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Light at the end of the Tunnel
(DETM December Newsletter)
and last minute gift idea
Dear Dave,
Is anyone else excited about the announcements about more promising vaccines? I know that a widely distributed vaccine will allow us to get back to work, normality and travel again! This is especially good news in light of the recent case spikes, additional lock downs and winter on the way.
Are you looking for a gift for that person who is very hard to buy for? Are you looking for a permanent reminder of the challenges that we faced and overcame in 2020? Well, I may have a creative solution for you with my self-published photo book: 2020 Signs of the Times (A photo record of pandemic signs in British Columbia, Canada)In addition, a portion of the book sales goes to charity (see below).
As an amateur photographer, I enjoyed documenting our local adventures through my photos. HERE is sample of some of my favourite photos of flora, fauna and scenery from our hikes and exploration over the year. We do live in such a beautiful province, and I appreciate it even more now.
I also decided to photograph the amazing variety of pandemic signs all around us in British Columbia, that are meant to help keep us educated and safe while outside exploring. It made sense to self-publish a book highlighting these creative and eye-catching pandemic signs from BC. With vaccines on the horizon, these signs will definitely be gone sometime in 2021.
You can see a sample of the book HERE.
You can purchase a copy of this photography book in
1. Various formats (hard cover, soft cover, magazine style, PDF or eBook),
2. At various prices ($4.99 - $30 CAD)
3. Directly from me HERE or
4. From the self-publishing/printing company HERE. 
TESTIMONIAL:  Christal Bauer, a fellow travel professional, recently bought a copy of the book.  She says “So exciting!!! I went to the mailbox and my book was there!! I absolutely love it...thank you so much!! Perfect memories of a crazy year.”

Note that a portion of the sales profits of this book will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross and BC Transplant. The Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers continue their ongoing mission of education and emergency relief during the pandemic. Freddie is a living kidney donor and volunteer with BC TransplantBC Transplant oversees all aspects of organ donation, family support and transplant across BC and manages the BC Organ Donor Registry.

Stay safe, stay hopeful and keep in touch.
Dave Emery
Find links to sign up for any of these online training sessions HERE. All online training will be only 30 minutes.  For "anytime watching", check out a links to our prerecorded sessions HERE.
Get a great overview of the 7 El Cid resorts on both coast of Mexico (Mazatlan, Riviera Maya & Cozumel), and learn which resorts would be perfect for your various clients. You will also be reminded of the El Cid Rewards program and any current agent promotions.

Get a great overview of the Realistic Asia and their package and customized tours of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Learn why clients have been giving Realistic Asia amazing reviews on both their package and customized tours for over 15 years now. You will also be reminded of the great selling points and highlights of their destination countries!  HERE is the link for a prerecorded webinar.
To request a private online training session for you or your colleagues, please email Dave Emery
bullet EL CID RESORTS - A Travel Agent Testimonial
bullet REALISTIC ASIA - UNESCO Heritage Sites
bullet Upcoming Online Training (Webinars)
bullet SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT - Naughty or Nice?
bullet Quote of the Month
bullet Quick Links
Kristi Mackendanz, a travel agent, shares her safe, comfortable experience on her recent visit to Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort in Cancún-Riviera Maya HERE.

Also, remember the “Always Committed” hygiene and safety protocols for all El Cid Resorts HERE.

Many of you know I love to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites when traveling.  ( Ha Long Bay pictured above.)
Vietnam has a variety of both cultural and natural UNESCO Heritage Sites. Each site is interesting in its own way. Realistic Asia has a variety of tours that include visits to UNESCO sites in Vietnam and all of SE Asia.

Check out the full details in the Realistic Asia Blog HERE. Check out the UNESCO World Heritage sites features in Realistic Asia Tours HERE.
Of course, now may be a GREAT time to check your El Cid Rewards balance and use some point with some fun online shopping. Check out your balance at the El Cid Rewards Program, 

Also, you can get an additional Visa gift card by emailing your El Cid booking details to See full program details HERE.

Note that bookings must be made through any Tour Operator such: Sunwing, WestJet, etc. Bookings made it through online companies such: Expedia, Travelocity, will not be applicable to El Cid Rewards points.
If you aren't familiar with Realistic Asia yet, you can check out their TripAdvisor reviews HERE. In addition, Realistic Asia has a blog update that is regularly updated HERE.  

Remember that Realistic Asia has about 40 standard tours that you can find HERE.   You can also easily request NET pricing IN CAD (with or without the flights to Asia) on a CUSTOMIZED tour for your clients HERE
What famous “Bay” in Vietnam, that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is featured in many of Realistic Asia’s tours? Tip HERE.

CLICK HERE to enter your answer or send an email to
Congratulations to Hannah Beads of Odenza Vacations in Burnaby, BC for winning last month's Photo Contest and gift card.
Naughty or Nice? Or Baffling? Don’t miss out on bookings because clients don’t know your niche. Quick solution…(Click HERE for more information)
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