Exclusive tour operator for RIU Hotels & Resorts, Signature Vacations has launched a new incentive in partnership with the hotel chain for summer bookings for stays at either Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas or Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos, Mexico, through Oct. 31. All new bookings made to either property during the “Earn and Win” incentive that runs through July 15 will earn agents a bonus 4% commission, plus four times the usual number of RPC (Riu Partner Club) Points. In addition, each booking an agent makes will also qualify for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos courtesy of Signature Vacations.
Two of Hawaii’s most prominent hospitality entities have each launched a sweepstakes that gives agents a chance to win a seven-day vacation to Hawaii. Each entry also unlocks a promo code for 15% off any vacation. Until Aug.10, people can enter for the chance to unwind with a free trip to Hawaii. Those who don’t win will still receive 15% off new reservations just for entering. The winner receives a seven-night stay voucher valid at any eligible Aqua or Lite Hotel in Hawaii. And from now until Aug 10, people can enter for a chance to win a free stay at an Aston Hawaii hotel or resort. For entering, they’ll receive the special Ohana rate typically reserved for local residents.
G Adventures has extended its agent incentive program by two months. Dubbed G-Normous Encore, the campaign runs through July 31 and includes even more cash prizes, trips with airfare, as well as a one-year VIP air lounge pass. For every client booked, regardless of travel date, agents will receive a chance to win. Bookings prior to June 1 do not qualify for G-Normous Encore. All agents with a G Adventures Sherpa account are automatically registered. Agents without a Sherpa account must register at www.gadventures.com/Sherpa through their agency manager.
The agent who books the highest number of travellers will win a G Adventures trip with airfare; $750 will be awarded to the agent that books the most repeat travellers. The North American agent who books the most summer travellers (on departures before July 31) will receive $500. A one-year VIP air lounge pass will be awarded to the North American agent that books the most travellers with air. The incentive will be paired with a number of consumer offers ranging from 10% to 20% off a variety of tours when booked by July 31 for travel by Dec. 15.
Globus and Cosmos have introduced a number of special deals for agents and their clients on select group itineraries to Britain, Europe and Hawaii departing this fall. All agents have to do is make the group booking by July 14. While the companies’ usual policy is group benefits and pricing starting at eight passengers, during the promotion the eighth person will travel free. Additionally, agents booking a group on any of the featured departures will receive a $250 gift card as a thank you. Selected departures of a total of 18 Cosmos and five Globus Britain and Europe itineraries are eligible, as well as two Globus Hawaii itineraries.
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 night’s accommodation, all meals (except day 1 which is dinner only and day 8, breakfast only).
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.
The 88-page Globus family of brands’ Travel Agent Guide and Group Planner can earn agents treats from Tim Hortons. Globus secret shoppers will be visiting and phoning agencies until July 31. If they visit an office and find an agent has a copy of the guide handy, the agent will instantly receive a $10 Tim Hortons gift card. Or, if a secret shopper calls and asks a simple question in reference to the guide, a quick correct answer will earn the agent a gift card which will be sent to him or her.
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.
KLM is giving Canadian travel agents the chance to win two pairs of flight tickets to Europe. Once registered, every KLM booking departing or arriving from Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa is automatically given one entry into the “Edmonton-Amsterdam nonstop KLM Contest,” whereas tickets to and from Edmonton receive double the entries. Chances of winning the first prize of two KML flight tickets in World Business Class and the secondary prize of two Economy tickets for flights to any European KLM destination increase with every flight sold. Registration for the contest is available online until June 30, after which travel agents can register each ticket sold with a departure until July 31.
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 enroll 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.