Tuesday, 28 January 2014

RP Marketing Newsletter

RP Marketing Newsletter
January 2014

 Dear Colleagues
Thank you for your continued support and we hope that 2014 has got off to a good start for you all and that it proves to be a successful year.  

We are very pleased to bring you the latest news from RP Marketing's clients.

We are proud to be handling the Cuba Real Tours account on behalf of WSM Ltd. Also, the market in villa holidays in Asia is expanding all the time and we feature a contemporary complex in Bali. Read all about them below.
Website and Social Media Management
RP Marketing has been pleased to further embrace the internet over the past 12 months with the launch of our new website as well as having an active presence on Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+

The newly formed partnership of Paul and Ben of IntrAktion has been beneficial in our development on the internet and they continue to expand our services on behalf of our clients. They are constantly checking our links and data, making sure that it is active and relevant in this ever-changing world.

We hope that you will engage with us on our sites, enabling us to keep you informed and up to date with the ever-evolving news of the DMCs and resorts that we represent.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
If you would like to speak to me on Skype, my contact is Richard J Parks. Please do contact us to discuss your requirements.

Best regards

Anita of Travel Projects (anita@travelprojects.co.uk)

In This Issue

Cuba Real Tours, Cuba 
Cuba Real is one of the leading foreign tour operators in Cuba, founded in 2000 by European travel professionals. The company, with its mixed Cuban and European team, has been focusing successfully ever since on providing high-quality services to small and medium travel companies specialising in the premium sector.

Cuba Real has offices in Havana, Varadero and Guardalavaca and 2013 saw many changes with many new members of staff in the product, sales and MICE departments, including a new Sales Manager and General Manager Product & Marketing.

Their website includes a range of suggested itineraries for private trips discovering the cultural highlights of Cuba ranging from 7 to 15 days, including the services of a guide and driver, or ideas for self-drive holidays for clients with a sense of adventure. Cruising is particularly popular and Cuba Real offer a weekly cruise round Cuba or an exciting weekly departure on a catamaran around Cayo Largo. Both trips are 7 nights/8 days. Of course your clients may just wish to fly and flop and there is no shortage of wonderful beach resorts with some excellent hotels.

Cuba Real will be at ITB, stand no 136 in Hall 3.1.
For further information contact the CEO, Andre Ginzery on andre.ginzery@cubarealtours.com; www.cubarealtours.com


The Layar, Designer Villas, Bali
One-bedroom villa
 The villa market is a strong one within Europe and now Asia has a range of properties for couples and families. 

Marketing Villas has added The Layar complex to their ever-expanding portfolio of villas. The contemporary-style villas, with a Balinese twist, are located in the heart of Seminyak and each of the 23 villas is located in its own private garden sanctuary. The Layar offers a choice of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas.

For rates and reservations contact Jon Stonham on jon.stonham@marketingvillas.com; www.thelayar.com;www.marketingvillas.com

Past and Present Journeys, Albania 
A few months ago, we told you that Albania was the next hotspot to watch. Now the New York Times has voted the Albanian Coast the 4th out of 52 places worldwide to visit in 2014. So get in touch with our client, Past and Present Journeys, and start work on adding Albania to your programme.

Even better, you can meet with Dritan at ITB at his stand no 112 in Hall 3.2, so please contact him direct, or through us at RP Marketing, to make an appointment. He is already reporting increased interest for his country and bookings are flooding in.
For further information contact the Managing Director, Dritan Xhengo on dritan.xhengo@pastandpresent.al; www.pastandpresent.al

The Elysian, Bali
 The Elysian is under the new management of MJB Hoteliers, so watch out for some new innovations from the partnership of Troy Sinclair and Michael Burchett. www.mjbhoteliers.com 

For marketing information on the hotel and rates, contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Ms Dian Martini on dian.martini@marketingresortsbali.comwww.theelysian.com

Elephant Safari Park Lodge & Bali Adventure Tours
Bathe and Breakfast with the Elephants

Your clients can now enjoy an incredible experience with the elephants as they accompany them on their morning bath. This exclusive interactive experience is a rare opportunity to ride bareback atop the elephants as they romp and play, splash and dunk in their bathing lake, one of their favourite rituals of their day. Guests wash, feed and interact with the elephants in a spectacular and personal setting. Afterwards there is a gourmet breakfast in the Park Restaurant, overlooking the lake, as the elephants dry off in the dazzling morning sunshine, then the elephants take guests on a safari ride though the lush jungle of Taro. Bathe and Breakfast with Elephants can be combined with a White Water Rafting tour or any of their other optional tours.
Inclusions: Transfers, choice of Continental or American breakfast, Bathing the Elephants, safari ride, insurance and all park facilities. Restricted numbers daily and limited to guests staying in the Ubud area.

For further information on the Adventure Centre and the lodge, please contact Arifin Tirta Wijata, the Director of Sales and Marketing on arifin@baliadventuretours.co.id.www.baliadventuretours.com; www.elephantsafariparklodge.com

Kamandalu Resort & Spa, Bali 
Located on the hillside overlooking the lush green valley of the Petanu River, and just 10 minutes from Ubud, this luxurious resort is built to resemble a typical Balinese village. If your clients are looking to get away from the UK winter, the Kamandalu is perfect for a relaxing break in the tranquility of the resort, combined with the nearby attractions of Ubud.

Guests can enjoy a cookery class in the open-air kitchen surrounded by rice paddies, using the fresh ingredients they bought in the market that morning. 

For further information about the resort and spa contact Francisca Widjaja, Director of Sales & Marketing on dosm@kamandaluresort.com. Ade Krishna Wardhani has now moved on to pastures new.

Bali Tours & Travel 
Plans for new travel mart
The Ministry of Tourism is planning to hold a Bali and Beyond Travel Mart in Bali in July 2014 to help Indonesia achieve its targeted 9.2 million foreign tourists in 2014. The travel mart is being placed in Bali because of the island's role as the gateway of Indonesian tourism. Bali serves as the port of entry for many visitors before venturing on to other locales across the archipelago.

New hot water springs on shore of Lake Batur
It is reported that an increasing number of commercial hot-water springs are being established in Kintamani on the shore of volcanic Lake Batur.
The new hot water springs are in response to a growing demand for natural hot water bathing, the panoramic views and the chance to dine on the freshwater fish endemic to the area.
For full details of all programmes and rates for trips to Bali please contact the Managing Director, Mr I B Nada;nada@indo.net.id; www.balitours-travel.com

Bidy Tour, Lombok 
Tiger Airways have started direct flights from Singapore to Lombok, departing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For information on travel to Lombok and neighbouring islands contact the Managing Director, Mr Yan Hamidy onyanhamidy@bidytour-lombok.com; www.bidytour-lombok.com

Trans Niugini Tours, Papua New Guinea

The annual Mount Hagen Cultural Festival takes place in August and TNT has designed a tour around the festival. Visitors go behind the scenes at the festival, visit clan members as they don treasured shells, feathers and textiles and apply clays and paints to their faces.  They can also accept the officials' invitation to enter the sing-sing group, walk amongst the gathered tribes and follow the sounds of Kundu drums, chants and laughter. 

Comprehensive 11- to 13-day itineraries include the festival and Papua New Guinea's iconic places: the fascinating highlands and the mysterious Sepik River lowlands. Traditional villages, legends, Huli Wigmen, Spirit Houses, remote airstrips, boats, rivers, tribal art, knowledgeable guides and Birds of Paradise are all part of the experience.  Accommodation is in Papua New Guinea's top wilderness lodges. Guests of TNT benefit from their decades of in-country experience and close connections with the Mount Hagen Cultural Festival. All accommodation, tours, meals and transfers are included.  The groups are small and space is limited so encourage your clients to book now.

TNT has announced that construction of their newest Lake Murray Lodge is almost complete and they will soon be accepting bookings. Nestled amongst the trees on Boboa Island, the lodge has 12 rooms with twin/double beds and a large verandah overlooking the lake. The main lodge, with a wrap-around verandah and water views on three sides will house a dining room, bar, lounge and reception area. In keeping with their eco-friendly philosophy, the entire lodge operation is solar powered.
For further information and programme details please contact the Sales Manager, Shirley Johnson on service@pngtours.com; www.pngtours.com

Luxury Travel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand
Fam trip  
Luxury Travel Ltd  is pleased to invite travel professionals to join a fam trip in 2014. It is a great opportunity to experience Vietnam, to enrich your knowledge of this intriguing land and friendly people and return as a Vietnam travel specialist.

Premium professionals will not only get a taste of this unique country, but will also experience first hand how Luxury Travel operates.

The 9-day tour is designed for travel sellers and is one of  their bestselling tours starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, departing on the 1st of every month, with an optional extension to Angkor Wat, Siem Riep, Cambodia or a Vietnam beach resort.

For more information about this fam trip contact Luxury Travel's Sales and Marketing Director, Mr  Hung Nguyen, at sales@luxurytravels.asia. The fam trip fee is  refundable on completion of your first package tour booking with Luxury Travel before 31 December 2014. 

There are 29 golf courses in Vietnam and many others set to open, making Vietnam Asia's most exciting new golf tourism destination.

The central coast is growing in stature as one of the hottest tourist spots in Southeast Asia, with a variety of attractions, including golf. While Vietnam hasn't been historically synonymous with great golf, travellers can fly from Hanoi, Saigon or Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur to Danang's new international airport, which has made the region a 'must play' golf experience in Asia.

On Luxury Travel's new 6-day tour, guests will play a few of Vietnam's world-class golf courses, including Montgomerie Links and Danang Golf Club, and stay in the best beachfront resorts in Danang or Hoi An. This tour is also suitable for non-golfer companions.

Luxury Travel will be exhibiting at ITB so please contact them direct or through us at RP Marketing for an appointment. They will be in Hall 26.C, stand no 329.
This is just a taste of what is included in the tours so for full details of these programmes and details of costs for FITs and groups, please contact the CEO, Pham Ha, uk@luxurytravelvietnam.com; www.luxurytravels.asia

World Express Malaysia
Malaysia is lining up a big year of golf action. The Ryder Cup-style EurAsia Cup is being held in Kuala Lumpur from 27-29 March. This is swiftly followed by the Maybank Malaysian Open in April, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October and the CIMB Classic (date TBA).  

World Express will be exhibiting at ITB in Berlin, stand 121 in hall 26.A.

For further information contact the Executive Director, Ms Cherry Lee on cherry.lee@worldexpress.travel; www.worldexpress.travel

Hi Tours India
Hi Tours offer a range of services for FITs, groups, MICE and luxury trains including adventure, ayurveda and spa, yoga and meditation, wildlife safaris, honeymoons, festivals and cruises. They will be at ITB at stand no 231 in hall 5.2B, so please contact them direct, or through us at RP Marketing, to make an appointment.  

To find out about programmes and availability, contact the Managing Director, Mr Prem Syal on psyal@hi-tours.com; www.hi-tours.com

This newsletter is written by Anita Sach of Travel Projects:anita@travelprojects.co.uk; www.travelprojects.co.uk. Travel Projects offer newsletter copywriting services, product development support for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Albania and the writing, editing and proofreading of websites and travel brochures.

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