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February 2011


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Dear Freddie,


Happy February!!! 

WOW, has it ever been busy lately. How are things going in your office? Are you keeping your head above water?


Well, look who else has been busy!! Dixie has been having a great time tearing apart all of her Christmas presents!!!   

Dixie CSI pic 
I like to call that photo "CSI: New Westminster". Look at that guilty look on her face!!! She sure loves her stuffed toys and has such a great time pulling out the stuffing. 

Check out our new feature in the newsletter we are calling "Dixie's Amigos". Send us your pet photo and he/she could be featured in the newsetter!!! How great would that be? A ticket to fame & fortune!!! :)  

Hey, have you heard of Edelweiss Air? This summer they will be offering two flights per week from Vancouver and once a week from Calgary to Zurich, Switzerland. Prime Travel has the BEST NETS. They also do connectings/code-share with Swiss International Airlines. Keep reading below for flight details and more information.  

Anyways, have a great month. Hopefully see you in your office soon. 




Freddie Mash, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


Book Your Clients Now

As of right now Sunwing is offering the El Cid La Ceiba Beach on the island of Cozumel, Mexico.  

Sunwing logoNestled on Cozumel's pristine southern shore, this oceanfront retreat is a warm, intimate alternative to standard Cozumel hotel resorts. Pure relaxation awaits - from the newly renovated accommodations to the ancient healing powers of El Cocay Massage & Temezcal Center. 

There is so much for your clients to do. They can participate in "Fly High Adventures", El Cid's brand-new eco-park, featuring zip line platforms, a fascinating jungle location, and mesmerizing ocean views. Or they can stroll down to the private dive center to enjoy some of the world's best reef diving and snorkeling. Or perhaps they want to explore the quaint streets of San Miguel ... a vibrant network of friendly neighbourhoods, terrific local cuisine, and historic Mayan culture. Or maybe just simply lounge by the pool while gazing at the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. From romantic weekend escapes to week-long family excursions, this is the perfect Cozumel hotel deal for your cleints next vacation.

bullet Nestled on the southern shores of Cozumel Island, Mexico
bullet Just three miles for a colourful downtown district of shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
bullet A few minutes drive to Playa del Carmen ferry dock, which takes visitors to the mainland.
bullet Only six miles from the Cozumel International Airport.
bullet Three miles from Chakanaab Park.

.Book your clients now! The El Cid La Ceiba Beach hotel is live in Sunwing's system!



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As we all know, Mazatlan has been in the news a lot lately, for all the wrong reasons. Please don't buy into the media hype. Remember, the news outlets want ratings, and they just love to blow things way out of proportion. Personally, I love Mazatlan and I would go tomorrow if I had vacation time (I wish). haha.   

 Dan Ritter, Alaska Airline's Coordinator of Product Development was recentl in Mazatlan.

To view a short video clip, please click HERE.


Mazatlan Update
Hot Winter Sale
Vallarta Wine Fest
Treat Your Valentine
Edelweiss Air
Villas Vallarta
A Speical Thank You
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Dixie's Amigo
Gran Caribe Real

Your clients can get warmed up this winter with a fabulous Cancun beach vacation at the upscale all-inclusive Gran Caribe Real Cancun.  Located beachfront and in the heart of Cancun's famous Hotel Zone this fabulous family friendly resort is now offering last minute winter deals in a Junior Suite starting at only $124 per person, per night based on double occupancy, and only $137 per person/per night for a Family Junior Suite that can sleep up to two adults and three children.

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For families booking the Family Junior Suite, one child 12 and under can share the suite with two paying adults for free, and additional children and teens may be added at special rates. They can enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining in a selection of International Buffet and a la carte restaurants, complimentary cocktails, resort entertainment and activities in an exciting atmosphere on Cancun's widest stretch of white sand beach.




JennicaIt was a really nice surprise after booking a group at the beautiful Royal Playa Del Carmen to earn a bonus commission of $650.00USD from RRMEMBERS. It is always nice to be

acknowledged and rewarded!!!

RRMembers is very user friendly and totally worth the incentive at the end.


Can't wait for our next booking with the Real Resorts!!!

Jennica MacPhee @ TravelMasters, Vancouver, BC



Vallarta Wine Fest picDo you have clients that love wine? Vallarta Wine Fest

takes place in February. Wines from Mexico, South America and other great wine-producing regions are featured.


The Mission of the Wine Fest is to provide the public with different cultural and artistic expressions associated with amazing wine, and to teach great food and wine pairings. 

This year is the 5th edition of the festival, with Spain as the invited country. The festival will run from February 21st to 27th, 2011


Also, don't forget that February is in the middle of the Whale Watching season in Puerto Vallarta. Can you imagine seeing these magnificent mammals in person? 

Canto del Sol is a wonderful resort choice for your clients Vallarta vacation. It's a beautiful all-inclusive hotel located beachfront, as well as close to downtown and the airport.

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To THE ROYAL Experience

Real Resorts' two luxury-gourmet, all-inclusive, all-suite resorts, THE ROYAL in Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen, are offering the ultimate romance getaway.  In time for Valentine's and offered throughout February & March, couples can enjoy accommodations in Ocean Front suites or a Presidential Suite and a selection of romantic amenities that can only be found at the resorts where romance was born!

heartThe experience begins upon arrival with private concierge check-in, and champagne and chocolates in the suite.  Then relax with the ultimate in-suite signature Tequila Couples Massage experience.  Discover the original healing powers of tequila with a one-of-a kind salt exfoliation followed by a tequila, lime and honey bath in the suite's private Jacuzzi tub, and finish with a sage oil massage.  Then complete the relaxing experience by savoring exclusive reserve tequila.

To continue the romantic atmosphere the couple will enjoy a private gourmet dinner for two on the beach prepared by the Resort Chef and served by a personal wait staff.  This candlelit dinner is served under a white awning and is complete with fine wine and violin music.  Each evening the suite's luxury ROYAL Bedding® will be adorned with rose petals, and scented candles of choice will be lit to enhance the atmosphere.  


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Everything a Puerto Vallarta Resort Should Be

Villas Vallarta (by Canto Del Sol) a relaxed and family-friendly resort is ideally located in the heart of the hotel zone in Puerto Vallarta.  It is next to the Puerto Vallarta Shopping Center which features coffee shops, Internet cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and more.  Downtown Puerto Vallarta is just minutes away and offers even more shopping, restaurants, and other attractions.


Villas Vallarta PoolVillas Vallarta is happy to offer a variety of accommodations to fit your clients needs. Choose from 108 oversized standard rooms, 23 one-bedroom suites, or 21 two-bedroom studios. All of the suites and studios at Villas Vallarta feature a fully-equipped kitchenette and are perfect for families or groups needing extra space or people seeking accommodations for an extended stay in Puerto Vallarta.  The Venezzia Restaurant, specializing in Italian cuisine, is a casually elegant restaurant right on the property.


Clients can book EP (European Plan) or on the All-Inclusive Plan at Villas Vallarta.  The All-Inclusive clients can enjoy all of the amenities (beach, pool, buffet, shows, etc.) at the Canto Del Sol property right next door!


Villas Vallarta (by Canto Del Sol) is definitely a small, tranquil hotel with all of the charm of Mexico, which is ideal for guests wanting to escape and relax! 


An Email from a Group Coordinator

I want to share our comments and experience regarding our recent corporate customer incentive travel program held at your ROYAL Playa del Carmen Resort.  Our 100 guests spent 6 nights in your resort.


As a result of your exceptional GM Beat Muller, outstanding Operations Manager Edwin Barragan and the rest of your service oriented ROYAL staff, we thank you.  It was a pleasure to work with such a fantastic team onsite.


We are proud to bring our business to your resort and it is a privilege to operate our programs with your team at the ROYAL.  Top to bottom they should be recognized as one of the finest staffs, and most accommodating teams we have worked with.


Our confidence starts with Mr. Muller.  His professionalism, attitude, responsiveness and visibility are rare in a General Manager.  We have now worked with Mr. Muller on two of our corporate group travel programs, and each time we feel valued as customers and assured as partners.  We have a great deal of respect for Mr. Muller and his ability to deliver first class service.  We look forward to any and all opportunities to work with Mr. Muller, and as long as he is the General Manager, we do not have any hesitation in bringing any of our clients to the ROYAL.


Edwin Barragan embodies the same professionalism, "can do" attitude and sincere service oriented nature.  He is admirable in how he conducts himself to his staff and to us the customer.  We enjoyed working with him, and he exceeded our expectations at every opportunity.  A quality, well respected leader for sure.


We would be remiss not to mention Jonathan Sanchez, Jorge Canul, Julio Gonzalez,  Manuel Sovia and Alex Oscoy just to name a few of the key staff that made our program such a success. The bellstand, banquet staff and restaurants played a valuable part in delivering such a memorable program. These individuals were a pleasure to work with androyallogo routinely went above and beyond to insure our client and guests were well taken care of.  We welcome the next opportunity to work with them. 


Michael McCollam

tri Exceeding Inc.


Western Canada

Recently, El Cid Resorts, Westjet Vacations and The Mazatlan Hotel Association hosted a series of dinner seminars for travel agents in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver (Burnaby), where agents learned about Westjet Vacation's Mazatlan product.  

El Cid Winnipeg

   (Pictured: Shannon Harrison (Westjet Vacations), Evelyn Brandt (Sears Travel), Norma Cisneros (El Cid Resorts) and Dave Emery (FMTM, Representing El Cid)


In addition, agents were provided updates on the latest news from 3 of the El Cid resorts in Mazatlan, including promotions, such as "Kids play, stay and eat FREE" and the "MegaPass" $600 USD coupon book, provided to all guests staying 5 nights or more.  Agents were also encouraged to sign for the El Cid Rewards Program.

El Cid Mazatlan Seminar Burnaby

(Pictured: Kim Tobias (Westjet Vacations), Freddie Marsh (FMTM), Norma Cisneros (El Cid Resorts), Karen Walden (TPI), Chris Walden (TPI) and Dave Emery (FMTM, Representing El Cid)


Click HERE to watch a video testimonial from Heather at Cruise Holidays in Surrey BC.   

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Mazatlan for travellers  



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.



Dave E


Bandit photo"This is Bandit, he is a border-collie cross 8 years old and this couch is his favorite place to sleep.  Every day I put the pillows on my couch, all nicely lined up and surprise when I come home from work all of the pillows are on the floor.  I admit he is pretty smart, when he see's us drive home he jumps off the couch and onto his pillow (laying right beside the sofa), or in the morning when he hears my alarm go off he jumps off the couch makes his way upstairs and there he is laying on the floor next to my bed, just where he was last night before I fell asleep.  What gives him away every time is the fact he still has not figured out how to put the cushions back on the couch or vacuum off his dog hair.


When I caught him and took this picture he had this look like "oh mommy, don't be too mad I so cute"  hard to resist that face.  He is a keeper!"

Bandit's owner is Robyn Forster from Sears Travel in Abbotsford, BC.

 If you would like your pet featured in the newsletter simply email us a pic and tell us a little bit about him/her.


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For the Best Day of Your Clients Vacation

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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