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February 2012

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Dear Dave,


Working in PanoramaHello and Happy February!!!


First of all I wanted to let you know about a great article that was in the Calgary Herald last Friday, and I think everyone should read it because it really puts things in perspective regarding Mexico. Click HERE to read the article. My favourite line is... Do you want to live your life obsessing about tiny risks or do you want to enjoy the fiesta? Don't be fooled by the fear-mongering Canadian media, beach destinations in Mexico are safe!!! I'm heading to PVR in 2 weeks and I can't wait to enjoy the fiesta.

Anyways, on another subject, I remember when I was a travel agent I would get some pretty bizzare questions and comments from clients. I'm sure you get your fair share of them too. Well, I have to tell you a funny story, but this time it was ME making the stupid comment... (we have to be able to laugh at ourselves, right?)


A couple of weeks ago we were making plans to go to Panorama BC for the weekend. I called the resort's toll-free number and gave the Reservations Agent our travel dates. She checked the availability and said, "Mr Marsh, I can offer you a very nice ski-in studio suite".


To which I said, "Oh no, that's OK, we'll be driving there". HAHA. Ooops. How can you tell I'm not a skiier??? Oh well, it gave us both a good laugh and I guess that's the main thing. Hopefully it made you smile too!!! :)


The attached photo is from the weekend, proving that even when I'm out snowshoeing in the middle of nowhere, I'm still working...(or was I checking facebook?) LOL


Edelweiss CrewBTW, if you have any clients travelling to Europe this summer, don't forget that Edelweiss Air is offering flights from Calgary and Vancouver direct to Zurich for the summer season (3x week from YVR). To book please contact Thomas Cook Prime Travel for the best net fares. Click HERE for the schedule and contact information, or scroll to the bottom of this email.

Have a great month and happy selling!!!




Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


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Important Message from Mazatlan Reader's Choice Awards
Congratulations to our Winners
Comfort & Safety at El Cid Resorts
Honua Kai Resorts Best View
It's all about the Location
March is Spa Month at Real Resorts
RRMember Testimonial
Gourmet Marshmallows Made in Mazatlan
Photo Contest: Honua Kai
Edelweiss Air Nets
by Catherine Heeg, Customized
Management Solutions


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Have you heard the secret to landing more likes? Here are a number of tools you can use to leverage your likes on Facebook. Did you know that people are 67% more likely to 'like' your Facebook page if you have....


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Catherine Heeg is an International Speaker and Trainer in the travel. tourism, and hospitality industry. Focusing on social media, sales and marketing, Catherine understands and speaks your language.



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to read an important message regarding Mazatlan

from Julio Birrueta, Mazatlan Hotel Association




On Location in Beautiful Mazatlan

Here's a great behind-the-scenes video of the filming of a Mexican Tourism Commerical by a Los Angeles based crew.

Mexico Tourism
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Testimonials from Destination

Last Sunday (January 29th) some Canadians in Mazatlan were asked how they were enjoying their vacations, and if they had any safety concerns. Click the links below to hear what they had to say...

Testimonial Sharon Testimonial Chris
Testimonial Cherie Testimonial Elaine

green line seperation Reader's Choice LogoABOUT.COM READER'S CHOICE AWARDS

Vote for Real Resorts as Best All-Inclusive Resort, (part of The NY Times Company) is running the annual Readers' Choice Award Competition on their Mexico Travel Site. Wouldn't it be great if Real Resorts was named Best All-Inclusive? Nominations are open until February 15th and you can VOTE NOW!!!


Travellers ChoiceTHE ROYALS ARE TOPS

Travellers Choice Award 2012

Real Resorts is pleased to announce that its all-inclusive, all-suite, luxury-gourmet, adult- only ROYAL Playa del Carmen and ROYAL Cancun have once again been recognized by TripAdvisor as the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico. The prestigious TRAVELERS CHOICE AWARD 2012, is given by the world's largest online travel community, and is based on reviews and commentaries written by more than 36 million visitors who post their opinion on hotels and resorts worldwide. THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen is the number 8 all-inclusive resort and its sister property THE ROYAL Cancun is ranked as number 10.


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Our January Winners

bullet A big congratulations goes to Colleen Roberts from Marlin Travel in Surrey BC. Colleen correctly said that the free service offered to all guests at THE ROYALS (Cancun & Playa del Carmen), providing cold towels, sunscreen, books & magazines, and cold water is the BEACH BUTLER. Way to go Colleen. Your gift card is on it's way to you!!! Keep reading below for this month's photo contest. You may be the lucky winner!!
bullet Way to go Brenda Jones from Airline Ticket Centre in St Albert, AB. Brenda was the lucky winner of 4 nights at Canto del Sol. Brenda correctly answered that Canto del Sol has the best location in Puerto Vallarta.


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El Cid Resorts, Mazatlan

At El Cid Resorts, the safety and comfort of the guests definitely comes first. The security and safety systems at the El Cid Resorts in Mazatlan include surveillance cameras on hallways and elevators. The security staff are on duty 24 hours a day at all entrances, beach access and other strategic locations. In addition, the security staff constantly make rounds throughout the resorts and grounds to monitor the comings and goings of individuals, but also to assist guests with directions and questions they may have.


El Cid staff also have a sophisticated emergency plan in place that involves all key departments should anything out of the ordinary occur.


"Rest assured, Mazatlan is a safe and friendly destination as many past visitors can attest to including 120,000 Canadians who visit annually and 6,000 Canadian residents who currently live in this beautiful city." states Heidi Storm, Director of Marketing.


Click HERE to view the latest info from the El Cid Rewards Program.

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Named 1 of 7 Best Views 2011 by Huffington Post

The view at Honua Kai Resort & Spa is unbeatable. Don't believe us? According to the Huffington Post , Honua Kai was named as 1 of 7 best views for 2011. Can't you just picture yourself there right now?


Honua Kai View


Click HERE to check out the latest news from Maui.

It's All About the Location

Honua Kai Resort & Spa is located on world-famous Kaanapali North Beach. Championship golf courses and world-class shopping are just minutes away, complementing Honua Kai's spectacular onsite amenities and dining options. It's hard to find a better beachfront location!!!

Honua Kai Map


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Save 20% on All Spa Treatments

SpaZul Forget March madness -- at Real Resorts March is Spa Month so come and relax! Book any all-inclusive vacation between now and February 26th for travel during March 2012 and your clients will receive a 20% discount on all spa services at THE ROYAL'S SPAzul and the Gran's SPAreal. Your clients will enjoy a 20% discount on all holistic and Mayan inspired massages, facials, body treatments and wraps, hydrotherapy treatments, couples massages, as well as manicures, pedicures and salon services. In addition, guests of the ROYALS can use the SPAreal's hydrotherapy pools and sauna at anytime, as well as enjoy yoga, spinning and Pilate's classes without any additional fees.


March value packages feature all-inclusive suite accommodations, fine dining, adult beverages, taxes and gratuities. SPA Month is available for bookings at THE ROYAL Cancun priced from $563 per night for double occupancy; THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen priced from $520 per night, for double occupancy; the Gran Caribe Real Cancun from $301 per night for double occupancy; and at the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen from $368 per night for double occupancy. Reservations must be made using the code SPA2 and this offer is not valid for previously booked reservations. Guests will receive a 20% discount voucher upon arrival that is good for any and as many spa services as they would like at their respective resort's spa.

Real Resorts supports travel agents, and we are asking you to
please recommend us.




Another Happy Agent

I was doing sales calls in Edmonton last week and ran into Renee Halushka from Marlin Travel at Southgate Centre. Renee has been booking THE ROYAL in Playa del Carmen and has already earned $150 for herself.


Renee said that she loves the program becaue it is easy to use and the program is very generous. She said she loves money (who doesn't) so it's a great incentive.


Have you signed up for RRMembers yet? See why it is being said to be one of the best travel agent incentive programs in the industry!!


Sign Up today and start earning extra $$$!!!


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SUAVES Suave Pic

Gourmet Marshmallows Made in Mazatlan

If you like sweet treats, this is one you definitely have to try. Suaves have been a Mazatlan specialty since they were first made in 1950, natives and visitors alike have been in love with the spongy marshmallows ever since. They have a delicious vanilla and coconut flavor that becomes addictive to anyone who taste them.

Mazatlan visitors like to bring bags home to share with friends and family since this is something you will only find here. You can find these delightful confections in local candy stores, convenience stores and in some of the bigger grocery stores. Enjoy!


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What Restaurant is this?

Honua Kai Grounds

The above photo is of the lush grounds at the beautiful Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Maui.


Name the restaurant in this 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!!!


Need a hint??? Click HERE.


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Edelweiss 1

Edeweiss 2

Prime Travel Click HERE for PDF version

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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.


Freddie Marsh 2011

Dave E

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Best Day Westjet Vacations

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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