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June 2013
Dear Dave,


Ann Walker from Sordid Lives 

A couple of weeks ago I was down in Palm Springs (mini-vacay) with my best friend Brent, and you'll never guess who we ran into. Did you ever see the movie "Sordid Lives"?? It's a quirky comedy starring Delta Burke, Beau Bridges and Olivia Newton John. Anyways, Brent and I were out for happy hour one night and we met Ann Walker (aka LaVonda from Sordid Lives). She's one of my favourite characters in the movie so it was a real thrill to meet her and she was super nice too. 


That got me thinking about celebrity sightings. Have you had any run-ins with celebs? Better yet do you have any pics of yourself with a celebrity? Send them to me and I'll put it in the next newsletter!!!


A few years ago I had a close encounter with Goldie Hawn...she was sitting directly next to me at Starbucks on South Granville in Vancouver. She was talking on her cellphone so I did what anybody else in my postion would do...I totally eavesdropped!!! Well, here's what I found out, she was talking to her daughter Kate Hudson (she called her Katie) and from what I could make out Katie was telling Goldie that she was going to be a grandmother. Cool, eh? I found out about Kate Hudson's pregnancy at the same time Goldie Hawn did!! Of course nobody believed me, but I had the last laugh a few months later when it was announced on Entertainment Tonight that she was pregnant. I hate to say I told you so, but... 


I've also met Armistead Maupin who is one of my favourite authors. He wrote the Tales of the City Series that was later made into a mini-series starring Laura Linney. Below is a link to a video of when I met him at a book signing in Palm Springs. One thing I noticed in the video is how chatty I was. Do I always talk that much? Good thing I'm in sales!! LOL 


Meeting Maupin Link  


And then of course there was the time I met the Prime Minister of Canada a few years back when I was up in Whitehorse. We were staying in the same hotel, because you know, that's how I roll. If the place is good enough for the Prime Minster then it's good enough for me. Oh, and I also met Bruno Gerussi from the Beachcombers back when I was a little kid, which I remember was very exciting at the time.  


Anyways, you're a star in my eyes. Have a great month.





Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


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Contest Winners
A big congratulations to Kathy MacLellan from Whittome's Travel in Duncan, BC for winning the May Photo Contest. Kathy was randomly selected from all of the correct answers. Congratulations Kathy!!!

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

Also, congratulations to the gift card winners from the NEW Hilton Puerto Vallarta for the Sunwing shows: 
bullet Annette Dawson, SellOffVacations, Toronto, ON
bullet Taralin Enns, CAA Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
bullet Linda Knight, Romantic Planet Vacations, Calgary, AB        
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In This Issue
Win 2 Free Tickets
Contest Winners
About Us
Key Words to Sell Luxury Travel
Hilton PVR now with WestJet Vacations
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Real Resorts Helping Man's Best Friend
Another RRMember Success Story
Acacia Holidays - Splendors of Kenya & Tanzania
El Cid Rewards Survey
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


Key Words to Sell Luxury Travel

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Imagine being able to sell more luxury travel by choosing words that will attract & entice.

Here's a sample for you to use today. 
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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.  

Hilton PVR pool pic NEW!! Hilton Puerto Vallarta & WestJet Vacations

The new Hilton Puerto Vallarta, is happy to announce that they will be available to book through Westjet Vacations for the coming sun season.   


This NEW property (opened last October) is Hilton's first All-Inclusive property in Mexico.  It is in the north end of the Hotel Zone, only 7 minutes from the Airport, and on one of the best beaches in PVR.  Sunwing Vacations and Signature also sell this new property.


Also, remember the Krystal Vallarta, a perennial favorite, is right next to the Hilton.  It has 4 great pools and guests chose from EP or AI plans.  The Krystal Ixtapa is located in the commercial zone, in Ixtapa, right next to the golf course.    

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Trip Advisor Award Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Wins Certificate of Excellence 2013
Honua Kai Resort & Spa has once again received the TripAdvidor  Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.


To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.


Congratulations to Honua Kai Resort & Spa for this impressive accomplishment!!



Animal Shelter Real Resorts Helping
Man's Best Friend


On World Animal Day (April 29th) staff at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen and the Gran Porto Real helped out a local dog shelter in the form of donating food, cleaning supplies and building materials.  

Lynn de Repentigny, General Manager of THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen said it was part of Real Resort's Green Program and it was the 2nd year of helping with these donations, "I think it's very important to help these poor animals that are out there because of us human beings not caring for them". 

The shelter provides medical care, rehabilitation and sterilization of all the dogs it rescues. Since 2011 the Association has saved about 737 dogs and found adoption for 542 dogs.


Great Job!!

Another RRMember Success Story
Cindy Warnke
Cindy Warnke


A big congratulations goes out to Cindy Warnke from Solar Travel in Wetaskawin AB. I was recently in Cindy's office and she made $60 bonus for a booking at the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen.  


Congratulations Cindy, don't spend it all in one place!!!  


The RRMembers Commission Booster program is regarded as one of the best Travel Agent incentive programs in the industry.


It is super-easy to use and every booking earns you $$$ and your client even receives a welcome amenity from you in their suite. It's a win-win. What's even better is that even bookings made with your favourite tour operator qualify.



If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Click HERE to sign up.


Splendors of Kenya and Tanzania Acacia Holidays - Splendors of Kenya & Tanzania

A very popular itinerary offered by Acacia Holidays is "Splendors for Kenya & Tanzania". 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:

bullet Transfers to/from airport upon arrival/departure.
bullet Overnight accomodation and breakfast in Nairobi.
bullet Exclusive use of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide.
bullet Exclusive use of a 4X4 Land Cruiser.
bullet Full board accomodation while on safari.
bullet Bottled mineral water while on safari.
bullet Dayroom in Arusha.
bullet All park entrance fees.
bullet Game drives as specified in itinerary.
bullet All 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.   


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El Cid Rewards Dog El Cid Survey Earns you 250 Points
Thank you for your support of El Cid Resorts and for being a member in our program. We Value Your Opinion! We would appreciate your participation, as an El Cid Rewards member, in a brief survey about our travel agent incentive program that will help us to better understand your business and subsequently improve the program for all of our members. Your feedback is very important, so we will gratefully credit your account with 250 points for a fully completed survey. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Thank you for your time!

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Sign up now for the generous El Cid Rewards program and qualify for a free trip to any of the beautiful resorts, in Mazatlan, Cozumel or the Mayan Riviera!  Then you will be able to enter your El Cid bookings and get a generous number of points to redeem for a variety of fabulous products in the online catalog!
Photo Contest

Spa pic  

This month's photo shows the hydrotherapy area in the spa at THE ROYAL Cancun, which is Cancun's ONLY ocean view spa.  


What is the name of the spa?  

bulletThe REAL Spa
bulletSpa Royal
bulletROYAL Blue Spa 

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!!!

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