Rocco Forte Hotel Collection Exclusive Room Upgrade Promotion

Take advantage of this exclusive offer between Protravel International and the
Rocco Forte Hotel Collection.

Reserve a room reservation by June 15th and receive a confirmed room upgrade.

All reservations made between NOW and JUNE 15th, 2010 will receive a confirmed room upgrade within 48 hours plus the normal Virtuoso Amenities. This is valid for Hotel stays from now until December 28, 2010.

In most cases you will only have to guarantee the reservation with your credit card, and NOT Pre-pay the entire Hotel stay, which is required by both Travelocity and

“Promotion includes upgrades up to and including Jr. Suites”. This means that when you book a room category just below our Jr. Suites, the upgrade will be granted up to the Jr. Suite. Upgrades beyond this category do not qualify. For the most part, this is because of limited capacity in the higher suite categories. Of course, should you choose to book a Jr. Suite or above, an upgrade would still be granted upon arrival–based on availability.


Hotel de Rome, Berlin

Hotel Amigo, Brussels

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Hotel Savoy, Florence

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt

Le Richemond, Geneva

Brown’s Hotel, London

The Charles, Munich

The Augustine, Prague

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg

The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Sicily

As you are most likely aware, there can be several prices at a particular hotel for the same time period. I have selected “Browns Hotel” and the dates June 15-17th, 2010, as an example for over-all cost comparisons.

Reserve a Classic King Room at 521.13USD (plus taxes) then be upgraded to the Executive King Room at NO additional cost to you. A savings of up to approximately of 350.00USD per day when compared to alternative on-line reservations websites.

Blackout Dates:

The Augustine, Prague
– 4th Oct 2010

Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg
– 16th – 20th June 2010

Hotel Amigo, Brussels
– EU Summit: 17th June 2010
– EU Summit: 14th – 15th September 2010
– EU Summit: 4th – 7th October 2010
– EU Summit: 28th October 2010
– EU Summit: 16th December 2010

The Balmoral, Edinburgh
– 15th – 18th July 2010
– Edinburgh Festival: 6th – 28th August 2010

Brown’s Hotel, London
– Royal Ascot: 15th – 17th June 2010
– Wimbledon: 21st Jun – 4th July 2010
– Farnborough Air show: 18th – 25th July 2010
– Freeze Art: 14th – 17th October 2010

Hotel de Rome, Berlin
– No blackout dates

The Charles Hotel, Munich
– Expo Real: 4th – 6th October 2010

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt
– Automechanica Fair: 13th – 16th September 2010
– Bookfair: 5th – 6th October 2010

Le Richemond, Geneva
– July 15 through August 9

Hotel de Russie, Rome
– 15th to 19th June 2010
– 19th to 24th September 2010
– 8th to 10th October 2010
– 28th October to 5th November 2010

Hotel Savoy, Florence
– 15th to 18th June 2010

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Sicily
– Month of August

If you would like to take advantage of this exclusive offer, please feel free to contact me before the expiration date of June 15, 2010.  I will be pleased to price out your hotel stay.

Arthur D. Wright
Travel Consultant
Rich Worldwide Travel
A Division of  Protravel International
Harrison, New York 10528


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Cruise West’s Alaska Experience

Within more than half a million square miles lies a world so vast, so rich, that even with repeated visits you will never grasp its scope.  Alaska.  Known as the Great Land, it is a place of extremes.  Majestic mountains.  Thundering glaciers.  Picturesque ports.  Ancient cultures.  Towering rainforests.  Sweeping tundra.

Cruise West’s small ships share Alaska’s secrets with you.  Four unique voyages in the coastal waterways of Southeast Alaska offer unique insights and rare experiences. Your journey will take you away from crowds to the grandness of the special places around you, the hidden fjords, the secret coves, the Native villages and the enchanting ports.

Your choices of itinerary are as wide as the Alaskan sky and Cruise West’s small ships take you to more of Alaska than any other cruise line.  From 4-day to 11-day cruises, there’s an itinerary that’s just right for your dreams.

Two exciting routes explore Alaska’s Inside Passage with routes from Seattle to Juneau, and round trip Juneau, all exploring the charming ports and scenic waterways of the legendary Inside Passage.  Lush evergreen forests, snow capped mountains, calving glaciers, breaching whales and gatherings of bald eagles invite you to one of the last great wild places on earth.

With more permits than any other cruise line, our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve cruises offer you an unending panorama of wildlife, fjords and the wilderness heart of Alaska, allowing you to discover the real Alaska, accompanied by an onboard National Park Service Ranger and a Native Cultural Interpreter.

Beautiful Prince William Sound is the home of mammoth glaciers, colonies of seabirds, a myriad of wildlife like humpbacks, orcas, grays, otters, seals and sea lions.  This spectacular region of meandering shorelines studded with hidden islands and enfolded fjords is a hidden treasure where few roads reach and even fewer cruise lines go.  Here is a pristine landscape the world has come to treasure.

Alaska’s glorious coastlines stretch for more than 6,000 miles.  Yet these enchanted waterways only reveal part of its beauty because Alaska’s interior is also filled with surprises.  To complete your Alaska voyage, come to the heartland.  Discover mountain ranges, vast landscapes that are home to moose, caribou, grizzlies and wolves.  From the enormous wilderness of Denali National Park to the serene peace of remote, rustic lodges, when you add a land tour to your cruise, you’ll capture even more of the unsurpassed beauty that is Alaska.

Come with Cruise West on the trip of a lifetime to experience the realization of something you’ve dreamed about, planned for and looked forward to.  Seeing Alaska by small-ship will get you closer let you see more and show you personally what Alaska truly means.

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Protravel International Acquires Rich Worldwide Travel

As a travel agent with Rich Worldwide Travel, I am extremely excited about this merger.   As a result of the this merger, we will become a much larger and stronger entity with more bargaining power with the Travel Industry suppliers.  This will enable us to pass along some additional cost savings to our clients.  Additionally we will be receiving special offers that we will pass along to our clients.  These offer may sometimes not be available to the general traveling public.  I will keep your posted with updates as they occur.

New York, NY – June 30th, 2009 – Protravel International Inc. announced today that it had acquired Rich Worldwide Travel.  According to Priscilla Alexander, President of Protravel, “with three of the Rich offices in primary Protravel locations, it is a natural merger of similar customers and business philosophies.”

Rich Worldwide, headquartered in Westchester, NY and founded by Ina and Alan Rich in 1954, has been jointly run for the last few years by their two daughters, Michele and Donna, and their sons-in-law, Nathan Devore and Richard Esman.  The four principals will continue with the merged companies in senior management positions.  With annual sales of $60 million, Rich joins Protravel International, Virtuoso’s Top Producer, reinforcing its position in the premium travel market.

“As a family-run business it was important to find the right agency with which to merge; one that mirrored our business philosophy and direction” said Co-President Richard Esman; “When considering potential partners we looked for several things; an agency with impeccable credentials, a fine reputation for service, a similar business philosophy, smart people and a company committed to growth in the long term.  We believe Protravel is all of that, and more.”

Founded in 1984 by Priscilla Alexander, and with over 650 people in 20 locations, Protravel is one of the leading agencies in the U.S., focusing on premium leisure business and corporate accounts in the $1 – $10 million range.  Protravel has successfully established itself as an agency that combines boutique service with state of the art technology and strong cost containment, delivering measurable value.  With a similar client base and shared business philosophies, this merger makes perfect sense and by joining forces they are no longer competing in the same space.

Never one to look backwards, Alexander said that future considerations were paramount in everyone’s thinking.  “This merger affords us the ability to position ourselves for growth in a very competitive industry, allowing us to leverage expanded sales on behalf of our clients, while finding economies of scale that will permit us to invest in people and technology for continued success.”


February’s Travel ASAP Newsletter brought to you by Virtuoso and its Partners.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day, and reflected upon this past President;s Day Holiday.

I recently discovered a wonderful web site and I thought that you might spend some time reviewing it. Afterward venture on your own to explore more about the history of the United States: presidents of the United States and our neighbor to the North, Canada.

We’re on the verge of another change of seasons is upon us, some people may be unhappy with the passing of Winter yet speaking for myself I am thrilled Spring is actually right around the corner.

I am honored to work as a Travel Agent with Virtuoso and I am pleased to suggest a partial glimpse of the many adventures and costs savings information onto you to review.

As you will see in these selected programs the product ranges goes from Skiing in Aspen Colorado slopes to the Beaches of Florida and to the Cruises of Alaska, from Golf to NASCAR.

This will be part of a series:  Europe, South America and Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean will also posted this week.

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Virtuoso and Princess Cruise Lines Offer Joint Promotional Sales

As a proud members of Virtuoso, Rich Worldwide Travel and I are pleased to offer the following promotion to you. Who and what is Virtuoso?

Virtuoso is an exclusive network of more than 6,000 elite travel specialists in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. A privately owned corporation, Virtuoso provides marketing, sales, technology support, and exclusive services and products to leading independent luxury travel agencies and the world’s best travel providers and destinations. Only approximately 1% of the Travel Agencies within the United States are members of this esteemed organization.

Value: Through its immense combined buying power, Virtuoso is able to negotiate added-value offers exclusively available to Virtuoso clients. From room upgrades and complimentary meals to private tours and limousine transfers, these perks are available for no additional cost and often turn a good vacation into a great one. For clients enjoying cruises, Virtuoso Voyager Club offers escorted pre- and post-cruise trips, shore excursions, land packages and special social events on more than 450 departures per year with luxury cruise lines

This particular sales promotion is for new bookings only and must be reserved and deposited between January 28, 2009 and February 28, 2009.

This offer is for selected Princess Cruise Sailing only and the travel dates are between May 16, 2009 and September 25, 2009.

Reserve your cruise from the selected Virtuoso sailings to qualify for a reduced deposit of only $100 per person! In addition you will receive the following amenities: Shipboard credit (Max $100 per stateroom),  Bottle of Wine (one per stateroom), Photo (one per stateroom).  Some amenities may vary by ship and sailing date.

Take advantage of the any one of the following Cruise and Departure Destinations. Naturally these promotions are based upon availability, capacity controlled, as well other restrictions. If you are interested in any of the Princess Cruise offers within this post, please feel free to contact me, to seek out and plan the best way to plan your Cruise Vacation.


12-Day Grand Mediterranean
Ruby Princess
Venice to Barcelona
Departures May 16;  Jul 15;  Sep 1, 25, 2009
Fares from $2,187 per person based upon double occupancy

10-Day Scandinavia & Russia with Oslo
Emerald Princess
Copenhagen Round trip
Departures May 26;  Jun 5;  Jul 15;  Aug 24, 2009
Fares from $1,940 per person based upon double occupancy

18-Day Top of the World Explorer
Tahitian Princess
London to New York City
Departures Jul 7, 2009
Fares from $5,070 per person based upon double occupancy

12-Day Crimean & Aegean Coasts
Royal Princess
Athens to Venice
Departures Jul 31; Sep 17, 2009
Fares from $2,187 per person based upon double occupancy

18-Day Iceland, Greenland & Norway Transatlantic
Crown Princess
London to New York
Departures Sep 5, 2009
Fares from $2,880 per person based upon double occupancy


11-Day Alaska Direct to the Wilderness Cruisetour  begin your 4-day land tour
Coral Princess
Departures May 21, 2009
Fares from $2,187 per person based upon double occupancy

7-Day Alaska Inside Passage
Golden Princess
Departures May 23; Jun 27; Jul 18; Aug 29; Sep 12, 2009
Fares from $1,149 per person based upon double occupancy

10-Day Alaska Inside Passage
Sea Princess
Departures May 24; Jun 13; Jul 3; Aug 22; Aug 1, 2009
Fares from $1,874 per person based upon double occupancy

7-Day Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers
Coral Princess
Departures May 25; Jun 8; Jul 6; Aug 31; Sep 14, 2009
Fares from $999 per person based upon double occupancy

14-Day Alaska Connoisseur Voyage
Pacific Princess
Departures May 28; Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 3, 2009
Fares from $2,499 per person based upon double occupancy




Holland America Special Offer with Virtuoso


Click to view this special limited time offer

Book a Holland America Line cruise from  11/19-11/21 with a REDUCED DEPOSIT FROM $100 per person up to $300 per person deposit AND you will receive our Onboard Value Booklet (Valued at $340).

Cruise Length

Special Reduced Deposit

7 days or less

$100 per person

8-14 days & ALL CruiseTours

$200 per person

15 days or longer

$300 per person

Terms and Conditions:

NOT combinable with Flash Specials, Friends & Family or any non-refundable promotions.  Not applicable to Single Partners Program.  Onboard Value Booklet amenity will be applied to passengers 1 & 2 and is applicable for all categories.  Reduced deposit is applicable to all guests and categories.  Offer is not valid to Incentive Groups.  Valid for NEW bookings only, NO exceptions!  Grand Voyages are excluded.  Onboard Value Booklet will be distributed onboard the ship to guests.  This Cruise Sale is valid only for applicable bookings made specifically during the actual 3-Day Sale period approved for Virtuoso agencies.

For information or booking:

Please contact Arthur Wright at Rich Worldwide Travel

(914) 835 – 7600  Ext. 226


Through excellence we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.



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