Monograms Targets First-Timers/Package Prices Down

Monograms – the independent travel arm of the Globus family of brands – is offering 100 travel packages in 2010. Included are family vacations, honeymoons, couple’s retreats or a girlfriend getaway. Monograms' prices are down an average of 15 percent in Europe and 10 percent worldwide.

“We give travelers the power to personalize their vacation without having to take care of planning details and logistics,” said Scott Nisbet, president and chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands.  “And, in 2010, we’re extending our offerings with new vacations in Europe, North and South America and Asia.”

Monograms 2010 vacation offerings provide travelers diversity in length of stay (itineraries range from four to 20 days) pricing and destinations, boasting getaways to Britain, Ireland, France, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, South America, Asia, the South Pacific and many cities and regions in North America.

The company is not only expanding its vacation portfolio, it has increased the services. For instance, Monograms is now providing travelers the chance to book activities and excursions online before their vacation.  And, Monograms has expanded the cities worldwide in which Local Host services and expertise are available.

 “Monograms is the only brand in the world to provide travelers a Local Host in dozens of destinations around the globe,” said Steve Born, vice president of marketing for the Globus family of brands.  This on-site local expert helps Monograms vacationers get to know their destination by facilitating a half-day of sightseeing.  Then, the expert helps them personalize their experience by providing suggestions, making excursion arrangements and answering questions while also taking care of such details as facilitating transportation between cities as well as airport and hotel transfers.

Monograms vacation packages also come with a selection of hotels recommended for their location and amenities.  And, a daily buffet breakfast is included in most Monograms getaways (in Europe, South America, Asia, the South Pacific).

“The plethora of services Monograms provides takes away many of the stresses the average person experiences when planning and taking a getaway – domestically or internationally,” said Nisbet.  “Our experts take on the details so our travelers can immerse themselves in their escape and focus on fun.”

Monograms 2010 package prices are down an average of 15 percent in Europe and 10 percent worldwide, the company said.  Travelers booking a 2010 Monograms Europe vacation between now and October 13, 2009 can receive $150 per person off the air-inclusive price.  In addition, Monograms and British Airways are offering travelers incredible savings to 10 European cities from nearly 20 U.S. airports. Monograms/British Airways round-trip from JFK sample fares includes: London – as low as $507; Paris – as low as $462 and Rome – as low as $466

New Monograms vacations in 2010 include:

    * Rome & Sorrento (7 days), priced from $1,343
    * Brazil, Argentina & Chile (12 days), priced from $3,039
    * Costa Rica Wonders (7 days), priced from $1,299
    * Tokyo & Kyoto (7 days), priced from $2,099
    * Beijing & Shanghai (7 days), priced from $1,109
    * Bangkok & Phuket (9 days), priced from $1,219
    * Maui & Kauai (7 days), priced from $829
    * Vancouver & Whistler (7 days), priced from $549
    * Redwoods, Wine Country & Yosemite (9 days), priced from $699

The above prices are based on land-only, including intra-vacation air and rail transfers.  Air-inclusive pricing is also available, including hotel/airport transfers when Monograms issues tickets.