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April 2013
Dear Dave,


Happy Easter and also Happy April Fool's Day!!!    


Easter and April Fools  


So we're now 3 months into the new year. How you making out with your resolutions?


My 2013 resolution was to lose some weight and get in better shape. I noticed that I was really starting to pack on the pounds and I wasn't exactly feeling good about the way I was looking. I blame age (over 40) and a busy travel schedule as the main culprits, but by the New Year I was over 232lbs!!!! Yikes.


To make matters worse, I'm one of those people who absolutely hates working out. I hate it I tell you!!! A friend of mine (Edna Ray from Air Canada) once famously said that the only time she ever stepped foot inside a gym was on hotel site inspections and that always cracked me up because I could sooooo relate to that.  


Anyways, I decided to join Weight Watchers and I made a committment to start going to the gym in our building. I don't go overboard, I just do 30 minutes on the treadmill, but I do it EVERY DAY (well, almost). And guess what, now I don't hate it (too much).   


Weight Watchers  

As you can see it's woriking!!! 


I radomly picked 199lbs as my goal weight because I thought it would be nice to be able to say I was under 200lbs. I'm 6'2", so we'll see how I feel when I get there.   


I'm already noticing clothes fitting better and I am feeling a lot healthier. Weight Watchers is really big on filling up on fruits and vegetables in addition to portion control so I think it's one of the healthier diets out there.  


Do you remember when Kristie Alley was on Jenny Craig and she famously showed up on Oprah in her bathing suit? Well maybe I'll do a similar big reveal in the newseltter and we'll see how many unsubscribes we get that month!!! LOL


Oh, before I forget, I wanted to let you know I do have a bit of good news. Lulu (the dog we were fostering) found a great home. She was adopted by a very nice couple from Washington State. The wife works from home, which is great since Lulu has separation anxiety. We've already had updates from them and they said that Lulu has settled in really well and they are already in-love with her.   


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



gift card pic Contest Winners
A big congratulations to our two contest winners for March, who are Amy Dang from Airline Ticket Centre in Calgary AB and Christina Bischoff from Flight Centre in Richmond BC.

Keep reading for this month's photo contest and you might be the lucky winner!!  


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In This Issue
Lisa O'Neill
About Us
Add Video to your Linkedin Profile
Real Resort New Wedding Packages
Honua Kai New Spa
El Cid Rewards & Cruise Ships Return to Mazatlan
Acacia Holidays In the Shades of Kilimanjaro
Hilton Puerto Vallarta & Krystal Resorts
Photo Contest
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.

Freddie Marsh
Freddie Marsh, CTC
Dave Emery
Dave Emery


Add Video to your Linkedin Profile

Catherine Heeg pic

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for connecting with potential corporate clients and industry leaders. Here's how to add the impact of video to your LinkedIn profile.     Read More button     

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.  

Lisa O'NeillLisa O'Neill photo
We lost someone very special last week. Lisa was a really great person; she was always so positive and a lot of fun. She will be missed by many in this industry.  


I was thinking about one of the first times I met LIsa. It was a few years back when Lisa was with Conquest Vacations (remember them?) We made plans to do joint sales calls together and after our first call at an agency downtown we came outside to find that my car was gone. We couldn't find it anywhere!!! We found out later it had been towed because apparently I was parked illegally. Then a few weeks later we attempted another day of joint sales calls together and on that day I got a parking ticket. It was pretty funny and we always laughed about that. 


Memorial service:


Saturday, March 30th at 1pm  

Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion, Port Coquitlam, BC  


Real Resorts: New Wedding Packages and Agents Programs

wedding cupcakes Exciting News!! Real Resorts has made changes and new inclusiions to our wedding packages to make them better than what our competitors are offering. Please note the policy for the FREE WEDDING has been modified as well as the package inclusions.

Click HERE to download the new wedding packages.


Real Resorts offers commission on Wedding Packages to agents who are part of the Royal Wedding Agent or Royal Wedding Specialist Programs. It's easy to join! Just complete the attached forms (click on links below) for the program you are interested in, and we'll send you your Agent ID. It's that easy!


Royal Wedding Specialist Program
This program was created to support agencies that focus on the destination wedding market and are involved in the planning of the wedding. Click HERE  for form.

Royal Wedding Agent Program
This program was designed for agents who only want to book the wedding date, time and venue and then turn the couple over to us to complete their wedding plans.

Click HERE for form. 


Congratulations to THE ROYAL Cancun winning as Favourite All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico in the About.com Readers Choice Awards 2013.


Honua Kai family time Honua Kai Announces
New Spa!!!

Great news!!! The long anticipated spa is in the works and should be opening later this year and I heard a rumour that it will be the first spa featuring a state-of-the-art SALT ROOM. I can't wait to try it out.

More details about the spa will be coming soon.

By the way, did you know that Honua Kai is a condo-style property that offers all the services of a 5-star hotel?
bulletValet Parking
bulletStunning lobby with friendly front desk staff
bulletRestaurants on site

It's the best of both worlds.

Gail pic El Cid Rewards &
Cruise Ships Return to Mazatlan

Have you signed up for the El Cid Rewards (Travel Agent Incentive) Program yet?  You can earn points on every booking (direct or through our tour operator partners) at any of our six resorts in Mazatlan, Cozumel or the Riviera Maya.  (Attached TA guide flyer)   Some of the rewards that agents can choose from include:  Gift Cards (iTunes, Tim Horton's, Cineplex movies, etc.) electronics, jewelry, luggage, trips and more!

Gail Fritzen, the Manager of the Marlin Travel in Westbank, BC is shown enjoying her Tim Horton's gift card from the El Cid I Love Rewards program.  You can sign up HERE

It was great to see the Travel Weekly story citing the resumption of cruise services to Mazatlan this Fall, by Holland America, Norwegian, and Azamara. 

Keep reading below for this months' photo contest sponsored by El Cid Resorts. 
In the Shades of Kilimanjaro Acacia Holidays - In the Shades of Kilimanjaro
A very popular itinerary offered by Acacia Holidays is "In the Shades of Kilimanjaro". From the moment your client arrives until their departure, Acacia Holidays will make sure they are free to relax and enjoy their safari.

Itinerary Includes:
bulletTransfers to/from airport upon arrival/departure.
bulletOvernight accomodation and breakfast in Nairobi.
bulletExclusive use of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide.
bulletExclusive use of a 4X4 Land Cruiser.
bulletFull board accomodation while on safari.
bulletBottled mineral water while on safari.
bulletLunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.
bulletAll park entrance fees.
bulletGame drives as specified in itinerary.
bulletFarewell dinner at the Carnivore.
bulletAll Kenyan government taxes & service charges.   

Download full itinerary

In addition to set intineraries, Acacia Holidays can also create customized itineraries for you. Call Acacia Holidays toll free from Canada at 1-888 472-4814.   

Hilton PVR pool pic The New Hilton Puerto Vallarta offered by Sunwing/Signature
We are happy to announce that the new Hilton in Puerto Vallarta is now offered by Sunwing/Signature Vacations for bookings in the Fall of 2013.  Remember that the Hilton is a 5 star, all-inclusive resort, ideally situated in the hotel zone, and has one of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta.  For our friends in Quebec, the Hilton is also offered by TMR (Tours Mont Royal). 


As you may remember, Dave Emery of FMTM is now representing the Hilton as well as Krystal Hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa. One of Dave's favourite things about his time at the Krystal Vallarta was enjoying some relaxation at one of the 4 pools scattered throughout the resort. You can book both the Krystal Vallarta and the Krystal Ixtapa with Westjet Vacations.


To see Dave's full report of his recent site inspections of the Hilton and Krystal Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, click HERE.

El Cid Golf pic Photo Contest


Which El Cid destination has a 27-hole championship golf course?  


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 hint this time. This one is too easy.  :)

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