Lulu enjoying some travel agent
love on her first day of sales calls.
Back in December we received an email from
Boston Terrier Rescue Canada asking if we
thought we would be willing to consider
fostering a 3-year old female in need of a good
foster home. Dave and I talked about it and we
decided that even though we still miss Dixie
terribly, enough time had passed that we thought
we could handle it and we wanted to help.
Also, we thought that fostering would be a
perfect way for us to test the waters to see if
we were ready to welcome another dog into our
home without necessarily a long-term committment
(although that was the plan with Dixie 7 years
ago too and we ended up adopting her).
She's a westcoast girl, from a breeder on the
island, and she had one littler of 3 pups. As
you can see she is absolutely gorgeous, and she
even has her championship from the dog shows!!!
Well, we've had Lulu for a couple of weeks now
and she is a real
They say owners start looking
like their pets but I don't believe it.
sweatheart. I was trying to talk Dave into
renaming her Lola so I could sing,
"Her name was Lola, she was a show dog",
but Dave thought the poor thing's been through
enough already. and we shouldn't subject her to
She does have a few issues (don't we all?) and
she's not fully house-trained, not great on a
leash, and doesn't know any basic commands. But
she's a smart girl and with lots of
encouragement she is catching on to everything
We have a few more weeks before we have to
decide if we are going to keep her permanently
and we haven't made a final decision yet. As you
know, owning a dog is a huge committment and of
course we both travel a lot for our jobs so
we're not sure. One good thing is that Lulu is
only 13lbs so she could travel with us sometimes
on the plane.
Anyways, we'll keep you posted.
You may or may not have noticed that we have
added some new clients. We are very proud to be
the Canadian Representative for
Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort,
Krystal Hotels & Resorts (Ixtapa and Puerto
Acacia Holidays (African Safaris). We are
also thrilled to be working with
Polynesian Adventure Tours / GrayLine Hawaii.
Each month in this newsletter we feature a new
column by Catherine Heeg who is
our contributor and social media expert. I sure
hope you have you been reading her column each
month as we sure find them educational. As a
CLICK HERE for your free Facebook Marketing
Checklist from Catherine.
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
& Krystal Resorts
Not sure if you saw the recent press-release
that FMTM has been named the Canadian
Representative for the NEW Hilton Puerto
Vallarta and Krystal Hotels in Ixtapa and
Puerto Vallarta. Dave will be looking after
these accounts and he will be traveling to PVR
& ZIH very soon for site inspections. Watch
your inbox for a special email update from
Dave coming soon.
The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort is
available with Sunwing and TMR.
Krystal Ixtapa is available with WestJet
Krystal Puerto Vallarta is available with
Vacation Honua Kai
We received a great email from Daphne Routlege
from AMA Travel in Edmonton about her recent
family holiday to Honua Kai Resort & Spa. With
her permission we'd like to share it with
I would like to thank you all for your
assistance over the past few months as I
arranged our family visit to the Honua Kai
We had the most amazing time; it will be
an unforgettable vacation for my husband and I
(celebrating our 30th) and our grown 'kids'
(mid-20's). My 27-year old son came to me on
our last day, gave me a big hug and told me it
was the best family vacation of his life.
Can't beat that! Between us all, we swam,
snorkeled many times, walked and ran the
boardwalk and the entire beach, surfed,
golfed, saw fish, turtles, eagle rays, spinner
dolphins and whales.
Our 3 bedroom OCV penthouse (1033) was
gorgeous with a view now imbedded in my mind
(as I look at the snow falling outside our
office windows!). Your staff, from
chambermaids, Duke's staff, and front desk and
concierge staff were outstanding (and I've
stayed in many resorts with our incentive
groups). We will be back.
Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!
Daphne Routledge I Group Developer
El Cid Rewards
Chula, the El Cid Rewards mascot, is happy to
announce that Kristi Guest from Fiesta
is the Top Producer for 2012!
In appreciation of her hard work and effort
during the year, Chula is awarding her a FREE
Elite or Platinum All Inclusive stay for Two
at any El Cid Resorts -- including Air Fare -
for 7 nights! Congratulations Kristi. Can we
come with you??
Early Spring Member Contest
Chula was so excited about giving Kristi a
travel prize that Chula decided to splurge and
hold another contest. The El Cid Rewards
member, who has the most recorded bookings
from February 1 through March 31, will win a
5-night, Elite All Inclusive stay for Two in
Check your account here to see how many points
you have accumulated and start recording new
bookings! If you're not already a member
SIGN UP today and make Chula a happy dog!
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 since 2008.
Freddie Marsh, CTC
A big congratulations goes to Deborah
Ashley from Carlson Wagonlit Travel in
Kelowna, BC. Deborah won a gift card
for correctly answering the Photo Contest for
January. Keep reading for this month's photo
contest and you might be the lucky winner!!
Ways to Market YOUR Social Presence
Easy marketing tips for your social presence.
Marketing yourself takes time and effort-here
are new tactics to save you time!
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.
Did you know Acacia Holidays has a toll-free
Reservations Number for Canadian travel agents
that will connect you to the Chicago office?
Give it a try at 1-888 472-4814.
Need a 13-minute break from reality? Watch the
gorgeous video below for your virtual African
Safari with Acacia Holidays. Make sure you
have your volume up, the music is fantastic.
Click to View
Adds Jewish Wedding Ceremonies
Real Resorts recognizes that each celebration
of love is unique and that a destination
wedding should combine the beauty of the
destination with respect for the couples'
beliefs and desires. With this in mind Real
Resorts has added three new options to its
selection of destination weddings. Now, Real
Resorts truly offers the largest selection of
destination wedding options of any luxury
resort on the Riviera Maya. The newest
additions to the imaginative and beautiful
wedding selections are available at all four
resorts: THE ROYAL in Cancun & Playa del
Carmen, as well as The Gran Caribe Real Cancun
& Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen.
The new additions are Jewish Wedding
Celebrations, Mexican Wedding Package and vow
HERE for more information.
Robert Vanthoff from Bon Voyage
Travel in Delta BC just made $150
bonus cash for booking some of his clients
to Real Resorts.
Robert said it was very quick and easy and
the system was very user-friendly with no
forms to fill out. $$$
HERE to start registering your