Bonus commissions client savings more with TravelBrands Encore Cruises promo

first_img Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — TravelBrands is riding a wave of cruise offers that offers travellers and travel agents bonus amenities and added value when booking Encore Cruises in the Mediterranean and Europe.The Encore Cruises European Extravaganza runs from March 1-14 and includes the following:AmaWaterways: $100 spa credit and a bottle of sparkling wineAvalon: $50 bonus commissionAzamara Club Cruises: Guest receive up to US$500 onboard credit, travel agents receive up to $150 bonus incentiveCelebrity Cruises: $200 air creditCosta Cruises: $50 onboard credit and $50 bonus travel agent incentiveCroisiEurope: Clients receive a $100 discountCunard: Up to $300 onboard creditDisney Cruise Line: 2x Loyalty PointsHolland America Line: $50 onboard credit + onboard coupon booklet; $50 bonus travel agent incentiveHurtigruten: $50 onboard creditMSC Cruises: $50 onboard creditNorwegian Cruise Line: Up to 30% savings + 2 bottles of winePrincess Cruises: Chocolate covered strawberries and onboard coupon bookletRoyal Caribbean Cruises: Prepaid gratuities and up to $400 air creditSilverseas: 1% bonus commissionVantage: $1,000 air credit + $100 bonus commissionMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFor more information go to travelbrands.com. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Tags: Commission, Encore Cruises, Promotions, TravelBrands Bonus commissions, client savings & more with TravelBrands’ Encore Cruises promolast_img read more

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Flight Centre Independent agents Discover the Undiscovered in Tulum

first_imgFlight Centre Independent agents ‘Discover the Undiscovered’ in Tulum Posted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere Travelweek Group center_img The recently-rebranded Flight Centre Independent host agency division is not just a Canadian focus, but also a global focus for Flight Centre, says Flight Centre Founder Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner. “Flight Centre as a whole are right behind our Independent Agents and they’re going to be a very, very important part of our future,” said Turner.Last month Flight Centre Independent agents were hosted by Air Transat and AMResorts for their annual conference and gala awards. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Welcome To The Jungle: Discover The Undiscovered’ with FCI agents in attendance exposed to new product, new systems and new information about their businesses and the Flight Centre Independent (formerly Flight Centre Associates) brand as a whole.FCI agents are having fun with the new name, nicknaming themselves ‘Indies’ in recent months, says FCI General Manager Lee Zanello.Flight Centre Independent attendees at FCI’s annual conferenceAs a result, he says, FCI support staff couldn’t help but have some fun of their own when planning this year’s conference and gala awards. “We had already been working with the jungle theme for the last ten months,” says Zanello. “It was a perfect fit to throw in the Indiana Jones references.”Agents donned Indiana Jones fedoras throughout the week and earning ‘Indy Bucks’ and ‘Snake Idols’ for participating in various aspects of conference.The money and idols then factored into a Survivor-style auction at the end of the week where over $10,000 of trips and prizes were given away.“The support we are seeing from the company both nationally and globally is unprecedented,” says Zanello, “and this only means more investment, more resources and more support for our Independent Agents.”FCI says its support-to-agent ratio is 10:1 and with the new introduction of the Regional Leader role at this year’s conference, support is getting stronger at the local level.“Our Regional Leaders are the Independent way to run with Flight Centre’s time-tested philosophy around Family, Village and Tribe groupings,” says Zanello. “Within this structure, support truly is everywhere and our six new Regional Leaders will only add to that.”Over the course of the week agents took in shows, fine dining and had the opportunity to build relationships with many of Flight Centre’s preferred tour partners, an area where many agents were wanting and needing more training, notes Zanello.There was also a lot to celebrate as a mock wedding evening turned into a celebration of an agent’s recent 25-year wedding anniversary with her partner, who was also present, and the week started with one agent receiving (and accepting) a wedding proposal of her own.Top agents from the previous fiscal year were also recognized and agents who contribute positively to the culture of FCI were honoured in the evening’s top awards.Attendees also heard that Flight Centre Independent Agents are now not only eligible for the annual Preferred All-Stars Trip – an all-expenses paid trip for the top agents who support Flight Centre’s Preferred Partner strategy – but several spots are also open to attend Flight Centre’s Global Gathering taking place in Berlin next July. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Virtuosos Wanderlist uses custom travel portfolios for nextlevel planning

first_imgVirtuoso’s Wanderlist uses custom travel portfolios for next-level planning Share Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img NEW YORK — Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso, says the new Wanderlist tool offers curated custom travel portfolios and much more: “If a bucket list is what people want to do before they die, a Wanderlist focuses them on how they want to live.”Originally called Virtuoso Orchestrator, the new Wanderlist was formally introduced to agency owners and managers at the 2019 U.S. & Canada Forum in Austin last month.After beta-testing the platform and process with select Virtuoso member agencies over the past year, Virtuoso is now accepting applications for Wanderlist participation from U.S. and Canadian advisors interested in adopting its unique business model.Advisors will complete a training to be certified in the platform before using it with clients, who will pay a fee set by each agency to participate.So what is Wanderlist? According to Virtuoso, it’s a groundbreaking consumer travel planning experience that combines technology with the human touch, encompassing a custom-designed platform and extensive advisor training.Through the curation of custom travel portfolios, Virtuoso Wanderlist “is an industry game-changer that helps the network’s travel advisors strengthen their client relationships by mapping out future travels,” says the company.Using Wanderlist advisors can manage their clients’ future travel proactively based on detailed input from clients themselves, instead of reactively planning one trip at a time, says the luxury retail network.Building on the model of the financial advisor, Wanderlist offers a combination of professional expertise and the latest technology. It encourages the client to have greater input into their future journeys, while positioning the advisor as a travel planning superstar.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We did some exploration into the notion of bucket lists and found that 75% of people’s lists are made up of two things: places they want to go and experiences they want to have,” says Upchurch. “So, we set off to build a system that allowed advisors to create a better framework for their clients’ travel wish lists.”He says Wanderlist will enable advisors and their clients – both individually and with travel companions such as family and friends – to collaborate on organizing their wish lists and planning their dream trips.The fun visual online process to create a personalized travel portfolio further enables advisors to become specialists in their clients, uncovering previously unknown aspirations and building a stronger human connection. It also allows clients “to live in a state of anticipation knowing their life will now wrap around their travel schedule instead of trying to fit their trips into their life”.In Wanderlist’s first step, clients curate their travel interests in an immersive walk around the world, including destinations and trip styles, on their phone, tablet or computer.Next, clients enter a unique customized Netflix-style portal, where through videos, music, stories and other information they can explore more than 160 places and over 1,500 experiences tailored to their specific interests.Finally, the advisor will review results from the client and their travel companions, compare preferences and interests, and map out future possibilities and dates in a portfolio.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthWanderlist modernizes the workflow, too, says Upchurch, by notifying the advisor to start planning the next trip to avoid issues with availability for the best lodging, tours and cruises.It will also apprise advisors of best travel dates by seasonality, value and personal schedules; and facilitate increased communication with clients, including quarterly check-ins to ensure goals are still aligned.Agencies will benefit by being able to forecast their long-term business, capture incremental bookings for trips, lock in lifetime value and gain deeper insights into each client’s travel preferences, therefore optimizing their book of business.The long-range approach facilitated by Wanderlist will save clients time and budget by organizing their future travels instead of booking one trip at a time when availability is lowest and prices are highest, often resulting in as much as a 25% rate premium, he adds.“Leisure time is our most valuable, non-renewable asset because once it’s gone, you can’t make it back,” says Upchurch. “To help travelers increase their Return on Life, we created the industry’s first travel portfolio. Wanderlist, paired with the expertise of a Virtuoso advisor, will organize ideas into plans, and set plans into action, opening the world to clients and ultimately offering them peace of mind that their travel dreams will become a reality.” Friday, February 1, 2019 Tags: Virtuosolast_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line to return to Greece for Summer 2020 season

first_img Share CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line is heading back to Greece, among other popular destinations, for its summer 2020 cruise season.Along with its long-awaited return to Greece and the addition of five first-time ports of call in Europe, the cruise line has announced an expanded European season aboard the Disney Magic as well as sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and Bahamas.Bookings open to the public on March 7, 2019.Here’s an overview of what’s on offer in 2020:EUROPEAfter a five-year hiatus, the Disney Magic will return to Greece as part of three special Mediterranean voyages departing from Rome. During one 12-night and two nine-night cruises, guests will visit Piraeus, Katakolon and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Each of these Med itineraries combines a selection of stops in Greece with visits to other notable cities in the region. Two of the sailings include a new port of call in Messina, Italy, while a third features a return to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time in five years.Additional new ports of call in Europe include: Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. This new collection of destinations is part of the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe in summer 2020, which begins with sailings through the Mediterranean and Greek Isles before heading to northern Europe for cruises to the Baltic, British Isles and Norwegian fjords.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upALASKAIn 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with seven-night itineraries departing from Vancouver. Stops include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier.CARIBBEAN & BAHAMASIn addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout the summer of 2020. These include five- and nine-night Caribbean sailings, along with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, three of which feature two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.The Disney Dream will provide even more opportunities for guests to visit Castaway Cay in the summer of 2020 with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, including a series of sailings with two calls on the private island paradise. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, February 28, 2019 GUIDED EXPERIENCESIn summer 2020, Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their cruise vacation with a variety of add- on packages from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations. Highlights include brand-new ways to experience the Caribbean, a return to Alaska and popular packages in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America PREMIUM CRUISE PACKAGESWith Adventures by Disney, guests can book the ultimate Disney cruise experience on select sailings in Alaska, Europe and—new for 2020—the Caribbean. Throughout the voyage, knowledgeable Adventure Guides will lead guests on specially curated excursions and interactive activities. Onboard the ship, guests enjoy unique experiences and premium amenities exclusive to Adventures by Disney, such as a talkback session with Walt Disney Theatre cast members followed by a behind-the-scenes costume and prop activity. Travelweek Group PRE-CRUISE ESCAPESAdventures by Disney also offers popular pre-cruise vacations in Rome; London; Barcelona, Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark. These two- to three-night Escapes feature unforgettable experiences in iconic cities, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Disney Cruise Line to return to Greece for Summer 2020 seasonlast_img read more

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Ensemble veteran appointed to newly created CEO post

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Friday, March 15, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img NEW YORK — Ensemble Travel Group’s board of directors has named David Harris as CEO.The newly-created position comes on the heels of a record year for Ensemble’s travel advisor member shareholders.Ensemble’s Co-Presidents Lindsay Pearlman and Libbie Rice will continue in their roles, reporting to Harris.“Our recent 50 year anniversary and our success in 2018 has given us the opportunity to reflect and to draw upon what we have learned to strategize for 2019 and beyond,” says Terri Jo Lennox, Board Chair – Ensemble Travel Group. “David’s knowledge of the industry, as well as his longstanding relationship with Ensemble and its membership, put him in a great position to lead our executive team and help us bring a broader global vision to the organization.”Harris served as Chair and Vice Chair of Ensemble’s North American board for four years and was previously on the Canadian advisory board from 2008 to 2013.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionHe also led and participated as an active Director on several committees of the board including Finance, Australia, Executive, Acquisitions and Compensation & Review. He was first elected to the Canadian Advisory Board for Ensemble in 2008 and was then nominated and elected as a Director to the North American Board for Ensemble in 2013.Lennox says Harris has a proven record of driving strategic and member-centric initiatives to the next level.Working in the travel industry for his entire professional career, Harris’s parents opened a travel agency franchise in August 1982 and, when they retired in 1995, David purchased the agency and has steadily grown the business.He previously served as the President and sole owner of M. Ross Harris Travel Limited, which operates three consumer facing travel brands: Orion Travelinx, Voyageur Travel and Charrisma Travel Group.  He plans to draw upon his experience and successes to provide a unique perspective to the ETG team.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJHarris will be based in Toronto, and will travel to New York City offices on a regular basis.“I am extremely excited to have been asked to take on this role for Ensemble. As a passionate, solution-focused Director for many years, I look forward to working with such a world class team of dedicated employees,” said Harris. “It is our responsibility to bring not only value but efficiencies, excitement and clarity to travel sales in this complex industry.“We feel the opportunities are almost immeasurable, and I look forward to collaborating and ensuring this is accomplished in alignment with our strategic objectives.” Tags: Ensemble Travel Group, New Hires Ensemble veteran appointed to newly created CEO postlast_img read more

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August 2 2002 in camp is being prepared for the i

first_imgAugust 2, 2002 in camp is being prepared forthe installation of a new acrylic cover. Agriculture employee Brett Snyder is loosening thewooden support beams to remove the old membrane that is covering thedrying chambers. [Photo & Text: SA] The construction crewand helpers from various departments are in place and the new cover isslowly unrolled. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew startedright after morning meeting to avoid the temperamental winds whichusually start around noon this time a year. But the wind started early,just couldn’t resist playing with this. [Photo & Text: SA] The crew had theirhands full. [Photo & Text: SA] The cover is inplace. Now it is just a matter of securing it. [Photo & Text: SA] The ends have to berolled in and everyone is making an effort to stretch the plasticmembrane evenly. [Photo & Text: SA] manager Adam Nordfors [with red bandana]is drilling the wooden support beams back into place. [Photo & Text:SA] TheGreenhouse is back on line. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img read more

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TV technology provider Espial has contributed addi

first_imgTV technology provider Espial has contributed additional software to the code base of the RDK initiative that it says will enable HLS and MPEG DASH adaptive streaming in an RDK environment.According to Espial, the additions will enable pay TV operators to offer additional OTT options as well as adopt a simplified software approach for set-top boxes, other IPTV platforms and OTT devices.The Espial software is now available as open source for use by RDK members.“We’re pleased to bring support for HLS and DASH streaming to RDK devices – capabilities which are critical for the next generation of Pay TV services. As the RDK environment grows, it allows Pay TV operators to quickly intercept new OTT markets with a wide range of platforms and services,” said Kumanan Yogaratnam, CTO, Espial.“The RDK provides a common software foundation for the Pay TV community – including cable, satellite and telco operators – by enabling new services and applications to be developed faster,” said Jason Briggs, Senior Director of Licensing and Strategic Development, RDK Management LLC. ”Espial is a key contributor to the RDK community and, through these contributions, are helping to move the entire RDK community forward.”last_img read more

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