National Travel and Tourism Week is nearing its midway point
during a period where travel is at a virtual standstill. But suppliers across
the industry are showing support for travel agents with promotional offers and
other initiatives commemorating National Travel Advisor Day on May 6.
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering advisors a chance at
several prizes for bookings made from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern on May 6.
Bookings made through Norwegian’s guest services team will be eligible to win
VIP packages or $200 onboard credits. Ten advisors will each win $500 Amazon
gift cards, and at 8 p.m. Eastern, chief sales officer Katina Athanasiou will
appear via Facebook Live and announce three grand prize winners, who will each
receive a seven-day sailing in a Haven suite.
Riviera River Cruises
is offering gift cards and onboard credits for bookings made from now through
May 8. For sailings in 2020 and 2021, Riviera will give advisors a $100 gift
card for each cabin booked, while each passenger booked will receive a $100
Other initiatives extend beyond the week and are valid
Pleasant Holidays and
Journese are offering advisors 500 bonus Travel Reward Incentive Program (TRIP)
points for new bookings throughout the month. New bookings made on May 6 will
receive an additional 500 TRIP points on top of that. Trips must be completed
by Dec. 31, 2021.
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours and Emerald Waterways are offering a 2% bonus
commission on river cruises booked by May 30 for travel this year or next year.
Advisors who make a new booking during this period will be entered to win a
complimentary Scenic or Emerald Waterways cruise.
“We are proud to stand beside you during these challenging
times and support you as you work with your clients, one conversation at a time
to reassure, help them dream and plan to travel once again when they are ready,”
said Ann Chamberlin, vice president of sales for Scenic Group USA.
Iberostar is offering members of its StarAgents rewards
program five times the usual points on bookings made
throughout the month, for travel through Oct. 31, 2021. For bookings made in
the first week of May, the offer applies to Iberostar’s Mexico properties; the
second week, for Dominican Republic properties; the third week, for Jamaica
properties; and for the final week, the offer applies to any Iberostar Grand
Warwick Paradise Island — Bahamas, an adults-only,
all-inclusive resort, is offering Travel Advisor Appreciation
Rates all month long. Agents
who book a personal two-night stay for travel from June 22 to Dec. 20 will
receive a third night free. The promotional rate starts from $130 per person,
per night, double, in an Island View room.
The Serenade Punta Cana, a 603-room all-inclusive
resort scheduled to open in the Dominican Republic in September, announced it
was marking National Travel Advisor Day with special rates for bookings made
through Oct. 31, for stays from Nov. 1, 2020, through April 30, 2021. Advisors
can book up to two double occupancy rooms for up to four nights for $58 rate
per person, per night, for stays in a gardenview room. To make a reservation
under the special rate, advisors with valid IATA numbers are asked to send
email to [email protected] or [email protected] and reference
For others, National Travel Advisor Day was simply an
opportunity to show gratitude to and voice support for the travel advisor
AIC Hotel Group, which handles sales and marketing efforts
for properties under the Eden Roc, Nobu and Hard Rock brands in the U.S.,
Mexico and the Caribbean, is holding a virtual Cinco de Mayo fiesta for travel agent partners featuring entertainment by AIC’s resident DJ. (An AIC representative said the company
was finalizing details on a “recovery phase” initiative for agents.)
George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, said “We want to express our gratitude to travel advisors for
their contributions to our destination and our national and local economies. The entire travel industry faces unique challenges
ahead in the coming months as we pivot to how consumers think about their
travel plans, and ways to communicate new safety measures. We are also working
closely with travel advisors to provide the resources they need, especially as
we enter this new era for our travel industry.”
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