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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.
tax refund Eden Roc Miami Beach

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).
Greece is among several destinations that travel agents can visit on select Variety Cruises itineraries.

Special Travel Agent Rates for 2018/2019 Cruising

As Variety Cruises continues to expand its portfolio, the small ship cruising company is inviting travel agents to experience several of its itineraries at a discounted rate.
Celebrity Cruises hosts first legal same-sex marriage at sea.

Celebrity Cruises Rings Wedding Bells With Pride

Celebrity Cruises celebrated a major milestone not only for the company itself, but also for the LGBTQ+ community when it hosted the wedding of Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray, the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.
The American Queen will sail the Mississippi River allowing travel agents to explore New Orleans and nearby cities.

Explore the Big Easy and Beyond on a River Cruise FAM

Agents can explore the Big Easy and nearby cities on a roundtrip New Orleans river cruise FAM trip aboard an American Queen Steamboat Company vessel.
The pool at Forte Village Resort,a 120-acre luxury property in Sardinia.

Sardinian Luxury Resort Expands in North American Market

Forte Village Resort, a luxury resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, has welcomed a new member to its team: Silvia Brighenti, global sales director.

Cox & Kings Expands Travel Agent Support

In an effort to bolster relationships within the travel agencies and luxury travel advisors, tour operator Cox & Kings has expanded its U.S. sales team.
Iberostar Las Letras in Madrid, the location of the press event for Iberostar. (Photo courtesy of Iberostar.)

Iberostar ‘Lets It Shine’ with Rebrand

Iberostar Group has undergone a rebranding and received a new segmentation of its properties. During an event at Iberostar Las Letras, Sabina Fluxa, Iberostar Group’s vice-chairman and CEO explained to a crowd of journalists from across the globe, the brand’s new revamped identity.
The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest is one of several sites travel agents will see on this FAM trip.

Explore Central Europe on a FAM

Foreign Independent Tours is inviting travel agents to explore Central Europe on an escorted FAM trip through Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

At Travel Leaders Network, the Power of “One”

The power of "One" was on view as Travel Leaders Network celebrated its first anniversary as a single brand, following the merger of Vacation.com, Travel Leaders and Results! Travel last January.

TTC Launches New Travel Portal

In an effort to make the lives of travel agents and their clients easier, The Travel Corporation (TTC) has launched My Travel Portal (MTP), a new online initiative aimed at streamlining the process of booking and managing trips.

Collette to Host Webinar on Commission Rebating

For years Collette has protected travel professionals and their commissions through its no discounting strategy. Now the tour operator is hosting a webinar designed to help agents overcome the issue of commission rebating.
Agents will visit Machu PIcchu and several other sites in Peru on the upcoming Tara Tours FAM trip.

FAM Trip Highlights Peru and Machu Picchu

Agents looking to experience Peru, including Mach Picchu, can join Tara Tours for a weeklong FAM trip departing this spring. 
Agents can double their AMRewards points when booking clients at this Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa throughout January. (Photo credit: Dreams Resorts & Spas)

AMResorts Plans for New Perks, Resources and Education Program for Agents

AMResorts, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is starting 2018 with new campaigns to double agents' reward earnings and plans to enhance resources and education programs for them as well. 
Speakers at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum spoke on a variety of issues from climate change to resilience post-natural disasters.

Sustainability as a Travel Business Issue

Much of the talk at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's recent Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts was, as advertised, about climate change, but it was more than that. Here are a few of the many takeaways.
Halong Bay is one of several areas that agents will visit on this FAM trip through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Visit Vietnam and Cambodia on a FAM Trip

Agents with a desire to increase their bookings in Vietnam and Cambodia can visit both countries on FAM trip co-sponsored by Singapore Airlines and Pacific Holidays. 
Kristina Miranda brings more than five years of experience to her new position at Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold.

New Director Joins Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold

On Jan. 29, 2018, The Travel Corporation will welcome the newest member of its team: Kristina Miranda.
The U.S. Department of State will use new methods to keep U.S. citizens up to date on safety issues abroad.

Travel Advisories Now Issued for Each Individual Country

The U.S. Department of State has changed the way it will communicate with U.S. citizens abroad with the launch of Travel Advisories and Alerts to replace the previously used Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Emergency Messages and Security Messages.
Brightline

Brightline Begins Introductory Service

Brightline, Florida’s express passenger rail service, will begin introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach this Saturday, Jan. 13.
Help your clients tie the knot on a Carnival cruise and receive increased commissions.

Ring the Carnival Cruise Wedding Bells With Increased Commissions

Wedding bells are ringing aboard Carnival Cruise Line, and agents who book their clients' nuptials during Carnival's Wave Season will now receive increased commissions.
2018 marks Seabourn's 30th year of operating in the cruising industry.

Seabourn Toasts to 2018 and a Major Milestone

When the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2018, Seabourn marked the beginning of a new year with celebrations of the cruise line's 30th anniversary and plans to keep the party going throughout all of 2018.
Apple Vacations' expanded social media resources include guidelines for posting across multiple platforms.

Apple Vacations Expands Social Media Resources With Ready-Made Posts

In a world that increasingly turns to social media for information, Apple Vacations is helping travel agents stand out on these platforms with its expanded offering of social media resources, including ready-to-use digital content and tools.
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana is one of several participating resorts where Travel Impressions is offerings exclusive savings and offers.

Travel Impressions Kicks Off 2018 With Exclusive Offers

Travel Impressions is starting 2018 with exclusive savings and other offers for agents booking groups at select IBEROSTAR properties in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
The Ponant Icebreaker will lead guests on polar expeditions after its delivery in 2021.

Ponant Breaks the Ice With New Ship Plans

Ponant is breaking the ice in the world of polar expedition cruises with the announcement of its recently ordered ship: an electric hybrid cruise icebreaker propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas.
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is one of 24 properties under the Bahia Principe brand.

Bahia Principe Rebrands Hotel Portfolio

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts announced the reorganizing and rebranding of its 24-hotel portfolio in an effort to simplify the process for agents and consumers to identify which property best suits their needs. 
The Carton Estate dates back to the 12th century.

Landmark Irish Hotel Sold to Owners of Apple Vacations

After what was a competitive marketing process, the Carton House Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, long considered a landmark Irish property, has been sold to the Belmullet Hospitality Group. 
The vibrant and colorful city of Cartagena is one of three cities that agents will visit on this Colombia FAM trip.

Explore Colombia FAM Trip

Explore three of Colombia's most popular cities on a spring 2018 FAM trip co-sponsored by Pacific Holidays and Avianca Airline.
Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship will sail the Mediterranean for its inaugural season.

Princess Cruises Announces Name and Inaugural Season of New Ship

Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess is scheduled to launch on its inaugural season in October 2019. 
Agents will experience several islands of Tahiti on this 8-day FAM trip.

8-Day Tahiti FAM With Pacific Holidays

Pacific Holidays and Air Tahiti Nui are teaming up to co-sponsor an 8-day FAM trip that will bring agents to experience the islands of Tahiti.
Views of Panama City's Casco Viejo .

7-Day Luxury FAM Trip in Panama

For agents looking to explore Panama, Sunnyland Tours is hosting a 7-day luxury FAM trip to the Central American country in spring 2018.
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