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The best of all worlds: Adelman Discoveries' Signature travel tours and cruises
Adelman Vacations has created a series of customized cruise and tour opportunities, which are hosted by our team of experienced and knowledgeable travel professionals. Our special itineraries cover a wide variety of destinations including: Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, Galapagos, Iceland, Peru, Tuscany & Sicily, Scotland, South Africa and more. Adelman Discoveries also offers hosted Signature cruise opportunities including Rhine and Danube River Cruises, Western Caribbean sailings and even a Fall Foliage cruise through Canada and New England.
Adelman Discoveries Signature trips are a great value as each includes many unique extras such as a private walking tour with a chef in Iceland to experience local delicacies at the Geysir Hot springs, a hands-on cooking class in Tuscany, or even a special tour of the Boeing Aircraft Factory in Seattle.
In addition to experiencing the fantastic sights available year round at these remarkable destinations, our trips are timed to include special events such as the popular Greve Wine Festival in Tuscany, the renowned Royal Edinburg Military Tattoo or tulip time at the famous Keukenhof Garden near Amsterdam, where over 7 million magnificent Dutch flower bulbs bloom in a spectacular show of color each spring.
Adelman Discoveries Signature trips also include many other value-added perks such as a pre-trip orientation (or personalized phone call after your documents arrive if you are not located in a primary departure city), extra overnights in select cities, travel insurance and an exclusive deluxe photo book from your trip, a perfect memento of your very special experience.
Because of the growing popularity of Adelman Discoveries Signature tours, many of our remaining 2016 departures are already sold out, so it is not too early to start making plans for 2017. For a complete list of available Adelman Discoveries Signature departures in 2016 and beyond, along with details for each trip, please contact Brian Garrison, Marvin McDaniel or Cam Thieme at (417) 888-4488 or (800) 749-7116.
Punta Cana's stunning beaches and fantastic resorts are calling
Adelman's Kinsey Bailey just returned from a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. As part of her trip with Apple Vacations, Kinsey was able to see and experience the sights along with some of the best resorts in this island paradise. "The fine white sand is so soft and the water is the beautiful blue that everyone loves," Kinsey says. Precipitation and humidity values are very low, even during the summer months, making Punta Cana an excellent destination all year round. Plus, Punta Cana offers a range of resorts so it appeals to a wide variety of vacationers.
According to Kinsey, Punta Cana is great for honeymoons and anniversaries, couples, families on school break or summer vacation and singles. Some resorts cater to families offering special ?kids clubs', fun pools and action-oriented amenities in addition to the beautiful beaches and associated water activities. Kinsey recommends the Melia Caribe Tropical, which is great for bird watching plus offers onsite activities such as zip lining, rock climbing, and a super jumper.
Adults celebrating special occasions such as a bachelor or bachelorette party, honeymoon, anniversary or a girlfriends' weekend getaway will love one of the many adult-only properties in Punta Cana such as Breathless, about which Kinsey says, "One word: AMAZING!" Breathless is a stunning yet very lively property. "There is a DJ right as you enter, playing music and setting the vibe," Kinsey recalls. There are nine bars, a few of which are open until 2am, and 11 different restaurants onsite.
Besides the wonderful resorts, Punta Cana also offers some great excursions. Kinsey recommends the Marinarium Excursion, which takes participants via catamaran to a reef for snorkeling and to see nurse sharks. Cruisers will also enjoy the stop at a beautiful and secluded natural swimming area. With all these fantastic features it's no wonder Punta Cana is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.
Give Adelman Vacations a call at 800-749-7116 or visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com.
Marriott unveils new Rewards benefits
In an early move to harmonize the Marriott Rewards program with merger partner Starwood's Preferred Guest loyalty program, Marriott announced new benefits. Effective May 16, Gold- and Platinum-level members will be guaranteed late checkout at most hotel locations. Resorts, convention locations and timeshare properties are currently excluded.
Then, starting in late May, Marriott Rewards members will be able to access an experience marketplace that will include a wide variety of options such as tickets to "hot" events, cooking lessons from a world-renowned chef, or even the opportunity to hang out with a favorite sports team.
Marriott also said it will be testing "Elite" concierge service similar to the Starwood Ambassador program. The service encourages members to develop a relationship with a specific concierge who will ensure that the guests' needs and preferences are met before, during and after their stay. Testing of this new program will also begin in late May with select U.S.-based loyalty members.
New bump in hotel tax makes Chicago one of highest in U.S.
Cook County in Illinois, which includes Chicago, will be charging hotel customers an additional one percent on nightly guest accommodations starting May 1, 2016. This bump brings Chicago's total hotel tax rate to 17.4 percent, which is the eighth-highest in the country, according to HVS, a hospitality industry consulting group. New York, Las Vegas and Orlando all have lower tax rates.
Special Bonus for stays at Candlewood Suites Richmond-West Broad
Now through July 31, 2016, Adelman Travel customers who are members of Intercontinental Hotel Groups' rewards program will earn a 2,500 point bonus for a single stay when booking with the special "ADL" rate code. The Candlewood Suites Richmond-West Broad opened less than a year ago and is very conveniently located in the popular West End and is close to a number of Fortune 500 companies in the nearby business district. Candlewood Suites features a fully equipped kitchen, the Candlewood Cupboard and Lending Locker, free laundry and high-speed internet plus so much more. Contact your Adelman Travel Consultant for more information on booking this promotion.
Starwood expands offerings
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will continue with plans to grow its Element Hotels brand. The company said it will open 22 more properties in North America including locations in Philadelphia, San Antonio and Syracuse. New Elements will also appear in Africa, China, England and the Middle East by the end of 2018. Element is an upscale, select-service, extended stay brand that is geared toward sustainability and wellness.
In other news, Starwood announced that it is teaming with Virgin America to offer more travel options for their respective loyalty members. Among the new benefits, Starwood Preferred Guest members will be able to change Starpoints at a 1-to-1 ratio into Virgin's Elevate points. Elevate program members will earn two points for every dollar spent on a qualifying Starwood hotel stay.
American is expanding its codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines. Under the new deal, American is placing its code on flights to 11 new destinations from Los Angeles and Seattle operated by Alaska Airlines. In addition, American is launching new service from Lansing, Mich. to Washington Regan International Airport starting in July and to Chicago O'Hare in August.
Delta Air Lines
Officials at Delta said the carrier has applied for the rights to operate three new daytime flights between the United States and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The new and highly coveted slots were made available following a new agreement between the United States and Japan. In the application Delta has proposed Haneda service from Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
JAL will expand its codeshare agreement with Oneworld global airline alliance partner Finnair. The new codesharing will take place on flights between Fukuoka, Japan and Helsinki, Finland. Fukuoka will be the fourth Japanese destination from Europe to be included in JAL's joint business ventures with Finnair and British Airways.
Europe moves on security initiative and visa waiver reciprocity
To tighten security, Europe agrees to collect passenger data
After years of heated debate over privacy concerns, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a new law that will require airlines to share passenger data with national security authorities. The United States and Canada have been collecting data from airline Passenger Name Records as a way to boost security for years. The new EU regulation, which still must be formally approved by the European Council, applies to flights to and from the EU, but member states could also extend it to flights within the EU. Once fully approved, member states will have two years to integrate it into their national laws.
European Commission notifies U.S. of proposed visa-waiver suspension
After the United States missed an April 12 compliance deadline for complete Visa Waiver Program (VWP) reciprocity with the European Union (EU), the European Commission filed a proposal to temporarily suspend visa waiver privileges for U.S. travelers. Currently Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania are exempt from the U.S. VWP because these EU-member countries have not met the required security standards according to U.S. State Department officials.
The European Commission's plan to ban U.S. travelers from the EU VWP is mandatory as part of the overall program requirements established by the European Parliament and the European Council. The Commission has thus asked the European Parliament and the European Council to determine "an appropriate way to move forward." Because of significant administrative, economic and political ramifications, industry experts have said that it is highly unlikely that the U.S. will actually ever be suspended from the EU VWP.
Denver launches new rail link service
A new rail line connecting downtown Denver and its international airport recently opened to passengers. The new rail line, called the University of Colorado A Line, offers service every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Otherwise, trains run every 30 minutes. The trip from the airport to Denver's downtown Union Station will take about 40 minutes and will cost just $9.00.
City officials laud the new service as a great alternative for travelers as a taxi ride can cost about $70 and buses are often overcrowded. For more information on the new rail service visit http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/ec_1
Enterprise expands abroad
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced the opening of 31 new locations in the Middle East including two branches in Saudi Arabia and 29 joint National Car Rental and Alamo sites throughout the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan. Enterprise plans to further expand in the Gulf Region later this year. April also marked the opening of new locations in Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Tortola, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay. Enterprise will open an additional nine locations in Mexico in May and June.
Three Hotel Scams to Avoid
The Front Desk Scam
You receive a call in your hotel room from someone claiming to be from "The Front Desk". They tell you that your payment card was declined and ask you to reconfirm your account number, or provide another card. Without thinking you oblige not realizing that the caller is a scammer.
TIP: If you get a call from "The Front Desk" asking for financial or personal information, hang up and call them back or go down to the desk and confirm your information in person.
The Hotel Take-Out Scam
It's late at night and you are hungry. There's no room service available but there is a restaurant flyer on or under your door. You call the number to place an order and give them your credit card. However, the food never arrives because scammers were behind the flyers.
TIP: Go online to check for reviews on the establishment or call the front desk to make sure the flyer is legitimate.
The Wi-Fi Scam
Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi with fairly generic access names. (This also applies to travel stops, restaurants, retailers and other public venues.) Unfortunately, scammers know this and will create "fake" networks with similar and seemingly "logical" access names.
TIP: Always confirm the exact name of the Wi-FI network you are trying to access before just logging in.
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