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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.

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UnCruise Adventures Unveils Wave Season Deals on Alaska Sailings
Savings are available for new bookings made January 2 through February 28 on any seven-night departure in Alaska | UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, is offering savings on an "Alaskan Adventure" cruise in 2018. Starting January 2, 2018, guests will save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

With no more than 86 guests, the two ships take guests into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This Wave Season deal includes three Alaska itineraries, with expedition guides on hand to enhance the exploration and learning experiences during the journey.

The itineraries include:

  • Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord with twin Sawyer glaciers, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound—prime humpback feeding grounds. Departures available May-August.
  • Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May-August.
  • Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Take two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures in April, July and September.

Additionally, every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment for activities like kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

The Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Travelers must use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995.

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Wyndham Wise
Travel Agent University

Welcome to the Wyndham Wise training course. We didn’t grow to 8,100+ hotels across 78 countries without our valued partners—like you.  In this course, you’ll gain actionable insight on how to sell more to key market segments.
You’ll graduate a Wyndham Sage, earn 2 CEU credits from the Travel Institute and be entered to win a $50 gift card.

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Multigeneration Travel Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Navigating through the multigenerational travel niche can be a balancing act. Investigation, negotiation and good old-fashioned legwork all come into play when family dynamics are involved. But the rewards are handsome, as well. Read about multigenerational travel trends in the pages ahead.

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Pure Grenada Specialist
Travel Agent University

The three islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique form one destination made of unspoiled natural beauty, warm friendly people and year-round tropical temperatures. Here is a place where clients can discover blue waters framed by both white and black sand beaches and inland adventures that include tropical rainforests, waterfalls, Sulphur Springs, and breathtaking views. When selling the destination, describe it to clients as PURE: Peaceful, Unadulterated, Rustic and Easy-going. Take the course today!

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Hawaii Destination Specialist
Travel Agent University

Fresh off a record-breaking year, Hawaii’s tourism will focus on the latest travel trends, from adventure to culinary tourism, to give visitors authentic cultural experiences with every Hawaiian vacation. Become a Hawaii Destination Specialist to stay on top of the latest tourism developments from one of the world’s most popular destinations.  Both existing and new graduates will benefit from a richer understanding of the six individual islands. In addition to learning insider tips and accessing customized sales tools, you’ll benefit from consumer referrals, up-to-date and robust marketing materials and ongoing rewards.  

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Caymankind Specialist
Travel Agent University

Sure, your clients have been to the Caribbean and most likely, with their entire family in tow. But there is a reason why families frequent an area whose beauty is matched only by its bounty of attractions. One destination in particular, Cayman Islands, speaks directly to the prominent role that kids play in the vacation decision-making process by checking all the boxes. A range of full-service, family-friendly accommodations - check. Snorkeling, swimming and children's programs - check. Children's menus and delicious non-kid dining - check. Happy kids and even happier adults - check. Learn more to sell more.

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Shangri-La Specialist
Travel Agent University

We don't have to tell you that today's affluent travelers are interested in authentic experiences. The more exotic and uncharted, the better. First comes fascination followed by luxury hotel developers and validated by travel editors' picturesque prose. Sri Lanka fits the "emerging luxury destination" paradigm to a tee, complete with Lonely Planet "Dream Trips" and Robb Report's "Top Destinations for 2016" write-ups and Shangri-La property openings.  Become a Shangri-La Specialist to prepare for those inevitable Sri Lanka requests and for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

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Barbados Elite Club
Travel Agent University

Tourists continue to put the Caribbean on the map in record numbers and Barbados in particular is experiencing a boom. For specialists, a membership in Barbados Elite Club means your earnings should reflect your expertise. So, you've taken the in-depth course, you've enjoyed "Preferred Agent" status on the official BTA website and you've logged your bookings in the rewards program for a chance to win $500 every month as well as a trip to Barbados. Oh, you haven't? Refresh your knowledge to maximize your membership benefits.

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AccorHotels e-Learning Program
Travel Agent University

For every destination that requires your expertise, there are at least 50 local hotels that you’re expected to know just as thoroughly. We suspect that you don't have the time to research every hotel, in every location, for every client. A more productive way to learn about 3,800 hotels in 92 countries is to become an AccorHotels Ambassador. Complete three courses and have 480,000 rooms in your arsenal – one and done!

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Mexico Family Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Family travel to Mexico is by all accounts booming. And that’s no accident. Suppliers, tour operators and travel sellers are redoubling efforts to highlight Mexico’s vast appeal. Read all about it in the Mexico Family Focus Series.

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River Cruise Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Rollings with the flow!  Read all about what's trending, new ships and itineraries, target markets and tips on how to sell the product more efficiently.

River Cruising continues to expand across the globe and new options are creating demand to entice more clients. Simply put, “river cruising is hot,” says Vicky Garcia, chief operating officer and co-owner, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “As a network, we continue to see double-digit growth in this segment, with some agents specializing in it quite successfully.” See what’s ahead.

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Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates its extraordinary collection of hotels by the credo: “True luxury is not just about what you do, it’s about how you feel.”  The renowned collection of hotels and resorts offers celebrated landmarks in celebrated locations around the world. Each exudes unparalleled residential charm and enchantment, while embracing the heartfelt service for which we are known.

Raffles caters to leisure and business travelers alike, who celebrate the finer things in life; we are consistently ranked among the world’s top-10 hotel brands in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards.

As someone who has the responsibility of booking travel for others, you understand the importance of creating a seamless, efficient and satisfying experience, whether the travel is for business or leisure. Famous Agents is the industry’s most exciting travel agent education and rewards programme. Our members increase their earning power by staying up-to-date on all the latest news from Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel locations worldwide. They also earn fabulous personal rewards and enjoy countless member-only benefits.

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Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts started in Switzerland, a small country known for big mountains and equally high standards of living. These standards have inspired the brand to make quality of life our promise to our guests. Quality of life can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s spending time with family and friends. For others, it’s having easy access to a place of relaxation. However you define it, we hope the contemporary Swiss style and locally inspired flair at our high-end (but not always high-altitude) hotels keeps you returning again and again.

We look forward to welcoming you to Swissôtel, where quality of life comes first.

As someone who has the responsibility of booking travel for others, you understand the importance of creating a seamless, efficient and satisfying experience, whether the travel is for business or leisure. Famous Agents is the industry’s most exciting travel agent education and rewards programme. Our members increase their earning power by staying up-to-date on all the latest news from Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel locations worldwide. They also earn fabulous personal rewards and enjoy countless member-only benefits.

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

If anything truly defines Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, it is the value we attach to lasting memories. Building upon a century of experience as hoteliers has endowed us with a rich tradition of hospitality. We offer experiences that are authentically local, in hotels and resorts of unrivalled presence. And genuine hospitality is achieved when engaging service and attention to detail elevate each stay into cherished memory.

As someone who has the responsibility of booking travel for others, you understand the importance of creating a seamless, efficient and satisfying experience, whether the travel is for business or leisure. Famous Agents is the industry’s most exciting travel agent education and rewards programme. Our members increase their earning power by staying up-to-date on all the latest news from Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel locations worldwide. They also earn fabulous personal rewards and enjoy countless member-only benefits.

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MSC Academy
Travel Agent University

MSC Cruises, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the largest privately held cruise line in the world – with a current fleet of 12 ultramodern ships – and the fastest growing, with an industry unprecedented 11 new next-generation ships planned by 2026.

In this course, we are going to discuss MSC Cruises - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. You'll learn how best to market MSC Cruises and you’ll get comprehensive marketing tools and financial incentives. You'll learn how to navigate the MSC Cruises websites and discover the advantages of using MSC Book - the online booking engine for agents - as well as be introduced to MSC’s sales and marketing structure.

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Antigua & Barbuda Specialist
Travel Agent University

The Antigua & Barbuda Specialist program is designed to help you become a Specialist in selling our amazing destination. Whether you specialize in destination weddings, family getaways, luxury experiences or special interest markets like sailing or eco-adventures, this course will provide you with all the unique selling points and product information your clients may need.

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Silversea Expeditions Specialist
Travel Agent University

The Silversea Expeditions Specialist Course has been designed to help you sell this unique type of travel. You’ll learn how Silversea Expeditions differs from Silversea Cruises and who make up the best prospects for it.

Silversea Expeditions’ three ships (and fourth ship being added in fourth quarter 2017) sail on specially curated itineraries to all seven continents and more than 350 destinations. Silversea Expeditions not only visits some of the world’s most remarkable and remote destinations, but it also provides in-depth discoveries and truly authentic adventures of these locales.

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Silver Muse Specialist
Travel Agent University

The Silver Muse Specialist course is dedicated to educating you on all things related to Silversea’s new flagship, Silver Muse, which makes her debut in April 2017. With this ship, Silversea once again raises the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise travel market.

A small boutique ship with only 596 guests (less than 300 suites), Silver Muse boasts all-suite, all-balcony accommodations, making it the most intimate new ship in the ultra-luxury market.

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Silversea Specialist
Travel Agent University

For over 20 years, Silversea has been committed to creating unforgettable luxury cruise vacations and destination immersion experiences for our guests. As our legacy of luxury continues, so does our commitment to excellence, innovation, expansion of product offerings, and unwavering commitment to you – our valued travel partners.

To ensure you have the tools you need to succeed, we designed this comprehensive training program to give you confidence in selling Silversea’s luxury intimate ships and expedition products. 

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Key Lime Academy
Travel Agent University

Like the destination itself, Key Lime Academy has been designed to educate, inspire and entertain while unveiling all of what the Florida Keys has to offer. Along the way, you will meet a diverse group of local personalities who will introduce themselves through a series of short videos. As a graduate of Key Lime Academy, you will have access to our Suggested Itineraries; a series of vacation ideas written by locals offering insider tips on attractions, photo ops, restaurants and places worth discovering. But be careful — chances are these suggestions will inspire your own visit to the Florida Keys sometime very soon.

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StarwoodPro Preferred Guest
Travel Agent University

Manage your Starwood booking like a pro from one easy account that monitors your profit performance. Become a StarwoodPro to learn about Starwood's nine world-class brands via five educational modules. You’ll be able to virtually visit Starwood destinations and learn the power of story-selling to help your clients visualize their next vacation – so you work smarter, not harder. Plus, you’ll qualify for Starpoints rewards, redeemable for free nights and award flights, complimentary in-room Internet for your clients when you book at spg.com and real-time online commission tracking.

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USVI Specialist
Travel Agent University

White sand beaches, azure waters and a laid back vibe - three demands you can easily deliver upon for clients headed to the Caribbean. While knowing the basics can help you suggest the islands with gusto, it's specialized expertise that will make the sale. Remind clients why paradise isn't always found in a couple of clicks by becoming a USVI Specialist. You'll easily sell the Caribbean and earn up to $200 with every USVI booking.