Rates & Dates: Viking River Cruises offers bonuses for booking select '09 itineraries

Through Dec. 31, Viking River Cruises is offering a booking bonus of up to $250 per stateroom on select 2009 itineraries. Viking will pay agents $250 for sailings of 10 days or more and $150 on eight-day sailings. In addition, bookings of select 2-for-1 spring cruises will earn $50 per stateroom.

Agents must download a commission flyer at www.vikingrivers.com/offers/agent/vrcagentbonus2009coupon.pdf. Bookings must be made by Dec. 31, and the coupon must be received at least six weeks prior to the clients' departure.

Viking River Cruises
(800) 304-9616
Web: www.vikingrivers.com

Holiday Inn Resorts in Aruba, Jamaica offer discounted '09 rates

Published rates for 2009 have been reduced by 40% at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba. Rates in Jamaica, valid Jan. 4 through Dec. 22, 2009, start at $113 per person, per night, double. In Aruba, rates are valid Jan. 4 through Dec. 17, 2009, and start at $163 with a minimum two-night stay required. There is no minimum-stay requirement for Jamaica. Promo code 140 must be provided during bookings.

Holiday Inn Resorts Aruba and Jamaica
(800) 465-4329
Web: www.caribbeanhi.com

New York's Salisbury offers $189 nightly rate

The Salisbury Hotel, built on top of and owned by the Calvary Baptist Church in New York, is offering the People of Faith overnight rate, valid Jan. 4 through March 18.
Nightly rates start at $189 per room, double.

The Salisbury Hotel
(888) 692-5757
Web: www.nycsalisbury.com
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Universal Orlando Resort plan offers five nights for the price of three

Guests booking a three-night stay at the Universal Orlando Resort, which comprises the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, will get two nights for free. Bookings must be made by Jan. 31 for travel through June 27.

Packages start at $1,145 for a family of four and include accommodations and unlimited theme park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Bookings of four-night stays earn guests three additional nights; rates start at $789 for off-site hotels and $1,271 for on-site properties.

Guests who travel before March 31 also receive a Universal Orlando Savings Guide featuring $150 in savings at area shopping and dining outlets.

Universal Orlando Resort
(877) 823-2044
Web: www.universaltravelagents.com

New Mexico's Inn on the Alameda celebrates 23 years with $23 rate

To celebrate its 23rd birthday, the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe, N.M., is offering the 23 and Counting package through Feb. 28; blackout dates apply.

Guests staying at the property for three consecutive nights will pay $23 for the third night; the first and second nights are priced from $113 per room, single or double. The rate covers daily breakfast buffet, parking and WiFi access.

Inn on the Alameda
(888) 984-2122 (must be booked by phone)

Enchantment Resort to host 'Murder Mystery Weekend'

Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., is hosting the Murder Mystery Weekend at Enchantment package from Jan. 16 to 18.

The three-day itinerary, priced from $880 for single accommodations and $1,258 for double accommodations, includes a Friday night reception; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and a Sunday brunch.

Enchantment Resort
(800) 826-4180
Web: www.enchantmentresort.com

Variety Cruises offers incentives for its 'Red Sea Wonders' tour

Variety Cruises is offering travel agents 20% commission on bookings of its Red Sea Wonders tour of Egypt in 2009 as well as agent rates starting at $650 per person.

The six-night Red Sea Wonders plan departs Hurghada, Egypt, Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and 13, March 27 and April 3 from Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt, a day later aboard the Harmony G or Harmony V.

Rates start at $930 in January and February and at $1,990 in March and April; agent rates start at $650.

The program visits Luxor, Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt as well as Petra, Jordan.

Variety Cruises
(800) 319-7776 in the U.S. or (866) 944-8498 in Canada
Web: www.varietycruises.com

Kimpton Hotels sets introductory rate at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Fla.

The 113-room Vero Beach (Fla.) Hotel & Spa here is one of Kimpton Hotels' newest properties, and to celebrate the grand opening, Kimpton is offering a discounted rate on stays through Feb. 12.

The grand opening rate starts at $149 per room, double, for Sunday through Thursday stays and $169 for Friday and Saturday stays. The rate covers a daily $20 food-and-beverage credit; an upgrade to a one-bedroom suite is priced at $50 per day.

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
(800) 546-7866 and ask for rate code GOP

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel promotes winter packages through April

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Calif.) is taking advantage of its location along the Pacific Ocean with the Whale of a Package, valid Jan. 19 to April 19.

The plan includes overnight accommodations, a 2.5-hour Whale and Dolphin Safari for two and full breakfast. The package is priced from $495 per room, double.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
(800) 241-3333
Web: www.ritzcarlton.com

Aqua Hotels & Resorts offers specials to celebrate Hawaii's 50th anniversary

To celebrate the anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th state, Aqua Hotels & Resorts is offering the Nifty to Be Fifty Statehood special at its 12 properties in Waikiki throughout 2009.

Specials include $50 for the first night at any Aqua hotel with a three-night stay, a 1959-inspired keepsake postcard and a 30-minute massage for $50.

Rates for second and third nights start at $119 at Aqua Boutique hotels and $89 at Aqua Lite properties.

Aqua Hotels & Resorts
(866) 406-2782

Chicago's Avenue hotel offers package a geek could love

There's still time to book the Techno Geek package at the Avenue hotel in Chicago. The plan is valid through Dec. 31 and is priced from $229 per night, double.

The package includes accommodations on the property's business floor, with access to the hotel's business center; use of an in-room Mac computer with Internet access; an iHome docking station; a flat-screen, high-definition TV in the room; and a $15 iTunes gift card.

Avenue hotel
(877) 283-5110
Web: www.avenuehotelchicago.com
Email: [email protected]


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