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Ocean-Going Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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Africa & The Middle East Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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

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

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Tour Operator 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travel Agent University

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

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

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

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Ecoventura Offers 25 Percent Off Galapagos Sailings This Fall
Ecoventura

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

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

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

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

Themed Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AmaWaterways Offers Savings for AmaMagna’s 2019 Inaugural Season
AmaWaterways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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France 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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Italy 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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Jumeirah Beacon
Travel Agent University

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

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

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

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

Begin your Jumeirah education today!

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

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

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

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

Some highlights from this year’s program are:

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

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

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Couples Resorts Specialist
Travel Agent University

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

 
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Florida Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

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

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River Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

River cruising is a hot commodity for travel advisors desiring to increase earnings. Discover what's new in river cruising in the Focus Series!

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Caribbean Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

For clients planning to take their first family vacation outside the continental United States, especially those living on or near the East Coast, the Caribbean offers many advantages. For starters, flight times are shorter; even the southernmost islands are only three hours from Miami. Read all about updates in the Caribbean in the Focus Series!

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London 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Year after year in survey after survey, London lands in the top three of favorite European cities to visit, jockeying for position with Paris and Rome. Among the advantages the British capital has over its French and Italian counterparts, especially with first time transatlantic travelers, is a shorter flight time and, beyond some delightful differences in some word meanings, no language barrier. And, of course, there is no shortage of iconic attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the Coca-Cola London Eye, shopping at Harrods, and the West End theaters, where “Hamilton“ and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are the hottest tickets. Read more in the London 2018 Focus Series!

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Travel Advisor Appreciation Day: JG Black Book Offers Bonus Commissions
Valid from May 2 through May 31, 2018 | JG Black Book

In celebration of Travel Advisor Appreciation Day on May 2, 2018, JG Black Book Collection partners are offering advisors $100 gift cards as a bonus commission for bookings confirmed throughout May.

JG Black Book says its committed to supporting its business with over 20,000 leading advisors across the globe. For the duration of May, $100 American Express gift cards will be offered on top of commissions for every three-night minimum booking confirmed with one of the collection’s participating partners.

How it Works:

  • Advisors can go direct to participating partners for inquiries, but should use promotion code JGTAAD18 in order to track bookings
  • Advisors can also email the JG Black Book team at [email protected] for assistance with inquiries and reservations related to this promotion

Terms:

  • Promotion applies on three-night minimum bookings
  • Bookings require a deposit collected in the month of May
  • The gift card(s) is processed after booking consumption
  • Blackout dates may apply
  • Promotion valid from May 2 through May 31, 2018

Participating JG Black Book Partners: Azura Boutique Retreats in Africa, CasaSur in Argentina, Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland, The Chedi Muscat in Oman, 47 Boutique Hotel in Rome, Gangtey Lodge in Bhutan, Heritage Tours in Europe and Africa, Peirce and Leslie in India, The Principal London in the UK, Revealed America in California, US National Parks, Alaska and Canada, and Sheldon Chalet in Denali National Park, Alaska.

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Cayo Espanto Celebrates 20 Years With “One Free Day” Offer
The incentive is available for reservations booked online between May 1 through May 20, 2018. | Cayo Espanto

Celebrating 20 years, Cayo Espanto, the private island resort off the coast of Belize in the Western Caribbean, is offering guests a chance to extend their stay with the new “One Free Day in Paradise" deal, giving guests who stay six nights a seventh night free.

The “One Free Day in Paradise” incentive is available for reservations booked online between May 1 through May 20, 2018. This limited time offer is valid for all stays between May 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019 – including Christmas and New Year’s.

The all-inclusive resort, which is situated southwest of Ambergris Caye and three miles from the San Pedro Airport, offers each guest a private island escape that is customized to their preferences, from relaxing spa amenities and watching a movie on the beach, to active excursions such as exploring Mayan ruins or the world’s second largest barrier reef. Each villa and over-water bungalow offers private butler, personal chef, and a staff ratio of two to one.

The “One Free Day in Paradise” limited time travel offer is subject to availability, valid on new reservations only, must be booked online and is not eligible to be combined with any other offer or promotion. With direct flights from major North American airlines such as Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and WestJet, guests looking to take advantage of this travel offer have a number of carriers from which to choose.

In order to take advantage of this limited time offer, guests will need to use the promotion code: FREENIGHT while checking out online.

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Robertson Lodges Offers Free Nights at Three New Zealand Properties
The free nights will be available from May 1 through September 30, 2018. | Robertson Lodges

Robertson Lodges are offering a special for all three of their New Zealand luxury lodges for a limited time. 

Owner’s Cottage Specials at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers 

The Owner’s Cottage at Kauri Cliffs is a seaside property set among subtropical forest and overlooking the ocean in Northland. Complete with its own infinity edge pool and Jacuzzi, the cottage is a large two-suite villa with a third bedroom. 

Located on rolling farmland, the Owner’s Cottage at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers can be booked as either a two- or four-bedroom villa. This cottage, complete with a stone terrace and scenic views, is located in wine country in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay. 

From May 1 through September 30, 2018, guests can stay for three nights and pay for two at these resorts.

Stay Four, Pay Three at the Exclusive Matakauri Lodge

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge guests enjoy mountain and lake views at this luxurious Queenstown accommodation. This special offer includes pre-dinner drinks, canapes and gourmet dinner each evening and a full breakfast each morning.  From May 1 through September 30, 2018, guests can stay for four nights and pay for three.

Prices start from:

  • Matakauri Lodge – from $895 NZD (approximately $640 USD) for a suite
  • The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Owner’s Cottage – from $8,950 NZD (approximately $6,400 USD; maximum of four people)
  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Owner’s Cottage – from $8,950 NZD ($6,400 USD; maximum of four people)
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The Palms and The Shore Club Turks & Caicos Debut “Beach 2 Beach” Trip
The offer is available for trips booked by December 19, 2018 on travel from May 1 to December 15, 2018. | The Shore Club Turks & Caicos and The Palms Turks & Caicos

The Palms Turks & Caicos and The Shore Club Turks & Caicos are offering guests the opportunity to experience both resorts and two distinct beaches in one vacation with the “Beach 2 Beach” package.

The vacation includes:

  • Minimum consecutive two nights at The Shore Club and two nights at The Palms (guests will stay an equal amount of nights at each resort)
  • Airport taxi transfers 
  • Complimentary shuttle between the resorts
  • Personal concierge
  • Daily breakfast at each resort
  • Combinable with affiliate consortia amenities (such as from Virtuoso, Signature and Altour)

The offer is available for trips booked between now and December 19, 2018 on travel from May 1 to December 15, 2018. The promotional booking code is: B2B. 

Accommodations options include:

  • Junior Suite Garden View, starting from $469
  • One-Bedroom Suites, starting from $799
  • Two-Bedroom Suites, starting from $1299

The Shore Club has 38 suites and 110 rooms on the island of Providenciales’ Long Bay and comprises two luxury low-rise buildings with junior suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom furnished suites and two penthouses. Guests can enjoy the resort’s four themed pools, wellness areas, yoga pavilion, swim-up bars with signature cocktails, food and beverage service on the beach, and views of the ocean.

The Palms Turks & Caicos on Grace Bay Beach consists of 72 junior, penthouse, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites complete with luxury amenities, private balconies, and modern technology. The 12-acre resort offers an infinity pool with swim-up bar, a 25,000-square-foot Spa at the Palms, fitness center, and a mix of fine dining and casual restaurants.

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The Brando Offers Complimentary Roundtrip Flights
To receive the free flights, resort stays must be between now and July 31, 2018. | The Brando

The Brando, a private island resort in French Polynesia, has announced a new special offer – “Fly Free to The Brando.” With this promotion anyone booking a new reservation of three nights of more, for stays between now and July 31, 2018, will receive complimentary roundtrip flights between Tahiti and the island of Tetiaroa. This is a total savings of approximately $1,100 per couple. The promotion coincides with the tropical resort’s fourth anniversary, which it will be celebrating this July. 

Upon arrival to Papeete, Tahiti, guests will be greeted and then taken to the island’s own private charter. After a quick 20-minute scenic flight, couples will land on the island of Tetiaroa, home exclusively to The Brando resort. Guests will experience relaxing spa treatments, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling and viewing unique wildlife, all while discovering the island by bike. Room prices start at approximately $3,176 for the one-bedroom villa, plus taxes.    

In addition to the “Fly Free to The Brando” promotion, the resort will donate $100 to the Tetiaroa Society for each booking made between April 22, 2018, and April 29, 2018, in honor of Earth Day. A non-profit organization, the Tetiaroa Society combines creativity and scientific advancement to better humanity’s relationship with the planet and help facilitate a harmonious future for generations to come.

The Brando is a luxury resort on French Polynesia’s private atoll of Tetiaroa— an atoll composed of a dozen of small islands surrounding a lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a sustainable development venture that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and the people of French Polynesia. With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort uses sustainable technology such as sea water air-conditioning and renewable energy. 

The all-inclusive resort has 35 deluxe villas, each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is a founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels with a commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. The Brando is also a Virtuoso Preferred Resort.

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Corinthia Offers Deals at Six Hotels
Corinthia Hotels

Six Corinthia Hotel properties are offering added-value spring deals that last all year, making city breaks or longer holidays in St Petersburg, Budapest, Malta, Lisbon and London even more enjoyable.

Corinthia St. Petersburg Hotel: Save 33 percent on any weekend stay from Friday afternoons until Monday morning when booking an executive room or suite. Weekend Escape in St. Petersburg package is valid until December 28, 2018, and includes access to the hotel’s Executive Club Lounge. In addition, weekday bookings receive 15 percent off if booked via Corinthia.com.

Corinthia Budapest Hotel: Receive 25 percent off the hotel’s best available rate when you stay three nights or more. Breakfast and access to the Royal Spa are included for those staying in deluxe rooms and higher categories. The "Stay 3 Get 25%" package is available for stays until March 31, 2019.

Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta: Guests earn 30 percent off if booked before August 27, 2018, and stay before March 31, 2019.

Corinthia St George‘s Bay Hotel, Malta: Save 30 percent on stays if booked before August 27, 2018, for travel before March 30, 2019. Book on Corinthia.com and save 10 percent on flights with Air Malta.

Corinthia Hotel London: Guest receive 10-15 percent off as an Early Bird booking reward. Book 21-59 days or more in advance and stay in a deluxe room category or above to receive 10 percent discount; or book a minimum of 60 days in advance to receive 15 percent off. The Early Bird deal is valid on stays until December 30, 2018.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon: Book a suite for a minimum of three nights and receive airport pick-up and drop-off, welcome gifts of Champagne, truffles and white roses, a 40-euro credit on all ESPA treatments in the Spa, a 40-euro credit redeemable at the hotel’s Tipico restaurant, and complimentary pressing of a change of clothing. The package is valid until December 31, 2018.

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The Strand Yangon Offers Summer Savings
Reduced rates are bookable from now until the end of September 2018 for stays taken from May 1 to September 30, 2018. | The Strand Yangon

Guests wishing to stay at The Strand Yangon this summer and see the Myanmar's Green Season as well as the hotel’s new private garden in full bloom can take advantage of special Green Season rates that offer a 25 percent reduction on best available rates.

The Strand Yangon’s Green Season rates are bookable online from now until the end of September for stays taken from May 1 to September 30, 2018. Green Season rates represent a 25 percent reduction off best available bed and breakfast rates on all room categories. Rooms cancelled within 14 days of arrival will be charged in full.

Guests booking these special rates can also relax at the Strand’s newly opened outdoor pool with a complimentary signature cocktail, such as the Strand Sour, which has been served at the Sarkies Bar at The Strand for over 50 years.

The Strand Yangon was one of the first luxury colonial outposts to open in South East Asia, founded in 1901 by the famous hoteliers, the Sarkies brothers. In November 2017, the 32-room hotel opened the new infinity edge outdoor pool, edged by a teak wood terrace offering space for 35 loungers, as well as four private pool cabanas and tables for al fresco all-day dining. To one side of the pool is a new gym and wellness area with two appointed therapy rooms, both designed for single or couple’s spa treatments. Plus, the new private garden offers secluded seating areas surrounded by palms and native flora.

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ID Travel Group Offers More Hotel Savings and Commissions
With the debut of the hotel savings, ID Travel Group has increased travel advisor commission by an extra 1 percent on all new bookings made and traveled from now through December 15, 2018 – upwards of 16 percent commission for select destinations. | ID Travel Group

Island Destinations and IDx, both part of ID Travel Group, have unveiled over 75 Exclusive Extras for 2018 through the 2018 Ultimate Exclusives Brochure and the 2018-2019 IDX Collection. The ID Ultimate Exclusives offer savings up to $8,000 from top hotels, while the 2018-19 IDX Collection showcases the brand’s selection of full-service resorts with Xclusive Xtras. The brochures highlight specials across top destinations from each portfolio, including the Maldives, Hawaii and the Turks and Caicos - all personally evaluated by the ID Travel Group.

With the debut of these savings, the tour operator has increased travel advisor commission by an extra 1 percent on all new bookings made and traveled from now through December 15, 2018 – upwards of 16 percent commission for select destinations.

A sampling of this year’s ID Ultimate Exclusives include:

Grace Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection, Turks and Caicos

Highlighted on the covers of the 2018 ID Ultimate Exclusives brochure, this resort on Grace Bay Beach includes savings up to $8,000 offering two complimentary nights at the Estate or Beachfront Villa Residence, $250 resort credit, daily breakfast and non-motorized sports.

The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, French Polynesia

With up to $3,900 in savings, this luxurious stay in a one-bedroom villa includes a $100 gift shop credit and $150 wine credit along with daily meals and beverages, inter-island flights and a 50-minute spa treatment per villa, per day.

Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua

This retreat on Nicaragua’s Pacific shores on the Emerald Coast offers savings up to $3,140 with a guaranteed upgrade, one complimentary night, daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transportation.

The 2018-2019 IDX Collection Xtras include the following:

UNICO 20° 87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico 

This year’s cover star is a modern adults-only retreat in the Riviera Maya featuring savings up to $270 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, exclusive butler service, a spa and wellness center and private roundtrip airport transfers.

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This adults-only hideaway in Puerto Vallarta is offering savings up to $770 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, $60 spa credit per person, per day and a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic

This Punta Cana resort located in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana offers unlimited luxury inclusions, up to $500 resort credit and VIP butler service for preferred club guests.

These and additional compelling Exclusive Extras at the world’s most breathtaking properties can be viewed in the complete 2018 Ultimate Exclusives Brochure and the 2018-2019 IDX Collection.

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Switzerland Academy
Travel Agent University

Become a Certified Switzerland Travel Expert

The North America version of the Switzerland Travel Academy consists of core and specialization modules.

Core modules

Core modules (4 + News from Switzerland) cover what you need to know about Switzerland and inform you on the latest events and experiences in Switzerland. 

  1. Basic and practical knowledge: This module is about the country’s geography, languages and cultures, customs and traditions, and important practical information.

  2. How to travel to and within Switzerland: In this module, you will learn about Switzerland's transportation system, also known as the Swiss Travel System, which, precise like a Swiss watch, connects even the most remote places by train, bus, and boat.
    You will become familiar with how to travel to and within Switzerland, learn about the numerous means of transportation, and understand the different ticket options.
    Last but not least, you will discover the best scenic routes to transform a journey through the country into a unique experience.

  3. Switzerland in 3, 5 or 10 days: Discover Switzerland’s must-sees and learn how to combine them into packages and itineraries, creating the perfect Swiss experience that suits your clients’ needs and wants.

  4. Must-know for North American travel professionals: This is a market-specific module that provides important information relevant for North American clients.
    Learn about Switzerland Tourism contact points in North America, flights from North America to Switzerland, passport & visa regulations, tour operators (both outbound and incoming), and much more.

  5. News from Switzerland 2018: This module presents the most important Swiss events, openings, and projects occurring in 2018 and is updated every year. Discover on what your clients cannot absolutely miss out!

Completion time for core modules: about 3 hours.

Specialization modules

Specialization modules offer a deeper focus on different topics and provide insights in touristic experiences, knowledge on a specific topic of interest connected with Switzerland Tourism’s partners, segments or campaigns.

  • Road Trip: Grand Tour of Switzerland
  • Cultural attractions and city breaks
  • Nature and outdoor activities
  • Snow and winter activities
  • Perfect accommodation
  • Luxury, wellness, and lifestyle
  • Family vacations
  • Meetings, congresses, and incentive planners

Completion time of each module: about 40 minutes.

Certification

The process of certification is easy and free:

  1. Pass the final exam on the core modules to graduate as a Switzerland Travel Expert.

  2. You will receive the certificate that is valid until December of the following year.

  3. Every year, stay informed and renew your certificate by taking the exam of the updated “News from Switzerland” module.

After passing the core modules exams, you can continue your training to receive specialization certificates: choose the specialization module you are interested in, pass the exam and receive the certificate.

Graduate benefits

  • Certification upon graduation
  • Option to specialize in certain segments
  • Rights to use the Travel Expert logo for letters / brochures / website / email signature
  • Possibility of ordering brochures
  • Enter to win an amazing trip to Switzerland (including flights with Swiss International Airlines and Swiss Travel Passes for two people) by graduating by November 30.
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Las Vegas 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

For the third year in a row, Las Vegas topped the 42 million visitor mark in 2017, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). That trend is expected to continue with the LVCVA forecasting a just-shy-of-the-record count of 42.7 million visitors for 2018.

The destination also continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates — averaging 88 percent over the last four years — with an exceptionally large base of nearly 149,000 available rooms. That inventory always includes rooms in new properties as well as expansions and renovations of existing accommodations. Upgrades to amenities such as restaurants and spas are also part of the equation, spurred by the always desert-hot competition among the city’s hotels. Here are some of the latest developments on that front. 

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Mexico Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Interest in visiting Mexico has remained steady over the last several years, with Millennials and Gen Xers — the generation most likely to be traveling with children — showing the strongest inclination. Read on for information on things for families to see and do, as well as updates on places to stay. 

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$1,000 Bonus Commission in Mexico From ID Travel Group
ID Travel Group

ID Travel Group has launched a new incentive for travel advisors. From now until April 30, 2018, advisors can earn an extra $1,000 bonus commission when booking groups at a number of Grand Velas properties in Mexico.

The offer is good on travel in all of 2018 and 2019, with blackout dates from December 20, 2018, through January 2, 2019. The bonuses apply to new reservations of 10 or more rooms or suites. A three-night minimum stay is required. Bonuses will be distributed upon completion of travel.

The offer applies to the following Grand Velas hotels in Mexico:

  • Grand Velas Los Cabos
  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya

There is no tracking required, ID Travel Group said.

Travel advisors can visit www.idtravelgroup.com and log on to the agent portal for more information on the incentive and more.

ID Travel Group is the parent organizations for Island Destinations and IDX. All ID Travel Group brands currently focus exclusively on business-to-business and their products are not offered directly to consumers, but rather only through travel professionals around the world. Since its inception, ID Travel Group has maintained its principal office in Larchmont, New York.

ID Travel Group serves clients in five continents. Sales professionals are located in North and South America, Singapore, Hong Kong (covering Greater China) and Australia. Future years promise a continuance of rapid growth for ID Travel Group, as its brands continue on their upward path to becoming the international leaders in sophisticated travel, the company said.

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The Shore Club Turks & Caicos Announces Advisor Incentives
Travel advisors must book by April 1, 2018 to receive benefits. | The Shore Club Turks & Caicos

The Shore Club Turks & Caicos on Long Bay Beach is offering booking incentives for travel advisors, as well as last-minute availability for spring break. To show appreciation for the new and future bookings at The Shore Club, advisors will be rewarded based on the following criteria:

  • One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites (any): Receive $75 AMEX gift card per booking
  • Penthouse One, Two and Three Bedroom (any): Receive $100 AMEX gift card per booking
  • Penthouse Four, Five or Six Bedroom: Receive $150 AMEX gift card per booking

To receive the gift cards, advisors must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of three nights confirmed per booking on any of the categories listed above and based on paid nights 
  • Promotional bookings will be accepted (all promotional rules will apply)
  • Bookings may be made through any wholesaler or direct
  • Travel dates: March 1 to December 18, 2018
  • Booking Window: March 1 to April 1, 2018
  • This incentive is for new bookings only

To qualify for the incentive, travel advisors must submit their bookings by April 30, 2018 with all details to Claudia Monero at [email protected] for verification purposes. Gift cards will be mailed out after bookings have been verified and guests have departed. 

As an added bonus offer, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night free, or they can stay seven nights and pay for only five.

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Hawaii Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent University

Besides the broad appeal of Hawaii’s natural wonders, adventure activities and cultural attractions, there are places to go and things to do that zero in on special interest and niche markets. There is more information on things for families to see and do — as well as updates on places to stay — in the pages that follow.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018
Travel Agent University

As engagement season (unofficially Christmas Eve through Valentine’s Day) draws to a close, be prepared for newlyweds-to-be seeking out your services to plan their destination wedding or honeymoon (or both). Better still, try to set up a cross promotion with your agency and local bridal shops, advertising each other’s services. Read on for some other tips on getting and handling this business, gleaned and distilled from conversations we have had with travel agents and wedding professionals.

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Zemi Beach House Offers Post-Hurricane Promotion
The promotion is valid for booking until December 19, 2018. | Zemi Beach House

To celebrate Zemi Beach House's re-opening after the hurricanes in late 2017, the luxury hotel in Anguilla is offering a Welcome Back Promotion. From February 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night for free. From April 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book five nights and receive a sixth and seventh night free. Additionally, all rooms and suites will include a complimentary daily buffet breakfast.

The complimentary nights promotion is subject to availability. To receive the complimentary nights, the stay must be a minimum of three or five consecutive nights. Complimentary nights are not redeemable for future stays. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, packages or offers, and is applicable towards new bookings only.

Zemi Beach House is situated on Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, guests start their vacation with a private plane or sea shuttle to the hotel from St. Maarten. Once they arrive, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Thai House Spa, three bars, two restaurants, pools, fitness center, and a variety of water sports and beachfront activities. 

Guests can enjoy casual beachfront dining at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, 20 Knots, serving Caribbean-style cuisine. Or, guests can try Stone, Zemi’s fine-dining restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of seafood, fish and sea-to-table entrees. Starting rates are $730 per night, and the hotel will be accepting reservations from February 15th onward.

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Variety Cruises Plans Special Travel Advisor Rates
Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises announced it will be offering new travel advisor rates on select summer 2018 and winter 2018-19 cruise dates. Travel advisors can select from a diverse range of handpicked cruise destinations including Greece, Spain & Portugal, the Adriatic Sea, Cape Verde, the Seychelles, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama, Cuba and Iceland. 

Variety Cruises has also announced new destinations for 2018 and 2019. "Gods, Kings, and Pharaohs," which takes voyagers to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan beginning in November 2018, and "Splendors of Egypt by Sea," set to begin in December 2018, which has an itinerary that does Egypt and Jordan by sea. In 2019, a Bali cruise is also planned to be launched where guests will explore the Indonesian Archipelago.

The Travel Advisor Offer:

  • 60 percent discount on official rate: Confirmation of booking 179 to 60 days prior to embarkation day.
  • 75 percent discount on official rate: Confirmation of booking 59 days until embarkation day. 
  • Travel advisors will be entitled to the discounts by providing their valid CLIA Certificate or IATAN list along with their business card- Both will be required onboard upon embarkation
  • The rates are per person and cruise, and apply for the travel advisor and one companion
  • Valid for active employees, not retired
  • Travel advisor rates do not apply for the owner’s suite and category P cabins
  • Reservations at rravel advisor rates are subject to prior approval and completed paperwork
  • Port Taxes are additional

Variety Cruises operates a fleet of 11 fully owned yacht cruises with capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins. Variety Cruises’ voyages include shore excursions, experiential itineraries that focus on the destination, yacht deck barbecues, and more. 

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Azamara Club Cruises Offers Cruise-A-Day Giveaway
The giveaway is running through February 14, 2018. Winners must redeem the sailing by December 31, 2018. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises is running a Cruise-A-Day prize giveaway for their travel partners now through February 14. Through this contest, travel advisors can win one of 30 cruises. Azamara will announce seven winners each week, and nine on the last week. Advisors' booking reports will be run each week and must be in BK status to be entered into the drawing (there is no limit to the number of entries and they will be entered automatically).

Winners will receive one complimentary voyage with a guest onboard a select Azamara Club Cruises in Club Oceanview stateroom. Onboard select 2018 Azamara Pursuit, upgrades are available for purchase and not included. Winners must redeem the sailing by December 31, 2018 and additional expenses are not covered. Bookings will be confirmed 90 days out from the sailing date and blackout dates apply. This offer is subject to availability, and may change and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. 

The Cruise-A-Day Giveaway

Winning agents will receive a Club Oceanview for two, plus taxes and fees, on a voyage of their choice. Winners will be able to provide their top three choices at the time of redemption.

Choices include:

  • 12-night Norway Intensive Voyage –  August 1, 2018
  • 13-night Wine and Romance Voyage – August 30, 2018
  • 10-night Jewels of the Med Voyage – September 12, 2018
  • 7-night Aegean Wonders Voyage – September 22, 2018
  • 11-night Greek Isles Intensive Voyage – September 29, 2018
  • 10-night Greek Isles Intensive Voyage – October 10, 2018
  • 8-night Greece, Malta & Italy Voyage – October 20, 2018
  • 9-night Mediterranean Mosaic Voyage – October 28, 2018
  • 14-night Western Pursuit – November 6, 2018
  • 11-night Colombia, Panama, and Peru – November 20, 2018
  • 21-night South America Pursuit – December 1, 2018
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Crystal Cruises Specialist
Travel Agent University

The Crystal Cruises Specialist course is designed to help you understand and communicate Crystal’s commitment to offering the world’s most luxurious and acclaimed travel experiences.


This course will provide an in-depth review of the award-winning Crystal Experience at a time when the line's celebrated ocean cruises are being elevated to a new level of luxury, service and adventure. Use Crystals’ standout sales features when positioning the line to clients. The key to selling Crystal’s ocean cruises is emphasizing how Crystal goes beyond all-inclusive to ALL EXCLUSIVE.

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All Things Crystal
Travel Agent University

Whatever it is that inspires your client’s wanderlust —the legendary elegance of a classic ocean voyage, the immersive discovery of a river cruise, the intimate adventures aboard a luxury yacht, or the soaring wonder of travel by chartered private jet — Crystal presents the world's most fascinating destinations to your discerning clientele with expert finesse and award-winning luxury.Take the All Things Crystal course to find out more!

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Crystal River Cruises
Travel Agent University

Crystal’s all-suite, butler-serviced river ships feature the same classic elegance and luxury Crystal Experience found on board the company’s award-winning ocean ships. Sell Crystal river cruises to upscale/luxury travelers, particularly those who have stayed in five-star hotels or who have sailed on luxury and upper-premium ocean cruise lines, and to repeat Crystal guests.Take the Crystal River Cruises course to find out more!

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises
Travel Agent University

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises offers gorgeous social spaces and impeccable butler-serviced suites rivaling any land-based hotel or resort while transporting guests to idyllic harbors. Currently, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises is composed of Crystal Esprit as well as three new builds which are expected to be delivered between 2019-2021. The on board guest experience is exclusively designed for travelers who love adventure, culture and revel in the casual elegance of the Crystal Yachting Lifestyle.