Classic Vacations, a leading provider of luxury wholesale travel, announced today the addition of an expanded selection of hotels now available to Travel Advisors through the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN).
In addition to Classic Vacations’ current inventory of luxury hotels, the travel wholesaler will also provide Travel Advisors with over 800 handpicked 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels from Expedia’s portfolio. The new hotel inventory offers Travel Advisors the opportunity to earn commission on stop-over hotels, airport hotels, one-off bookings, as well as pre/post cruise options in the selected roll-out destinations.
“The Expedia Affiliate program is meant to be an added benefit to our Travel Advisors,” said David Hu, President of Classic Vacations. “Our newly expanded product selection gives Travel Advisors a one-stop-shop to complete their bookings and to receive timely commission payments.”
Australia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand all have EAN inventory currently available for Travel Advisors. Classic Vacations is in the process of rolling out the EAN hotel inventory to the balance of its twelve destinations. Those who wish to book an EAN property have the option to book directly through the company’s website, or by calling the dedicated EAN service desk team at Classic Vacations.
When booking an Expedia Affiliate hotel through Classic Vacations, there are a few differences for Travel Advisors to consider. To help Travel Advisors understand the booking and commission process, a complete FAQ can be found on Classic Vacations’ website.
Instead of sitting back and watching the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland on The Golf Channel, fans can actually be at the Ryder Cup in Scotland with a variety of special packages available from Sceptre Tours. On Sept. 23rd, all roads lead to Scotland as the world’s greatest golfers gather at the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire to tee off in a game of skill and luck. Team USA will be pulling out all of the stops to re-claim the Ryder Cup and travelers can get a beautifully packaged Ryder Cup experience through Sceptre Tours.
One sample package is the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles which includes a stay at the 2012 European Golf Resort of the Year (IAGTO), the 5-star Fairmont St Andrews which is nestled among 520 coastal acres overlooking the North Sea and the medieval town of St Andrews. This property is renowned for its lavish rooms, luxurious spa, and world-class golf. Its dining options include everything from pub fare to fine cuisine. Included in this fabulous vacation package is official Ryder Cup transportation that will shuttle guests between the Fairmont St Andrews and Gleneagles.
The Europeans consistently put together a dynamic and powerful team, but America’s rising young stars have shown incredible potential and led by Captain Tom Watson, one of the toughest competitors of all time, are expected to field one of their strongest teams when the Ryder Cup circuit arrives in Gleneagles.
Needless to say, the 2014 Ryder Cup will be a tremendous occasion with Europe looking to complete their hat-trick of successive wins and the American team hoping to come back better than ever!
Sceptre Tours’ 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles five-night package includes the official Ryder Cup Transportation from hotel and Gleneagles (valid Thursday through Sunday), five nights at the Fairmont St Andrews, cocktail reception, Thursday-Sunday Ryder Cup ticket, free gift, daily Scottish breakfast, plus all taxes, service charges and gratuities.
This package is priced from $6,645 per person, land only. Sceptre Tours can also assist with a wide range of add-ons including round-trip airfare, spa treatments, dinner reservations, and other excursions to make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For additional information, visit www.sceptretours.com/vacations/PK-GC4P-RYDERCUP or call 800-221-0924.
Like the beach? Terrific.
You’re on Facebook? Awesome.
You just put yourself in position for a heck of a giveaway.
Enterprise Holdings’ National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America, has launched its third annual “Go Like A Pro” golf sweepstakes. From now until August 15, golf fans can register daily through National‘s Facebook page for the chance to win a four-person VIP package to the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda.
One sweepstakes winner will receive a prize package that includes four Champions Club tickets to the event at Port Royal Golf Course, roundtrip airfare, lodging at the Fairmont Southampton from Oct. 12 to 16, and access to the Welcome Reception and Champions Celebration. Daily instant-win prizes, including 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf merchandise, will be awarded to select sweepstakes entrants who play the instant-win putt-putt game.
“Through our partnership with the PGA of America, National is pleased to offer fans the opportunity to experience the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in person,” Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing for National Car Rental, said in a statement. “Many of our business travel customers are golf enthusiasts, and this sweepstakes is a unique way for us to show appreciation for their continued business.”
This year’s “Go Like A Pro” golf sweepstakes also offers golf fans who submit an entry an insider’s look at the National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series, which links nearly 100 ProAm new and existing tournaments nationwide from February through October. The 2011 PGA Championship winner, Keegan Bradley and his father, PGA Professional Mark Bradley, serve as ambassadors for the Series.
“It’s a great pleasure to join with National Car Rental to support the “Go Like A Pro” sweepstakes and ProAm Series,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “We look forward to welcoming the sweepstakes winner and guests to the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in October.”
In addition to their daily registration entries, Emerald Club members can earn more sweepstakes entries for each qualifying rental from National. Based upon their membership tier level, members will receive up to 15 additional sweepstakes entries per rental.
Business travelers want more these days.
In turn, some hotels are going above and beyond to accommodate and service them.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, for example, underwent a $50 million renovation in 2013 and invested over $1 million to upgrade its Internet and Wi-Fi network two months ago. The Canal Street hotel installed a new 250 MB fiber optic circuit, which helped triple its bandwidth. It now boasts the largest Internet capacity of any hotel in the metropolitan New Orleans region.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills is lauded for its business-friendly service, being named one of the top business hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2013. The five-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi, extensive meeting space (including the 6,720-square-foot Roof Garden, Pool and Restaurant), 24-hour check-in and checkout, and a top-notch transportation service where guests can order room service and read selected publications.
Also, having a 24-hour check-in and checkout service is rare enough, but guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills are charged for just one night as long as their stay doesn’t last through the second night. So, for example, they can check in at 8 a.m. on a Friday and leave at 8 p.m. on Saturday without being charged extra.
Jim Cook, General Manager at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, noticed that travelers were using more and more mobile devices about a year ago. The hotel’s staff used to expect about 50-60 devices for a meeting of about 500 people. But now it’s not uncommon for there to be more devices than people, Cook said. It prompted the hotel to question, “How do we deal with the guest’s need for connectivity?”
“As we approached this, we said that this need is growing at such an exponential rate that we need to look at it from three to five years from now,” Cook said.
“We needed to handle the guests of yesterday with a laptop to guests with two or three devices,” he added. “It gets to the concept of exponential growth. Getting a speed similar to what they get at home.”
As part of its $50 million revitalization, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel also redid the design, surfaces and lighting of its extensive meeting space (more than 105,000 square feet), while renovating its lobby, its fitness center, all of its 1,100 rooms (including all 53 suites) and its Club Lounge (In fact, the hotel showcases its renovation through an interactive webpage that allows guests to swipe over images of its previous areas to unveil what it looks like now).
The Club Lounge features intimate television stations and workstations, free Wi-Fi, exclusive attendant service, a private daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.
“This is a very exciting project for us,” Cook said. “We are a large convention hotel, but we also need a space where people have an exclusive place to go. In an environment where we can interact at so many different levels, (guests) are choosing that.”
“It’s almost a hotel-in-a-hotel experience,” he added.
Predictably, the revamped Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has received a positive response from guests.
“As a 30-year-old hotel, we’re winning back customers away from the newer hotels,” Cook said.
It doesn’t surprise Cook that the added services and Internet capacity have inspired travelers to stay at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, either.
“The folks that are on the road all the time, they know through experience that there are things that come up on the road that can be really frustrating if they can’t immediately deal with it,” he said.
And don’t expect business travelers to slow down anytime soon, either, he added.
“Not only do I think it’s going to continue, the digital age has given us more at hotels than we’ve ever had before.”
Golfers across the north-west region have the perfect reason to head to Sicily to discover the new rising star of Italian golf from this spring onwards following the launch of a new flight route from Manchester to the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Easyjet launched its new twice-weekly service from Manchester to Catania airport at the start of this month, making the five-star Donnafugata Gof Resort & Spa more accessible than ever.
Available all-year-round, the new flights are the third service that the low-cost airline will now operate into Catania – which is situated 90 minutes away from Donnafugata – with other flights already departing from Gatwick and Luton.
And with Donnafugata already served by a number of other UK services including Ryanair’s twice-weekly route from Stansted into Comiso airport, a 20-minute drive away from the deluxe resort, there has never been a better time to visit.
Latest figures revealed by the award-winning venue show that the number of golfers visiting from the UK almost quadrupled in 2013 compared to the previous year, with bookings expected to increase by at least another 50 per cent in 2014.
Donnafugata also recently opened its new Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence, the first facility of its kind in continental Europe, offering expert teaching under the guidance of the resort’s head professional Davide Terrinoni through individual and group lessons, and specially created two, three and seven-night tuition packages.
Guy Roberts, director of golf at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, said: “The UK has been one of our biggest growth markets over the last 18 months and the launch of new flights like the one from Manchester will help to increase the popularity of the resort.
“With two fantastic, and very different, championship golf courses and an array of other five-star facilities, Donnafugata has so much to offer and we’re very excited about the prospect of welcoming a new audience of golfers over the coming months.”
Opened in 2010 and the venue for the 2011 Sicilian Open less than a year later, Donnafugata’s notable recent highlights include becoming the resort was the first course in Italy to be invited to join IMG Prestige, an exclusive collection of some of the world’s most celebrated golfing venues.
Other accolades have included both its courses – the Links and the Parkland – being named in Golf World’s biennial list of the ‘Top 200 Courses in Continental Europe’ and the new ‘Top 30 Courses in Italy’ rankings released by popular website www.top100courses.co.uk.
Set in the beautiful area of Donnafugata, a natural reserve and famous tourist destination known for the imposing castle which bears the same name, the resort also boasts a number of fantastic historical cities nearby. These include Val di Noto, the heart of Sicilian baroque: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto and Scicli. All of them are deemed fitting of UNESCO World Heritage status.
Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa has 202 rooms, an award-winning spa and health club, swimming pools and three restaurants offering a broad selection of gastronomic delights, well accompanied by perfect Sicilian wines to enhance flavour.
For more information on Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, its range of golf packages for 2014 or to book a stay, call 00 39 0932 914 200 or visit www.donnafugatagolfresort.com
The five-star Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa has enjoyed a scintillating start to 2014 and golf groups can enjoy discounts of up to 45 per cent at Gran Canaria’s premier golfing destination this spring – with a five-night half-board stay including unlimited golf available from just £385 per person.
The Canary Islands’ only 36-hole golf complex is offering mouth-watering value on golf packages over April and May – with savings of more than £300 of offer to golf parties of four or more people.
Boasting average temperatures of around 24 degrees all-year-round, Gran Canaria is the ideal place for a golfing break and Sheraton Salobre’s first-class facilities include two 18-hole championship courses – the South and North – an extensive practice area and new club-fitting and performance centre.
Available to book until May 31, guests can take advantage of dinner, bed and breakfast and unlimited golf each day from only £77 per person per night.
As well as including golf and half-board accommodation in the resort’s luxury hotel, the eye-catching breaks also include airport transfers for groups of four or more, while one in eight guests stay and play for free.
Winner of IAGTO’s 2013 European Destination of the Year award, Gran Canaria is the perfect golf destination and Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa has enjoyed its best-ever start to a year, with 15 per cent more golfers using the venue on the corresponding 12 months ago.
Launched in 2000 and created by Roland Favre, Salobre’s South Course (also known as the Old Course) has been cleverly designed to offer visitors magnificent views of the sea and mountains and is a must for golfers of all levels with its varied and fun layout.
In contrast, the resort’s North Course (also known as the New Course) – designed by architect Ron Kirby – takes its inspiration from the desert courses in America and provides a new challenge as it winds its way through and around the unique volcanic rock environment.
Opened in 2006, Sheraton Salobre offers plenty of choice for golfers and non-golfers alike – with 313 rooms, four restaurants, two stylish bars, a state-of-the-art luxury Aloe Spa, fully equipped gym and seven outdoor pools – offering a calming and relaxing environment for all.
Additionally, there are a variety of sports that can be practiced throughout the resort, ranging from cycling, footing and Nordic walking to less strenuous activities including yoga and pilates. The resort also provides a free shuttle bus to take guests to the hotel’s private beach point near the dunes of Maspalomas Beach.
Ideally situated in the south of the island, Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa is just 10 minutes from Maspalomas and 30-minutes from Gran Canaria International Airport (Las Palmas) and is easily accessed from airports across the UK and Ireland.
- For more information on Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa, and to book visit: www.sheratonsalobre.com
Specialist tour operator The Groups Company has joined forces with Great Golf Magazine to launch ‘Great Golf Adventures’ the first three of which are to India.
Comments Derek Moore, Director of The Groups Company who has been working in adventure travel for over 30 years: “These are not golfing holidays in the traditional sense, where a bunch of guys or girls head for a very cheap long weekend in Spain or Portugal to do nothing but play golf, often on courses overrun with noisy Brits.
“This is a brand new concept in adventure holidays where you visit a country to discover the people, the culture and the food, with a chance to enjoy a round of golf or two, often in extremely unusual places along the way; how many people can say they have played golf against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal?
“Great Golf Magazine is no ordinary golf publication which are normally packed with features about the latest kit available; instead, it contains long, well-written features, about golf in far flung destinations, the difference being now we are providing readers with the opportunity to visit the country and play golf there for themselves.”
The collaboration between The Groups Company and Great Golf Magazine was an obvious one according to Moore: “It was a perfect fit, Mike Stock who owns the magazine knows golf around the world inside out, and The Groups Company has an extensive network of contacts around the globe to enable us to create problem free, detailed itineraries, plus a tour guide in situ to make sure everything runs smoothly.”
The tours can be booked as part of a group or individually with plenty of opportunity to do something different, for example, you can have your own personal car and driver/escort to ferry you around as part of a package.
The spring issue of Great Golf Adventures, out this week, will unveil the soft launch of Great Golf Adventures, with many more being added in the next issue to countries as diverse as Belgium, Greenland, Czech Republic, Korea, China and Peru.
Highlights of the six day Golf and Houseboats in Kashmir trip include four rounds of golf at courses that including Gulmarg, which has the highest greens in the world, and Kashmir – the second oldest course outside the UK – a guided tour of Srinagar and a boat trip on Dal Lake. Four nights will be spent on a traditional Kashmiri houseboat and one night in a Delhi hotel.
The holiday costs from £895 pp (two sharing) including domestic flights, all land transportation, five nights’ B&B, activities as per itinerary and the services of a dedicated tour leader.
Call 01992 579 697 (www.greatgolfmagazine.co.uk/golfing-holidays).
Lovers of golf and food can combine the two perfectly at the annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, taking place from 10 – 14 April. The festival, which last year attracted more than 7,000 visitors and over 350 chefs and wineries, is one of the West Coast’s signature culinary and lifestyle events. Visitors can enjoy unrivalled access to some of the USA’s top chefs, which in the past has included Thomas Keller, Roi Choi and Wolfgang Puck, with live cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and the prestigious Celebrity Chef & Winemaker Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. This world-famous resort hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including the Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (17 August), one of the USA’s finest gatherings of rare and antique cars from across the world.
This year, Pinehurst in North Carolina has the honour of hosting both the U.S. Open (12 – 15 June) and the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championships (19 – 22 June). This marks the first time in history that both tournaments will be played in the same year, on the same course. Pinehurst is one of the USA’s premier golf destinations, with a mild year-round climate and plenty to see and do off the course including spa treatments, kayaking, biking and shopping in the quaint stores of Pinehurst Village. North Carolina has over 400 golf courses, which invite visitors to tee off amongst stunning mountains, rolling hills and beautiful beaches across the state.
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the 750-acre Terre Blanche Spa Golf Resort in Provence launches its Easter Family Package. From 4 – 29 April, the resort will offer guests the chance to celebrate the occasion with festive meals and special spa and golf offers for the whole family.
Renowned for its gastronomic variety, Terre Blanche’s new Executive Chef Yannick Franques has created an Easter Menu especially for the occasion. On 20 April, guests are invited to dine at Le Gaudina, where Franques and his Pastry Chef will create a Mediterranean buffet style meal surrounded by 20kg of chocolate eggs decorating the restaurant. A gourmet Easter Dinner Menu will also be available at gastronomic restaurant, Le Faventia. This will include a spring-like twist on his signature dishes, following the theme of “The Hen and The Egg”. The menu will include one of the chef’s specialities of whipped egg whites with crispy brioche, aubergine caviar and a grilled rack of lamb with herb infused courgette cannelloni, accompanied by black garlic sauce.
This spring, Terre Blanche’s award winning Spa will offer a variety of offers following the recent partnership with renowned anti-aging brand, CARITA. During the Easter period, there will be 20% off selected treatments including the ‘Eveil Affinant’, the ‘Amincissant et Drainant’, and the ‘Cinetic Facial’.
With focus on the family this spring, Terre Blanche will be offering 3 and 5 day junior golfing programmes from 12 April – 4 May. These will include the use of the resort’s world-famous championship golf courses and classes in the Albatros Golf Performance Centre, providing results-driven golfing education that is recognised worldwide and used by some of the world’s top professionals and amateurs alike. Children will also be invited to enjoy a range of Easter activities throughout the day, from creating Easter baskets and cards to taking part in the Grand Easter Egg Hunt organised by the Kid’s Club.
The Terre Blanche Easter Family Package starts at 803 and includes:
- Two connecting premier suites with 50% reduction on the second guestroom
- Daily breakfast
- Guest from 2 to 12 years old staying at the hotel over the Easter weekend will receive free access to all organised activities and the Kid’s Club
TERRE BLANCHE LOCATION:
45 Minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport
35 Minutes from Cannes, La Croisette
90 Minutes from Marseille
90 Minutes from Aix-en-Provence
80 Minutes from St-Tropez
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