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April 2011


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Dear Dave,


WOW, can you believe it's April already? Spring is definitely in the air!!!


Well, I had an inJapan imageteresting little adventure last month. A very good friend of mine (Shawn) is now living in Tokyo so my other good friend (Brent) and I decided to fly over for a quick visit. We'd planned the trip for months and since neither of us had ever been to Japan before, we were really looking forward to the trip and also seeing our buddy.


The devastating earthquake/tsunami occurred on the Friday and we were scheduled to depart on the Saturday morning, so we had to make a quick decision whether to go or not. After skyping with Shawn, he told us that he thought everything would return to normal in Tokyo pretty quickly and he recommended we still come and not cancelling our trip.


So with some apprehension, Brent and I arrived into Tokyo on the Sunday night. Since our flights arrived late in the evening we had pre-booked a hotel close to Narita. We checked-in and went to bed and In the middle of the night there was a very strong after-shock (I believe it was 6.2) that woke us both up and was a bit scary, and there was a smaller one a short time afterwards. I was regretting leaving on the trip.


Narita hotelThe next morning we were having breakfast in the hotel restaurant when Shawn called us and asked if we were sitting down because he had some very bad news. He told us that the situation with the nuclear reactors was very bad now, trains weren't running and the government was warning of another possible very strong earthquake in the coming days. OMG! With that news we decided that the best thing to do would be to leave Japan immediately. So Brent and I went directly back to the airport and started looking for a flight out ASAP.


The situation at Narita was a little crazy and we had 2 more aftershocks (and I have to be honest I was starting to panic big time), but we finally found a flight leaving in one hour's time to Singapore so we booked it and high-tailed it to the gate. Our flight had a slightly late departure and by the time we finally lifted-off I was so relived. BTW, we got to fly on the new A380 aircraft and I loved it. Very cool!!!

Singapore a380

We ended up spending a few days in Singapore and also Seoul to try to salvage our trip and we did have a good time, but of course both of us would rather have been in Japan and spending time with Shawn. It also made it difficult to enjoy ourselves knowing what was going on in Japan and we were worried about our friend.


If you would like to see a video from our day trip to the North Korea border and the demilitarized zone you can click HERE.


Have a great month and chat with you soon.




Freddie Mash, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


Scuba Diving in Cozumel

El Cid Scuba

Most agents are well aware of El Cid's 4 great resorts in Mazatlan, and the beautiful property in the Mayan Riviera, but did you know that El Cid has a beach resort on the beautiful Mexican island of Cozumel? El Cid La Ceiba Beach is nestled on Cozumel pristine southern shore, our oceanfront retreat is a warm, intimate alternative to standard Cozumel hotel resorts. Scuba divers and snorkelers will love that there is a dive shop with PADI trained dive masters right on the property so that guests can enjoy what has been called one of the top five scuba and snorkeling sites on the planet.


Also, don't miss the El Cid Rewards Promotion where from March 25th through April 15th for stays from March 26th through April 30th you will receive 500 bonus points for each reservation.


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Earth Hour 2011 at Real Resorts

Real News Spring 2011

Real Resorts has a brand new newsletter full of great information on all the latest exciting happenings, including details on latest promotions and news about the RRMembers Commission Booster program.


Click HERE to view it.

Look Who Stopped By

Hawaiin Monk Seal This Hawaiian Monk Seal was spotted enjoying the sun & sand in front of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa.


According to Barrett De Santos (Director of Sales, Honua Kai), "Look at our guest who checked in on our beach this morning. People are loving it. Families educating their kids, kids with tons of questions, and it's all fronting Honua (Earth) Kai (Sea). Our connection with nature is so fitting!!"


Honua Kai SpecialsTo view the latest promotions (up to 50% off and 5th night free), click HERE. And don't forget Honua Kai can be booked through your favourite tour operator including Fun Sun Vacations, Holiday House, Westjet Vacations and Air Canada Vacations.


Edelweiss Air

Did you know that there are non-stop flights from Western Canada to Zurich, Switzerland this summer? Twice a week from Vancouver and once a week from Calgary. Prime Travel is offering NET fares.


To view details including flight times click HERE.

Prime Travel Contact

with Real Resorts

Real Resorts is offering a series of webinars focusing on Weddings, Groups, Families, Luxury and Hotel Overviews.

This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Real Resorts and sell this product with more confidence.


For more information and to register for one of these fantastic webinars simply click HERE.


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Real fam scheduleREAL RESORTS
It's Time for You to Experience
a REAL Fam
You asked and Real Resorts listened. Real Resorts is pleased to now offer educational fams to give travel agents the opportunity to better understand the Real Resorts philosophy and to experience first-hand the outstanding resorts and service.

The Fams include the following:
bulletSuperior All Inclusive Accomodations
bulletRound trip airport Transfers
bulletGreat Service
bulletFabulous Dining


For more information or to register,

please click HERE


Come see the Movie Magic and Stay at Canto del Sol

Most people are aware of aware that the 1964 Richard Burton/Ava Gardner movie, The Night of the Iguana, was filmed in Puerto Vallarta, but many don't know that a number of Hollywood movies were filmed or partially filmed in this beautiful Mexican seaside town. Films such as Schwarzenegger's 1987 film Predator and the 2008 comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua featured scenes filmed in PV. New to theatres is the suspense thriller, Limitless, staring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Some scenes from Limitless were filmed in PV. Click HERE for more historic information about moving-making in PV.


While guests are exploring this cinematic destination, they can stay and play at the Canto del Sol Resort for a great value!

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Grande Prairie Mayor
Bill Given, Mayor of Grande Prairie, Alberta


Grande Prairie, Alberta & Mazatlan, Mexico

In 2008 Grande Prairie, Alberta and Mazatlan, Mexico became sister cities. Interesting, eh? I didn't know that. I think we just learned something new today!!!


And Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given recently returned from a trp to Mazalan. He had a wonderful time and he said that tourists shouldn't be concerned about security in Mazatlan.


"I felt 100% safe. I was very, very comfortable." he said.


But we already knew that, right?


To read more of the article from the Daily Herald Tribune you can click HERE.


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Real Resorts Turns out the Lights

Real Resorts Earth Hour 2011

Real Resorts' 4 properties were proudly part of EARTH HOUR 2011, switching off their lights for one hour last Saturday March 26th. Fire shows and purification rituals were performed in this massive event about environmental conciousness which took place in more than 4,000 cities in the world.




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


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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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