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The Travel Insider, September 2019

Published by viktoria.brindisi, 2019-09-09 16:00:22

Description: The Travel Insider newsletter, volume 14, issue 9


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ITNHESTIDR AEVERLVolume 14 – Issue 9 | September 2019 Serving Travel Agents Exclusively Since 1974 A MESSAGE FROM VAXHappy SCOTT WISEMAN iversary! President Celebrating 365 Days of Better Booking Dear Travel Partners, This September, we’re honoring one year of innovative booking features, It’s hard to believe it’s already been an entire year since we unveiled stronger capabilities, and global destinations the best way we know how: our move to VAX VacationAccess. So much has changed since then rewarding our agent partners! as we’ve grown and learned with the platform, through extensive training sessions and countless improvements on what was already lauded as As part of our VAXiversary Sale, every FIT booking you make from the best technology in our marketplace. To celebrate how far we’ve 9/3/19 – 10/31/19 for travel now – 4/30/20 will earn a bonus come and where we’re going, we’ve launched a VAXiversary Sale, 2,500 LoyalTI First points. the details for which are right on this page. And to help you earn those points faster, we’re rolling out over 100 new offers, Another launch coming this month is a new chapter in our Semester of from remarkably reduced rates to exclusive amenities—all bookable right Social—perfect for back-to-school season. Tune in as #TIGetsPHamous through VAX VacationAccess. September 16 – 20 with the year’s first #OnLocaTIon at the also only year-old Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica! Experience Visit to view all the ways your clients can save through Facebook an unfiltered glimpse of what it’s like to “Vacation … and start earning NOW! Like a Star™” at this unique property—a first of its concept and the predecessor for the Cancun megaresort to come. We keep the tone on the more exotic side this month with a look at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia and the most exclusive levels of the Hilton Hawaiian Village resorts in Waikiki Beach and the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. More details, too, on our added product in Spain’s offshore islands, Aruba, and new destinations for The Villa Experience. So as you see, EducaTIon First is not slowing down this academic year! And with Partner Privileges, pop-up promo codes for our Semester of Social programs (keep an eye out!), and more, it pays to keep learning with us at TI. Thanks for your support! Warmly, Scott Wiseman PARTNERSHIP HAS ITS PERKS TI’s new Partner Privileges program is already an MVP for our VIPs … and we’re only a month in! Exclusive to Travel Impressions customers*, these added values add a new edge to what you as a travel professional can offer to your clients without batting an eye. Here are just a few: • Two Signature Tour experiences at UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya, such as to the hidden Kaan Luum Lagoon or an enchanting sunset tour • Kids Concierge at family-friendly Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which include amenities like in-room camping with a kit and toys, a private movie night with milk and cookie service, cooking classes, and more • Complimentary departure airport lounge access at Club MoBay with Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, including expedited Customs processing Want to see more offers? Go to our Hot Spots & Highlights page in this issue! Visit to see the full list of benefits you can offer. *Added value amenities, benefits, and etc. are offered strictly through Travel Impressions and affiliated Apple Leisure Group® Vacations brands.

SUPPLIER OF THE MONTH When your customers want that show-stopping, no-holds-barred all-inclusive experience, make their perfect match with the Hard Rock Hotels. From music-first amenities like tracks® and picks® to Limitless All-Inclusive offerings— think spa treatments, tours, photo sessions, all for just a 25% service fee—opulence is just second nature. Now, get it all for up to 58% off when you book from 9/1/19 – 9/30/19 for travel now – 3/31/20! Choose from: Mexico • NEW! Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos • Hard Rock Hotel Cancun • Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Adults-only section available! • Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta Dominican Republic • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana Receive 500 bonus LoyalTI First points for every FIT all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels booking you make between 9/1/19 and 9/30/19! Blackout dates of 12/23/19 – 1/3/20 apply. Minimum 3-night, air-inclusive stay required. Applicable to child rates and group bookings without a group contract. Reservations with overlapping dates qualify; discount will apply for nights within travel window. Additional terms, conditions, and restrictions apply; visit for details. Agents must be registered withVAX VacationAccess and LoyalTI First travel agent rewards program at time of booking to earn points. LoyalTI First is not valid for group bookings. UBRNELIAMTIHTELDES-LSURXUESROY®RFTOSR&TSHPEAESNTIRE FAMILY OCEAN EL FARO Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa New-Build Resort in Punta Cana! Unlimited-Luxury® for the Socially Sophisticated Adult The design may be colonial at heart, but look closer and you’ll discover that looks can be deceiving. Among the modern features are four pools, a water Total relaxation meets invigorating entertainment and Insta-worthy style at park, and a lazy river, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center, theater, Breathless Resorts & Spas, where guests can Live Big and Breathe Deep. disco, casino, bowling alley, and Despacio Spa Centre. A total of 11 restaurants, A getaway to any of these resorts is one to inspire vacation envy, with on-trend 11 bars, and a coffee shop cater to contemporary tastes, as do elegant junior details that are meant to be shared socially—both in terms of social media and suites and suites, nearly half of which are reserved for adults only. actual interaction. 3 All-Inclusive Nights from $431 Per Person* Three ways to party: • B reathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa: where three distinct zones let you All-inclusive package price is per person and includes: • Roundtrip hotel transfers choose the tone of your vacation daily, from spa-like xhale Club categories • 3-night hotel accommodations to high-energy xcelerate • Hotel tax and service charges • B reathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa: enhanced by exchange privileges • All meals, drinks, and snacks with two Secrets Resorts & Spas for three vacation experiences in one • Non-motorized water sports • Daily activities In the center of their tourist zones: • Nightly entertainment and much more! • B reathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa: *Advertised rate is valid for travel 11/1/19 – 12/21/19 in a Junior Suite Garden View room category and in the heart of the action, downtown on the marina varies by departure date. • Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa: the first of the collection, whose features paved the way for the brand | Reservations 800.284.0044

UPGRADE YOUR ENDLESS SUMMER Get your customers more than they bargained for in Saint Lucia. They always do in this in-demand destination, but with this exclusive* offer, the advantages are as expansive as the views from Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. For bookings made by the end of this month, those you place in an Ocean View Guestroom will receive a complimentary upgrade to the One-Bedroom Ocean View Villa in addition to up to 20% in savings! While all accommodations offer modern, Mediterranean-style rooms with island touches, upgraded bath amenities by Gilchrist & Soames, and elegant furnishings from a hillside location, this next-level category includes: • R esidential-style living with even more space • A full kitchen • Separate living room • King-size bed • Pull-out sofa BONUS BENEFITS Combine with reduced rates and the Kids Eat Free offer for a trifecta of added values. Up to two kids ages 4 – 12 can stay and eat for free! 3 All-Inclusive Nights from $791 Per Person† Booking Window: Now – 9/30/19 | Travel Window: Now – 3/31/20 | Blackout dates include 12/21/19 – 1/4/20 and 2/8/20 – 2/22/20 All-inclusive package price is per person 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! *Offered strictly through Travel Impressions and affiliated Apple Leisure Group Vacations brands. †Advertised rate is valid for travel 10/11/19 – 12/20/19 in an Ocean View Guestroom with upgrade and varies by departure date. Applicable to new bookings only for stays of three nights or longer. Not combinable with 5th night free or early booking bonus offers. Valid for all-inclusive plan packages only. | Reservations 800.284.0044

A HILLSIDE HIDEAWAY Saint Lucia is an island designed for romance. The awards and honorable mentions prove it, one of the most recent being its tenth designation as “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” by the World Travel Awards—a distinction that has made this island the winningest for this title, beating out Mauritius, Cartegena de Indias in Colombia, Jamaica, the Maldives, Maui, and Paris. However, the magic continues beyond the honeymoon, especially with the flexible, family-friendly offerings of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Labrelotte Bay. Specials like the Kids Eat Free offer (previous page) and flexible accommodations that go up to four bedrooms make it easy to make Saint Lucia a destination that grows with a couple’s love … and their families. Other features that make this luxury resort one for all types of travelers of all ages: • All-inclusive packages that cover meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and access to motorized and non-motorized sports • 64,000 square feet of pristine beachfront, with plenty of water sports to enjoy it with and an on-site PADI dive shop • S ix swimming pools, including three semi-secluded ones and two that are ideal for smaller children • F our bars and five restaurants led by Executive Head Chef Rene Cachane: a fine dining seafood and steakhouse and upscale Italian venue, and casual beachside and buffet choices • Jacquot Fun Club for kids ages 4 – 12, plus daily activities geared toward teens ENHANCE THEIR ALL-INCLUSIVE As much room as there is for everybody, there’s also room for customizing their stay with à la carte services at additional cost. • Wine and Champagne by the bottle and luxury alcohol brands • Souvenirs from the mini-mart and on-site boutiques • Room service for only $7 per tray (food and beverage is included) • Villa pre-stocking of food and beverages • Laundry and/or dry cleaning services • Treatments at the 5,000-square-foot spa • Tours and excursions, which you can pre-book with TI for additional earnings | Reservations 800.284.0044

THE ALI’I – A BEACHFRONT BOUTIQUE THE BEST HOUSE IN THE VILLAGE Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort is a feat of monumental proportions, a spectacularly designed, sprawling town of its own boasting 20 restaurants and bars, over 90 shops, a Mandara spa, on-site luau attraction and event, and five pools, multiple water slides, and even its own lagoon spread across 22 total acres. Within it are five towers, each designed for a particular type of guest. For the most discerning of them all, there’s the Ali’i, a world within the Hilton Hawaiian Village that takes that feeling of being transported into paradise to another dimension. Here, enjoy: • Your own special check-in, apart from the rest of the towers • A n exclusive beachfront location with prime amenities to accompany it • A private terrace with a fitness center just for Ali’i guests • An elevated pool that overlooks scenic Waikiki Beach • MixBar, reserved for those staying at the Ali’i Tower— perfect for viewing the Friday night fireworks show • Lobby library and lounge, built only a few years ago • Dedicated concierge service for reservations assistance • First in Line privileges when dining at Bali Steak & Seafood, Tropics Bar & Grill, and Rainbow Lanai • Newly renovated rooms and suites designed to the highest standards The Ali’i One-Bedroom Suite Parlor Area Rates Begin at $574 Per Person for 3 Nights* Per person package price includes: Roundtrip hotel transfers with fresh flower lei greeting | 3-night hotel accommodations | Hotel tax *Advertised rate is valid for travel 12/15/19 – 12/18/19 in an Ali’i Resort View room category and varies by departure date. | Reservations 800.284.0044

MAKAI AT LAGOON TOWER MAKE IT MAKAI AT HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE® When guests choose Hilton Waikoloa Village® on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, they’re already choosing a higher standard for their Hawaiian vacation. This 62-acre oceanfront playground features not one but two championship links-style golf courses, the Kohala Spa, numerous activities for all ages, the Legends of Hawaii luau, and 13 restaurants and lounges alongside a naturally fed lagoon guests can snorkel in and three pools. However, of the three towers—each designed with their own distinctive personalities—MAKAI at Lagoon Tower is the one to select for those looking for even more. Guests of this building receive: • Fast-track luggage service to help visitors start their vacation right away • Special lounge chair area at Kona Pool with access to a complimentary pool safe • E nhanced rooms that have recently been redesigned, all with expansive views of the ocean, dolphins, lagoon, or island mountains, based on room categories • Exclusive amenities that include Signature Coco Mango bath products, plush robes, MAKAI beach bag, Keurig coffeemakers, and complimentary reusable water bottles • C omplimentary access to the Kohala Spa facilities, whirlpool, steam room, and fitness center (ages 16 and up) • Hawaii Island memento provided with daily housekeeping service • Dedicated concierge for reservations and questions TRIPLE VALUE PROMOTION Stay in the MAKAI at Lagoon Tower’s Mountain Side; in a MAKAI at Lagoon Tower Ocean Side One-Bedroom or Presidential Suite; or a MAKAI at Lagoon Tower Oceanside/Ocean View Specialty One- or Two-Bedroom Suite (Na’ia/Naupaka) for five nights or longer and receive: Special daily rate | Full daily breakfast buffet for two | Complimentary Resort Charge Rates Begin at $1,064 Per Person for 5 Nights* Booking Window: Now – 3/31/20 | Travel Window: Now – 12/25/19 & 1/1/20 – 3/31/20 Per person package includes values listed above, plus: 6-day Alamo car rental | 5-night hotel accommodations | Hotel tax *Advertised rate is valid for travel 12/5/19 – 12/10/19 in a MAKAI at Lagoon Tower Mountain Side room category and varies by departure date. Promotion is not combinable with Honeymoon, Double Bonus, Paradise Made Simple, or Paradise Made Simple with Breakfast promotions and is not valid for group bookings. Inclusions are not redeemable for cash and no refund will be provided for any unused portion. Car rental is available to qualified renters only and does not include tax or insurance. Certain age and other restrictions apply. | Reservations 800.284.0044

HOT SPOTS & HIGHLIGHTS Supplier of the Month property! Exclusive Partner Privileges! HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO PUNTA CANA – THE PYRAMID AT GRAND CANCUN – CANCUN, MEXICO PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Rising high above Grand Oasis Cancun, a property that’s well-deserving of its One of Punta Cana’s most impressive megaresorts just got even more so with their moniker as “The Entertainment Resort,” this beachside Hotel Zone property is an artful participation in Travel Impressions’ new Partner Privileges program. The biggest casino combination of both luxury and spectacular travel styles. Experience concerts, music in the Caribbean, an entire arcade of shopping and dining, state-of-the-art meeting festivals, theme parties, Vegas-style shows, acrobatic acts—just an elevator ride away facilities, 13 enormous pools, and plenty of entertainment are reason enough to visit, from spacious, sophisticated rooms. Special Partner Privileges at this level include an though, especially when Limitless All-Inclusive can further enhance their stay. exclusive check-in lounge and welcome area, preferred rooms with enhanced ocean views, a private beach area, and special wristband. Receive Partner Privileges of private roundtrip transfers for bookings in Rock Royalty Level Deluxe categories made and traveled by 12/20/20. For Receive Partner Privileges of Oasis Plus Perks VIP Inclusions here and at all categories, receive reduced rates and bring up to two kids for free for Grand Oasis Cancun, Grand Oasis Palm, and Oasis Palm for all bookings bookings made by 10/31/19 for travel by 12/18/19. made and traveled through 2020. Valid for group bookings as well! Artist Rendering SECRETS MALLORCA VILLAMIL RESORT & SPA – MALLORCA, SPAIN BARCELÓ ARUBA – PALM BEACH, ARUBA There’s more to a resort than just a beach, even if it is a palatial castle on an island The balcony is the most highly recommended place to take in an idyllic sunrise or in the Mediterranean Sea. This latest addition to the AMResorts portfolio offers easy sunset at this resort, and the best thing is that this is true for every room. Each of access to historic old town Casco Antiguo and the charming fishing village of Port the 373 accommodations are equipped with one, with views that range from lovely d’Andratx with help from the 24-hour front desk. In the former, explore medieval streets gardens to a nature-inspired free-form pool to the Caribbean beyond. Some of the best and beautifully preserved sites; in the latter, admire the villas of international celebrities ocean views—and exclusive services—can be found from the Royal Level categories, and enjoy incredible seafood before sea views. located on the upper floors. Receive a 15% early booking bonus for bookings made by 1/31/20 for travel Receive up to $500 in 25% increments of resort discounts for use toward spa now – 4/30/20. treatments, room upgrades to Premium and Royal Level accommodations, and more for bookings made and traveled by 12/31/19. WYNN LAS VEGAS & ENCORE RESORT – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA THE WESTIN NEW ORLEANS CANAL PLACE – NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA In a city known for its decadence and dining and a brand famed for the same, there’s no better place to enjoy a resort credit. Have dinner at Costa di Mare, where its The best of New Orleans meets at this corner of the city, where the Riverwalk, the seafood is flown in daily from Italy, or Lakeside, which does the same from Hawaii. French Quarter, the Central Business District, and Canal Street and St. Charles Savor a meal at the first Chinese restaurant to earn a Michelin star, Wing Lei, a strip Avenue converge. Attached to the prestigious Shops at Canal Place, everything steak at SW Steakhouse … or The Strip itself, with elegant rooms that overlook this guests could possibly need is an elevator ride away. Or, at the base of the tower, bustling corridor. everything they could want from their NOLA getaway is at their doorstep … including Bourbon Street’s nightlife, Royal Street’s art, and Harrah’s Casino. Receive up to $150 in resort credit per room, per stay for bookings made now – 9/30/19 for travel through 3/31/20. Blackout dates: 12/28/19 – 12/31/19 and 1/5/20 – 1/9/20. | Reservations 800.284.0044

SPAIN’S EXOTIC ISLANDS Mallorca The Caribbean has competition—Spain’s islands are coming in HOT as glamorous beach destinations! Long known to Europeans and cruisers, Travel Impressions is helping American travelers feel as smug about their vacation choices as “the cat that ate the canary.” Here’s what you have to know about these stunning islands off the coast of Morocco, and where to stay: CANARY ISLANDS BALEARIC ISLANDS Tenerife Lanzarote – Known for a volcanic Mallorca – Beloved for its beach resorts, limestone mountains, sheltered landscape best marked by Timanfaya coves, Roman and Moorish architecture, and amazing nightlife. National Park, underground lava caverns, Stay at: Secrets Mallorca Villamil Resort & Spa*, Alua Palmanova and whitewashed villas in resort towns. Bay Hotel, Alua Hawaii Mallorca & Suites Hotel, AluaSun Terranova Hotel, Stay at: Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa.* AluaSoul Palma Hotel*, AluaSoul Mallorca Resort Hotel*, or AluaSoul Alcudia Bay Hotel.* Tenerife – Famous before Ed Sheeran sang of it, this island’s signature traits Ibiza – A favorite for its duality, it’s as exceptional for nightclub- include Spain’s tallest peak, beaches hoppers as for those looking for a quiet retreat. Stunning beaches that range from black to yellow sand, below pine-clad hills mark the landscape. and one of the world’s best carnavals. Stay at: Alua Miami Ibiza Hotel, Alua Hawaii Ibiza Hotel, or Stay at: Hotel Parque San Antonio. AluaSoul Ibiza Hotel* *Adults only WAIKIKI BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA THE VILLA EXPERIENCE Raiwasa Grand Villa THE VILLA EXPEcRapItEionNCE Stunning Ocean Views, Improved Room Views Global Grandeur Gains New Addresses Completed renovations invert where your eyes will go when staying in an Renting out a villa is already a glamorous, bucket-list concept. Make it in an Ocean View Premium room at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. exotic location and it’ll be a brag-worthy trip for stories of a lifetime. With the With textures and a color scheme inspired by the white sands and surf introduction of these new destinations and properties to The Villa Experience, culture of Waikiki Beach just beyond this resort’s doors, there’s a sense the possibilities have never seemed so endless. of peace that makes this room a sanctuary. • The Manor House at Mont Rochelle in the heart of the winelands of To make it even more relaxing, guests visiting for three nights or longer Cape Town, South Africa in this category will receive a $50 dining credit per room, per stay, along with a special nightly rate. Spend it at Kuhio Beach Grill, Moana Terrace, • The superlative, extremely private Raiwasa Grand Villa overlooking the or on room service for a special night out or in. Somosomo Strait in Fiji Booking Window: Now – 9/30/19 • The canal-side, four-story palazzo Doge in Venice, Italy, boasting a Travel Window: Now – 3/31/20 private deck right on the lagoon Offer is not combinable with any other offers, promotions, or packages. Dining credit is stackable but • Eleven outstanding homes in Mallorca, Spain, ranging in design from has no cash value. Unused or underused credit is not refundable, and certain outlet exclusions may apply, stunning stonework to ultra-modern chic such as alcoholic beverages. Offer does not apply to group travel. Craving something a little closer to home? The Villa Experience is proud to have expanded our domestic selection as well with a new estate that epitomizeFont: GeosansLight in Napa Valley and prime Las Vegas rentals V - is Custom Designed privilege. by Travel Impressions and Villas of Distinction 888.284.3786 Tours operated by Travel Impressions. Rates are land only, per person, and based on double occupancy. Blackout, weekend, holiday, and peak season surcharges apply. For all Riviera Maya properties, the Riviera Maya Municipality of Solidaridad environmental levy of 20 Mexican pesos per room, per day is not included and will be collected at hotel check-out. Rates, information, and promotions arebyaTcracvuelraImtperesasitontsimaned Voillfaspouf Dbilsitcinacttioion n and are subject to changes, exceptions, cancellation charges, and restrictions. Rates are subject to change based on currency fluctuations. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the publication of this newsletter. Additional higher priced packages available. Valid for new bookings only. Travel Impressions materials (including, but not limited to, names, trademark, service marks, logos, marketing materials, etc.) shall not be used, reproduced, transmitted or distributed in any way, except with the express written consent of Travel Impressions. CST #2139014-20. KA31114-19_VK_9.9.19

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