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first_imgContours Travel recently hosted eight agents on a nine-day famil through Chile, with the group including top-selling agents and an extra lucky agent who won the trip after participating in Contours Travel’s regular Latin America webinars for travel agents.To win a spot on Contours Travel’s 2018 agent famil, register for the fortnightly webinars here Highlights of the Chile famil included cooking classes, wineries, Santiago, the colourful houses of Valparaiso as well as the Atacama desert – the world’s driest non-polar desert. The agents flew with LATAM and were able to visit first-hand the hotels and restaurants Contours recommends for travellers and experience the support and services offered by Contours Travel.Rainbow Valley in the Atacama DesertL-R: Alan Riedel from Andrew Jones Travel TAS, Heather Poppelier from Contours Travel, Peter Scott from Helloworld Belgrave VIC, Sarah Smith from MTA Travel NSW, Nicole Reber from Mosman Travel NSW, Tarnia Boyce from Phil Hoffmann Travel, Glenelg SA, Sharron Hungerford from The Travel Agent at Caloundra, QLD, Vanesa Tihic from Boutique Travel Services NSW and Khushnuma Suntoke from Flight World WA agentsChileContours TravelEvent & Famil photoslast_img

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first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Commission, Palace Resorts MIAMI — Palace Resorts says its new and improved Palace Pro Agents Specialist Program, PRO 2.0, offers agents more incentives and support than ever before, and more ways to earn more money.Launched at the fifth annual Palace Resorts Global Conference at newly-opened The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, PRO 2.0 has several different levels which allow for multiple benefits and bigger monetary incentives.Agents can now earn annual credit for groups and weddings – Platinum Crown Agents receive US$800 and Emerald Crown Agents receive $1,200. Total or partial amounts can be applied towards any occasional expense (for example, towards a cake, flowers, etc.).Agents can also earn commission on wedding extras depending on their specialist program level. For example, all PRO Agents receive 15%; Gold Crown Agents 18%, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents 20%.Agents can also receive up to $1,500 in resort credit for their personal vacation. The percentages vary per level in the program.As an added perk, agents can also receive air credit depending on their status such as: PRO agents $150, Gold Crown Agents $300, and Platinum/Emerald Crown Agents get $500 when booking their own stay at Palace Resorts.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterPalace put the spotlight on its destination wedding product at the annual event, with a special bridal conference with the Palace Resorts expert wedding’s team. Agents got to experience all of the brand’s newest offerings for destination weddings, from elaborate, customized décor to the work of Palace Resorts’ new wedding cake designer, Marelis Teran.Over the course of three-days, attendees also got a sneak peek at The Palace Life with a Carnaval-themed welcome reception, property walk-throughs and tastings, general sessions with updates and upcoming news for the brand. There were also educational seminars, “some much-needed fun-in-the-sun” and site inspections.Palace Resorts concluded the conference by recognizing top agents and partners during a Mayan-themed awards gala. Palace Resorts executives presented awards to the top agents in the following categories: Top Destination Wedding Travel Agency, Top Home Based Travel Agency, Top Producing Travel Agent, Top Producing Travel Agency, Top Producing Destination Agent- Mexico, and Top Producing Destination Agent – Jamaica.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthMore than 550 travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Europe took part.“Each year, the Palace Resorts Global Conference represents an opportunity for the brand to build and grow the already existing relationships we’ve established with the agent community,” says Frank Corzo, Vice President of U.S. Field Sales for Palace Resorts. “This year, was no different as we released the new version of our Palace PRO Specialist program – PRO 2.0, which is a testament to the community that Palace Resorts is always thinking of how we can grow together and  provided with the tools and knowledge agents need to exceed their sales goals.”To register see Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Posted by More cash, incentives with Palace Resorts’ new PRO 2.0last_img

Boston bombing victim and his Tico rescuer vacationing in Costa Rica

first_imgMatt Levin is a correspondent for The Tico Times Facebook Comments Jeff Bauman arrived in Costa Rica on Friday, along withthe Tico who helped save his life after the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Bauman, who lost his legs in the attack, was fulfilling a promise he had made to Carlos Arredondo, according to an article on Burgos, who planned the trip as the logistics coordinator of Caravan Tours, told that Bauman had told Arredondo he would “come to Costa Rica to eat gallo pinto.”The website reported that Bauman arrived on Friday with his girlfriend, brother, best friend and Arredondo. The group will spend 10 days in the country, visiting Poás Volcano, Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast and La Fortuna, where Arenal Volcano resides.The striking image of Arredondo in a cowboy hat assisting the 27-year-old Bauman became iconic in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. The bombing killed three and injured hundreds, and Bauman would later help identify the alleged perpetrator. Since the attack, Arredondo and Bauman have remained friends. They’ve attended sporting events in Boston together. And now Bauman has taken time to visit the country where Arredondo grew up.We’ve written about Arredondo before, both on his actions during the attack and on a pair of tragedies that befell him several years before the marathon bombing. He has an alluring and energetic persona that has made him one of the best ambassadors for Costa Rica that the country could ask for. We expect he’ll be the perfect tour guide for Bauman’s first trip to Costa Rica. No related posts.center_img A photo of Bauman and company at a Cafe Britt coffee shop. From the Jeff Bauman — Boston Strong, True Patriot and Hero Facebook pagelast_img

Ex Coop member says board was not sufficiently independent Updated

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesSusanna Poyiadji, a former member of the board of directors of the Co-op, said on Tuesday the failed bank’s board had not been sufficiently independent when it came to issues of corporate governance.Poyiadji said one of the reasons she quit was that she felt that when it came to many issues, she was in the minority when it came to her contribution.“The balances in the board were a given and so I realised that my contribution was limited,” said Poyiadji, the first of three witnesses to testify on Tuesday to the committee probing the collapse of the bailout out bank. “One of the serious issues we had on the board, which was related to corporate governance, was that the board was not sufficiently independent”.Another reason which contributed to her resignation in April last year, less than nine months after her appointment, in addition to other professional obligations, her quitting was related to the Co-op’s initial intention to seek a listing at the Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) as part of a denationalisation strategy via a gradual issue of new shares, while the Cyprus Cooperative Bank was still unprepared.When she resigned, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades was ready to listen to her thoughts at a meeting, she said. In addition, she held meetings after her resignation with the joint supervisory teams of the European Central Bank (ECB) to discuss the Co-op’s problematic corporate governance, the donation of a quarter of the bank’s stock to its customers and the culture at the bank “which was causing concern.”The issues were raised again at another meeting with the ECB in Cyprus last February to talk about non-performing loans, she said.Poyiadji added that following her departure, she discussed with the Central Bank of Cyprus issues related to governance when it came to the board, and others related to operations.She said that the Co-op, which was compelled into selling its operations to Hellenic in June after its inability to reduce its bad loans stock wiped out its capital, which was increased in 2014 and 2015 with a €1.7bn injection from the taxpayer, was not robust and mature enough for a listing and resembled instead “a construction site”.She felt that she could not properly work in the Co-op, adding that dissent on the board came from its new members while older ones went with the flow.After Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, switched from chairman of the board to chief executive officer, the older board members remained loyal to him as in such cases, “it is difficult for independent, non-executive members to change mentality and alignment” and become a constructive challenge to the executives, she said.“From the moment on, the chairman of the board becomes general manager, then independent (board) members are by default no longer independent,” hence there was this situation, she added.When asked by the committee to explain the circumstances under which the bank entered an agreement with Spain’s non-performing loans specialist Altamira over the management of the Co-op’s delinquent portfolio stock amounting to €7bn, Poyiadji said that after she requested copies of the minutes from the bank, it denied her request on the grounds that she hadn’t signed a non-disclosure agreement.This prompted the chairman of the investigative committee George Aresti to say that the body had checked whether the Co-op handed over everything it was asked to deliver.“If the committee has that and can make use of that then we wonder why they did not give it to you,” he said. You May LikeAirPhonesWhy Everybody in United States is Snapping Up These New Earphones?AirPhonesUndoLifeInTheGoldenYears.com11 Most Difficult Dogs To RaiseLifeInTheGoldenYears.comUndoUniversityFoxTake A Look At How Much Theses Marvel Stars Really MakeUniversityFoxUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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