3 FAM Trips to Cuba, Portugal & Dubai

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Varadero beach taken from Xanadu, the Dupont mansion. (Photo credit John McAuliff.)

Here are three FAM trips to Cuba, Portugal and Dubai.

Sol Melia and Amistur are helping U.S. travel professionals get familiar with Cuba, with tours that visit Varadero, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Remedios, Cayo Santa Maria, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana. The tour concludes with a chance to observe Cuba’s annual International Tourism Fair. The FAM takes place April 28 to May 8, and includes air from Grand Cayman for $1,700 pp dbl, plus $205 for a single supplement. Daily breakfast is also included.

The program to assist with people to people familiarization in Cuba is coordinated by the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, a non-governmental organization active with the industry and Cuba, will also be hosting a Havana only trip from May 4 to May 8, 2014, with Cancun or Grand Cayman routing for $1,200 pp. For full itinerary and costs, visit tinyurl.com/famcuba.

A 7-day trip of the Irish heritage of Cuba program, which is under development, will take place April 21 to April 28, 2014, priced at $1,700 pp. This is a preview of a more formal program in November, which should appeal to Irish American clients. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/cubamoloney.

For more information on all trips, call (917) 859-9025.

Views of Pousada de Palmela. (Photo courtesy of Collette.)
Views of Pousada de Palmela. (Photo courtesy of Collette.)

Collette announced FAM tours to Portugal departing on Nov. 13, giving agents the opportunity to network with other travel professionals while experiencing the destination and services provided by Collette.

This 9-day tour is part of Collette’s small group product line, Explorations, which hosts tours for 12 to 25 travelers. Guests will stay in Portugal’s famous pousadas, from castles to fortresses to convents, which have been restored to luxurious, historic or traditional lodging. A tour of the Covenant of the Order of Christ will teach travelers the history of the Knights of Templar, guests can take part in Portuguese cuisine during a cooking class with wine pairings. Travelers will also explore a port wine cellar with tastings. Pricing is $899 agent dbl, $1,299 for a companion, and $1,399 single. FAM rates include land and inter-air where applicable, as well as arrival and departure transfers and some meals.

Agents can earn a free FAM when they book 15 or more passengers or $1 million in revenue. For more information, call (800) 897-3133 or visit gocollette.com/agentfam.

Agents can use this  Bingo card to play.
Agents can use this Bingo card to play.

Emirates Vacations is giving agents a chance to win a FAM trip to Dubai, Masai Mara and Nairobi in October.

The first eight participants to submit their bingo card with BINGO across, down or diagonally, will win a FAM trip.  Scoring is simple—whenever agents complete a task in a square they simply mark off the space, when BINGO is earned, they submit the card to Emirates Vacations.

For more information, call (855) 358-1505.