February 2013 Newsletter


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February 2013
Dear Dave,


Lulu on sales calls
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

Freddie and Lulu
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 that. HAHA


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 very quickly.


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 Vallarta), and 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 special gift 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

Hilton Puerto Vallarta
& 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.


Hilton Puerto Vallarta Beach The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort is available with Sunwing and TMR.


Krystal Ixtapa is available with WestJet Vacations.


Krystal Puerto Vallarta is available with WestJet Vacations.

Best Family 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 you...




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 (January 06-18).


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
AMA Travel


El Cid Rewards
Chula, the El Cid Rewards mascot, is happy to announce that Kristi Guest from Fiesta Travel 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 beautiful Mazatlán!

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!



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In This Issue
Hilton Puerto Vallarta and Krystal Resorts
Honua Kai - Best Family Vacation Ever
El Cid Rewards
About Us
Contest Winner
5 Creative Ways to Market your Social Presence
Acacia Holidays Video
Real Resorts Adds Jewish Wedding Ceremonies
RRMembers Testimonial
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 since 2008.

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Dave Emery
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Freddie Marsh, CTC


Contest Winner
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!!
5 Creative Ways to Market YOUR Social Presence

Catherine Heeg pic Easy marketing tips for your social presence. Marketing yourself takes time and effort-here are new tactics to save you time!

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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.



Acacia Holidays

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.

Acacia Video
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Real Resorts 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 renewals. Click HERE for more information.

RRMembers Testimonial
Robert Vanthof

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. $$$

Click HERE to start registering your bookings!!


Photo Contest


Hilton Puerto Vallarta Beach

This month's photo shows a beautiful new All-Inclusive property located in Puerto Vallarta.


Name that resort!!


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? The answer is somewhere in THIS newsletter, so good back and read it!!! :)

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