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Pleasant Holidays Offers $4,000 Bonus for Groups

Pleasant Holidays and Journese announced their Mexico Exclusive Enhanced Group Booking Bonus featuring a bonus up to $4,000 per booking in addition to normal group commission.
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Saint Lucia Tourism Grows, Offers Special Agent Rates

After hitting record-setting numbers in 2017, current figures show continued robust growth of Saint Lucia's tourism sector, proving that the destination is an island vacation that appeals to a wide range of travelers.
Alice Springs is one area of the Australian Outback where visitors can fly for free with the Tourism Northern Territory offer.

Fly Free to the Australian Outback

Australia's Tourism Northern Territory organization is helping U.S. travelers experience the Outback by offering free flights to the area. 
Visitors can enjoy a discounted stay at Walt Disney World on select days in June.

Disney World Welcomes Summer with Hotel Discounts

Walt Disney World is heralding in the start of summer by offering visitors special hotel deals and other extra perks on select days in June.
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Sell Three, Sail Free with U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld, a river cruise experience exclusively for travelers 21-45 years old, announced its first Sell Three, Sail Free promotion. 
Carnival Horizon

Debut of Carnival Horizon

Streamers flew and cameras flashed as the godmother of the new Carnival Horizon, Queen Latifah, performed the official naming ceremony for the ship in New York City.
Bauhaus building in Dessau. Germany

Germany: A European Tourism Star

Germany is seeing an upward trend in visitor numbers, and there's an array of reasons for travelers to visit this European country.
Portugal FAMs with Tours Specialists Inc travel roundtrip from Lisbon.

Portugal FAMs Departing This Year

With weekly departures available throughout the year, Tours Specialists Inc. is offering Portugal FAMs with three different itineraries for travel agents. 
Travel Impressions Asia

Travel Impressions Relaunches Asia Product

With more travelers requesting trips to destinations in Asia, Travel Impressions has recently relaunched its entire Asia portfolio to provide agents with a wider breadth of products in the area.
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Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas to Become Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts plans to convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018.
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Brendan Vacations Unveils Enhanced Agent Portal

Brendan Vacations recently unveiled its redesigned website and enhanced travel agent portal,making it easier to find the right itinerary for every traveler.
Club Med

Club Med is Headed to the Dominican Republic—Again

Club Med is headed to the Dominican Republic (again) with the brand's second property in the DR with the opening of a new property in Miches.
Calabash Cove Resort & Spa is one of several properties offering discounts to Saint Lucia Expert graduates.

Become a Saint Lucia Expert, Enjoy Special Rates

Special agent rates for Saint Lucia Expert course graduates.
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AMResorts Wants Travel Agents to Have an “Amazing May”

AMResorts has launched Amazing May, a travel agent appreciation campaign filled with contests, special rates, and prizes.
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Travel Impressions Shows Travel Agents Appreciation

Travel Impressions is showing love for travel agents with the Million In May promotion giving away 1,000,000 in LoyalTI First points and prizes.
Rendering of the new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

Score More Commission with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Bookings

Now you can score amped-up commission rates with your bookings on this new cruising option.
Village Beach Cottages is one of several properties in Saint Lucia offering special rates during Saint Lucia Agent Month (SLAM).

Agent Rates in Saint Lucia

Special agent rates for Saint Lucia Expert course graduates.
Jon Grutzner

New President at Insight Vacations & Luxury Gold

Insight Vacations & Luxury Gold has announced Jon Grutzner as their new USA president. Phil Cappelli to leave Insight Vacations & Luxury Gold at the end of May.
Nexion Leap into Luxury Travel Forum

Leap Into Luxury Travel Sales With Nexion’s New Forum

This fall, Nexion will host its first-ever Leap into Luxury Travel Forum designed for Nexion members who are interested in learning how to start or expand their luxury travel sales.
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Margaritaville is Headed to Times Square

Margaritaville, the brand global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun in the sun, is headed to Times Square with a new property opening in 2020.
Dominican Republic

Update from DATE: All-Inclusive Resorts in the Dominican Republic

Much of the talk at this month's DATE (Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange) in Punta Cana was about the continued growth of travel to the Dominican Republic, but the focus was also on new and renovated hotels of all stripes.
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New Initiatives & Bookable Experiences with VisitBritain

Agents, here's what you need to know on new initiatives and bookable experiences VisitBritian has developed for the travel trade.

Victory Cruise Lines Arrives in Miami

Victory Cruise Lines' Victory I arrived in Port Miami yesterday, and last night, we hopped on board for a celebration of its maiden voyage to Cuba.
Marriott International loyalty program

Marriott International New Unified Loyalty Program

Marriott International will introduce one unified loyalty program across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).
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New Family-Friendly Trips Added to Pleasant Holidays

New family-friendly trip destinations in the U.S. and Canada have been added to Pleasant Holidays' portfolio. These new destinations...
Sandals Resort's new travel agent rewards program debuted on April 5, 2018.

Sandals Resorts Debuts New Commission Program

Sandals Resorts International is rolling out its new commission program for travel agents—Points to Paradise—effective today, April 5, 2018.
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New Agent Incentive Includes Tahiti Trip

Pleasant Holidays and Journese launched a travel agent incentive that includes a grand prize trip for two to Tahiti valued at approximately $4,790.
The Ridge At Playa Grande is one of several properties offering deals for travelers looking to spend their tax refund on travel.

Travel Deals Worthy of Your Tax Refund Dollars

From the national parks of Africa to the beaches of Mexico, here are a few of the travel deals cropping up around the world just in time for tax season.
Apple Leisure Group and Mark Travel

Apple Leisure Group and Mark Travel to Merge

Apple Leisure Group and Mark Travel have signed a definitive agreement to join forces to create an integrated leisure travel and technology solutions company.
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All-Inclusive Properties Offer Deals For Tax Refund Season

Whether your clients have already filed their taxes or are waiting until the very last minute, these tax season deals are reason enough for them to use those extra tax refund dollars from Uncle Sam on their next vacation.
Costa Rica FAM

All-Inclusive Costa Rica FAM

Sunnyland Tours is offering agents the opportunity to join in on the company's Costa Rica FAM with daily departures available now through December 2020. 
Iceland, Godafoss at sunset, beautiful waterfall, long exposure Tauck

Tauck: 25 Years & Growing Bigger

Tauck might be celebrating 25 years at sea, but it’s not resting on its laurels, with plans to add itineraries and ships.
CroisiEurope guests will sail aboard the RV African Dream on the cruise line's new land-and-cruise package in Africa.

CroisiEurope Launches African Product With Discounts

CroisiEurope recently launched its first-ever African product, and now your clients can enjoy discounts on select fall and winter departures. 
Royal Caribbean travel agent commission

Royal Caribbean Changes Travel Agent Commission Policy

Royal Caribbean has made changes to its commissions distribution, which will benefit a travel agent whose clients redeem Future Cruise Certificates.
Nitmiluk Gorge is one of several places travelers can visit in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Australia’s Outback Pays Back Agents For New Bookings

With the latest promotions from the Northern Territory of Australia, it literally pays to book clients on a trip to The Outback. 
Agents on the Sterling Vacations Douro River cruise FAM will sail roundtrip from Porto.

Douro River Cruise FAM

Agents looking to explore Portugal via one of its most popular waterways can hop on a Sterling Vacations Douro River cruise FAM departing on various dates throughout May 2018. 
Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma by Karisma

New Karisma Campaign Rewards Agents With Tiffany Diamonds

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Tiffany & Co to reward travel agents with diamonds as part of the Frost Yourself campaign.
Rear view of man looking at lake

Delta Vacations Continues European Expansion

Delta Vacations has added the Azores, Portugal; Bordeaux, France; Crete, Greece; and Salzburg, Austria to its portfolio. 
Virtuoso members will now enjoy additional benefits at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Ritz-Carlton Property Joins Virtuoso

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in California has been added to Virtuoso's Hotels & Resorts Program.  As part of the program, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake...

Win a Bucket List-Worthy Trip With Exodus Travels

Travel agents work hard all year to book their clients on the vacation of their dreams, and now Exodus Travels is giving agents a chance to do the same for themselves with a game of Bucket List Bingo.
The L.A. Insider program aims to help travel professionals sell L.A. like a local.

Become an L.A. Insider With New Agent Training

This week, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) launched L.A. Insider, a new online training tool for travel trade professionals offering tips on how to better sell the city and stay up-to-date with its latest offerings.
Scott Koepf joins Cruise Planners this March.

Scott Koepf Joins Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, today announced the addition of Scott Koepf as v.p. of strategic development starting March 2018.
Penguins on the beach in Cape Town. (Photo courtesy of The Twelve Apostles.)

Cape Town’s Water Shortage

The water shortage in Cape Town is a real issue, but the destination is still open and welcoming tourism business.
Grail Springs Wellness Retreat in Brancroft, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of the Wellness Tourism Association.)

How Does the New Wellness Tourism Association Benefit You?

If you're wondering how exactly this new association works and how it benefits you, we have the answers.
Members of the Caribbean tourism industry gathered at the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico for this year's CHTA Marketplace.

Takeaways from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Marketplace

Fifty-eight percent of people in the Caribbean hospitality business are highly optimistic about 2018, and this is in the wake of two Category 5 hurricanes. But that's the big picture. Take a look at some of the details revealed at CHTA Marketplace's press conferences.
The African Travel, Inc. educational Kenya trip will explore different areas of the country focusing on wild life and game drives.

Kenya FAM For First-Timers

Travel agents who have never visited Kenya can explore the wild side of this country on an educational safari...
Guests enjoying brunch doing a bus tour with U by Uniworld. (Photo courtesy of U by Uniworld.)

The Bachelor Sails with U by Uniworld + Selling Tips

Tonight's "The Bachelor" episode, which airs on ABC, will be featuring the cast sailing with U by Uniworld. Here are tips on how to make this episode beneficial for you.
More than $10,000 in gift cards and other prizes is up for grabs with Carnival's latest travel agent contest.

Test Your Carnival Cruise Line IQ and Win

How well do you know Carnival Cruise Line? With the company's latest contest, travel agents can test their "Carnival IQ" for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and a cruise for two.
G Adventures' 4-month campaign features perks and prizes for top-selling agents.

G-Normous Prizes Up For Grabs With G Adventures

Small-group tour operator G Adventures is giving travel agents some 'G-Normous' perks and prizes in a 4-month campaign running now through April 30, 2018
Collette is giving away 100 prizes to travel agents and their clients.

100 Days, 100 Giveaways With Collette

In honor of its 100th birthday, tour operator Collette is spending 100 days giving away 100 prizes to travel agents and their clients who enter the company's contest online. 
An aerial view shows Marigot, one of several areas to have already reopened in St. Martin.

St. Martin Invites Travelers to Return to ‘The Friendly Island’

When representatives from the French St. Martin Tourist Office traveled to Miami last week to update members of the media on the island's post-hurricane recovery efforts, their overall message was heard loud and clear: St. Martin is open for business and eager to welcome visitors.
The Wellness Tourism Association will serve as a network for professionals in this sector of the travel industry.

Booming Wellness Tourism Industry Launches New Organization

Wellness tourism is a booming sector of the travel industry and now it comes with its own professional organization: the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA).
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