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Dear Dave,

Hello and Happy December!!!


Well, winter has arrived in Canada!!! The snow is flying and the temperatures are dropping. BRRR!!!


Since the cold weather has arrived, we have noticed that Dixie has developed a little quirk that is making us laugh. She loves (and I mean LOVES) being covered (her head and all), by an AFGHAN BLANKET.


Dixie AfghanIn the picture she has her head poking out, but usually she likes to be completely covered. I guess she likes it because obviously it keeps her warm, but also afghans have big holes so she can still see what's going on in the room and she can also breath easily.


My Mom gave Dixie an early Christmas present - her very own blue afghan and she adores it. She knows it's hers and whenever she paws at the afghan that's my signal that she wants me to cover her up. She has been spending a lot of chilly evenings covered up in her new afghan, all nice and warm & dry. I know, she has a tough life, eh?


Hopefully your clients won't have to hide under an afghan to escape the cold this winter. You can always help them escape by booking them a vacation to MEXICO!!! And your clients can leave their afghans at home when they visit Real Resorts,

El Cid Resorts or Canto del Sol.

Have a great month. If you need anything we are here to help you close the sale. Adios Amigos!!!

Freddie Marsh, CTC

In This Issue
Miss Universe visits Real Resorts
Sofia Salad Recipe
Canto del Sol is Ready for the Season
Oki Splash
Another RRMembers Testimonial
Hotel Marina El Cid: Location, Location, Location
Save the Date
If you live in Western Canada we just wanted to give you a heads-up. In January El Cid Resorts, Westjet Vacations and the Mazatlan Hotel Ael cid logossociation will be sponsoring dinner seminars in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver-Burnaby. Locations are TBA but please plan on attending and you should be receiving an invitation soon.

Winnipeg: Monday, January 10th
Calgary: Tuesday, January 11th
Edmonton: Wednesday, January 12th
Vancouver-Burnaby: Thursday, January 13th

Mazatlan for travellers
About Us
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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.

FMTM is proud to be the Canadian Representative for Real Resorts, El Cid Resorts & Canto del Sol.

Freddie NYC
Freddie Marsh, CTC
Representing Real Resorts

Dave Emery
Dave Emery, MS
Representing El Cid Resorts & Canto del Sol
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Thanks Judy!!!
Judy & Freddie picI have always heard that Maritimers are a friendly bunch, but wow, that sure is true!

I love heading out to the east coast because everyone is so incredibly nice. I wonder if they put something in their water out there??? :)

Anyways, I was in the Maritimes again last week representing Real Resorts at the Maritime Travel Conference and I spent 2 days on the road with Judy Munden, the Air Canada Vacations rep based in Halifax. So much Fun!!!

Thanks again Judy. Love ya, mean it!!!


Miss Universe Visits Real Resorts

Miss UniverseRecently there was a very special guest at THE ROYAL in Playa del Carmen; Ximena Navarrete, the reigning Miss Universe. She was on-hand with Joseph Cinque, President of the American Academy of Hospitality Science to recognize two Real Resorts with its prestigious International Star Diamond Award.

THE ROYAL in Cancun is the first Cancun property to receive the award, and also receiving the award is its sister property, THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen.

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The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is the world's premiere organization for awarding excellence in travel, cuisine, luxury products and services. Each year, the Academy bestows its coveted International Star Diamond Award - a recognition that many strive for but few achieve - on superlative establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality.


Star Diamond Award Press Conference


Sofia Salad Recipe (courtesy of El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel)
Chef Javier has worked at El Cid La Ceiba for more than 18 years. In that time, he has created different recipes that are always a favourite with guests, like Sofia Salad. Chef Javier is always experiementing with new trends and ingredients, and always serves each carefully prepared dish with a smile.

Sofia SaladSofia Salad recipe

Mixed Lettuce, chopped
Toasted and chopped almonds
Avacado Slices
Chicken breast, julienned
Orange Marmalade
Chopped Tomatoes
Chopped Parsley

Ranch Dressing
Cooked and chopped bacon

el cid logoPREPARATION:
Mix the lettuce, avacado and almonds on a plate. Spread the chicken breast with the mustard and marmalade, cook over medium heat until done. Place over the lettuce once the chicken strips are lukewarm. Garnish with the tomatoes and parsley.

Mix the Ranch dressing with the honey and bacon peices. Serve over the salad.



Canto del Sol, Puerto Vallarta, Ready for the Season!

Dave had the pleasure of doing a site inspection at Canto del Sol (CDS) and Villas Vallarta (VV) properties in Puerto Vallarta last month.  It was great for him to confirm in person all of the good things that we had heard from agents and their clients. Here is his report: 


Canto del Sol PoolThe Canto del Sol property was already teaming with Canadians enjoying the ideal weather,  great food and picture-perfect pool.  Many guests also were enjoying the various pool, beach, spa or tennis activities through out the day.  The 8 tennis courts (6 lighted and 4 covered) seemed to be enjoyed by clients day and evening.  I greatly enjoyed the professional and entertaining shows that are performed each evening on the property.  My favourite was the Mexican show that gave a colourful overview of the enitre history of Mexico and it's various regions, in dance.


There was minor work being completed in the lobby while I was there, but it was finished before I left.  Socorro Aquino, the Sales Director, assures me that CDS and VV are "open and ready to greet their Canadian clients for the season."


Some of the rooms at the Villas Vallarta were being renovated to provide a fresh new bright and modern look.  These renovations will not interfere with guests staying at this comfortable property right across the street from CDS.  Many of the rooDave in PVRms have kitchenettes, so this property is perfect for clients looking to enjoy an extended stay in PV.  Guest at  the VV can also use the facilities (beach, pool, restaurants etc.) at the CDS across the street.


I was able to take time to get to know Puerto Vallarta better.  I took an amazing city tour that also took me to some of the surrounding jungle areas.  As a tourist, I found PV safe and friendly, both day and night.  There are many great spots to eat, socialize and meet friends around town.  The boardwalk or malecon is a wonderful area to shop, stroll, jog and/or people watch.   I found I couldn't leave town without enjoying all of the amazing varieties of tequilla.  My favourite was the cocoa cream (chocolate flavored) tequilla served over ice.  It was like enjoying a smooth melting, chocolate ice cream cone, with a pleasant buzz.


It sure is wonderful to have a great resort like Cant del Sol to be representing in Canada!

OKI Splash
Oki Splash photo
The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun is the home to Oki Splash Water Park. The expansive aqua park features a pirate ship, Castle, water slides and various water spray jets creating a one-of-a-kind water escape at the resort for kids and adults alike. There is no extra charge to play at the water park, it is all included with your clients stay at the Gran Caribe Real. The water park is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

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Another RRMembers Testimonial
Margo Clayton Bruce photoCongratulations to Margo Clayton Bruce from Trip Central in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!!!

Margo is a member of the RRMembers Commission Booster program and she has been earning bonus commission for all of her Real Resorts bookings.

Margo's clients are happy and she is happy, so it is a win-win situation for everyone.

She said that she appreciated receiving the perks and she also mentioned how easy it is to use the program. Margo also commented that she received her cheque in a timely fashion.

Margo said that she is putting her money into a travel fund to use towards her own personal vacation.

Congratuations Mago and thank you so much for your support.

If you aren't a member of the RRMembers program yet, what are you waiting for. Sign Up Today!!! 


Hotel Marina El Cid: Location, Location, Location

Hotel Marina El Cid


While there are SO many great things to say about the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort (great for families and couples, amazing spa, convenient marina on site, wonderful food) I thought I'd highlight the great LOCATION of the property.


Located directly on beach-front and just next to the bohemian fishing village of Puerto Morelos, the El Cid property  is only 20 minutes south of the Cancun airport.  Just think, this is closer than many of the actual Cancun properties, but it is still has an expansive, sandy beach.  Conveniently, the property is only 30 minutes south of Cancun, and 25 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.


From the beach or from an excursion from the marina, guests can enjoy the spectacular underwater life of Puerto Morelos National Reef Park, the second largest barrier reef in the world.  Guests can also explore the nearby ancient Mayan cities of Coba and Tulum. Or guests can hike the pristine ecological reserve of Sian Ka'an or dive the mysterious underground rivers of Xcaret and Xel-Ha. It is a gracious retreat set apart from other Cancún/Riviera Maya resort hotels.. At El Cid, the LOCATION is perfect, and your clients will truly find "Something For Everyone".


Tequila Tasting


The Hotel Marina El Cid in Riviera Maya hosts a weekly Tequila Corner event at Haciena Arrecife Restaurant. Guests learn about all kinds of Tequilas and enjoy a tasting with old and new friends.
Your clients can discover the mystery from the "plant to the bottle!"

Bottoms up!

And whatever you do, don`t forget to sign up up for the El Cid Rewards program!!!


Best Day

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Best Day Westjet Vacations

Best Day was founded in 1984 and throughout the years they have grown on the bas is of providing first class, quality and personalized service. This has allowed Best Day to position themselves as an experienced, trustworthy company in the tourism market for Cancun, Playa del Carmen, the Mayan Riviera, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and the Mayan Peninsula.

For the Canadian market, Best Day provides the ground services for Air Canada Vacations and Westjet Vacations as well as various other FIT operators.

Best Day offers a wide variety of tours for fun entertainment or cultural recreation to please all ages. All of the Representatives at Best Day Travel are fully billingual, impeccable uniformed and very well trained and experienced.

Best Day Travel Representatives are always ready to help make the best day of your clients vacation.


Park'N fly
Park N Fly Parker


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