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Friday, 17 August 2007

CONQUEST VACATIONS GIVES FREEDOM TO TRAVEL

“We’re committed to you, and to driving business to your front door,” says Errol Francis, President and COO of Conquest Vacations
Charmaine Pang

Hilda Vitor, Muriel Pereira, Theodora Dias, Polly Dias, Delphine Francis, wife of Errol Francis, Denis Pereira
Yesterday afternoon, Conquest Vacations gave 1,000 travel agents “Freedom to Travel” at their 2007 trade show and product launch in Toronto. The event took place at the DoubleTree International Plaza by the Toronto airport.

The trade show featured 84 exhibitors, including hotels, destination marketing organizations, CVBs, tourist boards, car rental companies, and more.

At the evening presentation, Conquest representatives highlighted new products, agent incentives and contests to get agents excited about the upcoming year.

First-ever national brochure, real-time pricing

Brent Carnegie, VP Sales & Distribution
Brent Carnegie, VP of Sales & Distribution at Conquest, announced that this is the first year Conquest is offering a national brochure featuring all gateways. This is also the first year Las Vegas will be included in the national brochure, instead of a separate one. This is the first time that real-time pricing has been incorporated in the brochure, so agents can get up-to-date, accurate prices.

New commission structure

“You asked, we delivered. We are returning to gross commissionable pricing, to create a level playing field. From November 1 onwards, we will offer a new commission structure and all advertising will reflect the full commissionable price,” said Carnegie.

“Vacation Access” dynamic booking engine launched

Errol Francis, President and COO, Conquest Vacations
Errol Francis, President and COO of Conquest, commented on how the Internet has changed consumers’ travel-buying habits. Customers are more demanding, and they want choice, flexibility and the best prices.

To address changing consumer needs, Conquest has launched “Vacation Access,” a new dynamic booking engine which allows more flexibility and choice than traditional ITC bookings. Agents can truly mix and match flights, destinations, hotels, car rentals, tours and attractions.

Conquest has launched the “Vacation Access” engine exclusively with Las Vegas product. Soon, Florida, Arizona, California and Hawaii will be added. Eventually, the Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America and Europe will also be available.

Vacation Access incentive

Agents who register with Vacation Access can earn ‘Access Cash’ when booking passengers. Each agent will earn $25 per passenger booked between August 14 – September 16, 2007. For more information, visit vaxvacationaccess.ca to sign up and register.

Viva Las Vegas!

Victor Fernandez, Las Vegas CVA
Victor Fernandez from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority talked about one of the hottest tourist destinations in recent memory. In 2006, Las Vegas saw over 38 million visit its desert playground. Vegas is no longer just a gambling destination – it’s a place for entertainment, fine dining, and amazing shopping. More and more Canadians are discovering Las Vegas all over again.  Fernandez also announced the opening of the Las Vegas CVA’s Canadian office, represented by the team at VoX Communications.

Mazda “Key to Freedom” contest is back!

This year, one of the biggest industry giveaways in history is back. Conquest has once again teamed up with Mazda to allow agents (and clients) to win a 2008 Mazda 3 automobile. Book your clients with Conquest from August 13, 2007 until February 28, 2008 for departures up to April 30, 2008, and you could win one of six cars. Clients will also get a chance to win one of two Mazda 3 automobiles as well.

For every adult passenger booked, an agent gets 1 point. For every 20 points, they will receive a ballot towards a new car. There is no limit to the number of ballots an agent can enter.

Each month, Conquest will be featuring a different sponsor, and when a holiday is booked with that sponsor, agents will receive one ballot per passenger. For other destinations or products, agents will receive one ballot for every 20 passengers booked.

Conquest is committed to agents

Errol Francis ended the evening with a statement of purpose, saying to agents, “One fundamental we adhere to is remaining a tour operator in the wholesale business. We’re committed to you, to drive business and customers to your front door. Our fall ad campaigns are bigger than ever. We believe this will be an exciting year for all of us and thank you for your support.”
 

 
Conquest staff greeted everyone at the entrance to the trade show
Kathryn Riddell and Sandra Calcano from Conquest
Allan Ramsarran and Agnes Kwiecien from Skyservice
 Ken Gibson at the St. Petersburg and Clearwater booth

Lili Derousie, International Tourism Coordinator, South Padre Island CVB

Norina Gomez, Commercial Manager, Dominican Republic; Carlo Salcedo, Service Manager, hotelbeds

Clemen del Tejo, Promotion Manager USA & Canada, Gabriela Veruzco C., Promotion & Marketing Coordinator, Riviera Maya Tourism Board

Maria Guadalupe Anguiano Rodriguez, Sales Manager, Tukan Hotels

Layla Macias, E-Business Manager, Cancun CVB

Hortensia Garcia, E-Commerce Manager, Valentin Maya Resort

Paula Munoz, Sales Manager, Oasis Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Canino, Sales Executive, Excellence Group Luxury Resorts

Jorge Espejo, Sales Coordinator, LTI-Beach Resort Punta Cana Golf & Spa

Rick McCauley, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Canada and Fiona M. Taylor, Director of Sales & Marketing, Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Eric Rodriguez, Director of Sales, North America, Princess Hotels & Resorts

Rodion Abon, General Manager, Hotel Playa Costa Verde

Edanny Gomez Fernandez, Sales Manager and Milagros Romero Seijas, Reservations, Sandals Royal Hicacos  Resort & Spa

Bineeta Ram, Account Executive, Park’N Fly Toronto

Francesca Lombardo, Sales & Marketing Manager, Caribbean & Latinoamerica, Sirenis Hotels & Resorts

Brenda Bradley, Sales, Weddings & Groups, Cuba Division, Sol Melia

Melita Franc, Sales Manager Cuba, Hotetur

Omar Cisneros Fuentes, Sales Manager America and Mays Garcia Caceres, Sales Executive, Cubanacan
Hilda Vitor, Muriel Pereira, Theodora Dias, Polly Dias, Delphine Francis, wife of Errol Francis, Denis Pereira 

Carla Fisher, Nevada Tourism Commission

Janne Janke, Uniglobe Discover Waterloo, at far left, won a one-week stay at Oasis Viva, Cancun. Jeff Thomas and Carla Brake from Conquest drew her name.

Hazel Downes, Joanne Thomas, Cheryl Dore, The Professional Travel Place

Joanie Triggs, Manager/Owner; Marilyn Stewart; Rose Scala; Margit Mascella, Commodore Travel

Carlos Zambrano, Director, Cuba Tourist Board – Canada, with a Cuban cigar maker and Karen Puebla, Executive Assistant, Cuba Tourist Board

 Steven R. Johnson, Senior Regional Marketing Manager and Paul A. Strachan, National Director, Canada, Bahamas Tourist Office
Brent Carnegie, VP Sales & Distribution, Conquest Vacations
 

Front Row: Jacqueline Ziorjen, K. Walsh & Associates; Penny Obee, K. Walsh & Associates; Helga Omstead, Migrations Travel & Cruise Centre; Dana Omstead, Migrations Travel & Cruise Centre; Shelby Smith, Migrations Travel & Cruise Centre. Back Row: Colleen Bulla, K. Walsh & Associates; Ian Proctor and Florence Lake from Migrations Travel & Cruise Centre

Front Row: Cecile Royer, Travel Source Network; Liz Silva, Carlson Marketing; Georgia Couvavas, Carlson Marketing. Back Row: Marion Primeau, Janet, Carolyn, Jeff Sheshewabic, all from K. Walsh & Associates
Errol Francis, President and COO, Conquest Vacations
Brent Carnegie, VP Sales & Distribution, Conquest Vacations

Victor Fernandez, Las Vegas CVB

The night’s entertainment was provided by John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester

The night’s entertainment was provided by John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester

Lillian Ward, Creative Services Manager at Conquest and designer of the winter brochure

Melissa McFarlane, Executive Director, Sales & Service, Contac Services; Lillian Ward, Creative Services Manager, Conquest Vacations

Phil Sproul, Senior VP; Deusana Benvioles; Maria Cornelio and Melissa McFarlane, Executive Director, Sales & Service, all from Contac Services

Irving Goldberg, the father of Conquest owner Robbie Goldberg, celebrated his 89th birthday and was presented with a cake.

Mr. and Mrs. Irving Goldberg celebrating his 89th birthday
Agents enjoying the music last night
 
Agents from Peerless Travel and YYZ Travel Group
Haya Miron, Naomi Schwarzberg, Dolly Sandler from Peerless Travel
 
 

Ken Gibson, St. Petersburg & Clearwater

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brian Pereira, Reservations Manager and Mary Khan, Supervisor, Refunds/Commissions, Conquest Vacations

 
 
 
 

A showgirl in the Las Vegas section of the trade show

Todd L. Kirlik, Canadian Director, Sales & Marketing, Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts

Iliana Rodriguez, PR Manager, Xcaret! Mexico

Sobeida Feliz, Sales Director, Blau Hotels & Resorts

Ivar Hottentot, Leisure Sales Manager – International, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Denise Soares and Anita Medeiros, Full Circle Travel
 
 
 



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