October 2009 Newsletter


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In this issue...
Meet Dave
NEW El Cid Loyaltly Program
Spotlight on Gran Caribe Real
Lucky Winners
Best Day - 25 Years
Real Resorts Online Check-In
El Cid in the News
Family Matters
Park N Fly Vancouver
Dixie Update
What is FMTM?
Contact me...
Freddie Marsh

Freddie Marsh, CTC

850 Royal Avenue
Suite 702
New Westminster, BC
V3M 1A6
604 614 9932
Pics of the Month...
Edna Ray and Mike Gilmore pic

 Edna Ray and
Mike Gilmore
Air Canada Vacations
in Richmond

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Chuck Edwards and
Kim Tobias
Westjet Vacations
in Winnipeg

Dave Dog River pic
Dave Emery
(representing El Cid Resorts)
in Dog River, Saskatchewan


fmtm new logoProud to Represent
Real Resorts and
El Cid Resorts
in Canada
Dear David,     

I thought I'd kick off October with a celebrity sighting.

prime minister of Canada pic

Do you recognize who's standing next to me in that picture? Yes, it's the
Prime Minister of Canada! I bet you didn't realize I was such a hob-nobber, eh? LOL

I met the PM recently when I was in Whitehorse; we were staying in the same hotel believe it or not. I'm not a huge fan of his politically, but it was still very cool to meet the Prime Minister of Canada. And in case you were wondering, YES that is a moose head in the background. What can I say? We were in the Yukon. :)

We just wrapped up the Western Series Addison Shows, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the Real Resorts and El Cid Resorts booths to say hello. It was a busy couple of weeks but it was lots and lots of fun (please see the story below to find out if YOU won a Starbucks gift card).


Addison YYC picGood times at the Calgary Addison Show:
Nicky Alger and Tami Brown (Westjet Vacations),
Norma Cisneros (El Cid Resorts), Dave Emery (FMTM),
Mary Scharge (Pueblo Bonito and Playa Mazatlan),
and Freddie Marsh (FMTM)

I know we're not supposed to talking on our cellphones while we're driving these days, but how about driving and VIDEO-BLOGGING????


oct video blog pic

CLICK HERE to watch the video-blog.


Take care and I hope you have a great October.  


Freddie Marsh, CTC

PS - Dixie update at the bottom.
Have you met Dave yet?Dave Emery pic
A new member of the FMTM team!

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dave Emery; the newest addition to the FMTM team. Dave is working a part-time contract position, assisting with the El Cid Resorts account.

We are lucky to have Dave, as he has over 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience. Dave has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree from the University of California (I guess you could say he's the brains of the operation now - LOL). Dave is an exceptional public speaker and is a certified Toastmaster. He has dual citzenship (Canada/USA) and he has traveled extensively on 6 continents.

Dave is super-friendly and is looking forward to working with you. Dave will be at the Eastern Series Addison Shows so please make sure to come by and say hello. Dave can be reached by email at

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El Cid Rewards 
El Cid Resorts Unveils New Travel Agent Loyalty Program

canadian tire logo winners logo bay logo future shop logo cineplex logo keg logo chapters logo milestones logo

Breaking News!!!

As of today (October 1st, 2009) El Cid Resorts has a brand new Travel Agent loyalty program.

Starting today you can score fabulous merchandise and valuable gift cards just by booking El Cid Resorts. It's that easy! The above logos are just a small sampling of the many companies participating.

SIGN UP TODAY and you will earn an extra 650 Bonus Points!



gc beach pic Spotlight on the Gran Caribe Real
Beachfront with Best Location
in Cancun's Famous Hotel Zone

The 5 star Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa - better than ever and stretching along a quarter mile of white sandy beach - is an awe-inspiring resort, where style and service come together in grand fashion. Situated in the heart of Cancun's famed hotel zone, this Mediterranean-style resort provides a first class vacation experience, combining the renowned Mexican hospitality with Real Resorts unique brand of attentive service.

Distinguished for its excellent location, stylish elegance and lively ambiance, this popular beachfront resort offers a variety of accommodations for everyone including spacious Junior Suites, Family Junior Suites, Master Suites and Presidential Suites with private terraces, modern marble baths and countless other smart details, like the innovative (Mexico's first) online checkin available for our guests within 48 hours prior to arrival.

Gran Caribe Suite photoYour clients will be enticed by an impressive variety of restaurants and bars (most with fabulous views of the beautiful turquoise Caribbean) serving up innovative cuisine ranging from seafood specialties and Italian favorites to Sushi and outstanding gourmet Mexican delicacies. A wide array of activities, both recreational and simply for fun, are sure to tempt all. Visit the state-of-the-art Life Fitness® Center and the SPAreal with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath ($), or opt for a sensual beach massage or indulge in the hydro-facilities ($)

Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa has a fun-filled, energetic vibe - perfect for romance, excitement and adventure - where families, couples and singles all mingle effortlessly, enjoying a perfect holiday experience with a wide choice of leisure options. And as always... Exceeding Your Expectations!

What's New at the Gran Caribe Real?
bulletNew! Gran Caribe Real allows up to 5 people in all Family Junior Suites, Gran Master and Presidential Suites (2 adults and 3 kids or teenagers).
bulletNew! Special discount for teens (ages 13-17) in all suite categories.
bulletNew! Oki Splash with a full range of activities for every family member including kids pool, water slides, Oki Kid's Club, T-Zone, paddle tennis, live kids colorful shows, and minidisco for the most important members of the family.
starbucks gift card pic Lucky Winners
Starbucks Gift Cards

If you attended the Addison shows (Western Series) and dropped off a business card at the Real Resorts or El Cid Resorts booths, your name was automatically entered into a draw for Starbucks gift cards. And the lucky winners are (drum-roll)....

Berni Krumm from Sears Travel (Edmonton, AB)

Cindy Quesnel from Flin Flon Travel Services (Flin Flon, MB)

Janice Lonnqvist from Ocean Breeze Cruise & Travel (Abbotsford, BC)

Tony Young from Atlantic Escapes (Winnipeg, MB)

Arlene Michaels from ATCO Travel (Calgary AB)

Congratulations to our winners. Your gift cards are in the mail, just in time for the pumpkin spice lattes!
1984 picWhat were you doing 25 Years Ago?
Best Day Celebrates 25 Years!

Do you remember what you were doing 25 years ago?

I remember what I was doing. I was living in a little town in Northwestern British Columbia and I was in my Senior year (Grade 12).

(That's my student card to the right, and before you judge me, mullets were VERY popular back in the day!!! LOL)

So do you remember what YOU were doing 25 years ago?best day 25 logo

The reason I'm mentioning this is because Best Day is 25 years old!  That is a very long time and that is a major accomplishment. Congratulations!!!

When your clients are visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya, chances are they will want to do some excursions; whether it's a day-trip to Chichen-Itza or going on a snorkeling adventure.

Make sure your clients travel with the best.
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Online Check-In
Only from Real Resorts
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Real Resorts is pleased to offer an exciting service for guests ... Mexico's First Online Check-In!

Your clients can check in directly from their  home or office computer. For the ultimate in convenience and service, Real Resorts offers guests the option of online hotel registration 48 hours prior to arrival. No waiting in line at the check-in desk ... their key will be waiting for them in the reception area and their suite ready, so they can go directly to their suite and start to enjoy their holiday immediately!

Your clients needs are Real Resorts number one priority! If they have any kind of special request, don't hesitate to mention it. Tell Real Resorts if your clients will be celebrating a special occasion during their stay such as a birthday, an anniversary or any other special event. Of course, let Real Resorts know if your clients are on their honeymoon or are getting married at the resort ... Real Resorts will be at their disposal to thoroughly pamper them with their special brand of "Royal" treatment from the very moment they arrive.

It is Real Resorts goal to offer guests of THE ROYAL and GRANS resorts the most exciting and innovative amenities and features, designed to enhance each and every aspect of the vacation experience. Real Resorts sincerely hopes that your clients will take advantage of the convenient Online Check-In service!

Online Check-in for THE ROYAL in Cancun
Online Check-in for THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen
Online Check-in for Gran Caribe Real
Online Check-in for Gran Porto Real

El Cid Resorts in the News Heidi photo
Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Heidi Storm Samore, El Cid Resort's Director of Marketing was the subject of a wonderful story about Mazatlan that appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper on Saturday, September 19th. It's an extremely well written piece focusing on Mazatlan as a destination, but it also talks about El Cid Resorts and mentions Westjet's direct service to Mazatlan from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg.

By the way, the author specifically says "Check with your favourite travel agent". I thought you'd like that! :)

If you have a minute I recommend reading the story HERE.

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Family Does Matter gran caribe real family pic
in Real Paradise

Elegant, All Inclusive, Beachfront...Affordable. Real Resorts has made it possible.

Located on long stretches of white sandy beach, in the best locations of Cancun's famous hotel zone or Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya, Real Resorts has the perfect settings for a great family vacation experience: relaxation and fun under the Caribbean sun.

Impressive and ample Family Suites, a variety of international restaurants, bars and lounges and lots of activities for every member of the family, plus nightly entertainment and unique services, will surely make your clients vacation remain in the memories for a long long time!!!

Plus new and expansive OKI Splash Water Park in Cancun featuring a Pirate Ship, Castle, water slides and various spray apparatus creating a one-of-a-kind water escape where kids are in command!!!
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                                  To learn more about Real Resorts GRAN properties please click HERE.

                      Kids Stay & Eat Free: Travel Dates Aug-Dec 23, 2009. KDSF


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Dixie at Laurel Point Inn pic Dixie Update:
Living the High Life!

This year the venue for the Addison show in Victoria BC was the Inn at Laurel Point. What a fantastic hotel. If you've never been there you have to go!!! It's located in a prime spot on the inner-harbour, and it's my favourite hotel in Victoria.

Since Victoria is just a quick ferry ride away, we brought Dixie with us. The Inn at Laurel Point is now officially Dixie's favourite hotel EVER.

Dixie enjoyed the royal treatment; doggie bed, stainless steel bowls, bottled water and doggie treats!!!


Thank you Kyla-Rae for making our stay so wonderful.

And just in case you are REALLY bored, HERE'S A BONUS VIDEO OF DIXIE EATING A TACO
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FMTM is an abbreviation for Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing.
We are a Vancouver-area based company, providing high quality travel industry sales representation in Canada and the USA.

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