From Yes I will marry you to I do – Be Live Hotels

first_imgWritten By: Be Live Hotels  Let’s picture the following scenario: “The ring has been crafted and bought. He’s nervous, anxious and trying to keep himself together for everything to work out perfect that night. You had no clue that he was going to propose and yet, you are hoping he does. After an exciting evening, he proposes and you say: Yes. You are engaged. Congratulations!!! Now, it is time to define what kind of wedding you will have. He’s got his own ideas; you’ve got yours too. By the time you start quoting the wedding services to have a local wedding and get all the people you’d like to join you in that very special day, you start to see that it is going to be a marathon towards getting all the money you need to have your dream wedding come true. Then someone comes at a bridal show and suggests you to have a Destination Wedding in Dominican Republic. Your head starts to spin… -if it is already expensive to have a local wedding, are we going now to spend that amount of money plus travel into a different country to get married?- you think, and your immediate answer is: No.” As a Travel Agent, this is exactly what you need to realize that most people don’t. Selling a Destination Wedding should be fairly easy when you show people the benefits of having one instead of trying to make the project happen locally. When making the call for a Destination Wedding, highlight the benefits of having one. Start by asking: What if the Wedding and almost all of the costs associated with getting married were already included in a Wedding Package (flower bouquets, boutonniere, music, floral centerpieces, cocktails and even the Private Wedding Dinner Reception!) and the money you are spending on travel also works towards your Honeymoon? In the Dominican Republic, Be Live Hotels has set up 3 comprehensive Wedding Packages thinking on having a beautiful Wedding Experience in paradise and keeping in mind the economy of the couple whom will be throwing the party for their friends and family. A “Caribbean Wedding Experience”.The “CARIBBEAN WEDDING EXPERIENCE” by Be Live Hotels offers the idyllic set for the event and celebration to take place in. Our Wedding Coordinators at each Be Live Hotel will take care of every single detail, from the very beginning to the end making the entire process work impeccably and effortlessly for your clients. You can rest on their experience, commitment, involvement and professionalism to make sure everything goes right with a touch of unique complicity. Trust our Wedding Coordinators to plan, step by step, every single detail from flower bouquets and arrangements, to the perfect ambiance in an intimate atmosphere during the already built-in the Wedding Package and guaranteed: Private Wedding Dinner Reception. The Wedding Packages.At Be Live Hotels we are true believers that the most special day in a couples’ life should be immersed in shine, dazzle and be more than inspiring… It is because of the before mentioned and because we know the amount of details that surround the wedding date, that we have crafted 3 different Wedding Packages based on the amount of people attending to the wedding and the different levels of elegance the couple would like to imprint to their event. Be Live Hotels has realized that many of the offers out there for a Destination Wedding, are always lacking of one HUGE factor: Privacy and Intimacy. This is why all of our Wedding Packages have already the Private Wedding Dinner Reception already built into the price. From our basic package called: “Caribbean Romance1” which could be free of charge if the couple gets at least 5 rooms for a minimum stay of 3 nights each, passing through our intermediate Package named: “Caribbean Forever Idyll2” in which you can enjoy some touches of elegance like the rose petal turndown service on the wedding night or the newlywed’s romantic breakfast with mimosas in bed on the morning after. And all the way up to our most lavish proposal to tie-the-knot: “Caribbean Dream Deluxe3” that offers from a guaranteed upgrade to the rooms of Bride, Groom and both their parents to an hour of Live Caribbean music trio for one hour during the cocktail reception and an International Open Bar service after the Reception Dinner for two hours. “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”At Be Live Hotels, we pride ourselves of having recently developed a new ethos that strives on the motto of: “Creative thinking, Unforgettable Memories”. We strongly believe that exclusivity and a five-star service ensures that the most important day of your clients’ life will become a truly unforgettable moment. For this reason, we offer Exclusive and Private Areas to celebrate the Wedding Dinner Reception along with our team of professionals who will be dedicated exclusively to our mutual clients and their guests in order to deliver a personalized, magical and intimate atmosphere. Within this new initiative, we know that the Wedding Menu can be an essential factor to a successful event and at Be Live Hotels, our team will work close with the bride to create a customized menu to top off the occasion. Whether if it is a 5-star Wedding Menu what is needed or a simple yet luxurious buffet, our award winning menus and specialized chefs will have the wedding party saying: “I Do”. Discover our Destinations, enjoy our Hotels & Resorts.Be Live Hotels has 4 different hotels and Resorts in Dominican Republic. Three of them are located on the Caribbean Sea while one of them is located over the Atlantic Ocean. Be Live Collection Marien.Puerto Plata, DR. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this cinnamon beach resort is also overlooking Isabella Mountain in this paradisiac destination. Perfect for aquatic sports lovers and people who are into scuba diving in open waters or deep-sea fishing. This recently refreshed property welcomes its guests with a casino, a wine cellar, and lots of different activities and entertainment options. Be Live Collection Punta Cana. Punta Cana, DR. On the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in Punta Cana and only 13 minutes away from the airport, this magnificent Resort rests on Cabeza de Toro’s beach. Its different room categories allow everyone to join the couple for the wedding. From regular Standard Rooms, through Family Apartments and Suites or to Adult Only Master Junior Suites, this resort in Punta Cana has it all. Sell the idea of the new disco Kviar with a capacity of 700 people and right now, the hottest spot in DR, seed in the thought to our vast array of specialty restaurants steering from Mediterranean to Mexican or from our Brazilian Rodizio to the Asian Fusion. Be Live Collection Canoa. La Romana, DR. Also on the white, sandy, powdery beaches of the Caribbean side in La Romana and only 45 minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) or only 15 minutes away from La Romana International Airport (LRM). The hotel boasts an extensive variety of outstanding rooms and villas, ideal for families and couples who wish to get lost in paradise. The Resort is situated only a few miles away from Saona Island and right next to the Del Este National Park. This is the place where the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic settled and a corner of incomparable natural beauty. Be Live Experience Hamaca (Garden, Beach & Suites). Boca Chica, DR. On the Caribbean side of the Island and only 20 minutes away from Santo Domingo, the Capital city of Dominican Republic. A perfect place to enjoy a sun and beach vacation and to experience the beauty and liveliness of Dominican culture due to its proximity with the biggest city of all the country: Santo Domingo. Discover the charms of the Dominican Republic: beach, sun, sports, gastronomy and adventure. Tips to all of the Be Live Hotels in Dominican Republic:The world class “Bay Spa” is located onsite offering different treatments along with a beauty parlor (for make-ups and hair-do’s).All of our Resorts in Dominican Republic count with a VIP area. To ensure your clients will be getting access to the VIP Lounge, VIP Pool and VIP Beach, make sure you book for them a Jr. Suite or a higher room category.All of our Hotels & Resorts in Dominican Republic have a full Casino (tables and slot machines) and a disco.There are large and small meeting rooms in all of our Hotels & Resorts.Each Hotel has an onsite Weddings and Events Coordinator to attend all of our mutual clients needs. WII fm (what’s in it for me?).Be Live Hotels is always very thankful for your business and rewards your efforts with excellent commissions not only on the Hotel portion of the trip, which would be paid by your preferred wholesaler or instant commissions when selling direct (please go to http://www.belivehotels.com to find out more about our business to business platform), but also by offering you a very profitable commission when selling our Wedding Packages. For more information on our commissions structures and percentages, please contact us at: weddings.manager@belivehotels.com or contact your Business Development Manager for the United States and Canada at: bdm.usa@belivehotels.com Be Live Hotels & Resorts, an easy sale and a new client for life.last_img read more

Dive Deep with Atlantis Adventures – Selling Hawaii

first_imgWritten By: Annika Seavey, Director of Brand Management, Atlantis Adventures Atlantis Adventures is Hawaii’s premier marine tour operator offering daily submarine tours off Waikiki, Lahaina, Maui, and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island, along with sunset dinner cruises along Oahu’s south shore using the high-tech Majestic cruise vessel. Atlantis Submarines – Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii IslandAtlantis uses the world’s most technologically advanced passenger submarine for its tour operations. Its passenger submarines feature spacious, air-conditioned cabins that offer large viewing portals for each seat and lots of leg and headroom. Atlantis provides a safe and eco-friendly undersea tour experience of Hawaii’s marine world. Each submarine is battery-powered and emits no pollutants as it moves quietly through the water without disturbing surrounding fish or marine life. A highlight of the Lahaina, Maui submarine tour is seeing the Carthaginian, a replica whaling brig and former tourist attraction, serving its new purpose as an artificial reef for the marine environment. Atlantis acquired the Carthaginian and used it to create an artificial reef in December 2005 to help support the propagation of marine life and fish in the area. The Kona, Hawaii Island submarine adventure begins in historic Kailua-Kona town where the Malama Kai shuttle carries guests to the dive site, as they enjoy a picture-perfect view of the sweeping Kona coastline with Mount Hualalai in the backdrop. Atlantis’ Kona crew guides the submarine on its quiet descent to depths of more than 100 feet and above the abundant coral reef garden growing on the ancient lava flow. At the Waikiki, Oahu dive site, Atlantis’ trained and experienced crew transfers guests from the shuttle boat into a spacious, air-conditioned submarine cabin. As the pilot guides the submarine into its journey, the results of Atlantis’ artificial reefs can be quickly seen. A vibrant self-sustaining eco-system is constantly teeming with schools of colorful indigenous fish and other marine life, including green sea turtles, moray eels, stingrays, and reef sharks. Atlantis Cruises – OahuOn May 27th, 2016 Atlantis Cruises introduced the Majestic, which is Hawaii’s next generation of cruise vessel to enjoy sunset dinner cruises and special events in the waters off Oahu. With its sleek, yacht-like design the 150-foot Majestic is Atlantis’s newest state-of-the-art cruise vessel, offering a multitude of options to host couples, families, tour groups, and private functions. Appealing features of Majestic include two classy, but expansive air-conditioned decks lined with panoramic windows and high ceilings, a huge open-air top deck for viewing outdoors, and cutting-edge technology to ensure a comfortable ocean cruise. Atlantis acquired Majestic early this year and shipped it from Long Beach to Hawaii in late April. Majestic has been inspected and approved by the Coast Guard for tour operations and is currently undergoing final preparations. A blessing ceremony will be held May 26, with Majestic offering its inaugural sunset dinner cruise on May 27. “Majestic is a significant upgrade in quality of experience and being able to customize what we can offer guests seeking a luxurious ocean cruise tour in Hawaii’s waters,” said Ronald Williams, president and CEO of Atlantis Adventures, parent company of Atlantis Cruises. “Majestic is larger than our Navatek cruise vessel. Its spaciousness, floor plan design and interior décor makes it much more comfortable for guests to move about, enjoy the spectacular views and be entertained.” Williams added that the layout and amenities of Majestic’s three decks, which includes roomy dining areas, a large dance floor, bar and lounge, and space to host a private reception, will provide Atlantis with the flexibility to create new tour experiences and fulfill special requests. Private parties and special celebrations can be held without being interfered by guests enjoying the sunset dinner cruise. About Atlantis AdventuresAtlantis Adventures has been offering ocean tour experiences in Hawaii for over 25 years. Atlantis Adventures is committed to being sustainable with its tour operations and a responsible steward of Hawaii’s marine environment. The Hawaii Ecotourism Association recognizes the company as a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator. For more information on Atlantis Adventures, visit www.AtlantisAdventures.com or call 800-548-6262 Atlantis Adventures Sales TeamPlease don’t hesitate to contact our sales team with any specific questions you may have about our marine tours! MARGIE LEHMANDirector of Oahu SalesTel: (808) 973-1281mlehman@atlantisadventures.com BRENDA BAROSOMaui Sales ManagerTel: (808) 667-6604bbaroso@atlantisadventures.com YUKI KLAHRKona Sales ManagerTel: (808) 326-7939yklahr@atlantisadventures.com MARGIE LEHMANDirector of Oahu SalesTel: (808) 973-1281mlehman@atlantisadventures.com MARGIE LEHMANDirector of Oahu SalesTel: (808) 973-1281mlehman@atlantisadventures.comlast_img read more

Avoya Travel Launches JoinAvoyacom to Grow Independent Agency Network and Provide Travelers

first_imgInnovative B2B Website Reveals a Modern Approach to Being a Travel Agent Entrepreneur     Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – August 22, 2016 – Avoya Travel, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, launched JoinAvoya.comas the next evolution in its brand initiative to improve the way people plan and book vacations. The B2B website delivers on Avoya’s new brand strategy by redefining travel agents as a modern and essential component to the travel industry’s renewed and growing dependence on travel professionals. Supported by Avoya’s cutting-edge technology, travel agents can provide the highly personalized, customized, and efficient vacation planning experience expected by today’s travelers. Bringing more awareness to travel as a viable career, the website will help to expand Avoya’s Independent Agency Network by engaging more new-to-the-industry and seasoned travel professionals. “The travel industry is experiencing a growing demand for travel professionals as value-driven consumers opt for more custom vacation experiences and personal service,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “JoinAvoya.com reintroduces vacation planning as a fulfilling and profitable business opportunity to attract high-quality individuals and grow Avoya’s Independent Agency Network to provide travelers with even greater service and value.”harnesses new technologies in website functionality, including mobile-first design, advanced browsing options and a modern page layout, to With the goal of inspiring entrepreneurs, Avoya is leveraging the website’s modern interface and interactive content to help visitors discover the Avoya difference and when joining Avoya’s Independent Agency Network. The Avoya Travel Network offers modern travel professionals several advantages, ranging from the company’s unrivaled support and innovative resources, including award-winning, patented technology and professional development programs, to the benefits of owning a business, working from home, great opportunities to travel the world, and limitless earning potential. For more information on how Independent Travel Agencies can live a lifestyle of success with Avoya, please visit www.JoinAvoya.com.  About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next cruise or vacation with Avoya Travel should call 800-753-1463 or visitwww.AvoyaTravel.com.last_img read more

Cruise Planners Launches the Most Technology Updates Ever at 2016 Convention in

first_imgMiami, Fla. – November 8, 2016 – Once again, Cruise Planners agents have exceeded their business growth from last year, which was announced at the “I Am CP” Convention. The franchise company, which is an American Express Travel Representative and the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, hosted 600 travel franchise owners at its sold-out annual convention in Miami. At the convention, hosted at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, the company launched new travel agent booking tools, enhanced its automatic and strategic marketing programs and increased its focus on both land and luxury travel. Cruise Planners executives and co-owners kick off the travel company’s annual Convention in Miami. The I Am CP themed event showcased the highlights from 2016 and revealed the most technology tools the company has ever launched at Convention.  “Our goal is to ensure that Cruise Planners agents are the most successful travel agents in the industry – for both land and cruise travel,” says Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We create the best tools in the industry in order for agents to be the go-to experts as they hone their individual talents and strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers and this year, our agents went wild for our technology and marketing announcements.” Cruise Planners is always introducing new tools to create automatic and strategic marketing programs so agents can focus on selling travel. Below are the most popular and innovative:CP Insights: Cruise Planners has invested solutions that incorporate economic, demographic and behavioral segments in data mining to target the right client at the right time with relevant promotions, sales and marketing pieces.CP View: Another new tool helps agents match sailings and itineraries with special audiences based on customer data, sales trends and consumer behavior. The goal is to serve up clients that would be ideal targets – with a few clicks in the Cruise Planners system; a marketing communication is created to generate new business.Automated Email Confirmations: Cruise Planners agents can simply email any reservation from hundreds of vendors and have the fields instantly input into the back-end data system to help Cruise Planners travel agents get paid faster and with less manual entry.Increased Sales: Overall, Cruise Planners travel agents increased their year-over-year sales by double digits due to Cruise Planners’ commitment to top-notch technology, exclusive marketing and business development coaching.CP Savvy: The team of executives shared the secrets to what makes the most successful travel agents and revealed that the trends included closely working with Cruise Planners’ Business Development coaches, frontloading their sales by booking travel further out and upselling by using Cruise Planners’ proprietary tools.Focus on Land and Luxury Travel: Cruise Planners sales mix continues to grow in all sectors with focus on river cruise, luxury travel and land vacations, which includes all-inclusive resorts. The company has committed to adding more land and luxury promotions while still maintaining its focus on cruise vacations. “All of these tools and announcements are designed with the travel agent in mind,” Fee said. “We specifically create innovative technology and marketing programs to enhance travel agents’ individual businesses. We want them to stay competitive, while focusing on travel and still being involved in their communities.” As always, Cruise Planners incorporated charitable giving with the 600+ group walking in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night at Bayfront Park in Miami. As the convention concludes, hundreds of agents will sail on Royal Caribbean International’s inaugural North American voyage of Harmony of the Seas, out of Port Everglades. “I am motivated by our entire network of travel professionals and each year, our convention invigorates agents and helps set the tone for the upcoming year,” Fee said. “Our sales for the upcoming few years are trending higher than ever and we anticipate these new tools will help positively impact that even more.”  About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel RepresentativeCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,500 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 13 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past seven years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2015), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com. Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise website.last_img read more

A Message from the Leader in Luxurious Hospitality

first_imgWritten By: Chris Austin, Vice President of Global Leisure and Luxury Sales, Starwood Hotel and Resorts  I want to personally wish a very happy holiday season to all of our travel professional partners today. You are such a critical part of our business and we at Starwood Hotels & Resorts have always considered you a vital extension of our own sales team. We value your customers as our guests and we work to make you look the hero at every turn. We are finishing a history-making year for our company as we officially became part of Marriott International. As we ready for 2017, I know you will extend that same professionalism and partnership to our entire portfolio of brands. As we close this very busy year, we are still constantly adding to the portfolio of properties for you to share with your clients. In this last quarter of 2016,  we celebrated the opening of two properties in Changsha, Hunan , China, The Meixi Lake Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel and The St. Regis Changsha ; also new as we close the year St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort; and two new W properties, W Goa and W Las Vegas. Share the good news with your customers and know the excitement will only continue in 2017! This is an exciting time as we form the largest and best hospitality company in the world. We now have more opportunities and more choices for our valued travel professional partners, with 30 brands across more than 5,700 hotels and resorts in more than 110 countries. In addition, we are the largest operator of luxury hotels with nearly 400 hotels in the portfolio and a resorts network that puts us where you and your clients wish to travel. As a community, so many of you were among our earliest adopters for our award-winning SPG Pro loyalty program! We want to make sure you are getting the full benefits of this program, so be sure to link your SPG®, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® accounts for full benefits. While we work together to build the world’s best loyalty program, as active members you and your clients can link your SPG number to your Marriott Rewards number. Linking allows members to take advantage of: Elite Status Match and benefits with Marriott Rewards for Marriott stays.Points Transfer to discover new redemption options and destinations, including the Bahamas, Budapest and more. Link accounts at spg.com/linkmarriott. Learn more at spg.com/marriott. Members will earn the benefits of each respective program for the hotel they’re booking. Booking SPG-participating hotels will receive SPG/SPG Pro benefits, and booking Marriott hotels will receive Marriott Rewards/Marriott Rewarding Events benefits. As we continue the integration of our companies, members should absolutely link accounts so you can easily be transferred into the future new program, take advantage of elite status match for stays, ability to transfer points, and be part of the conversation! Stay tuned as we will continue to keep you in the know with all of the exciting changes ahead. Thank you for your past, present and future support of our hotels and resorts. Your business is truly valued at this very important time. And as we close this year, out of respect for your longstanding support for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, we all wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope you can take some time to escape for yourselves and enjoy a STARPRO rate at one of our properties to celebrate you! Thank you for your continued partnership.last_img read more

Cruise Planners Remains in Top Spot as Best Travel Franchise to Own

first_imgCruise Planners is No. 1 within the travel category for 14 years in a row CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – January 10, 2017 – Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agency franchise network in the industry, continues to have a strong hold on best travel franchises to own. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that Cruise Planners has earned the spot on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List, making it one of the best franchises to own. Check out this video that showcases why CP once again was named the top travel franchsie to own: https://youtu.be/LV-rFMelNCQ “We are always thinking up creative ideas for innovating and enhancing our marketing and technology since we know we have to constantly be on our A-game to maintain this position,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “This year our key focus has been on maximizing and building more innovative technology and marketing tools for the franchise owners and our franchise owners love it.” Cruise Planners is a franchise that offers financial strength and stability, has a great reputation in the travel industry and years of proven experience that make it a successful franchise. Since Cruise Planners’ main goal is to ensure its agents are the most successful travel agents in the industry, the company is constantly developing new tools designed for the agents to run their business seamlessly. Below are some of the new technology programs rolled out for franchise success, which helped secure the No. 1 ranking:CP Insights: Cruise Planners believes in and has invested in solutions that incorporate economic, demographic and behavioral segments in data mining to target the right client at the right time with relevant promotions, sales and marketing pieces.CP View: Another new tool helps agents match sailings and itineraries with special audiences based on customer data, sales trends and consumer behavior. The goal is to serve up clients that would be ideal targets – with a few clicks in the Cruise Planners system; a marketing communication is created to generate new business.Automated Email Confirmations: Cruise Planners agents can simply email any reservation from hundreds of vendors and have the fields instantly input into the back-end business management system to help Cruise Planners travel agents get paid faster and with less manual entry. “Cruise Planners will continually develop new tools, which allow our agents to stay ahead of the competition, so they can compete with the best of the best with confidence,” Fee said. “Our focus is to help our agents communicate with their customers with amazing turn-key marketing combined with world-class technology allowing them to compete with the big online agencies. Cruise Planners agents are high tech, yet high touch through our proprietary tools.”  About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel RepresentativeCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,800 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise byEntrepreneur magazine for 14 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 6 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 13 consecutive years (2004-2016), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Elite Agency of the Year (2016), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Partner of the Year (2016), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), Travel Impressions Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2016),  Sandals Top Host – Worldwide, Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2016), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2015), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com. Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit the Cruise Plannersfranchise website.last_img read more

OASIS Agent Parent Company named Royal Caribbean Internationals Southeast Partner of the

first_imgFebruary 2017, Boca Raton, FL – Palm Coast Travel, parent company of Host Agency OASIS Agent has been recognized as “Southeast Partner of the Year – 2016” by Royal Caribbean International. Vicki L. Freed, CTC, Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Trade Support & Service commented: “Congratulations to Palm Coast Travel on being selected as our 2016 Southeast Partner of the Year! This recognition speaks volumes to your unwavering loyalty and commitment to your clients and Royal Caribbean.  Our shared principles of passion, commitment and innovation are what continue to strengthen our partnership.  We look forward to another year of great success!  Congratulations, again. “ In accepting the award, Palm Coast Travel CEO, Lee Smolinski remarked: “This is truly an honor, especially in consideration of the highly competitive Southeastern market. It is testimony to the power of partnership and the one we share with Royal Caribbean International is one all of us at Palm Coast and our divisions covet”.  About OASIS AGENT: OASIS AGENT is the Host Division of Palm Coast Travel, a Signature Travel Network Member, has been hosting agents since 2009.  OASIS offers 4 plans and is a member of ARC, CLIA, NACTA, IATAN, PATH and the Better Business Bureau. For additional information please call 1.561.393.7274 X5120 or visit oasisagent.comlast_img read more

The MS Paul Gauguin Awarded Best Service For The Small Ship Category

first_imgBELLEVUE, Wash. – February 16, 2017 – Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to announce that The Gauguin has been awarded Best Service for the small ship category in the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The Gauguin also earned high rankings in the following small ship categories:#2 for Best Public Rooms#3 for Best Dining#3 for Best Entertainment#3 for Best Fitness & Recreation#4 for Best Embarkation#4 for Best Overall “Paul Gauguin’s staff is frequently applauded in the reviews we receive at Cruise Critic for their friendly, attentive service,” said Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor, Cruise Critic. “This small ship takes good care of its guests and works hard to ensure they enjoy their vacation to the fullest.” Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 160,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships. The winners of the 7th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards are awarded in four ship-size classes, based on passenger capacity (Large: 2,000+ passengers; Mid-Size: 1,200 to 1,999 passengers; Small-Mid Size: 400 to 1,199 passengers; Small: Fewer than 400 passengers.) The rankings are calculated using ratings published with user-submitted reviews on Cruise Critic. Ships must have a minimum number of reviews and ratings to qualify in each category for cruises taken in 2016. The full list of top cruise ships can be found on Cruise Critic’s website by visiting 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. “We are honored that The Gauguin won best service in the small ship category, and thank our guests for their reviews and this recognition,” said Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises. “On every voyage, our dedicated staff delivers exceptional experiences.” Paul Gauguin Cruises’ commitment to providing guests with the most luxurious and enriching cruise vacations to Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific has consistently placed The Gauguin on Cruise Critic’s list of top small ships year after year. For rates or more information on Paul Gauguin Cruises, please contact a Travel Professional, call 800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com.last_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line Expands Popular Carnival Journeys Program with 13 Additional Voyages

first_imgCarnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys enrichment cruise series with 13 new 12- to 14-day seagoing adventures departing from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico in 2018 and 2019. The new voyages are in addition to a number of previously announced nine-to 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises departing in 2017-18. In addition to visiting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises can participate in unique on-board activities where they can sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on a broad range of topics – everything from photography and cooking to arts and crafts and social media – along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered. “Our Carnival Journeys cruises have proven enormously popular with guests who enjoy both unforgettable landside experiences and one-of-a-kind onboard enrichment activities that this unique program offers,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “We’re thrilled to expand Carnival Journeys with these 13 new voyages that showcase some of the world’s most captivating destinations,” she added. The 13 new Carnival Journeys voyages include:Carnival Splendor: a 14-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Long Beach Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, 2018, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.Carnival Breeze: a 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage departing Galveston Sept. 16 and arriving in Port Canaveral Sept. 30, 2018, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St Maarten.Carnival Splendor: three 14-day Hawaii cruises round-trip from Long Beach departing Oct. 13, 2018, Dec. 1, 2018, and Jan. 12, 2019, visiting Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Kona and Hilo.Carnival Freedom: a 14-day Panama Canal voyage round-trip from Galveston Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 2018, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao, and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Limon (Costa Rica) and Cozumel.Carnival Breeze: a 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage operating round-trip from Port Canaveral Nov. 3-17, 2018, with stops at St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola, and San Juan.Carnival Pride: a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Baltimore Nov. 4-18, 2018, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.Carnival Ecstasy: a 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise round trip from Charleston Nov. 10-22, 2018, featuring Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and San Juan.Carnival Miracle: a 14-day Panama Canal voyage round-trip from Tampa Dec. 2-16, 2018, visiting Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho Rios.Carnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage round-trip from Baltimore Jan. 6-20, 2019, visiting St Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand Turk.Carnival Sunshine: a 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Port Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 12-25, 2019, calling at Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic).Carnival Freedom: a 14-day Southern Caribbean sailing round-trip from Galveston Jan 19-Feb. 2, 2019, featuring Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Limon and Cozumel. Carnival Journeys activities are tailored to each itinerary in the areas of dining, entertainment, team member connections and enrichment, all infused with the line’s spirited brand of fun. These experiences include: Authentic Eats: Partnering with local restaurants and chefs, Carnival Journeys participants enjoy on-board cooking demonstrations where these culinary artists will recreate their signature dishes and traditional cuisines from their country. Participants also have an opportunity to dine at the chef’s restaurant ashore for a nominal fee and accompany the chef as he or she visits local markets for delectable regional specialties. “Local”-tainment: From calypso, soca and Goombay to colorful folkloric entertainment, Carnival Journeys participants will get an up-close-and-personal look at their destination through local entertainment performances taking place outside the ship or on board. Academy of Fun: Through these educational enrichment sessions, Carnival’s shipboard experts instruct guests in topics ranging from cooking and arts and crafts to digital photography and social media. All of these activities are performed with the fun and entertaining style that only Carnival can provide. Throwback Sea Day: Carnival sets the “way back machine” to 1987 and recreates a fun day at sea with retro pool and deck games, old school dining options like Baked Alaska and the gala midnight buffet, a white glove Captain’s Celebration, popular movies from that era, a circa 1987 version of the Carnival Capers shipboard newsletter, and more. Shipboard Team Member Connections: Here, Carnival Journeys participants can learn more about shipboard life through informative question and answer sessions hosted by the ship’s captain, cruise director, hotel director and others, held at different times throughout the voyage and providing an opportunity to engage and interact with the Carnival team in a fun and casual setting. There is also an unforgettable show performed by the ship’s crew during the voyage. Additional Information and Reservations For additional information and reservations for any of the line’s departures, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.last_img read more

Trafalgar Celebrates Canada 150 Festivities with an Exclusive Itinerary

first_imgTravellers will enjoy special access to Canada Day festivities in Ottawa and across four confederate provinces and Prince Edward Island  TORONTO – February 22nd, 2017 – In celebration of the nationwide Canada 150 festivities, Trafalgar the leader of guided vacations has created this special customized itinerary to showcase the scenic beauty of Canada through the four original confederate provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with a visit to Prince Edward Island. From the thundering cascades of Niagara Falls to the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy, this one-time departure also includes exclusive access to the biggest Canada Day festivities ever celebrated in the nation’s capital! “We are excited to have created this special itinerary which is only available for our Canadian travellers at these high demand destinations during the peak summer season and we are proud to have arranged exclusive access to the Canada Day 150 celebrations in Ottawa which will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “For 2017, we have received heightened consumer interest to explore our nation and this customized guided vacation will appeal to multi-generational families and couples.” From June 28th to July 8th, 2017 guests will unwind on this 11-day, nine-city itinerary, kick starting with a fun Welcome Reception in Toronto and meeting like-minded travel companions. They will enjoy an excursion to visit the breathtaking Niagara Falls before taking an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. Trafalgar’s guests will travel onwards to Canada’s first capital, Kingston, and continue to the picturesque village of Montebello for a relaxing two-night stay at the world class Fairmont Le Château Montebello resort renowned for its rustic but luxurious accommodations and an extensive history of attracting Canadian celebrities and politicians including several Prime Ministers. They will savour a gastronomic Québec dinner infused with the French heritage way of cooking. On July 1st, travellers will embark on an introductory tour of Ottawa including viewing the historical buildings of Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall and the residence of the Governor General. They will also enjoy special access to the spectacular Canada Day 150 celebrations. The next day, guests will travel to Montreal, the most festive city in Canada which is celebrating its 375th anniversary in 2017 with numerous birthday bashes. They will enjoy Instagram-worthy views of Mont Royal where a Local Specialist will introduce them to the city’s historic sites including the stunning Notre Dame Basilica. They will enjoy a dinner in the Old Port with its famous cobbled stone streets, boutique shops and cafes. Travellers will taste their way around eastern Canada including an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience in Charlottetown and sample local specialties. They will enjoy traditional Prince Edward Island cuisine and fruit preserves at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. Flanked by herb gardens, flower beds and riverside vistas, host Bruce McNaughton speaks about the agriculture of the island and will demonstrate the preserve production process. Book lovers will be delighted to visit the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place. They will journey to New Brunswick and visit the rugged Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy and arrive in Saint John in the evening and take a leisurely ferry ride to Digby the next morning. Trafalgar’s guests will celebrate the end of their journey in the vibrant port city of Halifax where they will have free time to explore the sites such as the Maritime Museum and the massive Citadel.  They will experience Authentic Accommodations at the legendary Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites which was built in 1928 and the city’s most historic hotel.  On their last evening, they will enjoy a Cultural Insight and visit to one of the oldest breweries, Alexander Keith’s brew house and taproom. Lively toasts will be made during their Regional Meal of traditional Maritime pub cuisine and drinking some of the best Canadian brews. Clients have only up to April 28th to book this exclusive departure. $4,965 CAD* per person, double occupancy land and internal flight. Single supplement is $1,870 CAD* and includes all taxes and service charges. Additionally, a past loyal client discount of five per cent per person (land only) is also available for travellers who have previously travelled with TTC’s family of brands. To find out more information, please visit www.trafalgar.com and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook. Terms and Conditions *Land price includes GST/HST of $452p.p (twin) and GST/HST of $637 p.p (single), and air taxes of $93 p.p. Internal air is operated through Air Canada. Single supplement is additional. A deposit of $200 p.p is due within 3 calendar days of booking. If you cancel your booking, instead of losing your deposit, we will keep it as a $200 credit per person for future travel-up to 5 years. Final payment is due by April 28th, 2017. Offer is not combinable with other promotions or any early payment discounts, group discounts, friends & family discounts. Combinable with past guest discount only. Triple rooms and guaranteed twin share are not available on this trip. Trip is subject to limited availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. All pricing is in Canadian Dollars.last_img read more

An Interview with Scenic US

first_imgTravel Professional NEWS® speaks with Joni Rein, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Scenic US  With 2017 upon us, what new things can we expect to see this year? Scenic Luxury Cruises is well known as an innovator in the Luxury River Cruise market.  Scenic is the only river cruise company to offer 6-star service, unparalleled luxury and all at a truly all-inclusive rate.   The company is focused on delivering quality and excellence to both our travel partners and the guests they entrust to us. Each innovation takes the best interests of both in mind.  Here is what our travel partners can expect for 2017: A River Cruise Guarantee.  You will find this guarantee only with Scenic and, a first in the industry.  We have partnered with a well-known global insurance provider to offer cruising travel insurance.  On every Scenic river cruise guests are automatically covered once the cruise begins.  Our river cruise guarantee is designed to insure for unforeseen events rather than minor delays or deviations.  Our guests are covered for any delays or cancellations that occur due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or strikes.  In the event a claim is required, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits, guests will be refunded in the manner in which they paid for their cruise.  It’s another way of showing our appreciation for your booked guests by providing this extra peace of mind.  And best of all, it’s at no additional charge as it another benefit of their all-inclusive rate. Smooth sailing down the Douro River.  Scenic has staff and has operations established in Porto.  Our travel partners know that this means that we own, operate and have full control of our ships that cruise the Douro.  Our guests get the same unparalleled luxury and 6-star service no matter where we are cruising.  Having an operational presence in Portugal also gives us the advantage to offer longer cruises and to include additional stops that guests wouldn’t find on any other river cruise line. At Scenic we are very appreciative of our travel partner relationships.  This year brings about a significant increase in our capacity.  This growth is a testament to the support that we receive each and every day from you, our travel partners.  We are consistently working to make it easier for you to do business with us.  With that said, in Q3 we will be launching a new Agent Portal.  This portal will house all of the tools that will help you successfully market and sell more Scenic Luxury Cruise products.  And, at an average commission of $1,500 per booking, this is a place that you will want to become familiar with. What do you expect to be your most popular ships in 2017? It is very hard to select a most popular ship.  All our Scenic Space-Ships are intimate and luxurious.  If it wasn’t for the ever-changing scenery, you would believe that you were staying in a stylish 6-star hotel. What do you expect to be your most popular itineraries in 2017? (I left the cruises that Bill selected, just wrote around them and then added the paragraph about the Eclipse) Scenic’s itineraries are all very popular, however, we are seeing a little more interest this year in these 5 sailings:Gems of the Danube (8 day cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest)Rhine Highlights (8 day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel)Jewels of Europe (14 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest)Gems of the Seine (11 day cruise from Paris to Paris)Breathtaking Bordeaux (12 day cruise in Bordeaux) As with all our programs, these incredible journeys include luxurious accommodations, 6-star service and are inclusive of all meals and beverages aboard one of our Scenic Space-Ships.  Additionally, guests are entitled to private butler service, shore excursions, exclusive Scenic Enrich events, our Tailormade GPS program and even our Scenic Sundowners – our exclusive cocktail receptions hosted at some of Europe’s most majestic locations.  One price, one incredible journey. Bookings are also very strong for the Scenic Eclipse, the world’s only Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic, set to debut next year.  World-class innovation meets luxury with this 6-star, ultra-luxury mega yacht.  She will carry 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites and offer the same signature brand of all-inclusive luxury Scenic is known for.  Guests will enjoy the highest level of inclusions – all meals (no surcharge at any onboard dining venue), complimentary top-shelf beverages all day every day, butler service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio and onboard entertainment and lectures in the 240-seat theater. As with all Scenic cruises, all tips and gratuities are included as is complimentary Wi-Fi, expert local guides for included shore excursions, a choice of included Scenic Freechoice activities to personalize the guest experience plus numerous Scenic Enrich special events. Adding even more to the uniqueness of the product, the Scenic Eclipse will take guests to places previously thought inaccessible by using its two on-board helicopters as well as a seven-seat submarine, offering a whole new dimension of wonder. While these twin-engine helicopters take guests beyond the horizon, the custom-built submarine will be providing optimal sightseeing to the rarely-visited world below the water surface. The Scenic Eclipse will launch in the Mediterranean in  August 2018; her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.  For more information, visit scenicusa.com. With Travel Professionals on the rise, will you be offering any new training or incentives for Travel Professionals to focus on your line? Since my arrival at Scenic I have been visiting and speaking with many travel partners.  Our travel partners are very important to our success and growth, and we are committed to providing the training and tools to help them market and sell more of our products. Scenic SpecialistBecome a Scenic Specialist.  Travel partners can best how to describe the features and benefits of luxuriating onboard a Scenic River Cruise.  A series of online courses are available to help them:Position our 6-star, truly all-inclusive river cruises with unparalleled luxury featuresLocate potential clients who fit the profile of our guestsNavigate our website and other resources to better market the Scenic family of products The modules are quick, they are easy, and upon completion of the training, travel partners are eligible for up to a $100 per passenger incentive when booking their next Scenic river cruise.  This Specialist training is located at http://sceniccruisescourse.com/.Free Luxury Cruise Giveaway Not only can our travel partners earn an average of $1,500 per booking, we are also offering them the opportunity to enter to win a FREE cruise including roundtrip business class airfare on our brand new, discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse.  Every booking made for 2017 departures now through the end of April qualifies them for entry.  More details can be found at www.scenicusa.com/agent-portal/eclipse-competition.Truly All-Inclusive River Cruise A Scenic river cruise is the only truly all-inclusive river cruise.  Everything is included: From unforgettable excursions, fine dining and complimentary beverages throughout your cruise to traditional musical performances and fascinating natural history presentations.  Demand for river cruises is at an all-time high.  With our River Cruise Guarantee and commissions averaging $1,500 per booking, there is no better time than now to start selling. What three things do you feel set your product apart from the competition? Scenic has always been known as an innovator in river ship design and guest experience among travel partners, guests and the cruise industry in general.  Here are my top three:One of my favorite features onboard our “Space-Ships” is the Sun Lounge.  The Sun Lounge functions both as a solarium and an open-air balcony. The design is ingenious. With just a gentle press of a button, the folding glass door smoothly glides open and your balcony seamlessly converts into our exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge allowing you to enjoy the luxury of extra space as well as the unfolding landscape. It’s your own private oasis where you can enjoy breakfast, read a quiet chapter, or sip a glass of complimentary wine as you admire wondrous scenery. Next, I would have to say our new Scenic Eclipse.  It is the World’s First and Only Discovery Luxury Yacht and our first ocean cruise ship.  Due to come on line in August 2018, guests on each sailing will enjoy a choice of six onboard dining options – from contemporary fine dining with French cuisine, to Pan Asian, Italian and steak to casual al-fresco dining on the Pool Deck or in the Ocean Cafe Lounge. The ship also features a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. spa offering an extensive menu of luxury treatments, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools.  We continue to set the standard for unparalleled luxury and guest comfort. And finally, the fact that we are truly all-inclusive.  Everything is really included from airport transfers, shore excursions, all drinks, even our exclusive Scenic Enrich and Sundowner events.  Additionally, our offer of our exclusive River Cruise Guarantee.  Another first for Scenic and, again, included in the overall price of the cruise.  A key selling point especially if you have first time river cruise clients. There has been a big increase in active River Cruising, what activities are currently being offered on your line? What may be next? Scenic offers a wide range of activities from an easy paced to a more active cruise experience. As a matter of fact, Scenic has a full range of exclusive cycling itineraries that cater to our guests who want to spend more time being active while onshore. We have standard and e-bikes available, dedicated cycling guides, a bike mechanic and even a dedicated support vehicle that follows the group in the event that participants choose to walk some of the itinerary.  We handle all the transporting allowing guests to relax and “enjoy the ride”.  More information about these cycling itineraries can be found by visiting this link. The one exclusive port feature that everyone comes home talking about is our Exclusive Scenic Tailormade Program.  From the moment a guest steps onboard their luxury Scenic Space-Ship, they have access to their very own personal Tailormade GPS device. Acting as a private guide throughout your journey, this state-of-the-art device lets them navigate Europe’s famous cities and towns with complete ease — helping them negotiate winding city streets at the touch of a button.  Our exclusive Tailormade touring devices also feature an interactive map and commentary function, so guests can learn more about the destinations they’re passing as they float gently downstream. This commentary functionality can also be useful when participating in tour-guide led outings, allowing the guest to tune in to the guide’s microphone and hear them clearly, no matter where they’re standing. What generational market do you see your line focusing on as the capacity continues to grow? Do you have plans to focus on any specific market segment of River Cruise passengers?  We have 16 ships and the new Scenic Eclipse joining us next year.  Our luxury cruise product resonates with consumers who expect an active and adventurous journey.  As such we deliver sophisticated and exclusive shore excursions, onboard lectures by local experts and award-winning Sundowner events.  The design of our Space-Ships allows for a full immersion into the countryside. We are a young and growing company in the US market.  This has afforded us the opportunity to educate our travel partners and consumers that we are the only TRULY all-inclusive river cruise choice.  Our target demographic is active, well travelled, has high disposable income and very discriminating.  They are between the age of 50 and 70 and travel international several times per year in luxury accommodations. To attract guests who want a delightful gastronomical experience, we offer our exclusive Scenic Culinaire experience.  Scenic has transformed our Crystal Dining venue into a private cooking emporium. This dedicated area features cooking stations, a cheese and wine cellar, fresh ingredients sourced from local markets.  Here our cooking instructors will introduce our guests to regional recipes.  These exclusive cooking classes are a major highlight during French River Cruises with Scenic. Many of the Rivers in Europe are being said to be a bit crowded, what are your plans to overcome that? Are there new itineraries and or destinations that you are looking into? While we do offer many river cruises in Europe, we also offer cruises in Asia along the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers.  But what makes us even more unique is that our ships are built for the rivers they sail and designed to reach specific ports along each.  Our cruises tend to be longer and we offer unique and exclusive events ashore such as our Sundowners and our Scenic Enrich programs. What three things would you like to share with our Travel Professionals to assist in selling your line? Remember that Scenic Luxury Cruise products are truly all-inclusive and come with our River Cruise Guarantee.Average commission on a single booking is $1,500; we value your partnership and are here to assist you with product training, sales tips and more, just give us a call.  Also, look for our new agent portal to launch in Q3 of this year.If your clients are looking for unparalleled luxury and 6-star service levels, book them on a Scenic River Cruise. Many Travel Professionals have found their niche in River Cruising, what advice can you offer to a Travel Professional looking to break into this niche? Here’s my advice:Read the fine print.  Scenic is the only truly all-inclusive river cruise.Contact your Scenic BDM to set up a training session and learn how to best utilize our sales and marketing materials.  Your knowledgeable BDM will assist you with understanding our brand and our product offering; which clients would be ideal river cruise travelers; and how to leverage Scenic’s wonderful marketing assets like video’s, emails, and our cooperative marketing mailers.  Your BDM can also assist you in setting up a river cruise night so you can invite your clients to learn more about river cruising and Scenic.Take your own trip down a river.  The best way to sell a product is to experience it firsthand.   Contact your BDM to assess availability for a FAM trip.  At an average commission rate of $1,500 per booking, it is worth your time and effort. Predicting the future is difficult, but what do you think is next for the River Cruising market?  The river cruise segment is still very young.  Scenic is only 3 years old in the US market.  It has been my initial observation that the river cruise market has and will continue to grow rapidly over the next 3-5 years.  During that critical time it is in the best interest for Scenic and my fellow suppliers to educate our partners to help them differentiate our products and offerings.  Today, it is difficult for our travel partners to articulate the differences with confidence making it more complex than necessary when marketing river cruises.  It can become confusing… From combining a classic European bike tour with an elegant river cruise to theme cruises featuring culinary expertise to intergenerational departures that bring together families of all different ages for an unforgettable journey, river cruise lines are sending a message for all different types of travelers.  The more we can do to assist our travel partners the better for all of us.last_img read more

American Cruise Lines Leads the Way Again With New Class of Modern

first_imgGUILFORD, CT – March 1, 2017 – American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, is pleased to announce details for the first of a new class of 5 modern riverboats destined for the American rivers. These will be the first to combine the modern styling of the European riverboats with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known. The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests. The new riverboat will feature the largest staterooms in the United States, with private balconies, and hotel-size bathrooms. At 345 feet long, the new riverboat will include all the finest modern design features that today’s travelers have come to expect. “For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboats” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American. “American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program,  as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.” Construction has already begun on the new modern riverboat at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American is building two additional cruise ships at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Constellation, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017 and its sister ship will begin cruising in 2018.  About American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines is committed to continuous growth through an innovative ship design and ship building program that elevates the standard of cruising in America. The line has been the recipient of numerous prestigious travel industry awards including World’s Leading River Cruise Company 2016 and North America’s Leading River Cruise Company 2016 by World Travel Awards™, 2016 Gold Magellan Award for the Queen of the Mississippi, 2016 Silver Magellan Award for Best River Cruising, the 2016 Cruise Critic® US Editor’s Pick Award for Best Enrichment, among many others. American has more than 35 itineraries ranging from 4 to 21-nights in length, which visit the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the Mississippi River. The line has been continuously recognized for its new ships and for providing superb service to guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise. To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit http://americancruiselines.com/home or call 800-814- 6880. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americancruiselines or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/American_Cruise.last_img read more

Cruise Planners Business Model is Ideal for Armed Forces and First Responders

first_imgCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is once again recognized by Franchise Business Review as Top Franchise for Veterans  Coral Springs, Fla. – March 7, 2017 – Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agency franchise network in the industry, is recognized by Franchise Business Review for its commitment to transitioning, training and supporting veterans, the active military community and their spouses. Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that provides industry benchmarks for franchisee satisfaction. The recognition identifies Cruise Planners as a Top Franchise for Veterans showing that the company is an outstanding brand evaluated by those who know the company best—the franchise owners. The company recently expanded its military incentive program to include Armed Forces and First Responders. Cruise Planners has expanded its Veteran’s Initiative to now include all Armed Forces (active and retired) and the First Responder Community since it offers the ideal home-based franchise business.  “We know that armed forces personnel and first responders are ideal for our franchise model as their leadership skills and our on-the-job training allow them to run their own business, without needing travel experience,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We are committed to helping the military and public service communities transition to civilian life by being small business owners and entrepreneurs using the Cruise Planners business model.” Cruise Planners recently revamped its Armed Forces and First Responders Initiative Program, which is dedicated to making it easy for the entire military and first responder community to combine their passion for travel and entrepreneurial spirit. The program includes up to $4,000 in benefits, incorporating additional tools for success such as a marketing credit, more than 25 percent in savings, free Cruise Planners military or first responders postcard and allowing an additional attendee to the Cruise Planners’ six-day training program. The wealth of support and benefits that Cruise Planners offers has helped the military community to account for nearly 20 percent of Cruise Planners franchise owners. People with a passion for travel and a connection to the military should become a work from home travel agent with Cruise Planners by visitingwww.cruiseplannersfranchise.com. Cruise Planners Franchise Owner, Russ Russell, is a United States Veteran who was able to combine his military experience and passion for travel and turn it into a lucrative small business. Those looking to start a travel agency with Cruise Planners should visit www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com. “With the right training and support, you can sell travel and be successful, and I knew my passion for travel would be a recipe for success,” says Russ Russell, U.S. Veteran and Cruise Planners franchise owner. “The path to building a successful business is not an expressway; it’s more like a meandering country road that eventually gets you where you want to go so long as you have the right map to guide you. Cruise Planners provides a turn-key, business-in-a-box strategy to make me successful.” Cruise Planners gave Russell the tools, guidance and support to become a travel professional and an expert in his field. He then took his military training and utilized it to become successful just a few short years. Those looking to become a travel agent with Cruise Planners should visit www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com.  About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel RepresentativeCruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,800 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 14 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 6 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 13 consecutive years (2004-2016), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Elite Agency of the Year (2016), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Partner of the Year (2016), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), Travel Impressions Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2016),  Sandals Top Host – Worldwide, Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2016), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2015), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com. Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting ourmedia room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit the Cruise Planners franchise website at http://www.cruiseplannersfranchise.com/.  Media Contact:Caitlin Gardner, Director of Public Relations Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative CGardner@cruiseplanners.com 954-344-8060last_img read more

Crystal Adds Famed Broadway Talent To Luxury Marquee

first_imgTony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum to bring Broadway programming and players aboard Crystal luxury vessels  LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2017 – Today, Crystal introduced “Crystal on Broadway,” an exclusive new partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum which will bring cast members and creative experts from some of theater’s premier shows to Crystal’s elegant stages and intimate venues. McCollum – who boasts a 25-year career in the theater industry and counts In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent, Motown: The Musical, and Something Rotten! among some of his great successes – will help present performances, lectures and Q&A with some of theater’s top artists on select Crystal sailings. Debuting this summer, 2017, the new line-up will feature guest singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and other artists on designated voyages on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Kevin McCollum and his vast network of talented performers,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president. “The artists and experts set for this exclusive new program hail straight from Broadway, offering our guests the superlative caliber of entertainment, enrichment and insider viewpoints they expect aboard a Crystal ship.” For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel professional, call 888.799.2437, or visit Crystal’s website, www.crystalcruises.com. As it expands its reach to all luxury travelers across the globe, Crystal evolves to The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).  The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line ™ – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class™ with Crystal Residences at Sea.last_img read more

Norwegian Debuts Popular Escape Room Experience

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Line further enhances entertainment offerings onboard with all-new “Escape the Big Top” adventure game on four ships  Miami, Florida – Mar 08, 2017 – Continuing their history of providing guests with exciting, innovative and cutting edge entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Line has debuted an all-new entertainment experience onboard several of the line’s ships that will surprise and challenge guests:  Escape The Big Top. Guests can experience the magic of an escape room with a twist, as they put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock. An onboard carnival takes an unusual turn when an act goes wrong. It’s then up to the guests to solve the clues and escape the spell before the time runs out.  This complimentary event, which can run up to one hour, is the ultimate combination of intellect and urgency. Escape the Big Top gives guests of all ages the chance to not only compete against the clock, but their fellow guests as well for added fun. The new entertainment concept is available several times per cruise onboard the line’s four newest ships, including Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape. Guests interested in testing their skills and knowledge can make their reservations through the box office once they are onboard and sign up information can be found in the ship’s Freestyle Daily. Escape the Big Top is one of many engaging and award-winning entertainment offerings available to guests on Norwegian Cruise Line.  Voted Best Entertainment by Cruise Critic, Norwegian features entertainment beyond anything at sea, including Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals, amazing dinner theatre experiences from Cirque Dreams, headline comedians, sing-along fun from Howl At The Moon, live music, over-the-top theme parties, spectacular shows and much more. For more information on Norwegian’s entertainment experiences or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional or visit www.ncl.com.last_img read more

Explore Panama with the AllInclusive Adventure Package at Los Establos Boutique Inn

first_imgEnjoy Panama with new All-Inclusive package that includes daily choice of activity (Photo Credit:Elite Island Resorts)   DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.–Los Establos Boutique Inn, with its new All-Inclusive Adventure Package, makes it easier than ever to discover the nature lover’s paradise of Panama. Set in the midst of a lush coffee plantation in Boquete, and surrounded by emerald-green mountains, blue waterfalls and rushing rivers, this enchanting estate offers panoramic views of the Barú Volcano and the surrounding national park. The hotel’s magnificent scenery, spacious suites and luxurious amenities can be experienced with the five-night All-Inclusive Adventure Package starting at just $995 per person, based on double occupancy. This offer applies to new reservations made by April 30, 2017. This attractive vacation package includes classically romantic accommodations; all meals, including Panamanian-style breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Los Establos Restaurant; all beverages, including bottled water, soft drinks, gourmet coffee, wine and premium spirits; resort amenities like the Grand Salon, featuring billiards and satellite television; and a business center with 24-hour Wi-Fi access. Also included is the choice of four complimentary activities (one per day, not including arrival and departure days). Available activities include a relaxing spa treatment, coffee plantation tour, panoramic rainforest tour, ziplining through the rainforest, hiking to the Lost Waterfalls, river rafting on the Chiriquí River, a walk along the Hanging Bridges, and bird-watching at Paradise Gardens. “We’re delighted to bring awareness to this enticing package, which provides guests with a great incentive to discover a new destination and the unique charm of Los Establos and Boquete, Panama,” said Steve Heydt, President of Elite Island Resorts. “It’s the perfect romantic vacation setting for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and anyone who enjoys quality time in an exclusive retreat and savoring an excellent cup of Panama’s famous local coffee.” Whether travelers seek seclusion and tranquility or thrills and adventure, Los Establos is their home away from home, distinctive in every way. Situated 4,000 feet above sea level and set on a 16-acre coffee plantation in charming Boquete, Los Establos is highlighted by beautifully manicured gardens, peaceful pathways throughout the property and a unique orchid treehouse. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, travelers should contact their favorite travel professional or call 888-481-0656.  About Elite Island ResortsElite Island Resorts represents an impressive collection of All-Inclusive beachfront properties in the Caribbean. Each resort provides something unique for every traveler, with offerings ranging from destination weddings and romantic escapes to family retreats and eco vacations. Resorts include: St. James’s Club & Villas, The Verandah Resort & Spa, Pineapple Beach Club Antigua and Galley Bay Resort & Spa, all in Antigua; St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; Long Bay Beach Club in Tortola, BVI; Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Grenadines; and The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa. Los Establos Boutique Inn in Boquete, Panama is also a part of the group. For more information visit www.eliteislandresorts.com or call 800-771-4711.last_img read more

Goway Offers Globetrotters More Choice in Affordable Luxury Vacations

first_imgGoway is tempting travellers with new offers on a range of its finest luxury accommodations.  As experts in custom travel packages, Goway provides a range of vacation ideas around the globe to cater to luxury travellers. “We don’t assume all luxury clients want the same thing. Not everyone on a ‘luxury vacation’ is seeking 5-star resorts with butler service, or first class airfare, or fully escorted tours,” says Bronwyn Hodge, Goway’s Islands General Manager. “What we are seeing and hearing is that affluent holidaymakers today want authentic experiences, often including a bit of adventure, tailor-made itineraries, and transformational journeys.” For instance, these clients may opt for a boutique heritage hotel that oozes with character or is very unique to the area. Goway’s Stays of Distinction are handpicked properties chosen not just because they embody a deluxe standard, but because of extra qualities that characterize them as ‘special.’ Stays of Distinction include Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley a special Australian homestead stay within a private wilderness reserve; or the Luna Hotel Baglioni, a historic hotel in the heart of Venice that was once a magnificent Venetian palace. Goway’s 14-day Best of Belmond Brazil and Peru is a great choice for this type of luxury traveler. This itinerary includes classic stops such as colourful Rio de Janeiro and Peru’s famous Machu Picchu, while staying entirely in beautiful Belmond Properties. This vacation features a walking tour of Cusco by night, free time on Copacabana beach, and a visit to one of Peru’s local communities. The hotels are luxurious, yet completely charming: Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel, a Portuguese-colonial residence, is the only hotel located within Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Meanwhile Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco is a former monastery and national monument dating back to 1592. Goway currently has an exclusive promotion which includes savings of $800 US / $1120 CA per couple on bookings made by April 15, 2017. For those seeking authentic local experiences with some adventure, Goway’s Bangkok and River Kwai Wellness Retreat fits the bill. It includes a street-food walking tour, a day exploring by bicycle and an overnight stay on the River Kwai. For a limited time, clients can save $200 US / $300 CA per couple. In Africa, Goway’s Best of Namibia Circuit Flying Safari takes visitors ‘to the air’ over 7 days. Globetrotters can experience the breathtaking colours of Namibia’s desert sands, along with its unique wildlife, traveling by light aircraft transfers and sleeping in a stunning wilderness reserve, a Victorian style hotel, and a Tented Camp. For a special occasion, such as a honeymoon or anniversary, Goway’s Paris and Maldives combines two of the most romantic places on Earth: Paris, the most beloved city on the planet, followed by tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives. This Maldives component of this custom package can be upgraded to include Overwater Bungalow accommodation. This 2-week trip is on sale until March 31, 2017 with a saving of $500 US/ $700 CA per couple.last_img read more

KHM Travel Group Celebrates 2016 Accomplishments at 4th Annual National Conference

first_imgKHM Travel Group Celebrates 2016 Accomplishments at 4th Annual National Conference Between days at sea on the Carnival Conquest, sunny days in three ports, and the Crystal Awards Ceremony, KHM Travel Group’s fourth annual Crystal Conference was an event to remember. From January 29th– February 4th the host agency’s supplier partners, staff, agents and guests came together for an amazing week at sea. With 361 people on the cruise, it was the biggest event in the host travel agency’s history! Agents and staff at the supplier trade show on board the Conquest. Together, they celebrated the past year’s accomplishments, connected with old and new friends, and renewed their passion for travel and the travel industry! “Networking between agents and agents, and between agents and suppliers is really what this event is all about,” said Rick Zimmerman, KHM Travel Group’s CEO and President. The training theme for the event, “Discover Your Why” was reflected in the general sessions, our networking receptions, and of course, the Crystal Awards Ceremony in which KHM Travel recognized their top-producing agents for 2016. The full list of Crystal Award winners can be found here. From left to right: KHM Travel Group’s Executive Team with the Agent of the Year, Alison Turner (in red). At the post-ceremony cocktail reception Zimmerman gave a State of KHM Travel Group address. He urged agents to write down their core values, to focus on the end-client experience, and to always show gratitude. That led into a discussion in which KHM Travel staff and agents shared their “Whys” for what they do and what motivates them. It was a very stirring and motivating discussion, and one of the highlights of the trip! “I’ve never seen a group of people so engaged as they were during that hour,” said Zimmerman. “We really got into our core values, and how they really make for a great end-client experience.” Following the final session on Friday morning, the entire group of nearly 400 people gathered on the Conquest’s Sky Deck for a group picture. The hosts for this year Crystal Conference and Awards, Carnival Cruise Line, made this a truly special week for KHM Travel agents and staff! “What an amazing way to start off the year,” says KHM Agent Sandy. “I came home feeling like I was armed with new knowledge as well as new enthusiasm and motivation to be the best I can be!” The Crystal Conference and Awards is KHM Travel Group’s annual national conference for its travel agents, preferred suppliers and staff. The staff is already planning next year’s Crystal Conference and Awards, which is being held on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas.  ABOUT KHM TRAVEL GROUP – KHM Travel Group is an award-winning host agency, currently supporting 4,000+ independent travel agents across the United States. With an innovative education and support program, along with a dedicated staff of over 50 full-time employees, KHM Travel Group specializes in helping individuals sell travel products including cruises, vacation packages, tours, honeymoons, group travel and more. For more information, visit http://khmtravel.com.last_img read more

October 2019 Issue – Travel Professional NEWS

first_imgClick Here to View the October 2019 Issue   In This Issue: Interview: How the Scenic Eclipse May Change Cruising An Interview By: Andy Ogg,…,Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 20, 2019) – The first full day of the 2019 Cruises Inc.®, CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean…,Written By: Mary Pat Sullivan, Content Director – Travel Weekly Events     Professional development is critical to growth and success for any business. Anyone…,Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the company has reached an agreement with the board of Elegant Hotels Group plc (LON: EHG; “Elegant”) on the…,Fares for nearly 200 all-inclusive luxury sailings will increase with the company’s Book Now Savings deadline   MIAMI, October 17, 2019 – Travelers still have…,FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA) (the “Company”) today announced that it plans to release its…,Now open to the general public, Silversea’s new summer 2021 & winter 2021/22 voyages incorporate an unparalleled variety of experiences, plus 28 maiden calls.   (Monaco…,As part of Mexico’s largest hotel company, the collection’s extensive roster of resorts offers exclusive experiences for all ages to enjoy.   Mexico City, Mexico (October…,Miami, FL – (October 17, 2019) – Whet Travel, the leader in independent music cruise experiences, today announced a special limited-time offer providing one free…,More than 700 of the world’s top golf tour operators votes, the majority choosing Palace Resorts’ flagship property as the best in its category.  …,Written By: Cris De Souza, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Nexion Travel Group     Building a successful travel business requires increasing revenues and…last_img read more

Central Holidays Announces Partnership with Passport Online

first_imgClick Here to View the October 2019 Issue   In This Issue: Interview: How the Scenic Eclipse May Change Cruising An Interview By: Andy Ogg,…,Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 20, 2019) – The first full day of the 2019 Cruises Inc.®, CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean…,Written By: Mary Pat Sullivan, Content Director – Travel Weekly Events     Professional development is critical to growth and success for any business. Anyone…,Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the company has reached an agreement with the board of Elegant Hotels Group plc (LON: EHG; “Elegant”) on the…,Fares for nearly 200 all-inclusive luxury sailings will increase with the company’s Book Now Savings deadline   MIAMI, October 17, 2019 – Travelers still have…,FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA) (the “Company”) today announced that it plans to release its…,Now open to the general public, Silversea’s new summer 2021 & winter 2021/22 voyages incorporate an unparalleled variety of experiences, plus 28 maiden calls.   (Monaco…,As part of Mexico’s largest hotel company, the collection’s extensive roster of resorts offers exclusive experiences for all ages to enjoy.   Mexico City, Mexico (October…,Miami, FL – (October 17, 2019) – Whet Travel, the leader in independent music cruise experiences, today announced a special limited-time offer providing one free…,More than 700 of the world’s top golf tour operators votes, the majority choosing Palace Resorts’ flagship property as the best in its category.  …,Written By: Cris De Souza, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Nexion Travel Group     Building a successful travel business requires increasing revenues and…last_img read more