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Seabourn Extends Bonus Commission on New Bookings
Available through July 31, 2020. | Seabourn

Seabourn is extending a four percent bonus commission on new bookings made on 2021 sailings to Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England. The special bonus commission can be earned when booking any of Seabourn’s current promotions, including the “Sensational Suite Savings,” valid through July 2020, which offers 50 percent reduced deposits and savings on a selection of suite accommodations and amenities, including veranda suite upgrades, shipboard credits up to $2,000 per suite, air credits, Internet packages and more.

Further, travel advisors can receive commission sooner by taking advantage of booking their clients on Seabourn’s new 10 percent Early Bonus Savings promotion, providing an additional 10 percent in savings off the base cruise fare for select voyages when guests pay in full by July 31, 2020.

The four percent bonus commission applies only to new bookings for select 2021 sailings and is not valid on voyages on Seabourn Venture.

In addition, travel advisors can share with their clients Seabourn’s enhanced “Book with Confidence” policy, providing travelers with even more flexibility, assurance and options to cancel their booking up to 30 days prior to departure on any new bookings and receive a future cruise credit. The updated policy also includes a new “Best Fare Guarantee” benefit, which will provide guests who booked a Seabourn voyage by July 31, 2020, with the opportunity to request an adjustment in the event fares are lowered for their specific voyage and suite category.

In further support of its travel advisor partners, earlier this season Seabourn also announced that it will honor travel agency current commission levels in 2021, regardless of performance in 2020, and has extended commission protection on paid in full bookings and on Future Cruise Credits for voyages impacted by Seabourn’s pause in global operations, regardless if the guest selects an FCC or a refund.

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Star Clippers Offering Pre- or Post- Stays on Caribbean Sailings
Available for bookings made by June 1, 2020 for travel between December 2020 and March 2022. | Star Clippers

Star Clippers is offering two complimentary hotel nights in Barbados or St. Maarten for use before or after their cruise between December 2020 and March 2022. Included in the hotel deal is one breakfast and a ship transfer. The complimentary stays will be available for bookings made by June 1, 2020.

Guests booking a Category Five cabin or higher on select six- to eight-night Windward Island and Grenadine Island sailings (including Christmas and New Year’s) and seven-night Antigua to Barbados onboard the Royal Clipper receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Christchurch, Barbados. The offer also applies to the 28-day Atlantic crossing from Cannes to Barbados on October 9, 2021, and the 14-day Barbados to Panama on November 6, 2021.

Guests who book a Category Five cabin or higher on select six- to eight-night Treasure and Leeward Island itineraries, including Christmas and New Year’s departures, will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Sailing rates start at $1,360 per person, based on double occupancy; the hotel package constitutes a $600 value. Guests can opt for $250 onboard credit in lieu of hotel nights.

Guests booking Category Six cabins on these same sailings do not qualify for the hotel deal, but they do qualify for special pricing with a rate of $999 per person for Star Flyer and $1,099 for Royal Clipper based on double occupancy.

Star Clippers operates three sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer, traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.

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Journese Offers Bonus TRIP Points to Travel Advisors
For bookings made by July 3, 2020 for travel through December 31, 2021. | Journese

Journese has announced a new travel advisor incentive, whereby travel advisors earn up to 500 Bonus TRIP Points for every new Journese booking at select family resorts across the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Canada, made by July 3, 2020 for travel through December 31, 2021. The top revenue-producing advisor will earn a three-night stay at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Island of Hawaii. In addition, any activity booked in the Journese portfolio in combination with these select family resorts will receive an additional 100 Bonus TRIP Points on registered bookings.

Many resort partners offer real-time rates, instant reservation confirmations and availability; plus, bookings can be combined with all classes of airline service, private excursion options, car rentals and private transfers. All bookings are combinable with all resort promotions, such as complimentary nights, special room rates, resort credits and complimentary breakfasts.

To make a booking, travel advisors can visit online at www.journese.com or call 800-442-9244. Travel advisors must register new bookings by July 15, 2020 to be eligible for the hotel stay reward and bonus TRIP points. Journese is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and an active member of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and participates in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

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Asilia Africa Discounts Safaris 75 Percent for Healthcare Workers
Available until May 31, 2021. | Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa is offering discounts of up to 75 percent on a safari for healthcare and emergency service workers from anywhere in the world when travel resumes. In recognition and gratitude for their service, healthcare workers globally can travel with a plus-one (and children) to an Asilia property at the discounted rates until May 31, 2021. Anyone in the health care sector—from doctors to carers, nurses to receptionists—are welcome. Furthermore, all members of the emergency services, as well as anyone involved in the fight against COVID-19 are welcome.
 
Asilia hopes that, with this offer, it can welcome the heroes who have given so much to help and protect others. Commercial director Gordie Owles said in a written release, "We know that this gesture is not much compared to the sacrifice that so many have made during this pandemic. But we hope that by opening our doors and taking people out to the wilderness to recharge and reboot it goes some way to saying thank you for their heroic work."
 
For instance: Asilia’s flagship Kenya camp, Naboisho Camp, usually costs $1,065 per person per night. Healthcare workers will be offered a rate of $247 per person per night. A typical six-night safari with Asilia staying at Naboisho in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in Kenya would usually cost $5,136 per person; healthcare workers will be able to enjoy this option for $2,958, including all internal flights to and from Nairobi, park and conservancy fees, six nights’ accommodation and all game drives.

Asilia has 19 camps across Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels Offers Discount to Healthcare Workers
Booking period is from April 15 to September 30, 2020 | Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has introduced a 50 percent offer for all National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare workers to say thank you for putting themselves on the front line during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, and their tireless hard work to protect people and save lives.

Beachcomber has decided it is time to give back and to serve those who have served us throughout the pandemic. With this exclusive offer designed only for medical staff and their immediate family, those who are currently working the hardest will be rewarded with a 50 percent discount on room and meal plan at select luxury Beachcomber hotels across Mauritius.

The offer terms are as follows:

  • 50 percent discount on room and meal plan
  • The offer is exclusive to medical staff and their immediate family, meaning partner and children/parents. A maximum of two rooms can be booked
  • The offer is for NHS and private hospital front line staff fighting COVID-19, and applicable upon presentation of proof of eligibility and medical ID upon check-in at resorts
  • Not combinable with other offers (except free lunch at Trou aux Biches and Children Go Free offer)
  • Booking period is from April 15 to September 30, 2020
  • Travel period is from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, and excludes December 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and April 3-17, 2021

Hotels included are Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa (excluding villas), Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa (excluding villas), Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa.

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Family Coppola Hideaways Debuts “Dream Now, Travel Later” Deal
The “Dream Now, Travel Later” deal is available for any new future booking made from now up to June 2020. | Family Coppola Hideaway

Francis Ford Coppola’s Family Coppola Hideaways in Belize and Guatemala (Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize and La Lancha in Guatemala) are offering a new deal, “Dream Now, Travel Later.” The deal includes $100 resort credit, which can be used on food and beverage, tours, the spa and more, for stays of four nights or more.

Also included in the offer is 20 percent off published rates and free upgrade at the time of booking (subject to availability).

The booking policy requires one night’s deposit at the time of booking. Any cancellation 14 days prior to check in date are fully refundable.

The “Dream Now, Travel Later” deal is available for any new future booking (not including festive dates 2020 and 2021). Bookings must be made from now up to June 2020.

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ASTA Extends Discounted Verified Travel Advisor Program
Available until May 31, 2020 | American Society of Travel Advisors

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has extended its deal offering 50 percent off the full ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Certification Program (VTA) through the end of May. Regularly, the program is $399 for members, $598 for non-member independent advisors and $729 for non-member travel advisors. The nine-course program provides training on topics that are instrumental in helping travel professionals gain unique industry expertise to boost their skills. To take advantage of these savings, use code VTA50 at checkout.

In addition, ASTA has discounted its re-certification program by 40 percent. Use code VTACEU40.

For more information, visit https://www.asta.org/

Photo by iBrave/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Crystal Expedition Cruises
Travel Agent University

This short five-lesson module will help you sell more of expedition cruising and voyages from the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™. You’ll learn about the world’s premier luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, as well as our three exclusive categories of voyages: Remove Expedition, Destination Exploration and Cultural Discovery. Read on and refer to our other courses to compliment your sales strategy.

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All Inclusive Travel 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

For nearly half of U.S. vacationers, all-inclusiveness is an important deciding factor when selecting a hotel, according to MMGY Global’s 2019-2020 Portrait of American Travelers. These leisure seekers will find no shortage of all-inclusive lodgings in tropical realms relatively close to home. Here are some of the latest developments on that front in Mexico.

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NH Hotels Specialist
Travel Agent University

When your clients ask, “Is there an NH hotel at my destination?” you can easily choose from more than 350 hotels in 28 Countries, under three distinct brands—each with its own operational promise and differentiated experience. Take the course today!

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US Virgin Islands Islands Multi-Gen Travel
Travel Agent University

Multigenerational travel has been a top trend for nearly a decade but planning a trip that meets the needs of three or more generations isn’t any easier. We’ll teach you that in addition to stunning beaches and natural landscapes, the U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the reasons why the Caribbean ranks so high among families and advisors alike.

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US Virgin Islands Romance
Travel Agent University

Deep dive into the modern-day destination wedding and honeymoon market, which now encompasses pre- and post-celebrations (i.e. earlymoons, babymoons and vow renewals). We’ll cover everything from growth segments (babymoons) to key client targets (vow renewals) all with a focus on helping you sell more USVI—a destination that should be top of mind the moment a client says, “I’m engaged/pregnant/celebrating an anniversary.”

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Expedition & Adventure Cruising 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

Here is a sampling of what’s new on the expedition and adventure cruises horizon.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2020 Experience Series
Travel Agent Central

Here is a small sampling of places where married couples can symbolically tie the knot all over again in a simple or as elaborate a way as they choose. If your clients have a favorite island, destination or resort, chances are that with a minimum of research you’ll be able to find a blissful package or deal there to suit them.

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Silversea Offers Complimentary Expedition Cruise to Travel Advisors
Bookings must be made, and full payment received, from February 1 through April 30, 2020, to qualify. | Silversea

Silversea has launched a new “Sell and Sail Free” promotion allowing travel advisors to earn a complimentary expedition cruise for two when they sell three suites between February 1 and April 30, 2020. The three suites may be booked on any 2020 and 2021 expedition voyage aboard Silver Wind Expedition, Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud (excluding 2021 Expedition World Cruise and segments).

The program rewards travel advisors who qualify with a free voyage chosen from more than a dozen eligible expedition sailings in 2020 and 2021. Options include a nine-day, Vancouver-to-San Diego voyage on Silver Cloud, exploring the American West Coast; four Antarctica journeys of 10 to 14 days sailing round trip from Ushuaia on Silver Cloud and Silver Wind; a 19-day, island-hopping South Pacific cruise from Darwin to Apra aboard Silver Explorer; and Silver Explorer's 14-day, round-trip voyage from Dunedin to the UNESCO-listed New Zealand Subantarctic Islands.

Travel advisors who earn a free cruise will sail in an ocean-view suite and be able to experience the line’s gourmet cuisine, personalized butler service and all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.

In addition, all expedition voyages sail with specialist experts who lead complimentary, immersive shore excursions. These specialists offer lectures, discussions and recaps on board, in addition to guiding Zodiac explorations and leading hikes and nature walks ashore.

Sell and Sail Free bookings must be made, and full payment received, from February 1 through April 30, 2020, to qualify. Travel advisors who qualify for the free cruise must submit a redemption form to their Silversea account executive noting the qualifying bookings by May 15, 2020. Suite space availability is subject to non-displacement of revenue.

Advisors can view complete details of the offer, and to obtain the redemption form here.

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5 Days to Stronger Alaska Cruise Sales
Holland America

Over the next five days, we'll decode the Alaska cruise: market, sales opportunity, customer and booking. You'll finish the course fully prepared to set your Alaska cruise sales strategy. 

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Cunard – bringing people together for 180 years!
Recorded on January 9, 2020 | Cunard

From new onboard exclusives to majestic, new itineraries Cunard sets the stage for an exciting 2020 and beyond. Learn how to grow your luxury sales with Cunard’s breadth of marketing assets and sales programs. Register now.

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Lindblad Expeditions Announces New Incentive for Travel Advisors
For bookings made between now and March 31, 2020. | Lindblad Expeditions

Travel advisors who book their clients aboard a Lindblad Expeditions’ Alaska voyage between now and March 31, 2020 will be automatically entered into a prize drawing to win one of two Lindblad voyages to Alaska aboard one of its purpose-built ships.  

Travel advisors will earn two entries for every guest booked during the qualifying period; plus, they will receive a $250 gift card per cabin booked for Alaska travel in 2020.  The more cabins they sell, the more entries—and gift cards—they receive.  

To qualify, advisors must provide code 6AGT2020 at the time of booking. 

First prize is the Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness itinerary, with second prize being a Wild Alaska Escape sailing.

Terms and Conditions: Travel advisor will receive two entries per guest plus a $250 gift card per cabin when they book their clients aboard a Lindblad Expeditions’ ship departing in 2020. A maximum of $750 gift card for group bookings (three cabins or more).  All prizes valid for one category one cabin for two guests. Final departure date based upon availability and subject to holiday and other blackouts. Prize does not include international or charter air transportation. Baggage, accident or cancellation insurance, alcoholic beverages, gift shop, passport expenses, extensions are not included. Gratuities to ship’s crew at traveler’s discretion. 

To make a reservation, call 1-800-EXPEDITION.

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AmaWaterways Debuts Triple Savings Offer
Available now through March 31, 2020. | AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has announced its Triple Savings offers for guests planning 2020 vacations. Just in time for Wave season, those who book select Europe and Mekong sailings now through March 31 can receive up to $2,000 off per stateroom, complimentary stateroom upgrade (pre-paid gratuities for Mekong) and $100 onboard credit. In addition, new Triple Savings offers are combinable with AmaWaterways Past Passenger Privilege Rewards and Future Cruise Benefit Program.

The Wave season special offers applicable on more than 200 sailings include:

  • Europe Triple Savings – AmaWaterways’ Europe cruises are now available with up to $2,000 in savings per stateroom, $100 onboard credit per stateroom and a complimentary stateroom upgrade.
  • Holiday Triple Savings – AmaWaterways is gifting up to $2,000 in savings per stateroom, $100 onboard credit per stateroom and a complimentary stateroom upgrade for guests to explore Europe’s timeless Christmas Markets. In addition, travel advisors will receive a 5 percent bonus commission on new bookings made with the Holiday Triple Savings.
  • Mekong Triple Savings – Guests can receive up to $2,000 in savings per stateroom, $100 onboard credit per stateroom and pre-paid gratuities.
  • Solo Traveler Savings – As an alternative to the Triple Savings offers, AmaWaterways is offering a 25 percent single supplement on all balcony staterooms and select suites for solo travelers.

Offers are valid on selected sailings on new bookings made January 1 through March 31, 2020. Other conditions apply. Solo Traveler Savings offer is not combinable with Triple Savings offers. For full details on the Triple Savings offers, bonus commission and applicable dates, visit Travel Agent Portal to download the Wave 2020 Marketing Tool Kit.

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Insight Vacations Extends Anniversary Sale
Available through February 27 | Insight Vacations

Travelers can take advantage of savings in 2020 with an extended air offer and early payment discount from Insight Vacations. From now until February 27, guests can save up to $300 per couple on economy air on departures to Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Morocco for travel during October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, and September 1, 2020 to November 15, 2020.

By choosing flights with American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia, travelers can save $150 off per person on Economy, $200 off per person on Premium Economy or $300 off per person on Business Class.

For guests who book and pay in full by February 27, they can receive a savings of 7.5 percent on trips to Europe and Britain, and the U.S. and Canada.

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Mexico’s beaches resort areas are perennially popular with honeymooners — and rightfully so. However, newlyweds these days may be looking for something more experiential in addition to the romance of sun, sand and sea. Read the Focus Series to learn more!

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.

For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Berlin Premium: Hotels, Experiences, Highlights
Recorded on December 3, 2019 | visitBerlin

Learn how your clients can indulge in the noble side of Berlin and explore the city’s Premium Hotels. Join us to discover the deluxe side of Berlin - one of the most fascinating cities in the world! Register for this webinar now.

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Announces Alaska Family Offer
Available until December 31, 2019 | Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced a new Alaska Family Offer that makes traveling next summer a lot more economical for families.

The special offers include: 

  • Kids Save Up to 50 percent: Save on up to two children 22 and under when they travel with two full paying adults on select 2020 Alaska departures; save 50 percent departing in May and August and save 25 percent departing in June and July.

  • Free Air for Adults: Book by December 31, 2019 and receive free airfare from Seattle to Alaska on select 2020 Alaska departures; guests will receive free round-trip airfare on Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness, Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau and Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan or free one-way airfare on Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia and A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii. 

Itineraries are offered on the new 100-guest National Geographic Quest and Venture and the 62-guest sister ships National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird. Guests can hike, kayak, paddleboard, bike and venture where wildlife gathers to spot bears, eagles, bubble-netting whales and more. They can also witness First Nations performances. Travelers sail with a team of naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist and wellness instructor.

Kids and teens can also participate in National Geographic Global Explorers, Lindblad’s exclusive program for families. Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, its designed to help kids and their families develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer. 

These offers are valid for new bookings only, are subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers.  Complimentary air is based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad's group flight is not available at time of booking, it reserves the right to issue a credit. Free Air offer will be combinable with the new Family Offer, but it is limited to the adults. 

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Europe Luxury 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

Here are some of the best and brightest new hotel options that should appeal to your Europe-bound luxury travel clients, especially repeat visitors seeking a change of venue. 

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Jamaica 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Here are some more fun and exciting things to do for Jamaica-bound couples, bridal parties, and pre-wedding bachelor/bachelorette getaways — with an emphasis on action, adventure and adrenalin.

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The Final Countdown
Recorded on September 17, 2019 | MSC Cruises

Be sure to join our webinar, and you’ll not only learn about Ocean Cay and MSC Meraviglia, but you will also have the chance to win a 3-night cruise on MSC Meraviglia on November 21, 2019 out of Miami, Florida and visit Ocean Cay!

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

Seabourn has unveiled the Set Sail Event, offering travelers savings, benefits and an array of luxury amenities aboard the line’s fleet of all-suite ships. The Set Sail Event is available now and will run through November 20, 2019, for select voyages departing in 2019 and 2020.

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

Veranda for Ocean View Suite upgrade

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Seabourn

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Air Tahiti Nui Now Offering Summer Airfare Deals
Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui has announced new airline promotions with flights to Tahiti starting as low as $789 and a two-for-one New Zealand stopover deal aboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9.

Discover Tahiti

Travelers can fly roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tahiti International Airport (PPT). Starting at $789 per person, this offer is valid for booking until August 18, 2019 for travel beginning October 16 through August 13, 2020.

Journey to New Zealand and Discover Tahiti

Travel roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Auckland Airport (AKL) while enjoying a stopover in Tahiti. Stopovers can be taken on the way to New Zealand, on the way back, or both, and are permitted for eight days maximum. Roundtrip economy airfare begins at $899 per person and is valid for booking until August 18, 2019 for travel beginning September 1 through December 10, 2019 and January 15 through May 31, 2020. For lowest fare, passengers must stop at least once in Tahiti.

The Boeing 787-9

On the Tahitian Dreamliner, the air goes through a purification method known as gaseous filtration. By cleaning the cabin air of gaseous contaminants and offensive odors, guests will experience fewer throat, eye and nose irritations. Additionally, according to the airline, the cabin delivers a higher humidity level which has been shown to reduce symptoms of dryness for passenger comfort.

All Air Tahiti Nui airfares include one free check in bag, complimentary inflight entertainment and a choice of meals and alcoholic beverages.

Photo by shalamov/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ocean-Going Cruise 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

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

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Africa & The Middle East 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

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

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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Announces 50 Percent Off Second Night
Booking available August 5 to December 22 for travel August 6 to December 23, 2019. | Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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

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

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

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

Machu Picchu // Photo by Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Announces New "Summer Friday" Offer
July 24 through November 15, 2019 | Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

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Learn to Sell the Cunard Grill Suites and Grow Your Luxury Sales
July 23, 2019 | 1pm ET / 10am PT | Cunard

This presentation has a focus on selling the Cunard Grill Suites experience followed by an in depth training session with step by step instructions on how to build a marketing plan and grow your luxury sales. Learn how to leverage the combinability of special offers to get the biggest benefit for your guests and keep them coming back to you again and again. 

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Mandarin Oriental Unveils Special Packages in Boston, New York and Washington
Through December 31, 2019 | Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is inviting guests to pack up the car and hit the road with special Park and Stay packages at the Boston, New York and Washington D.C. properties.

Each property offers packages that accommodate one vehicle with complimentary valet parking. The packages are available through December 31, 2019.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Park & Stay near Boston’s Back Bay with a room rate of $635 per night and complimentary valet parking. 

After check-in, guests can sip on seasonal Nantucket Afternoon Tea, then head to the room to prepare for an evening of exploring. Cultural events include the annual Shakespeare on the Common (July 17 – August 4) and the ICA Boston Art Show, showcasing paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more (June 26 – September 22). The 28th annual Woods Hole Film Festival (July 27 – August 3), screens independent films from across the country

Just an hour drive away, guests can jump in the car and head up to the Berkshire Hills to listen to music and enjoy nature at Tanglewood. Here, performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other well-known names in classical music, rock, folk, pop and more will appear on stage throughout the summer. Mandarin Oriental’s concierge team is available to assist in securing tickets to select performances.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

Park & Stay in New York City. Priced at $1,223 per night; this package includes complimentary parking, $100 credit towards spa or dining, American breakfast for two guests at Asiate or in-room dining and a special New York City-themed welcome amenity.

Before diving into New York’s nightlife, guests can visit the spa concierge for a tailored treatment and then kick off the night at The Office NYC or The Aviary NYC for Instagram-worthy cocktails. In New York, summer events include the annual, "Instagrammable" Pinknic on Randall’s Island (July 19 – 20), the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn (August 24 – 25) or the U.S. Open (August 26 – September 8). For fans of both the city and beach, guests can continue their journey with a drive out to the Hamptons.  

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

Drive In & Stay Late with this year-round package. Priced at $295 per night, guests receive complimentary valet parking and a guaranteed late checkout at 2 p.m.

Once checked in, swim in the 50-foot indoor heated swimming pool and refuel with a bite at the Asian-inspire Muze before hitting the historical sites of downtown D.C.

In addition to touring the city’s most treasured national monuments, guests can choose to coordinate their travels with some of the upcoming events taking place right in the country’s capital. The Universoul Circus returns to D.C. this summer with circus acts from around the world (June 22 – July 23). Citi Open, one of D.C.’s longest-standing sports traditions, will feature some of the biggest names in golf (July 27 – August 4). Other local events, such as the Truckeroo food truck roundup and the 17th Street Festival, bring together over 100 vendors of food and drink offerings, over 50 artists, live music performances and more.

Photo: Mandarin Oriental Boston 

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2019 Italy Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

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

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

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

Summer Offer

Guests can save 20 to 40 percent on select dates now through December 18, 2019, which represents a minimum savings of $900 per night. Note: Villas range from $4,500 to $5,500 per night and are subject to a 12 percent government tax, 10 percent service charge and 5 percent facility fee, or a minimum of an additional $1,215 per night. 

Summer Enhancements

The Rosé Your Summer enhancement includes:

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

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

The Summer Reset enhancement includes: 

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

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

The Discover Turks & Caicos enhancement includes:

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

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

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Hangaroa Offering Private Guides for Guests Who Book Suites
Through March 2020 | Hangaroa Eco-Village + Spa

There is a new program offered at Hangaroa Eco-Village + Spa.

Now through March 2020, Hangaroa Eco-Hotel + Spa on Easter Island is rewarding guests who book suites. If guests book a suite as part of the full-board “Experience” program, Hangaroa will provide the guests with their own dedicated private guide to explore the island situated in the middle of the South Pacific.

The Experience Program includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, an open bar, transfers to and from Mataveri International Airport, daily excursions, a welcome drink and flower necklace, a minibar, daily sunset cocktails, a gym, a pool and Wi-Fi access. There is a National Park Entrance Fee.

About the suites: The King Suite has double-height ceilings, a spacious living room with a sofa bed and Pacific Ocean views from a private terrace. The eco-Luxury property is designed to blend into the natural surroundings, utilizing natural light and sustainable materials. To note, the sinks were crafted using Llaima Volcanic stone, the tubs are made from artisanal clay from Pichilemu and even a shaman blessed all the rooms using lattice made from sticks from the rivers.

Photo by Hangaroa Eco-Village + Spa

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Marriott Bonvoy Launches “Endless Earning” Promotion
Earning period: July 2 through September 16, 2019 | Marriott International

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

Earning 

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

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

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

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Seabourn Unveils Summer Opportunity Sales Event
Seabourn

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

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

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

Terms and conditions apply. Offer is valid on select 2019 and 2020 sailings. 

Seabourn Venture // Photo courtesy of Seabourn 

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Etihad Airways Extends Its Two-Night Abu Dhabi Getaway Program
Through 2019 | Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced it is extending its free Abu Dhabi stopover campaign to the end of the year due to the popularity of the special offer in its opening month. Travelers flying through the capital of the UAE with the airline are invited to have a free two-night hotel stay to break up their journey and explore the city’s attractions.

Etihad Airways says the destination offers visitors the chance to explore cultural highlights, impressive architecture, world-class theme parks as well as striking beaches and desert landscapes. The city is ideal to solo travelers and couples in search of travel experiences as well as families looking to create memories with their children.

Etihad is offering two free nights of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi for all guests booking flights to and from all Etihad destinations via Abu Dhabi. Guests can choose from a range of hotels located across the city including the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, as well as the Pearl Rotana, Courtyard by Marriott WTC, Crowne Plaza and Radisson Blu.

The free Abu Dhabi stopover promotion is available for bookings made by December 1 for travel until December 31, 2019.

Louvre Abu Dhabi // Photo courtesy of Etihad Airways 

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W Hotels Launches "Now Boarding" Initiative
Throughout 2019 | W Hotels

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

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

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

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

Photo: W Barcelona

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The Venetian Specialist
Travel Agent University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 River Cruise Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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2019 London Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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2019 Saint Lucia Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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Get to Know Excite Holidays
Recorded on April 24, 2019 | Excite Holidays

Excite Holidays is a leading global travel wholesaler with over 400,000 hotels, 100,000 activities, all with competitive rates, and more. Find out why we are the perfect partner for any travel agent. Register for this webinar.

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2019 Las Vegas Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

In 2018, Las Vegas, for the fourth consecutive year, welcomed more than 42 million visitors, according to the city’s convention and visitors authority (LVCVA). See what's new in Las Vegas for 2019 in the Focus Series