GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, which offers niche and small ship cruising, is offering up to $100 for new FIT bookings if booked by Aug. 31. There are also additional bonuses agents can earn through GLP Worldwide’s Prestige Plus Rewards program. Agents who book and make a deposit on any qualified GLP Worldwide program through Aug. 31 will receive a $50 Visa gift card for each booking. It is valid for new FIT bookings on any GLP Worldwide 2015/16 program.
Goway, in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Etihad Airlines, will be giving away two business-class tickets along with five nights at a five-star Thailand resort to a travel agent who wins by booking “Affordable Luxury” with Goway. This promotion will run to Oct. 31. Goway offers a number of affordable luxury options to Thailand, and its dedicated team of Thailand Experts can customize any luxury trip within a budget. Agents must book a minimum of five nights at any Goway five-star resort in Thailand between now and Oct. 31 to be eligible. The promotion is only valid on new bookings made after Aug. 1. The prize excludes taxes (approximately US$100), Etihad business class lounge access and Etihad chauffeur services. Additional services if required can be arranged with Goway at special agent rates.
CALABASH COVE, ST. LUCIA
Saint Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, a 26-room beachfront boutique hotel, has introduced year-round travel agent rates. Qualified agents can save up to 50% off standard room rates depending on time of travel. Agent rates through Dec. 20 start at US$250 per room, all-inclusive, per night, based on double occupancy. Adding to the allure, agents can save up to 50% off flights during Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM), taking place through Nov. 30. To learn more, call 1-800-917-2683 or e-mail TravelAgents@AskMeAboutCalabashCove.com.
Shared charters consolidator AirStMaarten is offering an early-bird discount to travel agents looking to book private charters and shared charters to St. Barths for clients planning to travel to the island for the winter season of 2015-16. Agents looking to book private charters and shared charters to St. Barths during the travel period starting in November through to April can save up to 11% in early-bird discounts now on offer via the company’s sales department using the promo code AIRSC2015PR.
Caesars Entertainment’s popular “Feeling Lucky” travel agent incentive program – which rewards agents for registering bookings at its family of resorts – has been extended until Sept. 30. Agents who register their bookings at CaesarsTravelAgents.com earn 100 lucky chips for each room night booked. Chips can be accrued throughout the promotional period and redeemed for prizes which include show tickets, hotel accommodations, dinners, and more. This past year, two new Las Vegas resorts joined the Caesars portfolio – the first ever stand-alone boutique hotel on the Strip, The Cromwell, and the newest resort at the heart of the Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Prizes can be redeemed at Caesars Entertainment family of resorts in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno and Lake Tahoe through Sept. 1, 2016.
Crystal Cruises has brought back its popular “Sell 3/Sail Free” and “Sell 6/Sail PH” incentive programs for agents. The promotions reward agents selling three staterooms on any of the 2017 World Cruise segments with a complimentary voyage for two; and those selling six staterooms with luxurious Penthouse accommodations for their voyage. Agents can choose to sail on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages from April–December 2017, excluding Holiday sailings.
Each month over the summer, Sunwing Vacations is teaming up with one of its most popular vacation destinations to offer agents a double incentive when they make a reservation for the partner destination during the time frame of the promotion. Every booking the agent makes will earn them triple STAR* rewards, equal to 10,000 points, which convert to cash. In addition, they will automatically be entered into a draw to win a vacation for two at one of Sunwing’s most popular resorts in the chosen destination.
IBEROSTAR is offering savings for groups. “Book the ideal group event now and enjoy great savings later,” the company says. IBEROSTAR’s newest incentive sees it give agents 5% of their group’s room revenue to apply to their next booked event. The 5% IBEROSTAR Bucks Promotion is good at any of IBEROSTAR’s Premium Gold hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean. The offer runs through Dec. 20 for travel through Dec. 20.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts has introduced new bonuses and enhancements to its Gourmet Inclusive Agent Rewards program and signature Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant program. They include: exclusive booking bonuses, innovative sales and marketing tools, personalized online profiles, invitations to FAM trips, complimentary WiFi, 20% off spa services when staying at any Gourmet Inclusive resort, a welcome letter and amenity for clients, Friends & Family Travel discounted rates, and access to the Travel Agent Sales & Marketing Portal, a one-stop-shop for tracking progress and registering bookings. Travel agents can register online to start earning points, and every month, one lucky winner will receive a three-night getaway for two at one of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ properties. Enhanced recognition level enhancements are also available.
Auto Europe is extending its “One Free Day of Car Rental for Travel Agents” awards program with every client booking in 2015. These Free Day Coupons can be redeemed for car rental services for the agent’s personal use in Europe or redeemed against any current promotion that Auto Europe may be offering. In addition, agents can take advantage of hugely discounted rates by up to 50% off car rental services for their own use at any of the locations that Auto Europe services worldwide. Prestige/Sports car rental services, Chauffeur services and Mercedes Benz rentals saving up to 50% off rates may vary and is dependent upon the location of the rental. The One Free Day Car Rental Coupon is earned by the booking agent and cannot be transferred.
Goway has negotiated special travel agent rates on some Africa tours. They are valid throughout 2015 and in some cases the agent rate is reduced by more than 50%. Also on offer are partner rates if the agent wishes to take a non-industry companion, or special single rates if they are travelling solo. The idea is that once agents experience the destinations, the “Goway way,” they will be completely confident in recommending them to their clients. As an example, the agent rate for Goway’s eight-day Essential Kenya is $1,370, compared to the regular selling price of $3,456. For the Essential Tanzania Safari, agents pay $1,255, compared to the normal selling rate of $3,230.
Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel + Conference Centre Toronto Airport reports that for every 10 stopover rooms an agent books, he or she will receive a complimentary room night, including parking. Those interested must book a stopover rate for clients. The rates are $119 a night with parking and $109 a night without parking. The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle service. Rates are commissionable at 10% and valid through December. Blackout dates may apply. Complimentary room nights can be redeemed up to April 30, 2016.
To thank travel agents for their loyalty, Hertz has launched the “Hertz Agent Gold Rewards” program – a loyalty program designed to reward agents for the value they bring to the car rental company. Agents simply enrol at www.hertzagentgold.com to receive a unique “AGR” number which they can include in the appropriate GDS field when booking. Each qualifying rental of three days or more earns 10 points which are banked in the agent’s personal Agent Gold Rewards Account. Points can be redeemed for a variety of reward choices including gift cards, items for the home or office, event tickets, as well as free car rental day certificates. There are also opportunities throughout the year to earn bonus points.