News Briefs

Vilasa Luxury Travel Offers Guests Unique Temple Visit Experience

Vilasa Luxury Travel, a provider of upscale, customizable tours, is offering to take guests into the “spiritual core” of Indian culture, immersing them in Indian history, religion, and traditions.
Starting this year, guests can participate in a Langar ceremony at a Sikh temple, including a vegetarian meal; meet with the head priest at the 15th-century Ranakpur Jain Temples in Rajasthan; or enjoy a candlelit dinner at one of India’s most famous stepwells, offered through Rawla Narlai resort.
Vilasa offers agents 20% commission.

Travel Masters Acquires Mission Park Travel

Travel Masters has entered into an agreement to acquire Mission Park Travel. Kelowna, British Columbia.
Mission Park Travel has been in business for more than 30 years and increases Travel Masters’ presence in Western Canada.
Travel Masters operates retail agencies and offers home-based travel solutions for new and experienced agents and agency owners. Gina Kotsch, Mission Park Travel owner, will stay on as a manager and experience specialist at the Kelowna location.

Carey Steps Down From Outrigger Hotels

W. David P. Carey III will step down as the head of Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, a position he’s held for more than 30 years, the company announced today.

KSL Resorts co-founder and CEO Scott Dalecio will take over as president. Carey will stay on and serve on Outrigger’s advisory board and focus on development, community relations and strategic growth.

KSL purchased Outrigger and its portfolio of 37 hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties last December. It plans to reinvest upward of $100 million over the next few years to improve its hotels and resorts.

Chicago Hotel Offers $20.16 Home Opener Rate Celebrating World Series Win

As baseball season gears up for the new season, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown by Marriott is honoring last year’s historic World Series win by the Cubs.

“Cubs fans and the city are still whirling in excitement over last year’s World Series win and we want to continue that momentum by offering special home-opener rates,” said Chris Zarek, the hotel’s general manager.

Twenty rooms—typically costing $179-$219 per night—will be set aside at the special $20.16 rate on April 10 and 11, when the Cubs play the 2017 season home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reservations can only be made on February 25 and February 26, the first days of spring training, by phone, at (312) 981-6604.

InteleTravel Expands Team With Spinelli And Minson

At-home travel agency InteleTravel has expanded its executive staff with Dave Spinelli, vice president of industry relations. Spinelli will be in charge of boosting commission levels, marketing and educational support, and bringing more top travel brands into InteleTravel’s preferred partner program. During his first week on the job, he brought in six big-name suppliers, and raised commissions for InteleTravel members by an additional 2%.

Tara Minson has been promoted to the position of vice president of marketing & communications. Most recently Minson spearheaded InteleTravel’s nationwide Dream Maker seminar series (averaging more than 200 agents at 12 cities) and has initiated the video curriculum within the InteleTravel University, preparing agents to sell travel.