2020 New York Times Travel Show - MSC Cruises

Join us at The New York Times Travel Show January 24 - 26, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, NYC. This will be our 4th year at the show thanks to our partnership with the Silver Sponsor MSC Cruises.

We continue to be the best travel agency to book MSC Cruises and this is your chance to get the best pricing, and the extended offers provided exclusively at the New York Times Trade Show. Stop by and talk with one of our experts to see what’s new and take advantage of the opportunity.

MSC Cruises
New York Times Travel Show 2020

New York Times Travel Show 2020

SHOW DATES

Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26, 2020

TIME
Saturday Exhibition & Seminars: 10am - 6pm
Sunday Exhibition & Seminars: 11am - 5pm

COST
Consumer Days:
One Day - $20
Two Days - $25
Children 18 & under - FREE

GET READY TO DISCOVER THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE

GUEST EXPERIENCE:

The ship remains docked the entire time, allowing guests to access stateroom and ship facilities as they need or desire

Guests can relax on Ocean Cay's miles of pristine white sand, spread over distinct beach areas

Shop, eat, drink and relax in the island’s authentic Bahamian-style village

Enjoy the evening’s entertainment at the signature lighthouse, as well as a Hemingway-style bar and terrace

Explore, discover and enjoy nature's beauty thanks to Ocean Cay excursions

Guests can choose from a range of relaxing body and facial treatments at The Spa Ocean Cay

Enjoy a wide range of entertainment activities for all – water sports, dance lessons as well as dedicated edutainment programs

KEY POINTS:

✓ 64 square miles of Marine Reserve

✓ 400 coral relocation’s

✓ 95 acres of land

✓ 3 surrounding cays

✓ 75,000 shrubs and plants native to the region

✓ 80+ types of indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs

Designed with sustainability and ecological renewal as guiding principles, Ocean Cay is an eco-friendly island unlike any other

✓ 8 distinct beach areas with beach chairs, snorkel equipment and private cabanas for rent

✓ Select food and drink options including the Seakers Food Court (complimentary), eight beach bars, two signature bars, several food carts, as well as an ice cream parlor and coffee bar

About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and the number one cruise line in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Gulf. A game-changer in the world of cruises, the Company has achieved 800% growth in its first ten years, building a global reputation in the industry and one of the youngest cruise fleets at sea. MSC Cruises is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

The MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 16 ultra-modern, highly innovative and elegantly designed ships, offering an unparalleled holiday experience with always delicious and authentic food, award-winning entertainment, plenty of relaxation, comfortable accommodation, as well as impeccable service and expertise.

Under its ambitious industry-unprecedented €13.6 billion (≈15.6 billion USD) investment plan, the fleet is set to expand to 29 cruise ships by 2027. To date, MSC Cruises has designed six new large ship classes, all prototypes that push the boundaries of marine architecture and design, and an ultra-luxury class with ground-breaking options for guest comfort.

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Photo: First in Service Travel/Facebook

Biz Travel Agency Finds Big Success In Leisure

by Richard D'Ambrosio / October 25, 2016

 

New York-based First in Service Travel (F1S) knows that for its corporate customers, all work and no play isn't good for anyone. That's why the travel management company this month is adding a cruise desk to its growing multimillion dollar leisure travel business, broadening its mix of services to meet the needs of a successful corporate trade.

For 25 years, First in Service has been managing business travel for a high-profile international clientele in finance, luxury goods, entertainment, media and technology. About four years ago, the company realized that although it was regularly booking vacations for its clients, it didn't really have the expertise or dedicated staff to target leisure sales to that base.

'Our luxury leisure division was an organic extension of our corporate and entertainment offerings,' said F1S CEO and co-founder Fernando Gonzalez. 'We work with so many high-profile executives, entertainers and models, who didn't realize we could handle all of their travel needs-regardless of whether it was a world tour or a private island getaway. Once we made the division official, it took off.'

Today, the leisure division has 15 dedicated full-time agents. It has grown from $5 million, or 5% of total annual gross sales, to about $25 million in gross annual sales, or 20% of the agency's total, and is 'steadily growing' today, Gonzalez said.

Focusing on cruise
The more F1S sold vacations to its clientele, the more it became apparent to Gonzalez that his company needed to specialize in cruises. 'It's the fastest-growing segment in the leisure industry, and our clients are telling us they want to cruise,' he said.

So now F1S Cruises is working with 31 ocean and river cruise lines. F1S Cruises is being run by industry veteran and former Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines sales manager Stephen Scott. Scott will help market the cruise desk to clients and train 90 to 100 independent contractors on how to sell cruises.

'We're here to guide [our agents] through what can seem like an overwhelming amount of options for all lifestyles,' Gonzalez said.

F1S already was one of the top three cruise producers in the New York region before launching the division, Gonzalez said. He hopes to 'move the needle to the top with Stephen on board.'

'Stephen was an award-winning sales executive at one of the leading cruise lines in the world. His knowledge and contacts are outstanding,' Gonzalez said. 'He's convinced us all that our next trip will be a cruise.'

More growth opportunities
Gonzalez sees F1S growing its business in a number of other areas as well.

'We will continue to further specialize and really shine in areas like travel to South America. In our opinion, that's an underdeveloped market that will be rising fast with more and more luxury hotels launching, strong value for the U.S. dollar, and lack of terrorism fears,' he said.

'Many of our specialists are Latin American and fluent Spanish and Portuguese speakers. Furthermore, our team is growing; we're opening more international offices. It has all snowballed into a very exciting future in an industry that is poised for tremendous change.'

Gonzalez founded F1S with his sister Erika Reategui in 1991. The company, a branch of Tzell Travel Group and a Virtuoso member, has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Madrid, London and Bogota. It has dedicated corporate, luxury leisure, cruise, entertainment and events divisions.

F1S is advertising its new cruise division with a fall campaign in magazine, an upscale women's monthly distributed in New York and Los Angeles. The campaign also included event sponsorship during New York Fashion Week with Paris Hilton and the celebrity launch of the magazine in Los Angeles.

--- Original Artcle Link: http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Biz-Travel-Agency-Finds-Big-Success-In-Leisure

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