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Couples Resorts: A Cost-Efficient Wedding For Your Client
November 13, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Couples Resorts

At Couples Resorts, we’ve redefined the term "all inclusive" while still keeping it affordable for your bride. Join this webinar to learn more about our locations and packages that give your clients the most for their money. Register now!

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Mexico Mood: Would you rather be in Cancun, Cozumel or Riviera Maya?
Apple Leisure Group

Fall and winter travel planning is well under way—and you already deserve a vacation! The Mexican Caribbean, with its turquoise waters, white sands and warm hospitality, sounds like the perfect reward for all your hard work. Which of the region’s famed, fantastic destinations defines your #MexicoMood? Take this quick quiz to find out.

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What is True Luxury? The World of Crystal
December 6, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

An engaging session into understanding how to identify and sell to the Crystal guest. Topics include:

  • The differences between luxury and “true” luxury
  • Snapshot of Crystal Experiences by Ocean, River and Yacht Expedition
  • Marketing & Sales tools to grow your Crystal Business

Attend for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

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Build Your Client's Ideal Hotel Experience
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Wyndham makes hotel travel possible for all. Let us help you determine which brand matches your different types of clients. Take this quick quiz to discover your client’s ideal hotel experience.

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MSC Yacht Club: The All-Inclusive VIP Experience
Recorded on November 8, 2018 | MSC Cruises

This webinar reviews all of the benefits and privileges of the MSC Yacht Club.  MSC Yacht Club is the epitome of elegance and luxury at sea and offers a cruise experience like no other. This experience boasts a “ship within a ship” mentality where MSC Yacht Club guests get a section of the ship all to themselves, while still enjoying all of the features and offerings of the public areas. Register to watch now on-demand!

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The Hottest Caribbean Destination: The Cayman Islands
Recorded on November 7, 2018 | Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Join the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for an informative session on what’s new in the destination, how we continue to see record growth with air arrivals and why your clients would enjoy Cayman. The webinar will feature events, product and lift updates, and an overview of the Cayman Rewards program. Register now!

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Europe Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 1, 2018 | Various

DUKES LONDON 

DUKES LONDON is offering guests 40 percent off stays booked between Black Friday, November 23, and Cyber Monday, November 26. The recently refreshed hotel provides classic British hospitality that caters to the modern traveler with exclusive experiences, such as MarTEAni Afternoon Tea, Duchess Rooms designed for the female traveler, and a line of up festive holiday programming. The iconic hotel that just celebrated its 110th anniversary will be decorated with dazzling decorations. The deal is valid for travel from November 24, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (excluding New Year’s Eve).

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Set within 25 interlinked 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering 25 percent off nightly rates for guests traveling between January 1 and February 28, 2019. This visit also includes daily breakfast at Restaurant Jansz., and one complimentary cocktail per person at Pulitzer’s Bar. This offer is only available starting Cyber Monday through December 1, 2018 and with a minimum of two nights. 

Booking Code: CYBERMON

Azores Getaways

A Portuguese archipelago of nine diverse volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores is an ideal playground for nature and adventure enthusiasts looking for an affordable getaway. Azores Getaways is offering the Boston-to-Terceira travel deal between November 23 to November 27, 2018. For $499, travelers receive round-trip flights from Boston's Logan airport to Terceira for a seven-day trip that includes accommodations at a four-star hotel with breakfast.

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Caribbean Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 22, 2018 | Various

Here is a constantly updating list of Cyber Monday deals for Caribbean hotels and tour operators:

Atlantis Bahamas 

The resort on Paradise Island is celebrating the holidays with a special "5 Days of Savings," offering one surprise special deal everyday from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Travelers can check Atlantis' website for options which range from air and hotel savings, resort credit, a complimentary night and more. Booking window: Monday, November 26 for travel between November 26, 2018 - November 30, 2019. Valid for stays at The Beach, The Coral, The Royal, The Reef or The Cove.

Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)

Save 50 percent on all room rates when booking between November 21 and November 27, 2018 for travel dates that fall between November 22 through December 19, 2018 and January 6, 2019 through June 30th, 2019. Additional information on the deal can be found on Marigot Bay's website.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts 

With United Airlines (from Newark, NJ), Air Canada (from Toronto) and Sun Country Airlines (from St. Paul, Minneapolis) all launching new non-stop flights to St. Kitts by 2019, the Park Hyatt will be even easier to access in the new year. For Cyber Monday, get a fourth night free in one of the resort's suites. The package includes $300 resort credit (that can be used on an intimate dining experience at any of the resort’s three signature restaurants or on a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Caribbean’s first Miraval Life in Balance Spa) and is available to book through December 22, 2018 for travel through December 19, 2019 based on resort availability.

Bequia Beach Hotel (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Bequia Beach Hotel is giving guests six days (November 22 - November 28, 2018) to take advantage of their "Spa and Stay" packages:

  • 25 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking)
  • 30 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking, non-refundable)

Curtain Bluff (Antigua)

Set between two white-sand beaches, Curtain Bluff is offering 20 percent off on minimum five-day stays from now until August 17, 2019. Includes all meals, drinks and activities (such as snorkeling, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding, Hobie cats and more) and complimentary VIP airport pickup.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (St. Lucia)

Sugar Beach will offer up to a 30 percent discount on stays in a Luxury Cottage or higher room category on bookings made November 22 through Cyber Monday. Guests will also receive a $50 resort credit. The discount is available for travel from January 2 to February 14, 2019 and April 20 to October 31, 2019 (blackout dates apply).

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Journese Offers Bonus TRIP Points for New Bookings With Select Hilton Brands
November 5 - December 28, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019. | Journese

Journese has announced a new travel advisor incentive, offering 500 Bonus TRIP Points for every confirmed Journese booking at Conrad, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Bookings must be made November 5 through December 28, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019, and is combinable with all resort promotions, such as complimentary nights, special room rates, resort credit and complimentary daily breakfast.

According to Journese, each Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand it has partnered with provides guests with upscale amenities, signature service and authentic experiences in the most sought after destinations. Many of the Hilton brand partners also offer real-time rates and room inventory, and bookings can be combined with all classes of air service, enriching excursions including private options, car rentals and private transfers.                 

Designing expertly curated getaways and handcrafted itineraries, Journese continues to provide expertise, value and authentic journeys with boutique concierge service and an extraordinary worldwide portfolio.

For further details on Journese’ exclusively four- and five-star portfolio and promotions, travel advisors can contact a destination specialist at 800-442-9244.

Photo courtesy of BerlinRosen

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Magellan Jets Offers New Members Trip to Top 2019 Sporting Events
From now until December 31, 2018 | Magellan Jets

Magellan Jets announced that it will offer new members a trip to one of 2019’s major sporting events. Those who purchase a 50-hour membership on a Super-Mid or Heavy Aircraft can choose between a travel package for two to the "Big Game," the Masters or the Kentucky Derby.

The Big Game VIP Package offers an all-inclusive food and beverage experience three hours before the game, a meet-and-greet experience with N.F.L. legends and access to pregame entertainment. During the game, participants will have seat options on the 40- and 50-yard lines within the first 35 rows in an area reserved for club seat holders. Those who choose this package will gain access to the field after the game as well as private bars and fine dining.

New members may also choose the Masters Package. This deal includes a four-day grounds pass, access to an off-site VIP location with American buffet breakfast, lunch buffet, salad bar and a carving station; cold hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon; and full service premium bars with specialty drinks.

Those interested in the Kentucky Derby can choose the Biggest Horse Race of the Year Package. Participants will receive gourmet food and drink, be able to visit the Trophy Room on the fifth floor and will have a first-hand view of the finish line from a private balcony. Those who choose this deal will be given access to the paddock area where they can see horses, jockeys and trainers. This package also comes with tickets to the Barnstable Brown Party, an exclusive event with famous celebrities in attendance.

Photo from Getty Images

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Jamaica Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Reports from various sources indicate that Jamaica continues to be one of the most popular destinations for American couples planning to be wed outside the United States. The island nation hosted about 5,000 destination weddings last year alone. With most marriages in the U.S. falling within the Millennial demographic, we reached out to several 30-and-under travel advisors to get their take on Jamaica as a destination, as well their resort recommendations for weddings and honeymoons.

In the pages ahead you’ll find more of what makes Jamaica a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, including accommodations news, adventures for couples to share and more.

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Which European country could you be a tour guide for?
Travel Bound

At this point in your career, you’ve probably been to Europe more times than you can count and could sell Europe based on your own experiences alone. You’re practically a tour guide. Test your knowledge of classic European getaways—Italy, Spain and Great Britain—to find out which country you could be a tour guide for. Take the quiz now!

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Bianca Sands on Grace Bay Offers Free Night When Booking Four
Available until December 20. | Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

Until December 20, guests at Bianca Sands on Grace Bay, located in Turks & Caicos and managed by Trust Hospitality, receive the fifth night free when booking a total of four nights. Food is also included, as hotel guests also receive a welcome gift, including a Bambara Rum Cake, a bottle of Bambara Rum for two and a turkey.    

Bianca Sands’ guests can arrive at a fully stocked kitchen with items of their choice including fresh produce, wine and beer, as well as a private Chef Dinner experience for a Thanksgiving holiday meal with family and friends indoors or in al fresco setting. The team at Bianca Sands can provide a grocery list request form prior to the guests’ arrival. Guests can also enjoy the flavors of Provo’s international restaurants located within walking distance of the resort serving holiday meals combined with authentic island dishes.

Luxury accommodations at the resort include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom oceanfront suites, as well as a penthouse suite. Suites have a fully equipped kitchen, in-suite dining service, and luxury bed linens.

For multi-generational families or groups of friends needing a little more space to call their own, the resort has a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath penthouse suite with views overlooking Grace Bay beach. This suite comes complete with a kitchen, gym, a children’s room equipped with two twin bunk beds, full access to all the resort amenities and additions such as a private chef upon request and a concierge to assist with the guest’s festive needs.

Guests of Bianca Sands can experience the surroundings of Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach, as well as enjoy the resort’s newly renovated infinity swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, Italian inspired courtyard, poolside bar, fitness center and lighted tennis courts. The resort’s concierge can recommend a variety of recreational adventures such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips, parasailing, Sunset cruises, wake boarding, kayak and island excursions.

There are direct flights to Providenciales from major U.S and international carriers including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, and Chicago. 

Photo by Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

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Regent Announces Special Youth Rates, Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs
Special rates and packages available until December 15, 2018. | Regent Seven Seas Cruises

With the majority of the 2018 Alaskan cruise season complete, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is gearing up for the 2019 season. Regent is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Alaska is the premier cruise destination market in the United States, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey, a statistic consistent with Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) predictions. In total, Alaska saw seven percent passenger growth this year. Responding to this traveler demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from May 16 through September 30, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, the Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the majestic Hubbard Glacier.

Seven Seas Cruises is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. During the voyage many immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska that are included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:

  • Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty on a rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
  • Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
  • Ocean Raft Adventures, an ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 mph. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
  • Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
  • Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce beverages. 

Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up scenery from custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning five-star dining. Now, Regent announced a new Ultimate Alaska package available on 15 voyages next year allowing guests to save up to $6,000 off the combined package fare when they book an Alaskan voyage along with the Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program by December 15, 2018.

Alaskan Voyages For Families

To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises is announcing that 17-an-unders can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $499 on select seven night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travelers experience Regent’s Club Mariner Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages five to 17 can participate in a range of specialized enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by youth counselors.

Reservations

All-inclusive Alaskan fares start at $5,299 per person, which include roundtrip airfare, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, Wi-Fi, fine wines and spirits, and a host of other amenities.

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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MGM Grand Las Vegas Webinar
Recorded on October 29, 2018 | MGM Resorts

Every moment at MGM Grand is designed to thrill, from check in to check out.  Attending this webinar, you will learn why MGM is the only destination that offers the most Vegas experience in Vegas.

One lucky attendee will win a three day, two night stay in a Stay Well Grand King or Queen Room with two tickets to KA and $100 F&B credit to Primrose at the all new Park MGM Las Vegas.

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Rediscover Antigua & Barbuda - New Hotels & Flights
Recorded on October 24, 2018 | Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua & Barbuda is the idyllic tropical getaway, and is known for it's amazing beaches, world-class resorts and villas, friendly locals and a host of excursions and cuisine worth indulging! Attend this webinar and  see why we say, 'The beach is just the Beginning'! Register now!

eLearning
Europe Luxury 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

We asked Millennial travel advisors to tell us about any unique hotels they’ve visited that they feel fit in very well with their locale. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of their Europe accommodation choices fall into the luxury category. Here is a sampling.

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Caribbean Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The Caribbean has a wealth of attributes that can inspire or amplify romance. Whether your couples are planning a destination wedding, a honeymoon, anniversary celebration or simply a romantic getaway, there are plenty of hotels to meet their needs. Read on to help you find your clients a place to stay that they will fall in love with.

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The Reverie Saigon Debuts the “Suite Dreams” Package
The “Suite Dreams” package is bookable for stays up until February 28, 2019. | The Reverie Saigon

With more business and leisure travelers looking for home-away-from-home style accommodation on their travels, The Reverie Saigon has opened up its luxury residential-style suites for one-night stays (previously there was a three-night minimum) and launched a “Suite Dreams” package that is bookable for stays up until February 28, 2019.

The Reverie Residence’s residential-style suites range from classic to contemporary in style, which are well suited for both business and leisure travelers. The suites offer views of the Saigon River and surrounding city skyline, Italian furnishings, premium bedding and marble-lined bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. In addition, each come with separate living rooms and fully equipped kitchens, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and minibar (re-stocked daily).

Rates for the “Suite Dreams” package start at $540 for a one-bedroom residential-style suite (single or double occupancy) but close to half of this value, $250, is returned to guests in the form of a daily credit. The daily credit can be accrued during multi-night stays but is not transferable, shareable between rooms and has no cash value. The unused balance will expire upon checkout.  

The credit can be used on a number of services including:

  • Airport transfers in one of the luxury house cars
  • Access to the Reverie Lounge
  • Meals at any of The Reverie Saigon’s restaurants and bars
  • Spa or beauty treatments at the spa
  • Dry-cleaning and laundry
  • Butler service
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ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™: A New Vacation Concept
Recorded on September 19, 2018 | Hotel Xcaret

Hotel Xcaret’s ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™ includes unlimited access to eight nature parks and tours with free transportation between parks and a free airport shuttle - all while staying in sophisticated accommodations with top of the line service and amenities.

Attend this webinar to learn  how the new vacation concept, ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™, can transform your Mexico experience.

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Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

Like you, our clients look to us for the unique and authentic.  Localized, immersive experiences aren’t just terms we added to our sales materials a couple of years ago. To us, unique and authentic aren’t a marketing strategy. For over 40 years, we’ve created distinctive hotels and resorts that capture the spirit of the destinations we are proud to call home. We strive to harmonize with each property’s local culture and environment–it’s the reason we got into the game. To pay homage to our communities. To connect through curiosity. To experience high touch, hand-crafted hospitality. Take the Noble House Hotels & Resorts course today!

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Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The diversity of Pacific Mexico sells itself. Natural beauty, varied ecosystems, rich culture and history have all made distinctive marks on the coast. The mountains meet the ocean in Pacific Mexico. And in Baja California Sur, they meet the desert as well. Read all about it in the Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series! 

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Hawaii Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Hawaii is rich with resorts, activities and sites well suited for romance travelers. From honeymoons, weddings or even just a getaway for two, the naturally breathtaking views of the islands provide a picturesque backdrop for lovers. Here are some recent developments on that front.

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What's Your Italy Travel Persona?
Alitalia

Would Italy bring out the romantic in you, or would your travels be all about adventure? Find out by taking this quiz!

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SAA Vacations Offers Complimentary Luxury Hotel Upgrades
Travelers must book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. | SAA Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, has announced complimentary luxury upgrades to five-star accommodations in Cape Town and in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve for travelers who book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. 

The “Best of South Africa” package upgrade special includes five-star accommodations in Cape Town at the Taj Cape Town located in the heart of the “Mother City” and the exclusive Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve. In addition to accommodations, the package includes round-trip air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways, airport transfers in South Africa, a Cape Peninsula tour, Winelands tour, safari activities and airport meet and greet services by a SAA Vacations representative. 

In all, the package includes:

  • Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington Dulles to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Four-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Taj Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Three-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Becks Safari Lodge, including all meals
  • Daily breakfast in Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Cape Winelands tour
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa

This five-star upgrade is available for new reservations made by September 30, 2018.

The Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel situated near shops, restaurants and nightlife in the “Mother City”. The hotel offers 176 rooms, each individually appointed with classical furnishings, flat-screen televisions and marble bathrooms with rain showers and an oversized bathtub. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, spa access, and free shuttles to Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront. 

Becks Safari Lodge combines luxurious living with distinct design nestled within the South African Bushveld. Each air-conditioned safari suite offers views of either the Makhutswi River or a popular waterhole, providing ideal game viewing. Amenities include private verandahs, premium bedding, coffee and tea facilities, and an infinity pool. Daily game drives in open safari vehicles provide the opportunity to view South Africa’s “Big Five” followed by evenings watching the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains.

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Seabourn Announces Savings via “Set Sail Event”
The events runs through November 13, 2018, for select voyages departing in 2018 through May 2020. | Seabourn

Seabourn has unveiled the Set Sail Event, which offers travelers added value and a number of amenities on select voyages. The events runs through November 13, 2018, for select voyages departing in 2018 through May 2020.

The event benefits may include the below and vary by voyage:

  • Complimentary three veranda suite-category upgrade
  • Complimentary 300-minute Internet package per person
  • Up to $750 per person air credit
  • Up to $500 per suite shipboard credit
  • 50 percent reduced deposit
  • Up to 15 percent savings on select Combination Cruises

Guests who book a Penthouse or Premium Suite on select voyages will also receive:

  • Complimentary Unlimited Internet package per suite
  • Up to $1,500 per person air credit
  • $1,000 per suite shipboard credit

Seabourn’s Set Sail Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Alaska, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia and India, Asia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more. Visit Seabourn’s website for a complete listing of voyages, savings and amenities.

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

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The Top 10 Things to do at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel
August 15, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel

Become a local expert on the hotel that sits on an award-winning beach, steps away from water activities, boat trips, restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shopping. Attend this webinar and discover the top ten things to do at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, conveniently located near all that West Maui has to offer.

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Ocean-Going Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

As cruise selling agents sail into the second half of 2018, the horizon is clear for robust cruise sales. But the cruise seascape always brings swells and bigger waves too. Being proactive in your sales game and knowing what opportunities to tap are critical for retailers. Here are key trends and events to watch through the end of 2018 and beyond.

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Africa & The Middle East Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

With an increase in visitors, new air routes, and exhilarating hotel and lodge development, it’s a good time to recommend travel to East and Southern Africa to clients. Travel to the Middle East has held steady over the last four years, thanks in part to a stronger than average interest by Millennials, with Matures (born before 1946) not far behind. Discover what's new in these destinations in the Africa & The Middle East Focus Series.

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Crystal River Cruises: Introducing True Luxury to Europe's Greatest Rivers
Recorded on August 7, 2018 | Crystal Cruises

Gain first hand insight into how Crystal River Cruises is uniquely different in the marketplace and how it represents one of the best values in river cruising today. Attend for a chance to win a $250 gift card!

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Tour Operator 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s no secret that the consumer has changed in terms of what they want from a trip. Today’s traveler no longer wants to feel like a tourist, like a stranger in a strange town. The desire these days is to fit in like a local and to take part in activities that convey the emotion of what it would be like to live in the place they’re visiting. Or, at the very least, to feel like a very privileged guest who has been granted access to see the sights in a most respectful way. Here are some take-aways from a recent Tour Operator Roundtable we conducted that should help you sell your services to Millennials and other experiential travelers.

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Welcome to St. Kitts
Recorded on July 31, 2018 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Attend this webinar to discover the latest new additions in St. Kitts, and learn about the St. Kitts loyalty program with cash awards for logging on productivity. 

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Discover Abu Dhabi - Your Extraordinary Story
Recorded on July 31, 2018 | Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Captivating culture, breath-taking luxury, exhilarating adventure and the warmth of Arabian hospitality await you in Abu Dhabi. Discover tourism assets, new developments, and an overall insight into Abu Dhabi’s tourism products and services, with a particular focus on culture and heritage attractions alongside cruise, golf and entertainment segments. 

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Experience New Luxury & All-Inclusives in Saint Lucia & Barbados
Recorded on July 24, 2018 | Windjammer and Ocean Hotels

Why sell Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia and Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados? Attend this webinar to learn why and earn a chance to win a 3-night stay for 2 at Windjammer, Saint Lucia or Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados.

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Rail Europe Outlines Seven Late-Summer Deals
Last offer available until September 17 | Rail Europe

European train ticket distributor Rail Europe provided the details on seven deals for travelers visiting late this summer. Offers include various discounts between 15 and 50 percent off certain passes, as well as a two-for-one promotion.

Passengers who book by August 6 for travel through December 9 can receive up to 30 percent off Eurostar Standard Premier tickets. The rail company connects over 100 destinations around Europe, including London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Thalys, one of the high-speed trains, will provide up to 48 percent off Premium class summer travel. The rail line links France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, transporting passengers to a total of 17 cities and making 50 roundtrips each day. The offer must be booked by August 27 for travel through September 2.

Travelers who book by July 30 can receive 15 percent off a first class Eurail Global Pass. Usable for up to 11 months after purchase, Eurail’s passes can provide between five flexible days within one month to three continuous months. Children ages four to 11 can receive free passes if purchased at the same time as an adult’s.

Trenitalia is offering two different deals: Visitors to Venice can receive 50 percent off train tickets if they book by August 30 and those looking to make multiple stops throughout Italy can buy Eurail Italy passes at a 20 percent discount. The offers are available until August 31. Similar to the other Eurail deal, children 11 and younger can receive free travel if their passes are bought at the same time as an adult.

Those looking to see the Munich Oktoberfest can buy 10- and 15-day Flexi and Consecutive German Rail passes at a 20 percent discount. With the festival beginning September 22, the offer covers travel from August 1 to September 30 if booked between August 1 and 30. Children aged six to 11 may travel free if their pass is bought with an adult’s.

Lastly, visitors to France and Spain this fall may buy two First Class France-Spain High Speed tickets for the price of one. The rail provides transportation to 21 cities. Passes must be bought between August 28 and September 17 for travel between September 14 and January 7, 2019.

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MSC Cruises - "The Sleeping Giant"
Recorded on July 19, 2018 | MSC Cruises

This is your opportunity to learn about MSC as the world’s 4 largest cruise line. Our growth and investment into North America over the next several years has many consumers and agents talking about MSC Cruises, “The Sleeping Giant”. Come learn how you can grow with us!

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts: Let It Shine
July 11th, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Iberostar

Join this webinar and learn about Iberostar's stunning, all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, as well as our exciting plans for the future. 

Upon course completion, you’ll be preregistered as an Iberostar StarAgent and be eligible for special rewards and incentives. Register now for a chance to win a 3-night complimentary stay for 2 adults.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travel Agent University

The St. Vincent and The Grenadines E-Learning Program aims to give you all the information you need for a sublime island experience, and we hope to do so by immersing you in the character, culture and flavor of our places and people.

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Experience the Cunard Difference
Recorded on July 10, 2018 | Cunard

Learn more about how Cunard is a one of a kind cruise experience and contemporary in every facet. We will share with you all the special event cruises, exciting onboard experiences and enrichment, along with the exquisite destinations  -- now including Alaska, that you will find Only on Cunard℠. Register now!

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Ecoventura Offers 25 Percent Off Galapagos Sailings This Fall
Ecoventura

Ecoventura, a small luxury cruising company in the Galapagos, is offering 25 percent off special departures this fall. Additionally, the company is hosting a series of themed yoga-, photography-, culinary- and biology-themed departures.

Travelers can save up to 25 percent off MV Origin sailings in September when they book now through July 30. Valid for departures:

  • September 2 – 9 (Proceeds benefit the Charles Darwin Foundation)
  • September 23 – 30 (Hosted by Jack Grove, a marine biologist and professional naturalist)
  • September 30 – October 7 (Hosted by Jack Grove)

To book, visit www.ecoventura.com. Rates with the discount on the MV Origin are approximately $11,775, a savings of almost $4,000.

Themed Cruises

This fall, set sail on an expedition through the Galapagos on Ecoventura’s MV Origin, named after Charles Darwin’s "Origin of Species." Guests abroad the 10-cabin sustainable mega-yacht can select from four specialty itineraries, offered for a limited time only, including a nature, yoga, photography and culinary themed departure. 

From September 23 – October 7, for example, explorers can learn about ocean conservation with marine biologist Jack Grove. He’ll accompany the group on all land and sea excursions, from swimming with Galapagos green turtles to watching the blue-footed boobies as they dance around to attract a mate. Grove will also host evening lectures where guests can ask questions and engage with fellow passengers. 

Guests on the September 12 – 23 sailing can enjoy the Ecuadorian flavors of local celebrity chef Juan Carlos Ordoñez. Guests can also enjoy a photography themed cruises (November 4 – 11 and 11 – 18) with lessons by Mauricio Torres, or a health and wellness-themed sailing with yogi Gustavo Plaza (December 2 – 9 and 9 – 16). 

With only 10 cabins, travelers are encouraged to book now to reserve their spot and save up to 5 percent off.

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The Lodhi, New Delhi Offers Three Nights for Price of Two
Offer available until September 30, 2018 | The Lodhi, New Delhi

The Lodhi in New Delhi announced its newest offer: Guests who stay three nights will only need to pay for two. The deal is available until September 30.

The "Stay 3, Pay 2" deal includes a drink when the guest arrives, Lodhi breakfast for two at the Elan restaurant and a 20 percent discount on food and soft drinks. 

Travelers looking to relax can visit the property’s spa and salon. With the special offer, guests can receive a 20 percent discount at either. Visitors can access The Lodhi’s gymnasium, 50-meter lap pool, tennis courts, squash courts and group yoga sessions. Participants will also receive a 20 percent discount on recreation.

The promotion also allows parents to bring along a child for free. The hotel will provide a complimentary extra bed for kids under 12. Subject to availability, visitors may also check in as early as 8 a.m. and check out as late as 9 p.m.

Located in India’s capital, New Delhi, The Lodhi offers a central location for visitors to venture out into the city. On Lodi Road, near Lodi Gardens, the hotel offers easy access to the vast park area and its tombs as old as the 15th century. Visitors looking to stay on the property can also enjoy easy views of the city from expansive balconies or visit the hotel’s private plunge pool.

The Lodhi, New Delhi is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World. The hotel is located a 40-minute trip away from the Indira Gandhi airport.

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Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Mexico, especially the Yucatecan state of Quintana Roo, is as resilient as it is popular. Amid State Department warnings and the ongoing wall controversy, a record-breaking 10.6 million tourists visited Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 12.6 percent over the same period last year. Learn the newest hot spots, trends and travel specialties to recommend to your clients visiting Mexico and take the Cozumel, Riviera Maya 2018 Focus Series today!

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AmaWaterways Offers Savings for AmaMagna’s 2019 Inaugural Season
AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways announced a special offer providing savings of up to $800 per person to guests booking AmaMagna’s SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube river in 2019.

With this offer, guests can upgrade from a base category stateroom to a more spacious 355-square-foot SB suite with a supplement of $2,999 per person. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites include full outside balconies, open seating areas and bathrooms complete with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks. Six Grand Suites (474 square feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710 square feet) provide more amenities with separate seating areas and spacious bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.

All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes the following:

  • A welcome gift including a bottle of champagne
  • A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service

At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna offers a total of 98 staterooms – most of which are suites measuring between 355 and 710 square feet. Complementing the Main Restaurant and the Chef’s Table Restaurant will be two new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable windows and outdoor seating. 

Passengers can also enjoy a complementary daily excursion program including escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes lead by a trained Wellness Host. Additional highlights include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services and a Water Sports Platform.

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Jamaican All-Inclusive Introduces 15% Commission
Recorded on June 27, 2018 | Couples Resort

Couples Resorts, a couples-only boutique brand in Jamaica, has refined the word all-inclusive while still making it affordable. Attend this webinar and learn about a course to become a certified Couples Ambassador and begin earning 15% commission. It’s time to take your partnership to the next level with Couples Resorts. Register now!

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Palladium Hotel Group Has It All
June 25, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Palladium

At Palladium Hotel Group, we have it all. From resorts in beautiful destinations, to people who work passionately every day to serve our guests. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the continuously evolving Palladium Hotel Group and all the new hotels opening in Costa Mujeres in the Fall of 2018.

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The World of Crystal
June 22, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

Join Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, for an intimate exploration into The World of Crystal. Gain insight from The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line as to how the onboard experience is delivered, its distinct experiences, endless entertainment and enrichment onboard.

Join us on June 22 and learn why no one does it like Crystal -- and one lucky attendee will win a $250 gift card. Register here!

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Join Us & Learn About the Barceló Hotel Group
June 12, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Barceló Hotel Group

With one of the best all-inclusive experiences and urban centric hotels in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Costa Rica, & other parts of Central & South America, the Barceló Hotel Group is  separated within four distinctive brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, an elite group of luxury resorts; Barceló Hotels & Resorts, a resort brand that provides original and exciting experiences; Occidental Hotels & Resorts, committed to delivering guests serenity and comfort; and Allegro Hotels, offering joyful and affordable experiences.

Attend this free webinar and learn more about each of our brands and how to surpass your clients’ expectations for individual travelers, families, groups and weddings. Plus two lucky attendess will win a 2-night stay at Barceló Aruba or Occidental Tucancún. Register now!

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Madhya Pradesh – Land of the Jungle Book
Recorded on June 7, 2018 | Madhya Pradesh

Explore Madhya Pradesh, a new and exciting destination in the “Heart of Incredible India” – a land full of history, heritage, religion, culture and nature that will surprise and captivate even the most well-traveled visitors.

During this webinar, you'll learn about the destination’s top attractions and activities, including:

    • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Khajuraho Temples and fine sculptures, the centuries old Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, and the ancient caves and rock paintings at Bhimbetka, home to one of the earliest human settlements dating back to the Paleolithic Age.
    • Protected forests, national parks and tiger reserves teeming with wildlife offering thrilling safaris, nature excursions and outdoor adventures
    • Historic forts and palaces of its former kingdoms
    • Fine local arts and crafts and best places to shop
    • Rich cultural heritage and important annual celebrations
    • Regional food and cuisine

 

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France 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

An estimated 89 million visitors traveled to France in 2017, up nearly 8 percent from 2016. The government’s target is 100 million in 2020. Between here and there are some key events that should keep the country’s tourism momentum rolling. Discover what's new in the France 2018 Focus Series!

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Italy 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Whether they are in search of history, culture, cuisine or natural beauty, affluent travelers are captivated by Italy. Read about what's new in Italy in the Italy 2018 Focus Series!

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Jumeirah Beacon
Travel Agent University

Jumeirah is far from just another luxury hotel chain. Born in Dubai, it is one of the reasons that the Emirate is considered a leader in imaginative and exhilarating experiences, pushing the boundaries of luxury hospitality and always exceeding guest expectations.

Our Hallmarks underpin everything we do and the thoughtful and generous service you experience at Jumeirah celebrates the uniqueness of every single guest. For, when you have created one of the world’s most luxurious hotels through the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, you simply think about things that others do not. This is what makes Jumeirah so unique.

Our DNA is built on the highest standards of genuinely Arabian hospitality, the tradition of welcoming guests like no other. We have used this to create the standards of service that have made Dubai exceptional in what it offers to visitors, and are now taking these standards to people all over the world.

Whether your clients are experiencing our remarkable Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah or the honey made by the bees on the roof of Jumeirah Frankfurt, your clients can be sure that their experience will be different, fulfilling and rewarding.

Begin your Jumeirah education today!

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Alpina Gstaad Announces New Package for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival
The package will be available for stays from July 13 to September 1. | The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad is offering a two-night package from July 13 to September 1 to celebrate the 62nd Gstaad Menuhin Festival, a music festival held every summer. The festival will have performances of works from Brahms, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, all made accessible by the hotel’s "Menuhin in Motion" package, which includes tickets to a performance in addition to two nights of luxury accommodations.

The theme of this year’s Festival is “The Alps,” with music composed in mountain settings amidst soaring peaks. Sixty-seven concerts will be performed in 11 venues, including seven medieval churches.  On July 14, Paul McCreesh will conduct Haydn’s Seasons, and compositions that Brahms wrote on the shores of Lake Thun will be performed for the first time in their entirety on July 31. Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony, played by violinist David Garrett and the Mariinsky Orchestra from St. Petersburg under the director of Valery Gergiev, will be on August 25.

Since last year, Jaap van Zweden, who has been named the new director of the New York Philharmonic for the 2018-19 season, has led the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. Under his direction, the festival will kick off in the 13th Century Saanen Church with violinist Daniel Hope, winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi and Max Richter.

Some highlights from this year’s program are:

  • July 19 – Pianist Sir András Schiff playing Mozart with violinist Yuuko Shiokawa
  • July 26 – Gala Baroque Orchestral Concert with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emöke Barath singing Händal
  • July 30 – World premiere of works from Peter Eötvös and Francisco Coll performed by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta
  • August 10 – Pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jaap van Zweden conducting the Gstaad Festival Orchestra  
  • August 18 – Jonas Kaufmann, the award-winning German operatic tenor, performing “Wagner in the Mountains” including Valkyrie with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra
  • August 31 – The Alps in Italian Opera: soprano Olga Peretyatko and tenor Juan Diego Flórez featuring works by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini

The Alpina Gstaad's "Menuhin in Motion" includes accommodations in a Deluxe Room Schönried with daily breakfast and an Alpina Culinary Credit, two tickets to a concert, and a two-day Gstaad card. Rates for the two-night package start at about $2,005 for two people. The rate for single occupancy is approximately $1,450.

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Couples Resorts Specialist
Travel Agent University

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to book this successful brand that has been catering to couples and romance for more than 35 years. At all four Jamaican oceanfront resorts—two in Ocho Rios and two in Negril, guests will find virtually everything included. 

 
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Florida Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida is dotted with a great number and variety of family-friendly hotels and resorts. In addition to amenities for all ages, they are convenient to fun activities, be it a great beach, a theme park, a wildlife reserve or other adventures. Here are some of the most recent developments on the Sunshine State’s accommodations front for you to share with your multi-generational clients.