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Hello and Happy September!!
How are things going?? Any plans for the last
long-weekend of summer? Hmmm???
As you know, at this time of the year we are on
the road a lot doing all the various shows all
over Canada. Normally when we are on the road
Dixie goes up to Kamloops and spends some quality
time with my parents. She loves it up there!! But
last week we had the Thomas Cook show in Calgary
and we were only going to be gone for ONE night so
we decided to try the Jet
Pet Resort@ YVR.
Have you heard of it? According to their website
it's a pet-centered resort & spa. Yes, I said SPA.
Pretty fancy, eh?
I did a suprise site-inspection beforehand, and
the place looked great (heck, I would even stay
there in a pinch haha), but I was a little bit
nervous about leaving Dixie there, because as cute
as she is, she does have her issues (don't we
all). She has a very dominant personality and that
sometimes causes problems with other dogs.
I think it went fairly well. At least we didn't
receive any panicked calls from the staff telling
us to come pick her up immediately, so I'll take
that as a success!!
One of the cool features is that they posted
photos of Dixie on their facebook page. It was so
great being able to see her enjoying her time at
the resort and mingling with the other "guests". I
would recommend Jet Pet Resort and I give them a
thumbs-up if you have clients with dogs (or cats).
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entered a "What's
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GET THE WORD OUT USING SOCIAL
MEDIA AS A MARKETING TOOL
by Catherine Heeg, Customized
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explore the power of Facebook Events and
how to create them. We'll look in depth at
the power of LinkedIn Events. Don't miss
the last part where we delve into secrets
of integrating new and traditional media.
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International Speaker and Trainer in the
travel. tourism, and hospitality industry.
Focusing on social media, sales and
marketing, Catherine understands and
speaks your language.
Volleyball in Puerto Vallarta
The teams at Canto Del Sol and Villas Vallarta
are excited that the PanAmerican Gamera Beach
Volleyball matches will take place October 16th
and 22nd in Puerto Vallarta. The volleyball
will be hosted at the newly built PanAmerican
Beach Volleyball Stadium, located at just 8
meters above sea level and with the capacity of
seating up to 2,000 spectators. You can find
more information by clicking HERE.
Also, the renovated Puerto Vallarta Malecon
(beach boardwalk) will be ready for PanAmerican
Vallarta is currently the second most important
economic zone in the state of Jalisco, and
Mexico's third most important port. An estimated
five million people visit the destination on an
Canto del Sol and Villas Vallartaare open
and available to host guests to the PanAmerican
games as well as other guests for the coming
YOUR CLIENT'S WEDDING A TRUE LEGACY AT REAL
Partnering with the City of Joy
Real Resorts is offering couples and their
guests the opportunity to turn their special
occasion into a true legacy for a
child. Partnering with the City of Joy
Foundation (Fundacion Ciudad de la Alegria),
Real Resorts is inviting couples to create a
Legacy Gift Fund to help educate a child.
One of City of Joy'smissions is the Mano Amiga
School for children. The
school, which operates kindergarten through high
school, helps to educate more than 1,300
children each year whose families have an annual
income of less than $450 per month. The
school and City of Joysupport individuals and
families who live in Cancun and the state of
Quintana Roo. These
people often work in the hospitality industry
but find themselves coming up short in
supporting their family's needs.
The cost of educating one student at Mano Amiga
School is $25 USD per month. Couples
donating towards this cause will receive a
commemorative plaque in their honor signed by
student representatives and a letter twice a
year from a sponsored student. If they choose,
they can also arrange to visit the school, and
will be commemorated at the school with an
engraved 'blessing plaque' noting their wedding
date and names.
the past several years we have joined our
colleagues in the travel industry in supporting
The City of Joy's important work," said Fernando
Garcia, Managing Director of Real Resorts. "It
is truly a pleasure to now have the opportunity
to create this legacy program for our many
guests who celebrate weddings and other special
occasions with us. I
cannot think of a more worthwhile way to
commemorate an event and make a difference in a
child's life. The
idea of a Legacy Wedding Gift Program was
suggested to us by several of our guests who
said they were not in need of traditional
wedding gifts and wanted to do something to
share their good fortune and provide a way for
their guests to do something meaningful. It
brings us much joy to provide this wonderful
opportunity," added Garcia.
Guests wishing to create a Legacy Gift can work
through their travel agent or their Wedding
Planner at Real Resorts. In
addition to the couple making the Legacy
Donation, Real Resorts can set up a Bridal
Registry for the couple so that their wedding
guests can contribute to the legacy as well. For
more information on the Legacy Wedding Gift
Program and the wide variety of wedding
celebrations available at Real Resorts please
About City of Joy
City of Joy is a 12 acrecompound located just
outside the city of Cancun that provides
education, healthcare, legal support and a wide
range of other services for needy families in
collaboration with a network of charitable
organizations. It does this with the mission
of keeping families together and providing
resources to live a dignified life. Together,
the organizations in the City of Joy help more
than 20,000 people a year and the Foundation
provides more than $450,000 USD per year to
these non-profit organizations to sustain homes,
pay utilities, and provide services. Many travel
industry partners support the work of City of
Joy with financial contributions including Real
Resorts and its employees.
Duke's Beach House
The next time you have clients staying at Honua
Kai Resort & Spamake sure you let them know
to try the HULA PIE at Duke's Beach House
Restaurant, which is located on property.
The hula pie is legondary and it is big enough
for two (maybe even three or four) to share, and
is sooo good. The best way to describe it is a
rich mud-pie topped with macadamia nuts. Mmmm....macadamia
Duke's is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and
cocktails.It has a fun vibe and the seafood is
El Cid Country Club
clients can tee up for the ideal golf vacation
in a relaxed, comfortable setting along the
Pacific Coast of Mexico. They can discover the
endless pleasures of playing Mazatlán's premier
27-hole championship golf course while enjoying
a refreshing stay at an El Cid resort, just
At this world-class golf course (PGA-rated par
72), featuring the new Lee Trevino nine, they
can learn from experienced golf professionals
through small classes or personalized lessons. El
Cid Country Clubalso hosts annual
tournaments every March and November including
the Canadian Tour and Mexican PGA. Amateur
golfers from around the world travel to this
destination to compete for thousands of dollars
in prizes, as well as carts, vacation packages,
Of course, carts and caddies are available -- as
are a driving range, putting greens, and
short-game area. El Cid's golf facilities are
open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
AMBASSADORS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
A Maui Must Do
of the highlights on our recent trip to Maui was
a sea-kayaking and snorkelling excursion
provided by the Jean-Michel
Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment
Their office is located on
the grounds of the Ritz Carlton up in Kapalua,
which is only a 10 minute drive from Honua
Kai Resort & Spa. Our guide/naturalist Kevin
was an amazing guy. He looked after every little
detail and was a great source of information.
Did you know that most commerical sunscreens
include highly toxic chemicals that harm marine-ife
and especially sea-turtles??? I had no idea.
From now on I will be much more careful.
On our excursion we went
sea-kayaking to a beautiful coral-reef area and
enjoyed some incredible snorkelling and I even
saw a sea-turtle swimming about 3 feet from me.
It was great!
They have an extensive
program and I hope you recommend them to your
clients when they are staying at Honua Kai
Resort & Spa.
view the 2011 Ambassadors Brochure.
BEST BEAUTIFUL & CLEAN BEACHES
THE ROYAL Cancun and Gran Caribe Real
Real Resorts' two Cancun resorts, THE
ROYAL Cancunand Gran
Caribe Real Cancun, were awarded with the
prestigious recognition of having the greatest,
cleanest and most pristine beaches in Cancun and
the entire Riviera Maya -- a region acclaimed
for having some of the world's best beaches!
recognition was presented during the 7th Annual
Clean Beach Conference held in Mazatlan and
organized by the Mexican Federal Government, the
National Water Commission (Conagua), the
National Environment and Natural Resources
Ministry (Semarnat), the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur)
and Ministry of Health.
Because of the beauty of all of the Riviera
Maya's beaches, this recognition is only awarded
to those who go above and beyond normal
stewardship and adhere to the strictest
guidelines including the following criteria:
|Absolutely no trash on the sand, even a
few small pieces of paper will disqualify a
|Appropriate signage on the beach
indicating resort services and information.|
|The water must be clean and ecologically
correct without any signs of pollution.|
|The resort that maintains the beach must
practice sustainability including waste
separation and other green initiatives|
|Beaches must have trained life guards,
warning flags indicating surf condition, and
|The resort must demonstrate best practices
to protect the natural wildlife including
pelicans, seagulls, and sea turtles. Real
Resorts has an extensive sea turtle protection
Resorts has worked diligently to achieve this
recognition which is one of the highest
accolades in Mexico. It assures guests that they
are enjoying the most beautiful and highest
quality beach experience with the cleanest sand
and water while protecting the environment and
respecting the natural habitat.
THE ROYAL in Cancun is also the recipient of
the Green Diamond recognition for its commitment
to ecology and the environment. The recognition
is awarded by The American Academy of
Hospitality Sciences to select five star leading
hospitality luxury hotels that exceed a
selection of criteria for superior facilities
FAMILIES LOVE HOTEL MARINA EL CID SPA &
Families do love the Hotel
Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resortin the Mayan
Riviera. The 2 and 3 bedroom suites spacious
(1366 & 1778 sq ft respectively!) are great for
larger families (up to 8 people). Even the
family rooms are perfect for those families of
up to 5 people (2 double beds and 1 Queen Murphy
The Kids's Club (4-12 years) and the Teen's
Program (13-17 years) are both open from 9 am to
9 pm, so the parents can even enjoy a romantic
dinner alone at one of the specialty
restaurants. The kids can swim and snorkel at
the calm, sandy beach; play in the amazing
kid-friendly large pool or enjoy the El Cid
Turtle Preservation program. This is just a few
of the many activities that members of any sized
family will enjoy at El Cid!
REAL RESORTS @ ACTA ALBERTA GOLF
Congratulations Ross Evans
Real Resorts was a hole
sponor at the ACTA Alberta Travel Industry Golf
Tournament on August 18th at the Red Tail
Landing Golf Course outside Edmonton. It was a
typical August day in Alberta; we had sunshine,
we had rain, we had cold wind and we had hail!!!
But in the end it wasa
really fun day and it was great to see so many
friends and industry partners.
As a hole sponsor, Real
Resorts had a "Marshmallow Longest Drive"
contest, which was a lot of fun. The winner was Ross
Evansfrom Custom Travel Solutions. Ross
will be enjoying a complimentary 3 night stay at
the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun (all-inclusive).
Real Resorts is proud to
support ACTA, and in-turn support Canadian
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