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September 2013
Dear Dave,

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Ralphie as a stray in Palm Springs

We'd like to introduce you to Ralphie.
We first saw her lying in a ditch on the side of Highway 111 in Palm Springs, CA. We thought she'd been hit so we stopped to see if she was OK. She hadn't ben hit, but she was very frightened and kept running away from us (almost getting hit several times). We couldn't catch her.

A couple of days later we received an
email from our friends who live a few blocks away saying that she had showed up at their house but they couldn't catch her either. Then a few days after that she was spotted again at a nearby shopping centre hot & scared but kept running away.

We kept thinking about her and we were really worried, especially since it was so hot in the desert (mid 40's) and she didn't seem to have any road-sense and kept crossing HWY111.

I stopped by the Palm Springs Animal Shelter to see if she had been brought in as a stray but she wasn't there. While I was at the Shelter I found out that they were looking for volunteers, and since we are down in Palm Springs a few times a year I decided to volunteer at the shelter.

Well, about a week later as I was sitting in the lobby of the animal shelter waiting for my orientation session to start and guess who walked past me on her way in from a walk with one of the volunteers. It was RALPHIE!!! I couldn't believe it!!

We spent some quality-time together at the shelter and she wanted right up on my lap.


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She was very sweet but still very scared and wasn't doing well in the shelter, so we decided to foster her temporarily to give her a break from the shelter environment.

Ralphie Canada pic We talked about keeping her but we weren't really sure if we were ready for that kind of committment and having a dog really complicates things when we travel so much. We decided no.

On the day before we had to leave to drive back up to Vancouver it came time we had to return Ralphie to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and... well...we just couldn't do it.

We decided to adopt her and bring her home with us. Ralphie is a new Canadian!!!!

By the way, if you're wondering why we called her Ralphie, it's because the first time we saw her on the highway it was infront of "Ralph's" grocery store so we thought it was a perfect name.

Have a great month and hopefully chat soon.  

Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


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In This Issue
About Us
4 Facebook Hashtag Best Practices
Free Nights at Real Resorts
3-Bedroom Suites at Honua Kai
El Cid Top for Families
Acacia Holidays
Swim-Out Suites in Puerto Vallarta
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.

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Freddie Marsh, CTC
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4 Facebook Hashtag Best Practices...
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Are you using hashtags on Facebook? Here are the secrets to showcasing your niche and specialty.

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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.
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Wow, Real Resorts has a great promotion for you with the opportunity to earn complimentary nights!!!

Simply book a new reservation at Gran Caribe Real Cancun or Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen, your clients will receive upto 30% discount, and you will receive one complimentary night stay for each four-night booking!!!

bulletFor travel between now and December 23, 2014.
bulletIf the same booking contains 8 nights or more, the agent will receive two complimentary nights
bulletTravel Agents can accumulate up to seven free nights that can be redeemed for a complimentary stay at the Gran Caribe Real or Gran Porto Real.
bulletAll new confirmed bookings are eligible to earn travel agents complimentary stays when booked and confirmed by September 30, 2013.
bulletBlackout dates may apply and the offer is based on availability.
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Travel Agents must register to earn free nights by signing up for Real Resorts RRMembers Commission Booster program.

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Kids Stay & Eat Free!!!
Fun in the sun for the entire family is better than ever at Real Resorts. We have a fantastic promotion for your clients who are travelling with kids. Right now up to two children 0 - 12 years old can stay, eat and have lots of fun for free when they share any category suite with two adults. Wow!!!

This promotion is valid for travel at the Gran Caribe Real until December 23rd, 2013 and at the Gran Porto Real until October 31st, 2013.

CLICK HERE for a flyer you can download to use for marketing this awesome promotion to your client-base.

Looking for a 3-Bedroom Unit? 3 bedroom
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Stunning luxury three-bedroom suites offer the most generous of floor plans. Perfect for larger families or groups of friends to reconnect, the living areas can seem even more expansive as the glass doors fold away, blending the interiors seamlessly with the outdoors. Glass-railed lanais open up to the magic of our Maui oceanfront resort, with a choice of ocean, partial ocean and resort views - all beautiful in their unique ways.

Suite Details:
bulletOcean, partial ocean, and resort view suites feature open floor plans
bulletOne king-size bed in the bedroom and one queen-size sofa bed in the living room
bulletMaximum occupancy is 8
bulletLiving space is approximately 1,750 sq. ft., plus a generous lanai (balcony) space
Three-Bedroom Amenities:
bulletFully furnished lanai
bulletCompletely equipped kitchen with stainless steel Bosch appliances including refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and washer / dryer
bulletBeautiful wood cabinetry and granite countertops
bulletWireless Internet access
bulletFlat-screen TV
bulletDirect-dial phone
bulletFine linens and bath products
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Trip Advisor Medalion El Cid - Top for Families
El Cid Resorts is proud to announce that their Riviera Maya resort has been ranked as one of the Top Ten Family Resorts within Trip Advisor's esteemed Traveler's Choice Awards.

As a world leader in vacation planning and travel advice, Trip Advisor's annual Travelrs Choice Awards are highly respected. From over 30 countries, thousands of resorts are ranked, and only the best rise to the top. In 2013, El Cid Resorts is happy to announce that Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, has claimed rank within the top then best hotels for families in Mexico.
Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort has over two thousand reviews on Trip Advisor's website, with the majority of those reviews coming form Families and Couples. Nearly all of the reviews rank Hotel Marina as "Excellent" and "Very Good". Cleanliness, value, service, sleep quality, location, and the rooms themselves all carry their own high ratings individually, as well.
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El Cid is thrilled to see so many families enjoying their stay at Hotel Marina. Some of the more recent traveler reviews call Hotel Marina a "wonderful family vacation spot" and a "good spot for an easy-going family". With an overall "Award of Excellence" by Trip Advisor, we eagerly recommend Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort to families looking to plan their next tropical getaway.

Splendors of Kenya and Tanzania Welcome to Africa, Our Home!
When we say "welcome to Africa", we are welcoming you to our home. Acacia Holidays was born of a commitment to offering travelers fresh and affordable experiences of the Africa we know and love. Well-known to an international clientele for years, we are now the perfect option for American and Canadian travelers as well.

Our wealth of knowledge and expertise has allowed us to expand our east African operations into other compelling destinations throughout the continent. Acacia Holidays is the one-stop source for both group and independent travel to southern, eastern, and northern Africa as well as to Zanzibar, Madagascar and the other exotic Indian Ocean isles.

Our range of options is as diverse as Africa itself. View the great wildlife spectacles of the iconic Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater or savor the subtle natural beauty of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Cruise the Nile in Egypt, climb the towering sand dunes of Namibia, walk in the mists of mighty Victoria Falls, spoil yourself at a private wildlife reserve in South Africa, or escape for adventures like gorilla tracking or paddling the Zambezi River.

Let us help you create your own truly unique African adventure!

Joshua Nyiera
President, Acacia Holidays

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.


Swim-out Suites in Puerto Vallarta!!
Did you know that the Hilton, Puerto Vallarta's newest luxury property, has a number of beautiful swim-out suites? In addition, there are a number of suites that have Jacuzzi tubs on the balcony. These amenities, in addition to the amazing spa, gourmet restaurants and beautiful beach, make the Hilton the new "go-to" all-inclusive property in PVR.
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Also, the Krystal Beach Acapulco (formerly Avalon Excalibur Acapulco) is the newest addition, to the Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe family of properties.

Watch for online webinars on the new Hilton Puerto Vallarta and Krystal properties coming soon!!!

Photo Contest  
Honua Kai lanai

Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Maui offers studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and specialty suites.
What is the name the specialty suite at Honua Kai that boasts the largest lanai on Maui?

bulletHaleakala Suite
bulletKamehameha Suite
bulletAloha Suite
bulletHoloholo Suite

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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