed paperwork
- Port Taxes are additional
Variety Cruises operates a fleet of 11 fully owned yacht cruises with capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins. Variety Cruises’ voyages include shore excursions, experiential itineraries that focus on the destination, yacht deck barbecues, and more.
For more, visit www.varietycruises.com.
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Pleasant Holidays has announced it will celebrate milestone anniversaries for three of its core destination portfolios in 2018 with special offers and promotions throughout the year.
Pleasant Holidays launched sales of Mexico vacation packages with a handful of destinations in 1993, marking the company’s first venture outside of Hawaii.
Pleasant Holidays’ newly released Mexico sales brochure features 250 hotels, resorts, villas, condos and residences—including 150 all-inclusive options—in 15 popular vacation areas plus cruises, sightseeing tours and activities, and more.
To kick off the year-long 25th anniversary celebration, Pleasant Holidays is offering exclusive hotel rates and added values including kids stay and eat free promotions on air-inclusive Mexico vacations at participating resorts including Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
The deals are valid on new bookings made by January 28 for select travel through December 16. Mexico continues to be no. 1 for destination weddings for the company as well.
In 1998, Pleasant Holidays added South Pacific package vacations. Twenty years later, Pleasant Holidays is recognized as No. 1 travel provider to Tahiti by Air Tahiti Nui and offers a portfolio that includes more than 80 resorts across Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands plus six cruise lines, including luxury cruises from Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
To celebrate 20 years of selling South Pacific vacations, Pleasant Holidays is offering up to $600 off per booking on air-inclusive vacations at participating resorts.
The deals are valid on new bookings for travel through December 31 and require a minimum night stay of five or seven nights depending on the destination. Tahiti bookings must be made by March 18 to receive $600 off and include romantic overwater bungalow accommodations; Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.
Pleasant Holidays’ Caribbean portfolio has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2008 and the destination now ranks as one of its top performers in terms of sales and passengers.
Pleasant Holidays offers 24 unique island nations including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos; more than 250 resorts—including all-inclusive, adults-only and family-friendly options—and an array of Caribbean cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.
Pleasant Holidays has a variety of promotions planned throughout the year in celebration of its 10th anniversary of selling Caribbean vacations. Currently, travelers save up to 50 percent off room rates at select Caribbean hotels participating in the April Travel Sale, which is valid for travel April 1 – 30.
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