Travel is wonderful! As many of you have noticed, I've
been enjoying a lot more of it lately, as well. With cell phones and
Internet connections available everywhere now, I can be there - and
here - at the same time, and always available to service your travel
At left is a recent example. On a trip to Mexico City in
February, and while climbing the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan,
you called - and I was there. Accessibility - that's what it's all
Internet and cell phone connections are even available on cruise
ships now. This month, we were on Celebrity's Galaxy in the
Mediterranean, sailing from Rome to Turkey and back through the
Greek Islands, and never was I out of touch with my clients. With an
Internet connection, I am at my "home office" - wherever home
happens to be at that moment.
Except, at my Toronto home office, I don't think I would have
gotten the same sunburn, or quite as much to eat!
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|American Express Rewards|
Great news for my clients amassing Amex Membership Reward
If you are enrolled in the American Express Membership
Rewards program, every dollar you spend on your card is
bringing the farthest corner of the world closer to your
You'll receive a CAD$100 Travel Certificate for every
10,000 points redeemed. When you're ready to apply them to any
prepaid travel including flights or a vacation package, give
me a call! It's that easy. You can even book and pay for the
travel and the agency will issue a cheque back to you once you
deliver the certificates to me!
Give American Express Membership Rewards a call today and
let me know if you have any questions, and...
"Consider it done!"
|A comment or two about fees|
Although I am a fee-based professional, it's not a
cookie-cutter approach. And as a result, there has been a
little confusion recently.
I charge fees for booking tickets and for hourly services
that are not otherwise compensated by suppliers. But for
vacation packages (such as Air Canada Vacations) and cruises
(with flights included), there are no fees.
Recently, a client for whom I handle all his travel needs,
booked a cruise, "to save you the trouble." Believe me, it's
no trouble! And, for no fee at all, you still get my full
services and accessibility, for the same price (or less). But
if I didn't book it, I can't touch it.
Regardless of whether a fee is charged, as my client you
are simply assured of me: my service, my attention, my
knowledge and my accessibility. It's a small price - often no
price - to pay, for that assurance of the best possible.
So, let me handle all your travel experiences! For
|Luxury Hotel News|
Hotel or Villa? Choose both!
It's often a difficult decision whether to enjoy
the privacy and uniqueness of a villa rental, or the
conveniences and services of a great hotel. Villazzo offers a
new solution: the ultimate place to stay in St Tropez,
Marbella, Miami, Aspen, Courchevel and Paris.
Villazzo takes the most spectacular villas and provides the
services of a five-star hotel. The result gives you all of the
advantages of both without the disadvantages of either. A
private hotel, a magnificent estate with the highest standards
of discreet hotel service, where you are the only guest. See
Hotel Marqués de Riscal
The new, landmark Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a member of the
Starwood Luxury Collection, is nestled in Elciego, Spain, the
"City of Wine." Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry,
this is his second masterpiece in Spain, after Bilbao's
Located in the heart of the Rioja wine region, the 43 guest
rooms, including 11 suites, feature a modern, comfortable
atmosphere and unique design with incredible views of the
vineyards and town. See Hotel
Marqués De Riscal
Colonial Splendour and Spectacular Golf
Clingendael, in the Kandian Hills on the premises of the
Victoria Golf & Country Resort, is some 25 minutes from
Kandy, the ancient and historic hill capital of Sri Lanka.
This large, stately home was built in the Dutch Sri Lankan
style with material dating back to 1782. Its spacious
wrap-around verandahs and colonnades relive the colonial
atmosphere of comfort and service. Visitors enjoy a 230-degree
breathtaking view over the reservoir of the Victoria Dam, as
well as the 18-hole international championship golf course.
The Rocky Mountaineer
Rovos Rail in South Africa. The Orient Express in Europe.
And now, the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada. Three of the most
famous luxury train experiences in the world, and now I can
happily say, I've enjoyed them all!
Last month, several of our former guests joined us, along
with family and friends for our annual Toronto Downtown Bed
and Breakfast "Alumni" Reunion on what is deservedly billed as
"The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World" through the
Canadian Rockies. There are several itineraries, but we chose
what must be the best: Calgary/Banff - Kamloops - Vancouver,
three nights and two spectacular days of the finest scenery
Canada, or the world, has to offer.
RM offers two classes of service: Red Leaf and Gold Leaf.
I'm sure Red is wonderful, but Go for Gold! The domed
observation car provides an unparalleled view for all Gold
passengers, as friendly guides serve complimentary drinks and
snacks, point out passing attractions, and generally pamper
you while a uniformed wait staff busies themselves on the
lower level setting elegant tables worthy of the fine dining
experiences that await you twice each day on board.
The train stops overnight in Kamloops, so we miss none of
the scenery. We are whisked to hotel rooms where we find our
luggage has magically already been delivered (it raced ahead
of us on the highway), and dinner has already been reserved in
the dining room. The trip includes premium (for Gold) hotels
the night before in Calgary and in Vancouver at the end of the
Other itineraries include Jasper, Quesnell and Whistler,
and all are incredibly beautiful and brilliantly executed.
There are so many wonderfully tempting destinations in this
world, we may miss the ones right at home. Don't miss the
Rocky Mountaineer, a Virtuoso tour operator. See Rocky
Now affiliated with TTI
While it may have gone unnoticed to most of my clients, I
have recently changed affiliation and am now working through
TTI Canada, a boutique Virtuoso-appointed agency in Toronto
dedicated to luxury leisure and business travel experiences.
TTI, is, of course, IATA-appointed and TICO-protected, and
also brings the double benefit of Virtuoso and American
Express affiliations, which all adds up to even better service
and options for you! See TTI