The Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s annual travel agent incentive program, Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM) runs through Nov. 30 and includes booking incentives and special rates on accommodations. American Airlines will offer discounted Carib Fam Star airfare for travel agents flying from Sept. 7 through Nov. 19. Air Canada Vacations will provide $450 economy class flights from Toronto through Nov. 30. Discount fares are applicable for the travel agent and one travel companion. And agents can save 70% off standard rates via WestJet Vacations when they book and travel by Dec. 16; blackout dates will apply.
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 email: TravelAgents@AskMeAboutCalabashCove.com
COCONUT BAY, SAINT LUCIA
Travel agents booking Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa will earn $50 branded e-vouchers, free nights and more when they join CBAYREWARD$. The new, simplified agents rewards program replaces the resort’s Sterling Agent Program. Agents now enrolled in the Sterling Agent program will automatically be enrolled in CBAYREWARD$. Participating agents receive their choice of a $50 prepaid MasterCard, Amazon.com or iTunes e-voucher for every booking of five nights or more in a Premium or higher room category. For every seven-night booking in an Oceanview room category or higher, agents also receive one free night towards a Coconut Bay all-inclusive getaway. In addition, CBAYREWARD$ members will earn up to 15% commission on all direct bookings and Coconut Bay will have special amenities presented from the agent to their clients in room on arrival, including a welcome letter, a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit plate.
Goway has launched a new travel agent incentive to win a trip to Papua New Guinea. For each booking on any of Goway’s Holidays of a Lifetime series, agents will receive one entry into a Grand Prize draw. Those booking the Discover Papua New Guinea tour will get three entries. The prize includes international airfare for two (travelling together) from Los Angeles to Australia with Virgin Australia, airfare to Papua New Guinea with Air Nuigini, touring, transfers and regional flights, plus seven nights accommodation, all meals (except day one, which is dinner only, and day eight, breakfast only).
Meanwhile, Goway is offering $100 per booking to all agents who make a booking on the Signature Morocco or Magic of Africa tours before Aug. 31. This will be credited to the agents’ Goway Reward card.
Agents booking clients to any Sandals or Beaches resort (a minimum seven-night stay) for travel by Nov. 22 can now earn a special “Fall Booking Bonus,” based on room category: US$100 for every Butler suite; US$50 for every Club Sandals/Concierge suite; US$25 for every Deluxe room. There is no limit to how much agents can earn and group bookings are also eligible. All bookings must be registered on Sandals’ travel agent portal www.sandals.com/tas. The Fall Booking Bonus applies only to bookings made directly with Unique Vacations. For further details, agents can contact their local BDM, call 1-800-545-8283 or visit:
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.
Shared charters consolidator AirStMaarten is offering an early-bird discounts 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.
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.
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.