January 2013 Newsletter


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January 2013
Dear Dave,


A New Year and a New Look.


So the world didn't come to an end so there goes the idea of me getting a break from writing the newsletter for January. I thought the apocalypse was the perfect excuse for writers-block LOL


So anywho...


A few weeks ago Real Resorts and WestJet hosted a FAM trip for Canadian agents. We had 37 agents from all across Canada (coast to coast) on the trip and we spent 7 sun-soaked days in beautiful Cancun and Riviera Maya. It was an amazing group and some great friendships were made.

Real Resorts WestJet FAM

(Click HERE for larger photo).


Melissa Wallace (WestJet Sales Representative - Southern & Northern Ontario) joined us on the FAM. Melissa and I have kown each other for a couple of years and have done joint sales calls together. I've always loved Melissa, and maybe it was the romance inspired by Real Resorts or perhaps it was the premium liquors...we might've got slightly carried away??


ROYAL Wedding

I've always said that Real Resorts and WestJet made a great partnership, but MARRIAGE??? Actually, part of the FAM included a Mock Wedding and Melissa and I couldn't resist posing for some "wedding photos". But if you feel inclined to send wedding gifts to the happy couple we are registered at WestJet.com. :) LOL

If you'd like to see more pics from the FAM click HERE.

We are welcoming a new client this month. FMTM is now representing Acacia Holidays (African Safaris). Keep reading below for more details.

Have a great month and as always if you need anything please don't hesitate to contact us.





Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing

Acacia Holidays
Quality. Reliability. Comfort. Luxury.
Acacia Holidays specializes in custom travel solutions and with their great network all over Africa they simplify the work of agents by combining travel to different countries, thereby eliminating the need for the agent sending separate requests to different land operators in different countries.

Acacia Holidays Elephants

Acacia Holidays can customize for individuals, families, and any group size to meet their requirements. They are also members of Kenya Association Of Tour operators and are therefore bonded, which means us that as long as they've received payment from an agent then irrespective if what happens to the company, the tour will be operated. The guarantee is up to the value of the tour paid for.

El Cid Instant Savings
Your clients can save $200 usd per room at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel Westjet Vacations Logo for stays in January and February for all room categories and plans with WestJet Vacations. For stays from March 1-22 and March 29-April 30 clients can save an amazing $400 usd per room!

The booking window for these great El Cid-WestJet Vacations instant savings ends January 15th.

Dave Mazatlan Shrimp Dave was recently in Northern California and by accident he found a restaurant close to his hotel called "Mazatlan Grill". He was craving some Mazatlan Cocount Shirmp so he had to check it out. You know that Mazatlan is the shrimp capital of the world, right?

If you like shrimp (and who doesn't?) you must try the famous Coconut Shrimp at El Cid Resorts. Dave said his entree was good but not nearly as delicious as the Coconut Shrimp they serve at El Cid Resorts in Mazatlan. It might be time to book a flight.


Click HERE to read a great article from HelloWestTravel.com titled "WestJet Promotes Mazatlan with Increased Demand".


I love it when I walk into an office and hear how much agents love the RRMembers Commission Booster incentive program. That's what happened when I visited Accent on Travel recently and spoke with Pina Tome. Pina has been registering all of her Real Resorts bookings and she is earning extra money.

Pina Accent on Travel

Pina said she loves the program because it is so easy to use, just a few clicks and within 30 days of her clients' checking out, she received a cheque in the mail. In addition, her client also receives an amenity in their suite from Pina. It's a win-win!


The RRMembers Commission Booster program is regarded as one of the best Travel Agent incentive programs in the industry and even bookings made with your favourite tour operator qualify.

If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for?


Photo Contest


Cocktails at Real Resorts

Name that cocktail!! Real Resorts is known for pampering their guests, and that includes when they are at the pool and beach. Attentive staff are always close-by to offer sunglass cleaning, frozen grapes, cold towels and refreshing cocktails.


What is the name of the delicious blue cocktail on the right? Think you know the answer? Simply reply to this email with your answer and a winner will be randomly selected from all of the correct answers. Good luck!!!


Need a hint? Sorry no hints this month.

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In This Issue
Acacia Holidays
El Cid Instant Savings with WestJet Vacations
About Us
Contest Winner
Honua Kai
Best Day Travel
About Us

FMTM is an acronym for Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing. We are a Vancouver-area based company providing high quality travel industry sales representation in Canada and the USA.

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Freddie Marsh, CTCfreddie@freddiemarsh.com604.614.9932
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Dave Emerydave@freddiemarsh.com604.328.6847
Contest Winner
A big congratulations goes to Deb Siu from VIP Travel in New Westminster, BC. Deb won a gift card for correctly answering the Photo Contest for December. Keep reading for this month's photo contest and you might be the lucky winner!!
6 Ways: Pinterest

Catherine Heeg pic Do you want to get more mileage from your photos? Fam photos, cruise and destination photos that are lurking on your computer can be put to work. Here's how:

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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.



Honua Kai
My cousin Kyla, (and her husband Allen and their son Mason) travelled to Honua Kai Resort & Spa a couple of months ago and I asked if they would mind writing a review that I could share in the newsletter...


When we first decided we were going to Maui we did lots of homework and read a lot of reviews and talked to a lot of people. We found with Honua Kai everyone we talked to had awesome experiences and great things to say about it. We also found the price was very competitive when it came to a 5 star resort.


We arrived at Honua Kai at about midnight, and as we pulled up in the rental car we were already in "awe" at the sight of the resort and how beautiful the grounds were (we definitely knew this was the nicest resort we'd ever stayed at). When we got up to our room we were very impressed at how stunning the room was from the granite countertops to the massive bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower.


"Dukes" the restaurant on the property was excellent and all the staff were very friendly. The only thing is to make sure you make reservations because it fills up.

Kyla, Allen and Mason pic

As the days passed we realized one of our favorite things about the resort was how kid friendly it was. Our son who was 16 months was in love with the kiddie pool and he was so proud that he could climb in and out of the pool by himself.


In the future we would for sure stay at Honua Kai again and can't say enough positive stuff about it. We look forward to our next visit!


Honua Kai Resort & Spa has a great fact sheet that will help you sell this amzing property. Click HERE to view and print it.


Great News! The Honua Kai Hawaii $5-O promo has been extended. Book by January 14, 2013 for travel January 06 to March 23, 2013 (February 15 to 22 black out). Check with your favourite tour operator for more details.

Best Day Travel

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.

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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.


CONTACT US (click here)

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