The plans of Paco López, El Cholo and the call to Valera2019 your team finished it at its best. With +12 on the descent, tranquility. Something grounded at home (5 wins, two losses; outside is something else, six losses) and in the boot of Roger, with 61% effectiveness in the auction. His doublets against Valencia and Celta are gasoline of good feelings. Sergio León, tonsillitis, and Miramón, knee, are low. The high is Coke, always pundonor. The eleven, gala. With Morales always there, the ball stopped by Bardhi and Roger. Back Aitor, goalkeeper who else stops, in a duel with Oblak. With their farewell, the rojiblancos will begin this 2020 in which the purposes remain the same. Aspire for everything, look straight ahead at Madrid and Barça, although the first one is five points away in LaLiga and the second one is seven, in this month of the Spanish Super Cup and Copa del Rey. The effort in this team is still not negotiated, whether in transition or not. It’s cholista law. A Cholo who has been writing the same wish for months. A 9. These days are key. The exit of a Lemar, which is not due to muscle injury, may be the key. Vitolo returns to the list. Savic and Koke not yet. Atleti closes the first round with party around the countryside, with Three Wise Men, chocolate and roscón and six goals in the last three games. A feast after so much hunger. 20 has been in the league. And he does it before the Levante de Paco López, who has not won. And that is one of his wishes in the letter to 2020. Only he was left. Filipe Luis. The last to leave Atlético of the first Cholo men, those who formed their eleven at La Rosaleda, on January 7 eight years ago. Those who gave so much, foundations of how much came later. Tiago, Gabi, Miranda, Godín, Juanfran … The last two left last summer, like Filipe, who turned off the light on that photo. Today, like the others, You will receive a tribute for both. Similar to Juanfran before Atleti-Osasuna. Only he was missing. The novelty in the Atleti is Correa, maximum assistant, will very deservedly occupy the site of Lemar. The rest, what he has: Herrera and Thomas on the pivot, Saul on the left and João on top. The bands for Trippier and Lodi, two wasps, in a tribute to whom he ran so much left and today will look from the box. Obrigado, Philip. Forever one of noi.
Go back to the enewsletterUS- and Singapore-based B2B travel company ID Travel Group has expanded its core program of upmarket hotels branded under the ID & IDx brands, which include packaged itineraries dubbed “ID Ultimate Itineraries”.In operation for 35 years, the business features a portfolio of luxury hotels in “sand and sun” locales around the world, including the Caribbean, Mexico, the Maldives, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Asia.Laurie Palumbo with Anthony Goldman, Goldman Travel CorporationWhile she was in Sydney last week to launch the 2019 Traveler’s Collection Brochure, COO of ID Travel Group, Laurie Palumbo, said this market continues to grow each year.The company has been operating in Australia for seven years, and last week was ID Travel Group’s fifth consecutive show Down Under, offering luxury travel advisors the chance to meet with a dozen representatives from some of the nearly 400 properties promoted within the Island Destinations and IDx portfolios.Palumbo said the IDx brand alone consists of over 200 properties, the vast majority of which are in the Caribbean and Mexico. Each property is showcased on a full page within the annual IDx Collection brochure (view the brochure here). Each hotel and resort has been personally inspected by the team to ensure they meet ID Travel Group’s expectations.“We are very discerning of who we invite into the brochure, because they have to maintain a certain level of luxury. And beyond luxury, they must have service and understand what an advisor does, and what we do, and how we all work together,” Palumbo said.“There are a lot of all-inclusive hotels in these destinations that all claim to be five-star, but in reality, some are as low as two-star. How could one ‘five-star’ hotel cost $700 a night, and one be $200? When you get there, you find they are serving watered-down alcohol and inedible food. So we curated a collection of hotels under the IDx brand that are truly qualified four- and five-star, to make it easier for advisors to know what to sell,” Palumbo explained to LATTE at the show.Effectively, ID Travel Group is a sales and marketing representative for its hotel partners.“We act as another form of distribution for members. My team of specialists are well travelled and educated on all the products. They know specifically what to recommend to travel advisors who may be undecided for their clients. What are they looking for, do they like the beach, is it a suite that they are after, what kind of a view are they after? We’ll tailor it exactly to their needs.”“A travel advisor has to sell the world, so you should call a company that’s an expert on what you need, and they’ll make you look like a rockstar. And that’s our business model. We know our product inside and out, and if you haven’t been recently, we’ll tell you what the differences are between each hotel and then you can make the decision for your client on what’s best.” Laurie Palambo, COO, ID Travel GroupAdvisors booking with IDx have access to a range of exclusive deals and specials, including a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking, air credits, food & beverage credits, special touches and more.“We have dozens of exclusives. That is something that we are very focused on and negotiating with our partners.”Laurie Palumbo with Suzanne Duzenman, Global International Travel ServiceIDx also has a range of incentives and promotions for travel advisors, such as “SPF24/7” which provides clients with a full refund should they need to cancel a firm reservation, with advisor commission protected.While the volume of bookings from Australia for IDx is a “small percentage”, Palumbo said it is “growing very nicely, and it’s giving us strength in Asia and the Maldives”.“Los Cabos in Mexico is one destination that is booming for sales from Australia,” she said. “There are another three luxury hotels opening in Cabo in the next two years: Four Seasons, Aman and Ritz Carlton. Hawaii numbers are good, and there’s some interest from this market in the Caribbean.”The ID Ultimate Itineraries have been developed for product in Southeast Asia and Cuba, providing a combination of accommodation and touring. Palumbo said it was ID Travel Group’s vision to grow this range of holiday options.The 2019 roadshow visited the staple of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with healthy participation at each show. Expansion to other cities is under consideration for future years.Laurie Palumbo with Yvonne Verstanding, Executive EdgeQuizzed by LATTE about whether the company is exploring options outside of island-specific locations, Palumbo said “we’re always looking to expand”.“What makes us special is that there are only a couple of hotels in some destinations. We don’t have 4,000 hotels, so our partners stand out in our brochure. I’d like to take new destinations where we could be of value to an advisor, so that’s what we’re always looking for. Where can we add value: where do advisors need help, [where] they haven’t been selling? So that’s what we are looking into.”Another area of potential interest for ID Travel Group is in the wellness segment.The roadshow also saw the company acknowledge top sellers, with awards handed out in Melbourne to Executive Edge Travel – 2018 Ultimate Agency Award for highest percentage in growth; Goldman Travel Corporation– 2018 Ultimate Agency Award for highest production; and Global International Travel Service, which took out the 2018 Ultimate Rising Star.In Sydney, the 2018 Ultimate Agency Awards went to both MTA Travel and Spencer Group, and the 2018 Ultimate Rising Star was awarded to Mosman Travel.ID Travel Group has preferred agreements with Virtuoso and Signature Travel. In Australia, the company is represented by Lynne Ireland from Inspired Luxury.For more information, see idtravelgroup.com.Lead image: Laurie Palumbo, ID Travel Group; Lynne Ireland, Inspired Luxury; with Joanne Ng and Katie Hawkins, ID Travel Group. Go back to the enewsletter