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AmaWaterways announced a new solo traveler offer and the extension of special offers for travel in 2021 and 2022. Guests can book before December 31, 2020 and take advantage of savings, including Free Roundtrip Airfare for select 2021 European river cruises and a 5 percent Early Booking Reward for 2022 Europe, Mekong and Egypt itineraries.
AmaWaterways’ offers are now available (through the end of 2020) on a variety of itineraries and ships, including the line’s newest additions, AmaSiena and AmaLucia. Whether choosing complimentary flights with the Free Roundtrip Airfare or the $2,999 per person Upgrade to Business Class, both offers give guests the convenience of one-stop shopping by booking air, exclusive airport transfers and river cruise through one source. Guests also have the option of Free Companion Air on an additional selection of 2021 sailings.
Newly announced for solo travelers, AmaWaterways is pleased to offer for a limited time a reduced 25 percent single supplement on spacious balcony staterooms, available on select 2021 sailings through its Solo Travelers Special. (Not combinable with other retail offers and not applicable on certain stateroom categories. Other conditions apply.)
The 2022 Early Booking Reward allows guest to save 5 percent on select Europe and Mekong river cruises, including those onboard the revolutionary AmaMagna. In September 2021, AmaWaterways will debut the AmaDahlia on the Nile River, and guests who book a 2022 Egypt river cruise can receive a 5 percent cruise savings on balcony staterooms and suites on select sailings.
Additional offers, including Enhanced Group Savings and Holiday Triple Savings, are available on select 2021 and 2022 sailings.
Finally, for those travelers choosing to book before December 31, 2020, AmaWaterways is giving additional flexibility with its limited time special Travel Waiver Plus program. Guests who purchase the Travel Waiver Plus can book with added peace of mind that they may cancel their river cruise vacation for any reason up to 24-hours in advance of their AmaWaterways’ booked services.
Island Destinations has launched its new digital 2020-21 “Ultimate Exclusives” brochure inclusive of compelling exclusive deals advisors can offer their clients, valid for new bookings made now through April 15, 2021. Offers vary from guaranteed upgrades at time of booking, $250 resort credits, dining experiences and more. Destinations include Caribbean favorites like Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, St. Barth’s, along with Mexico, the Maldives and the newly added destination of Greece offering private excursions paired with top hotels in Athens, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.
Top offers in the digital brochure include a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking at five-star Mexican properties such as NIZUC Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, One&Only Palmilla and more. Clients will also enjoy savings such as $250 tour credit offered through ID’s newly launched Greece program, or a $300 resort credit at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic.
Along with an additional 1 percent in commission, new for this year, ID is offering its brochure in an editable format for advisors to brand the front and back covers with their agency logo and information, allowing a seamless way to promote these dream travel packages.
“We know this year hasn’t been easy, so we hope these offers and this editable piece will help inspire more clients to travel once again,” said Laurie Palumbo, COO of the ID Travel Group. “If there is one thing this pandemic has shown the world, it is that using a travel advisor is more critical than ever to help navigate this new landscape. This is an opportunity for advisors to get the recognition they deserve for their knowledge, incredible service and ability to manage expectations.”
To download a copy of the brochure click here; for an editable version that you can update with your agency’s details, click here. For reservations, contact ID Travel Group at 1-800-942-5499 or [email protected]
The 25th James Bond movie, “No Time To Die,” is heading back to Jamaica and will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007. The island has played an important role in the films, from its star turn in “Dr. No” to its use as a filming location for “Live and Let Die.” In honor of the movie’s release on November 20, 2020, Ian Fleming's GoldenEye in Jamaica is offering a package to experience the birthplace of the greatest spy series.
Highlights of the “Ultimate James Bond Experience” includes a guided snorkeling tour through the reef, and visit to Firefly, Noel Coward’s former hilltop home where the author spent many afternoons. Additionally, the four-night package includes:
- Accommodations in a stand-alone Hut, Villa or Cottage—each with a private entrance
- A visit to Firefly, the former estate of playwright Noel Coward and rumored to be Captain Morgan’s lookout (transportation and cocktails included)
- A guided snorkeling excursion through Fleming’s reef
- A bottle of Bollinger champagne, featured in many of the Bond films and novels
- A copy of “GoldenEye: Where Bond was Born” by Matthew Parker and signed by Chris Blackwell
- A tour of the Fleming Villa (pending availability)
- Daily breakfast for two and a complimentary welcome flask of Blackwell Rum
All guests of GoldenEye will be able to enjoy the James Bond outdoor film series offered every Thursday this fall leading up to the release of “No Time to Die.” In addition to complimentary popcorn, cocktails like the GoldenEye, using Chris Blackwell's new 007 limited edition Fine Jamaican Rum, as well as the Scotch Bonnet Margarita with chilies grown at Pantrepant (the property's farm), will be available for purchase.
Fleming, a former British intelligence officer, discovered Jamaica during a World War II mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at the property each winter for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter (for a total of 14 books). Today, the property is owned by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who made the likes of Bob Marley and U2 household names. Fleming’s villa, where his original writing desk still stands, remains available for overnight stays.
Package rates start at $2,630 for four nights; bookable now through December 19, 2020.
July 1, 2020 Travel Agent Magazine
Keeping up with all the newest hot spots, trends and travel specialties can be daunting when trying to make a recommendation to a client. Luckily Travel Agent will keep you Focused! The Focus Series is a collection of product immersion supplements which include sales tips, fresh ideas, client mining, and special hidden gems only you can share with them. From global destinations to niche travel, the Focus Series is a surefire way to help you stay one step ahead in this fast moving business.
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.
Join the Palladium Connect program to earn great rewards. Palladium Hotel Group presents 10 educational courses and its Palladium Connect rewards program designed for its most loyal agent partners. The 10 courses have been broken down into key categories to help you boost your knowledge and sales of Palladium Hotel Group.
The e-learning Palladium Specialist course is part of the Palladium Connect Program, the hotel company’s rewards program for travel agents. You simply register for the program and earn money that can be redeemed for cash, gifts, gift cards or room nights at any of our 5-star all-inclusive resorts in Mexico (Costa Mujeres-Cancun, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit), Dominican Republic (Punta Cana and Cap Cana), and Jamaica (Montego Bay).
There are four ways to earn money through Palladium Connect:
- Become a Palladium Specialist
- Book Palladium Hotel Group properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and register your bookings
- Invite other agents to register with Palladium Connect
- Provide hotel reviews based on a Palladium Hotel Group stay
Your clients want to head to Asia and you want to send them there, but does your expertise match your enthusiasm? Start by specializing in one of Asia’s most exotic destinations – Macao – in under 30 minutes. A short 15-lesson course, the Macao Specialist program provides targeted insights, like “Top 20 Selling Points” and sample itineraries, for in-depth knowledge into the destination’s unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures.
Holland America Line is extending its popular “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All” promotion. Running now through September 30, 2020, guests who book with the promotion will receive free drinks, free gratuities, free specialty dining, free Wi-Fi and more.
As an added incentive for travel advisors, Holland America Line is offering a 2 percent bonus commission on new 2021 Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruise bookings and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. These itineraries are also eligible for the “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All” promotion.
With “Save Now, Cruise Later: Have it All,” travelers who book holiday 2020 through winter/spring 2022 cruises or Alaska Land+Sea Journeys (excluding Grand Voyages) by September 30 receive a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities and a free Signature Dining Package, which includes one evening in both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto specialty restaurants. Plus, suite guests also receive a free Wi-Fi package. All bookings are eligible for 50 percent reduced deposits. This promo is available for cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond.
Further, the offer makes a family vacation more affordable, with third and fourth guests in the same stateroom also receiving a free Signature Beverage Package, free gratuities, free Signature Dining Package and reduced deposits.
Additionally, Holland America Line is offering a Cancellation Protection Program that can be purchased for new cruise or Alaska Land+Sea Journey bookings or existing bookings, as long as it is purchased before the date cancellation fees begin to accrue. Offered as a Standard or Platinum plan, guests can cancel up to 24 hours before cruise departure with Standard and right up to departure under Platinum and receive refunds between 80 and 90 percent of eligible amounts paid. The cost varies by cruise fare and is nonrefundable.
Travel advisors can connect with their BDM and the sales team through GoHAL.com.
Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the extended booking window of the free Hertz car rental promotion to September 6, 2020, for new bookings at all hotels, resorts and vacation rentals in the continental U.S. The promotion is valid on stays of one night or longer for travel through May 31, 2021. Qualified bookings receive a free midsize Hertz car rental for each night booked for up to a maximum of three free days of car rental. Additional car rental days may be added at additional cost.
Pleasant Holidays and Journese offer more than 700 hotels and resorts nationwide, many of which offer added values and exceptional deals including daily breakfast, free nights, free parking, kids-stay-free offers and more. Airfare is not required for the free Hertz car rental offer, but may be booked as part of a complete vacation package along with a "Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection Plan," starting at $99 per person including COVID-19 coverage. There are no Pleasant Holidays and Journese change or cancel fees for continental USA vacations.
The free midsize car rental offer is not valid for Hawaii vacations. Age restrictions may apply for car rental. For more information or to make a booking, travel advisors can visit PleasantAgent.com or call 1-800-448-3333 or visit Journese.com or call 1-800-442-9244. Pleasant Holidays and Journese are members 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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Riviera River Cruises is now offering travel advisors an incentive for new bookings on holiday season cruises departing in December 2020. Travel advisors can receive a gift card valued at up to $250 for each cabin or suite booked on Riviera’s Yuletide Markets, Christmas and New Year’s cruises on Europe’s Danube and Rhine Rivers. The incentive can be combined with all other Riviera promotions.
Travel advisors will receive a $250 gift card for each cabin or suite booked on a seven-night holiday cruise, and they will receive a gift card valued at $150 for each cabin or suite booked on a four- or five-night holiday cruise. These include The Danube’s "Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets," "Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets," "New Year on the Blue Danube" and "New Year on the Rhine River Cruises."
This deal can be combined with all other promotions available from Riviera River Cruises, including the “Half Back” promotion available through July 31 (deposit reduced to $400 per cabin and returned as $400 shipboard credit on seven night-cruises; $250 shipboard credit on four- and five-night cruises). Gift cards will be sent to advisors when final payment is received.
Riviera River Cruises offers 20 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including dedicated departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Its fleet is one of the youngest in Europe, with no ships older than six years
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At the conclusion of this five-lesson module, you will have learned about the exciting global destinations that our ships visit and the many ways your clients may explore over 450 ports of call. We’ll delve deeper into the major regions we sail to including: Europe (the Mediterranean & Northern Europe); The Americas (Caribbean & Panama Canal, South America, Alaska, Canada & New England and Bermuda); and The Exotics (Africa & Arabia, Australia & New Zealand and South Pacific & Asia). You’ll also learn more about transoceanic voyages and our longer Legendary Journeys — Grand Voyages and World Cruises. Learn more now.
We believe luxury exists in the smallest details, the most attentive service, and the most inviting atmosphere. On our cruises, we create opportunities for your clients to embrace each moment, inviting them to create memories that will last a lifetime. Through The Regent Experience training module we’ll look at how Regent Seven Seas Cruises® provides passengers with an unrivaled experience and elevates the concept of luxury cruising with all-suite, intimate ships offering every luxury included and our award-winning, personalized service.
Langham Hospitality Group is a global hotel company with over 20 hotels operating on four continents and another 10 projects in development under both The Langham and Cordis flags. Our seasoned management team draws on the best of its 150-year heritage and a modern, innovative approach to hospitality, to provide the highest level of service to our guests. You’ll graduate the course with a thorough understanding of why The Langham Hotels and Resorts represents the epitome of luxury and how Cordis appeals to a broad range of travelers looking for a locally-infused hospitality experience.
Nestled in one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean and listed as one of Saint Lucia’s top five resorts by U.S. News and World Report, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina offers an escape to personalized paradise. We invite you to embark on a voyage to discover why Marigot Bay Resort and Marina is the perfect setting for a luxurious Caribbean getaway. Sign up or log in to learn how our all-suite, all-inclusive option and A-list sales proposition is your answer to more luxury bookings to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Boutique cruise line Azamara has announced the launch of its first-ever global promotion on all sailings. Available now through July 17, 2020 in North America and until July 22, 2020 for international markets, the July sale will offer a $500 onboard credit, which can be used for specialty dining, shore excursions and more.
Travelers booking from North America will also receive the same onboard credit in addition to a 50 percent reduced deposit. Azamara’s BOGOHO sale, originally launched in April of this year, can be combined with the July global promotion on select sailings, offering 50 percent off a traveler’s guest.
Itinerary highlights from the July offer include:
- Azamara Quest’s 12-Night Baltic & St. Pete Voyage – Departing July 11, 2021, from Copenhagen, the ship will have a late night in Warnemünde, Germany before setting sail to the 1,000-year-old port city of Gdańsk, where travelers will have an opportunity to stay overnight. Additional highlights from the itinerary include Visby, Sweden—home to the Ring Wall constructed in the 13th century—and Helsinki, Finland, where travelers can discover the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before the sailing concludes in Stockholm, guests will have two overnights in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- Azamara Pursuit’s 14-Night Black Sea Intensive Voyage – Setting sail on June 26, 2021, and again on July 20, 2021, Azamara guests will have the opportunity to experience the Country-Intensive Voyage, visiting 10 ports, with seven late nights and two overnights. Beginning in Athens, the ship will journey to the recovered Greco-Roman city of Ephesus before cruising through the Bosphorus Strait. Additional highlights of the itinerary include cosmopolitan Varna, Bulgaria, foodie-friendly Constanţa, Romania and Odessa, Ukraine.
- Azamara Pursuit’s eight-Night Dalmatian & Amalfi Coasts Voyage – Guests will embark in Venice, Italy, on August 20, 2021, with another Country-Intensive Voyage before arriving in Pula, where a visit to the Roman Amphitheater is a must. Additional highlights include a late night in Dubrovnik, followed by Kotor, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities.
All bookings made with the sale apply to Azamara’s enhanced Cruise with Confidence program, providing flexibility to change any sailing booked by August 1, 2020.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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/
Here is a sampling of what’s new on the expedition and adventure cruises horizon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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