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The Travel Insider, March 2020

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Volume 15 – Issue 3 | March 2020 SSApVrinIgNtacGulaSr ITNHESTIDRAEVERL The Savings Are In Full Bloom! Serving Travel Agents Exclusively Since 1974 Sure, crocuses are a welcome sign of spring … but even better is our Springtacular Savings event, A MESSAGE FROM SCOTT WISEMAN where deals are popping up from every corner of Dear Travel Partners, the earth! “In like a lion” may be a bit of an overstatement for this month’s From now through 3/19/20, hundreds of vacations entrance this year … but I’m not complaining. Our industry’s had during 4/1/20 – 12/15/20 are on sale, with MAJOR quite a lot to contend with in the past few months alone, and I’ll savings of up to 74%. VIP amenities, free stays take the mild winter! for kids, resort discounts, and even more added values across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii But just because the season’s starting a bit more quietly doesn’t allow you to mix, match, and layer for the vacation mean we’re welcoming it in equal volume. Our Springtacular Savings bouquet of your clients’ dreams. annual super-sale is still hailing the transition from winter in a big way, with a variety of instant credit offers as varied as wildflowers. We’re also offering up to an additional $150 off on select properties across our portfolio, too, with In fact, this whole issue is a mixed bag, with special deals on Marriott promo code SPRINGTACULAR20! Plus, you’ll International in Europe; Sunshine on Sale in Florida; a group resort earn a bonus 500 WAVES™ points on every credit offer of up to $3,000; the Villa Experience in two intriguing booking you make to a participating property. destinations you may not have heard of in Belize; and Hot Spots & Highlights that take you from Uvero Alto in Punta Cana with Live Visit Aqua Beach Resort to Moana Surfrider in Waikiki Beach to Kenya for more information or to book now! and Tanzania with an escorted tour. Partner Privileges are available at a third of our spotlit properties on that list, too, so keep an eye out Amstar Services Now Available! for that key symbol! The ground and tour operator you love and trust is now a name you can count on in yet But of course, it wouldn’t be a newsletter without EducaTIon First two more destinations: Curaçao and St. Martin in the Caribbean. This brings this DMC’s news in it, and so to add to your reference collection, we have an reach to seven countries and 29 locations … all to better service the needs of our insert on Aruba, with property suggestions for all types of travelers shared customers. and activity suggestions by interest. Also, learn more about the So go ahead and book your customers to Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino Punta Cana Promise with our Meliá Caribe Beach Resort insert— or Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino—round-trip transfers from Curaçao a vow that extends to their Paradisus brand as well, which we International Airport are readily available. Same for Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa provide an overview of on another full page. and the Princess Juliana International Airport. Then add on tours like day trips to nearby islands (hello, Anguilla!), diving or distillery outings, But I’ll let you read it all for yourself and just leave you with my and more to make it a complete package. gratitude for your continued support. Book in VAX today! Simply click on Features on your overview screen to see what in-destination options Warmly, are available to enhance their stay. Scott Wiseman | Reservations 800.284.0044 Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Brand Management Apple Leisure Group® Vacations CURAÇAO & ST. MARTIN

Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos SUPPLIER OF THE MONTH This March is coming in like a lion, with exclusive rates up to 60% off at the larger-than-life Hard • A complimentary private romantic dinner at Hard Rock Rock Hotels. Turn the volume up to “roar” with signature Limitless All-Inclusive offerings like included Hotel Vallarta, with the option to upgrade for extra wow factor Rhythm & Motion spa treatments*—a sensory music experience unlike any other—plus lending programs like picks.®, wax.®, and tracks.®, and the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ for stars in training. OR But now, you can end your pitch with an encore: add even more opulence to their stay with • F ree private roundtrip transfers for Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Partner Privileges only available through agents who book with TI†: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana *25% service fee applies. †And affiliated Apple Leisure Group® Vacations brands. Supplier of the Month rate reduction is valid for bookings through 3/31/20 and travel through 12/18/20. Partner Privileges VIP amenities are valid for bookings of 5 nights or longer made and traveled through 12/20/20 in Rock Royalty room categories only. Blackout dates include 4/4/20 – 4/18/20. Earn 1,000 WAVES™ points for every FIT all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels booking you make from 3/1/20 – 3/31/20! MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL IN EUROPE SUNSHINE ON SALE Magical. Memorable. Marriott. Visit Florida for Less Deep savings on Marriott International hotels is putting Europe on the map With spring break just around the corner, this sale has arrived with for spring. Choose from magical destinations and memorable properties for perfect timing. Families, take advantage of theme park values at the unforgettable impressions, with a distinctly Marriott touch. start of the season! • Cosmopolitan cities like Paris and London Save up to 45% at: • Classic Italian masterpieces Florence, Rome, and Venice • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel • Historical Athens or ethereal Santorini in Greece • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort • Spain’s trendy Barcelona or traditional Madrid • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ • Munich, heart of Bavaria, Germany • Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake • Charming, artistic Prague in Czech Republic Prefer beach vibes to rides? Options in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Booking Window: Now – 3/31/20 St. Pete Beach give you more ways to soak up the rays. Travel Window: Now – 12/31/20 Booking Window: Now – 3/31/20 Visit to read all the details! Travel Window: Now – 9/30/20* | Reservations 800.284.0044 *Travel window may vary by property.

ARUBA FOR EVERYONE LOVE AT ANY STAGE Whether the family is in its beginning stages, just barely a dream, on its way into being, or well-established, Aruba is the right destination to celebrate any and all milestones of love. Romantic Getaways Make it playful and stress-free with an all-inclusive like Riu Palace Aruba or Riu Palace Antillas, both of which have exchange privileges and a ton of added values. Other all-inclusive options include Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Perfect Proposals Make it memorable by choosing one of Aruba’s best beach locations for the big question. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is set right on Palm Beach, as are The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, and Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino. Bonus: These internationally recognized brands set the stage for “wow”-ing the folks back home. Destination Weddings The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino on the marina provides two distinct vibes, a private island, and more than enough facilities to host that dream wedding. Easy access to the capital keeps guests busy while the couple prepares for the big day. All-inclusive options help everyone stick to a budget, so consider also the Divi properties, the two RIU Palaces, and others. Honeymoons With stackable One Happy Honeymoon bonuses along with special property inclusions, there are lots of ways for newlyweds to get the most out of a stay at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts. Additional properties offering honeymoon goodies: Divi Resorts, Riu Palace Aruba, Riu Palace Antillas, Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa, and many others. Babymoons Staying connected right before baby makes three is important, and a romantic, peaceful resort like Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa on Eagle Beach makes it easy. All-inclusive amenities sweeten the offer, but moms who won’t be imbibing or who may have sensitive tummies might prefer to go European at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, or the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino. Family Getaways One Happy Family is definitely the right name for this kid-centric promotion, available at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort. Divi Village’s Golf Villas take the guesswork out of costs with the all-inclusive plan, as does affordable Tamarijn Aruba. Multigenerational Reunions An accessible brand offering all-inclusive amenities and free stays for kids (through 12/31/20)* make the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba an easy pick for all ages. Kitchenettes and simple accommodations at The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba and multiple-bedroom options at Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort also make for a solid choice. One Happy Honeymoon and One Happy Family Promotions Booking and Travel Window: Now – 12/31/20 *Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply; call for details | Reservations 800.284.0044

ARUBA FOR EVERYONE INTERESTING FOR ALL INTERESTS There’s more to Aruba than perfect weather, perfect breezes, and perfect beaches … although that’s far from a shabby start! But did you know that this island is a hub for culinary arts, culture, adventure, and well-being? Discover all of these other facets of One Happy Island. Dine Around Town Dutch, Asian, African, and Spanish influence on top of Caribbean roots and seafaring tradition make Aruba an exciting island to eat in. Enjoy fresh fish straight from the sea, fine wines, and international flavors inspired by over 90 nationalities in more than 110 wonderful restaurants across the island. Add local food stands and shops to the mix, and you’ll wonder how anyone can try it all! Get Cultured Like many riveting Caribbean islands, there’s a distinctive spirit that lives between its shores. Vibrant rhythms, art, and dance are never far. A weekly Bon Bini Festival, galleries, and local tours provide a sense of place unlike any other. Make sure to explore San Nicolas, Aruba’s “Sunrise City,” for a true taste of the local art scene, and the multitudes of museums that celebrate life in Aruba. Embark on an Adventure By land, sea, submarine, or ATV, there are a plethora of ways to get past your comfort zone and catch some thrills. The island’s unique desert landscape is incredible to behold and even better to explore. Its hidden limestone coves are even more remarkable from horseback, and wrecks like the SS Antilla are best seen up close and in scuba gear. Bike tours, off-road outings, and cave hiking add even more colors to the mix. Get Well Now Ocean views, steel drums, and a cool drink are the typical prescription for vacationers looking to unwind, but the options to take relaxation further are plentiful. Take your pick of world- class spas—at your resort, a neighboring hotel, or in town—sign up for a yoga session, meditate among the cacti of Arikok, or catch a sunrise during a peaceful morning hike, and return home renewed. Rates from $357 Per Person for 3 Nights Package price is per person and includes: Roundtrip hotel transfers | 3-night hotel accommodations | Hotel tax Advertised rate is valid for travel 6/18/20 – 6/21/20 at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in a Resort room category in the Marina Hotel section and varies by departure date. | Reservations 800.284.0044

MAKE IT A FAMILY VACATION ONE CHILD VACATIONS FREE AT MELIÁ CARIBE BEACH RESORT Casual luxury is for everyone, and it’s never too soon to introduce it! Especially when one child age 2 – 12 can experience it for free when accompanied by and sharing a room with two adults. This Bavaro Beach resort is an ideal entry point into the world of international all-inclusives, thanks to a long selection of family amenities, and is backed by the Punta Cana Promise (see below). • M ake it a sleepover with Family Rooms that provide either two double beds or a king-size bed, bunk beds, and sofa beds! • C hoose a Premium Junior Suite for a master bedroom, kitchenette, dining area, and sofa bed set-up at The Level • U pgrade to The Level Grand Suite from a Level Junior Suite for a master bedroom layout, kitchen with a large refrigerator, full dining room, and a lounge for family gatherings • Two-Bedroom Suites keep the whole family together, but the bathrooms apart • Slip and slide through Splash Island Water Park’s waterfalls, interactive pools, splash pad for younger kids, and water slides for ages 2 – 12 • S pend some time practicing your swing—a complimentary shuttle service allows the whole family to enjoy the complimentary green fees at Cocotal Golf Course • L et them play! The Kids Zone offers games, workshops, sports, parties, a children’s pool garden, video games, snack bar, lounge area, and a specially adapted baby room, all available from 9 am all the way through 8 pm. Want more options in Punta Cana? Get to know Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort, a wellness-focused all-inclusive resort for adults only! Features include the Wellbeing 360 { }Experience, The Level category of enhanced accommodations and service, YHI Spa, and a tropical beach and garden landscape designed to soothe. COMMITTED TO THE PUNTA CANA PROMISE Meliá resorts in Dominican Republic are committed to fulfilling the Punta Cana Promise, a safety pledge detailing what policies, guidelines, and security measures can be expected at each and every property to ensure the highest levels of safety and service are met and exceeded. Pledge Points: Self-contained properties with 24-hour security and medical assistance Food and beverage offerings exclusively from reputable, trusted vendor partners, all carefully checked and inspected before being served and well within accordance with global food safety management standards Rigorous background checks, screening, and training for all employees High staff-to-guest ratios to ensure that every guest receives the attention, service, and security they expect and deserve Properties that surpass tourism and hospitality regulations and guidelines All hotel-affiliated vacation activities and excursions provided exclusively by reputable partners who are licensed and insured Safety information and phone numbers provided to every guest upon check-in One Child Stays Free Promotion 3 All-Inclusive Nights from $832 for a Family of Three Booking Window: Now – 12/22/20 | Travel Window: 5/1/20 – 12/22/20 All-inclusive package price is for two adults and one child and includes: Roundtrip hotel transfers | 3-night hotel accommodations | Hotel tax and service charges | All meals, drinks, and snacks Non-motorized water sports | Daily activities | Nightly entertainment, and much more! Advertised rate is valid for travel 6/18/20 – 6/21/20 in a Deluxe Room category and varies by departure date. | Reservations 800.284.0044

WELCOME TO PARADISUS The name is no mistake—it’s indeed paradisiacal at this collection of luxury resorts in the heart of Punta Cana’s prime beach areas. Get to know why. Paradisus Punta Cana Set on Bavaro Beach and under coconut palms, this resort is everything you’d imagine when picturing an upscale all-inclusive. Contemporary décor flows from spacious junior suites and suites into eight themed restaurants; an emphasis on eco-friendly practices and environmental features like a preserved mangrove forest, large lakes, and protected wildlife keep the tone modern everywhere else. Available Royal Service upgrades turn a retreat into a straight-up treat. Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort Colonial-style architecture and locally inspired design showcase Caribbean luxury while the Congress and Convention Centre make the property welcoming for groups of any kind. The Oriental Garden Spa offers open-air relaxation with Asian flair, which is continued in Tokimeku—only one of many contemporary à la carte dining options on the property. Different room categories showcase different living styles; Royal Service makes them more than just accommodations. The Reserve Concept The brand’s resort-within-a-resort offers exclusive access to separate, sparkling new pools for kids and adults, a private lounge, and an all-new, all-luxury collection of oversized Paradisus Resort Suites. Enjoy them at: • The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana: Hidden in a quiet corner for higher quality time with the family, these one-bedroom units (some adjoining!) have features like living/dining areas and sofa beds along with fun highlights like bikes to get around on. • The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real: Family-friendly and fabulous, this enclave on the original resort’s sprawling grounds offers modern rooms—some swim- ups—and a seemingly never-ending pool area between the suites. • New! Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real: Luxe features for this premier level include stunning pools with canopied daybeds and ultra-plush loungers around them, a state-of-the-art gym, and rooms featuring private terraces with whirlpool baths, Smart TVs, and living and dining areas. Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Paradisus in a Paragraph Guests at any of these properties enjoy a uniquely encompassing experience of unpretentious luxury, undisturbed { }tranquility, and carefree exhilaration in all-suites accommodations in extraordinary oceanfront locations. All-inclusive packages are per person and feature: Roundtrip hotel transfers | Hotel accommodations | Hotel tax and service charge All meals, drinks, and snacks | Non-motorized water sports | Daily activities | Nightly entertainment, and much more! | Reservations 800.284.0044

HOT SPOTS & HIGHLIGHTS A Partner Privileges Property! A Partner Privileges Property! BARCELÓ BAVARO BEACH Artist Rendering Punta Cana, Dominican Republic LIVE AQUA BEACH RESORT PUNTA CANA Recently transformed into an adults-only playground on one of the most highly rated Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic beaches in the world, this resort is designed to spoil. A full 80% of its rooms are located directly in front of the beach, all steps away from gourmet restaurants, numerous pools, A “sensorial resort,” this property is specially designed to awaken all five of your senses. and shared facilities in the four-hotel Barceló Bavaro Grand Resort complex. Zen spaces with ornamental fountains, water hammocks, grand waterfalls, and 96,875 Receive $100 in bonus Barceló Pro Rewards for stays of 5 or more nights booked square feet of pools harken to the element that gives the resort its name; 345 sumptuous in Superior Room Ocean Front Premium, Sun Deck Premium Level, or Suite Ocean rooms, seven gastronomically seductive restaurants, and four different types of bars and Front Premium Level accommodations now – 6/30/20 for travel by 12/22/20 plus lounges further delight in their own ways. Partner Privileges benefits. Both offers also apply to Barceló Bavaro Palace; ask for details. Receive Partner Privileges exclusive amenities for bookings made and traveled by 12/21/20, including free private transfers, a one-day complimentary cabana rental with a 20-minute foot massage, and early check-in and check-out if available. Preferred Club Junior Suite Tropical View A Partner Privileges Property! NOW SAPPHIRE RIVIERA CANCUN SOFITEL PARIS LA FAUBOURG Riviera Cancun, Mexico Paris, France Get paid to upgrade even before Get Paid to Upgrade officially launches for this resort Didier Gomez brings his posh sensibilities to this 147-room hotel and former pair of brand! AAA Four Diamond amenities and service have gotten even better with the private mansions steps from Place de la Concorde, while sensible amenities such as addition of new room categories, décor, and facilities, including a new splash park, espresso makers, flat-screen TVs, a fitness center with steam room, spa, in-room Bose fitness center, and swim-up rooms. sound systems, Hermes toiletries, and custom-made beds add upscale comfort. Receive an additional 2% commission on Preferred Club Family Junior Suite Receive rates up to 25% off and included daily elaborate buffet breakfast for Tropical View, Preferred Club Master Suite Ocean Front, Preferred Club Master bookings made between 4/1/20 and 5/31/20 for stays of 3 nights or more traveling Suite Beach Front Swim Out, and Preferred Club Governor Suite Ocean View 7/15/20 – 8/31/20, excluding fair dates. bookings made and traveled any time. Plus, receive Partner Privileges amenities! MOANA SURFRIDER, A WESTIN RESORT & SPA, WAIKIKI BEACH KENYA AND TANZANIA HIGHLIGHTS Oahu, Hawaii Eastern Africa The “First Lady of Waikiki” flaunts its proudly Hawaiian heritage and Victorian design, both Live the African tour of your dreams with this 11-day guided itinerary that takes you of which date back to its grand opening in 1901. Set right on the beachfront and within from Nairobi, Kenya into the Masai Mara National Preserve for a game drive nearly as walking distance of Honolulu’s best shopping, there’s no disputing its reign—especially soon as you arrive. Then carry on to search for animals in Amboseli National Park under with modern updates like three distinct, sophisticated layouts, a state-of-the-art fitness the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and center, the only beachfront spa in Waikiki, and six on-site bars and restaurants. Serengeti National Park to cover all the bases. Domestic flights and meals—including at the famous Carnivore Restaurant—are included in the package tour. | Reservations 800.284.0044

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