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.
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.
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.
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.
To celebrate The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) 100 years of being driven by service, Insight Vacations is offering new and past guests special anniversary savings.
For the 100th Anniversary Celebration savings, first-time guests will save 15 percent on European Discovery, Spain, Portugal and Morocco trips for bookings between January 1 – 10, 2020 for the travel periods April 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020; past guests will save 20 percent through January 10, 2020 for travel during April 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.
Travelers can gather even more savings in 2020 with Insights’ extended air offer and early payment discount. 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. This special offer is not combinable with the anniversary sale.
From England’s cutting-edge cities to Scotland’s coastal waters to Wales’ Dark Sky Reserves, Great Britain offers experiences that are both unexpected and iconic, attracting a wide spectrum of travelers. In just five days, we will take you on a journey through the undiscovered side of Great Britain while providing you with client base expertise to maximize your sales to this wildly popular destination.
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!
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!
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.
Great Britain is brilliant for culture vultures, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, foodies, film fans and more. Sign up for our latest email course, Find Your Clients’ Great Britain: From the iconic to the undiscovered in 5 Days, and take your first step towards growing your sales beyond what you think you know about Great Britain.
Learn how selling group travel in today’s travel landscape will not only be profitable but will help you grow and diversify your business!
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.
5 Days, 5 Emails, 25 Lessons on sales mapping, business efficacy, identifying new niches and suppliers as well as preparing for industry disruptors and capitalizing on upcoming trends. By day five, you'll lay the groundwork to expand your book of business by Q2.
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.
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.
Over the course of five days, we'll send you snackable lessons on prospecting, sales positioning and streamlining the sales process as well as expert tips from romance travel pros. Register today!
As an industry expert, you know that Europe continues to be one of the most popular vacation spots for your clients. As a result of high demand, overtourism has become a concern in the top-visited cities. Combat the crowds by suggesting alternate destinations that check all the boxes for an ideal European getaway. We’re here to help, starting with Catalonia! In our latest five-day email course, we’ll go beyond Barcelona and explore how the entire region of Catalonia—one of the most diverse destinations in the world—can help you increase your European revenue.
This 5 day email course will help you learn how to tap into the growing wellness travel industry. Each day you’ll receive a lesson to your inbox chock full of market intelligence, sales insights and insider information—all geared at helping you grow your wellness travel sales.
If you haven't heard, European rail travel is quickly becoming the next big niche. Learn how to create more immersive European journeys and grow your repeat bookings to Europe in 5 days. Sign up for the email course to learn the ins and outs of planning and selling Europe rail travel—one of the most immersive, flexible and convenient ways to embark on a multi-country journey.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
This five-day email course is designed to help you grow your UK bookings beyond London. With new direct flight routes and a unique culture, history and heritage, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Wymara Resort & Villas has announced several summer savings and specials. Here’s what’s on tap:
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Barceló Hotel Group admires and appreciates the tireless work that travel advisors do, day in and day out. That’s why we’ve created a new loyalty program to make your jobs easier and increase your bottom line. Say hello to Barceló Pro Rewards. It’s simple. It’s informative. And it’s packed with perks.
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.
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.
The Breakers Palm Beach is offering new complimentary daily benefits, available May 1 - September 30, 2019 (including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day) with rates starting at $360 per room per night, which is almost a 50 percent savings compared to winter. The deal also includes savings on several amenities and a sixth night free.
Complimentary Daily Benefits Include:
- Full American breakfast buffet at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant
- Meals for children ages 12 and under
- Special savings on Camp Breakers (available for kids ages three to 12), daytime bungalow rentals, select spa services, tennis instruction, golf, shopping, dining and more
- Unlimited access to Ocean Fitness center, group fitness classes and tennis court times
- High-speed Wi-Fi throughout property
- No resort fees’
Situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, The Breakers is located only 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and just over 60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The resort is continuously upgraded yearly, with $30 million spent each year by its family ownership. A few of the hotel’s latest enhancements include the full-scale renovation of the Ocean Course, and signature services and amenities at The Spa.
Photo courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach
Twenty-five years after Banyan Tree Holdings first took root in the tropical soils of Southeast Asia, Banyan Tree Samui is leveraging the anniversary as an opportunity to offer 25 percent discounts on all accommodation, food and beverage, spa facilities and on-site shopping.
The promotion, requiring guests to stay a minimum of two nights, came underway on March 29 and runs through December 19, 2019.
Banyan Tree Samui has 88 villas, each with a private infinity pool, at a luxurious property that is nestled into a cascading lush hillside on the island of Koh Samui, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Banyan Tree received its first guest in the flagship Banyan Tree in 1994. The resort was built on an abandoned tin mine which was later found to be too toxic to support vegetation or development. The Singaporean owners embarked on a regeneration program, reintroducing indigenous plants and planting 7,000 trees, and transformed the site into a lush property.
For two weeks only, Seabourn is offering a package of savings and amenities on select 2019 and 2020 voyages across the world aboard its fleet.
Seabourn’s Two Week Sale kicks off Monday, March 25 and runs through April 8, and offers benefits on select sailings for travelers to experience the world on a Seabourn voyage. Travelers who book during the Two-Week Sale may:
- Receive complimentary veranda suite category upgrades
- Reserve a penthouse or premium suite and receive a $1,000 per suite shipboard credit
- Book a Combination Cruise and receive up to 15 percent savings
- Receive a special deposit offer of $500 per suite
- Solo travelers will find single supplements starting at only 25 percent above the standard double occupancy fares on select voyages
Seabourn’s Two Week Sale applies to select cruises in destinations around the world. A complete listing of the voyages, savings and amenities can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.
Additional offerings and programs include partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals, such as An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a culinary concept reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s.
Other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.
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We know you have choices when it comes to small-ship, ultra-luxury cruises. This training course is designed to help you see why PONANT, a favorite among luxury travelers in Europe for over 30 years, is on course to become a leading choice among U.S. travelers.
Iconic Santorini is offering early booking discounts for a limited time only.
Iconic Santorini is a cave hotel perched 1,000 feet above the sapphire waters of the caldera in the village of Imerovigli. The 19 residences are close to all the sights, but detached from the crowds of nearby Fira and Oia.
Early booking discounts are available from 20 percent to 40 percent off the full range of accommodations. Special pricing is also available on the Iconic, Cliff and Cave Suites, each with a full range of amenities including personal plunge pools.
Iconic Santorini welcomes couples and families with children ages 14 and older. Guests can experience relaxing with a good book, swimming in the infinity pool, taking in a massage and dining in the Pergola restaurant while overlooking the Aegean.
To utilize this offer, contact [email protected] or visit www.iconicsantorini.com. This offer is based on limited availability.
Iconic Santorini is managed by Precise Hospitality Management and is a member of the Mantis Collection of five-star Hotels, Eco-escapes & Lifestyle Resorts.
Early booking is available until April 28 2019 for travel anytime during the year.
Photo courtesy of Iconic Santorini
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will give free airfare to guests who book select cruises from now through the end of February. The deal applies to more than 65 departure dates on six itineraries, including:
- Castles Along the Rhine – This eight-day cruise sails between Amsterdam and Basel. Stops include Cologne, Koblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and more.
- Portugal, Spain & the Douro – Offered as an eight-day sailing roundtrip from Porto and as an 11-day trip beginning in Lisbon and ending in Porto, this itinerary offers travelers a chance to sail through Spain and Portugal’s Douro River Valley.
- Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River – Travelers looking to explore the Douro River can also choose this 13-day cruise between Madrid and Lisbon. Along the way, guests see Toledo, Salamanca, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego, Porto and more.
- Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna – An even longer sailing, this 15-day trip travels between Amsterdam and Vienna with stops at Dürnstein, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim and Cologne.
- Gems of Northern Italy – Lasting 10 days, the Gems of Northern Italy runs from Milan to Venice.
- Magnificent Moselle and Rhine – Another 10-day trip, this itinerary sails between Cologne and Frankfurt, stopping at destinations throughout Germany and Luxembourg.
All itineraries include onboard accommodations, food and beverage, daily guided excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. The deal is only combinable with River Heritage Club savings, agency discounts and member benefits. The offer began February 12 and will be available through February 28.
For more information, visit Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s website.