October 2013 Newsletter


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October 2013
Dear Dave,

Happy October. How is everything going with you?

I just got back from a week in Cancun & Riviera Maya...
You gotta love this industry we work in; how many other jobs is this considered "working"!!! Hey, someone has to check out the quality of the girlie drinks and the beach-cabanas, right?? :)

It was a great trip and we totally lucked out with the weather (never know this time of year) and we basically had no rain and lots of sunshine. The only bad thing is that it ended too soon...now it's back to reality.

Hey Vancouver & Victoria agents, Joshua Nyiera, the Kenya-based President of Acacia Holidays, will be here next week and I am setting up appointments. This is a really great opportunity to hear from an expert on selling Africa as a destination and everything you need to know about selling safaris. I still have some appointment times available so please email me to set something up.   

Have a great month and hopefully chat soon.

Freddie Marsh, CTC
FMTM - Freddie Marsh Travel Marketing


Catherine Heeg pic 5 Photo Stategies
Do you have photos lurking on your hard drive? Here's a creative way to turn those photos into a marketing powerhouse.

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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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In This Issue
5 Photo Stategies
About Us
Ho'ola Spa Now Open at Honua Kai
Real Resorts/WestJet FAM
Weddings at Hilton Puerto Vallarta
Hilton Webinars Sign up
El Cid - Great Family 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
Photo Contest Winner
A big congratulations goes out to our latest photo contest winner. Chris Young from Forbes Travel in Vancouver correctly answered that the 3-bedroom Kamehameha Suite at Honua Kai boasts the largest lanai on the island of Maui.

Keep reading below for your chance to win. 
Ho'ola Spa Now Open at Honua Kai 

Here's the news we've been waiting to hear....Ho'ola Spa is now open for business.   


Operated by Rainforest Spas, a Hawaii-based spa company, Ho'ola Spa is one of two on the islands (first being at the Sheraton Kauai).  Our spa features indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a couples treatment room, and outdoor cabanas. We are also proud to feature Hawaii's first Himalayan Salt room, a steam room with a wall composed of a salt block combined with color therapy. The salt in the air is invigorating and offers adjunct support in relieving respiratory and skin conditions.


I don't know about you, but I can't wait to try out the new spa, especially that Himalayan Salt Room!!!


For more information about Ho'ola Spa please visit their website.



Real Resorts/WestJet FAM
I had a fabulous time hosting 24 amazing agents on the Real Resorts/WestJet FAM trip for Western Canada Travel Agents last week!

So you know how on every FAM there is usually one person that annoys everyone because he/she is consistently late for site inspections and keeps the group waiting all the time? Well, for this month's photo contest please take a look at the above pic and make your selection on who you think that annoying person was on the FAM.

Just kidding!!! LOL. On this FAM we did not have that person; everyone was always on time and it was truly a wonderful and professional group. :)

RRMembers logo The first 2 nights of the FAM we stayed at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen and everyone seemed surprised when I told them that we were all staying in the "Royal Junior Suite" category which is the lead-in suite category at THE ROYAL. They couldn't believe they were lead-in!! The rooms are huge and there were so many amenities such as the 2 person jacuzzi, the magic box, Bose sound system, 24-hour room service, and the list goes on. There are no bad suites at THE ROYALS.

The one comment I heard the most from the agents was about the outstanding service at the resorts. Everyone was so helpful and polite and willing to go out of their way for the guests. It really is one of the things that sets Real Resorts apart from the competition.

BTW, don't forget to sign up for the RRMembers Commission Booster program, which is the best travel agent incentive program around. Every time you book Real Resorts (tour operator bookings qualify), your client receives an amenity and you receive a cheque. It's a win-win!!!
PVR Weddings Weddings at the new Hilton in Puerto Vallarta!!

The Hilton offers complimentary all-inclusive weddings at the new property in Puerto Vallarta (CLICK HERE).   


The wedding party and guests will enjoy the convenient location, only minutes from the airport.  In addition, they can  relax on one of the best beaches in the area and still explore the great shopping and the rest of the nearby Puerto Vallata attractions.


For more information visit hiltonpuertovallarta.com.   


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Hilton Webinars

Want to learn more about the new Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort?  

Sign up here for one of our upcoming 30 minute webinars.


Friday, October 25th at 9am (Paciic)  


Tuesday, October 29th at 12noon (Pacific) 

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El Cid - Great Mexican Family Resorts


El Cid Resorts has great family-friendly resort options on both coasts of Mexico!  At the four properties in Mazatlan, there are a number of rooms with kitchenettes and spacious suite options for families.  At the Hotel Marina El Cid, Riviera Maya property, there are a number of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites and family rooms.  The family rooms feature 2 double beds and 1 queen Murphy bed.  


At all of the El Cid resorts, the popular Kid's Club's are open from 9 am to 9 pm featuring snorkeling lessons, Spanish and Mexican cooking classes, kayaking, water polo, and Mexican games. Each day offers something new.  In addition, the El Cid Resorts have great Teen's programs, that are also open extended hours!


Click HERE to view the latest El Cid Rewards Newsletter with some great news about the recent survey!!   

Photo Contest  
Lounge Photo Contest

It is the perfect place to have a tropical drink, tasty appetizers and unwind.  Name this beautiful roof-top lounge (and the property), with striking views of Banderas Bay.  


Think you know the answer? Simply email your answer and a winner will be randomly selected from all of the correct answers.


Good luck!!!
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