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Dear Dave,


Hello and Happy November!!


How are things going? So how was your Halloween? Did you get many trick-or-treaters at your place? Did you dress-up at your office?? Did you go to any good Halloween parties? Hmmm???


Wow, did we ever have fun last night!!!

Halloween 2011

We are down in Palm Springs taking a little break, and last night we went out with a group of friends (8 of us) to a Halloween street party. We all dressed as a crew with one captain and 7 "stewardesses". We were inspired by "Pan Am" but I think we ended up looking more like a very low-cost budget carrier. As someone said last night, we look like we work the cargo flights to Fresno.


Man, we had so much fun. Lots of laughs with friends and I don't think I've ever posed for some many pictures, as everyone wanted a picture of us or with us. My face hurt from laughing so much, and my feet...OMG ladies, I don't know how you do it. And I was the one wearing the sensible shoes!!! :)

Halloween 2011 the crew

Anyways, have a great month. I'm sure whatever airline/tour operator you book for your clients, they will have a much better looking crew!!! :)


If you need anything we're just a phone call or email away. Happy Selling!!!


Keep reading below for a Honua Kai contest.





Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


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Get Your Facebook Page Working Harder For You
Mazatlan is Making the News
Girlfriend Getaway at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen
Honua Kai Contest
Whales Enjoy Banderas Bay & Visitors Enjoy Canto del Sol
Westjet Vacations Offering Split Stay
Link to Live Campaign
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Look Who's Back!!!


PrincessHave you heard all the great news coming out of Mazatlan?


Princess Cruise's will stop in Mazatlan on six sailings starting next year. And Holland America and Disney Cruise Lines are also adding Mazatlan too. YAY!!!


Mazatlan is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest shrimp cocktail. Eighty, yes EIGHTY local chefs prepared a shrimp cocktail weighing an incredible 1,187 pounds!!! I wanna know how many salty crackers went with that shrimp cocktail!!! J


bulletMazatlan receives award-winning TV campaign
bulletEl Cid Joins Pan American Torch Relay
bulletMazatlan Honoured to Host Mexico's World Tourism Day Celebration
bulletNBA All-Star Exhibition
bulletMazatlan's 2011 Cultural Celebration

Click HERE for details about Mazatlan.


Click HERE for the latest specials from El Cid Resorts.



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at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

I was recently in Brandon, Manitoba and I met with Marlene Kirton from the Marlin Travel office there. Marlene just returned from a 3-night trip to THE ROYAL in Playa del Carmen with some girlfriends, and she agreed to sit down with me and chat about her experience.

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Vicki Skolrood (Marlin Travel, Vernon), Shannon Cunningham (Westjet Vacations, Calgary), Ramona (Royal Concierge), Marlene Kirton (Marlin Travel, Brandon) and Cheryl Jestin (TD Head Office)


What was your overall impression of the resort?

Amazing!! I was continously amazed and it takes a lot to WOW me. Everything about the resort is premium.


What did you think of the service?

The service was outstanding. Every employee was willing to jump to help and they participated to make an amazing experience. Our incredible concierge Ramona is a huge credit to the resort. She phoned our room every day to see if there was anything she could do for us. Exceptional!!!


What was your favourite part of THE ROYAL?

The champagne!!! (Laughs) Actually, the over-all experience was fantastic. We really loved the location, just steps from 5th Avenue. It was so nice being close and having that option to go shopping or to a nightclub. You really can't beat the location!


What did you think of the dining options?

The food quality was truly 5-star all the way. It amazed me that they had so much seafood even at lunch. The service at the buffet was great, not like a typical buffet. And our dinner at Chef's Plate was really wonderful.


Did you take advantage of the 24Hour all-inclusive?

Yes, we did go there for the cappuccino and Bailey's. There was substantial snacks and good quality of food.


Did you get a chance to try the Spa?

Yes, it was fabulous. Everyone at the spa was so professional. The spa is as high-end as you'd find in any city but much better prices for the services.


Who would you recommend this property for?

I would sell this to couples and especially Wedding Groups and honeymoons. And a Girlfriend Getaway...absolutely!!! We were pampered from the time we checked in (who doesn't like champagne), we indulged in the spa and were served gourmet meals every night (and I didn't have to do the dishes), and shopping...5th Avenue was only steps away.

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Gourmet Dining at Chef's Plate




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Name That Island!!!

HK View ContestThis photo was taken from Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui's newest luxury resort on Kaanapali North Beach.

Name the island pictured on the horizon in the photo and you will be eliblible for a great prize!!!


Simply reply to this email with your guess and a winner will be randomly selected from all of the correct answers. Good luck!!!


Honua Kai logoHonua Kai has all the comfort of home and all the amenities of a luxury resort inluding spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom suites. Each has fully equipped gourmet kitchens, and there is an expansive Aquatic Playground just steps from the ocean.


A Maui vacation at Honua Kai couldn't be more perfect.



To view the "virtual site inspection" from our visit to Honua Kai last August click HERE.


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Visitors Enjoy Canto del Sol

Banderas Bay, just off Puerto Vallarta, is a sanctuary for a variety of species of amazing marine life, and the humpback whale is undoubtedly the most impressive. Usually the whales are in the Puerto Vallarta area from December to April, but this year the whales have returned early. This provides an amazing opportunity for great whale watching for all visitors to Puerto Vallarta.


Each year North Pacific Humpback whales enjoy the tranquility and warm waters of Bandaras Bay for giving birth to the next generation. At birth, calves weigh an average of 1.5 tons and adults can reach 17 meters and weigh 45,000 kg. These whales, which have a life expectancy of 40 years, spend their summers in temperate waters from Alaska to northern California. Their migratory journey is on average about 5,600 miles.


This is also the season when many visitors from Canada and the US return to Canto Del Sol and Villas Vallarta to also enjoy the tranquility and warm waters. Check with your favourite tour operator for great values to provide your clients with an amazing vacation, and don't forget to remind them to go whale watching!


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at THE ROYALS (Cancun & Playa del Carmen)

Tami Brown cleaning the planeDid you know that Westjet Vacations is offering split stays at THE ROYALS (Cancun & Playa del Carmen) including transfers between? Your clients can now enjoy a 2-centre holiday and get the best of both worlds. They can do a 3/4 split or a 7/7 split. The choice is theirs!!!


And speaking of Westjet, recently I particpated in the Westjet Mexico Expo with shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. It was great seeing so many agents at the shows!!!


Well, of course we flew between all the cities on Westjet and that is where I snapped this photo of Westjet Vacations Product Buyer Tami Brown cleaning the plane after we landed in Edmonton. Westjet saves aproximately $10 million dollars a year by grooming their own planes. It also allows Westjet to turn the plane around faster.


Every Westjetter on board including the pilots are expected to help. What a great idea. And it's nice to see Tami wearing the gloves!!!

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El Cid Link to LiveLINK TO LIVE

El Cid Resort's Breast Cancer Campaign

In recent years El Cid Resorts has been joining forces to support causes in the community. Now that Breast Cancer has become a disease of greater relevancy, El Cid as a 100% socially responsible company, has reunited many volunteers, supporters and staff to introduce greater knowledge and awareness through its "Link to live" campaign.

The campaign has consisted of a series of different activities during the month of October and has taken place in key points of the city, so it is possible to reach most of the population.


Some activities have been at street level where badges were distributed alluding to the cause and information leaflets. El Cid Resorts also offered two large conferences, one at El Cid Marina Beach and another at El Cid Castilla Beach, where experienced professionals highlighted the importance of Breast Cancer Prevention. Among those professionals was the Chief of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). During the conferences, 80 medical studies were raffled. Concluding with a month dedicated to breast cancer two seminars were held at the University Tec Milenium.


El Cid Resorts is inspired by the vision of women living in a world free of breast cancer and moved forward by the efforts of every individual determined to fight against it.

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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.



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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