Hello and Happy December!!!
Well, winter has
arrived in Canada!!! The snow is flying and the
temperatures are dropping. BRRR!!!
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
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.
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,
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
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
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 A
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
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.
Representing Real Resorts
Dave Emery, MS
Representing El Cid Resorts & Canto del Sol
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
, the Air Canada Vacations rep based in
Halifax. So much Fun!!!
Thanks again Judy. Love ya, mean it!!!
Miss Universe Visits Real Resorts
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
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.
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.
Sofia Salad Recipe (courtesy of El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel)
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.
Mixed Lettuce, chopped
Toasted and chopped almonds
Chicken breast, julienned
Cooked and chopped bacon
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
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 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
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 rooms
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.
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!
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.
Click Here for More Info
Another RRMembers Testimonial
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
Hotel Marina El Cid: Location, Location, Location
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.
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".
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
And whatever you do, don`t forget to
sign up up for the El Cid Rewards program!!!
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.
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Westminster | BC | V3M 1A6 | Canada
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