AM Resorts Offers New “Night Out Dine Around” Package

Tired of eating fabulous food at Secrets Silversands and need a change in taste? Don’t run to the local taco stand! Instead just run to your concierge and ask about AM Resorts’ new Dine Around program. This new program allows you to eat at other AM Resorts as if you were a guest. All you have to do is tell a concierge where you want to eat, and they’ll arrange everything. From there, just take a taxi to the other resort. Sit down and eat like you’re a guest!

The Night Out Dine Around Package allows you to travel between:

1. Dreams Puerto Vallarta and Dreams Villamagna

2. Secrets Capri, Secrets Maroma Beach, and Secrets Silversands

3. Now Jade and Now Sapphire

Terms & Conditions: The Dine Around program is only good for dinner. This is not a day pass. Guest must make arrangements through the resort concierge by 3pm. Guest may choose to dine at any of the restaurants that are serving dinner. This offer applies only for 4 guests per dining experience. Guests are responsible for cost of transportation to and from the resort.

AMResorts Breaks Ground on Two Puerto Vallarta Properties

Secrets Puerto Vallarta and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta to open summer 2012, infusing $150 million into local economy; most significant tourism industry investment in decade

AMResorts, provider of sales, marketing and brand management services for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas and Now Resorts & Spas, celebrated the placing of the first cornerstone of a new 602-room resort complex in Puerto Vallarta. The USD $150 million project introduces the first Secrets and Now Resorts & Spas properties to the popular destination. Slated to open in summer 2012, the development represents Puerto Vallarta’s first new construction hotels in almost a decade, providing an infusion of jobs and reinvigorating a local economy which depends heavily on tourism.

The adults-only Secrets Puerto Vallarta will feature 271 guest rooms while Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, a new luxury resort, will offer 331 guest accommodations. Both properties will offer AMResorts’ award-winning Unlimited-Luxury® concept, where everything is included. The complex lies on an exclusive stretch of beachfront along Banderas Bay, 5 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta and Malecón boardwalk and 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Joined by Emilio González Márquez, Jalisco governor, and Salvador González Resándiz, Puerto Vallarta’s municipal president, and other key officials, AMResorts President Alex Zozaya shared the following, “AMResorts recognizes the tremendous opportunity we have by developing Puerto Vallarta’s first two new construction hotels in almost ten years. We are excited to continue the success that our Dreams Resorts & Spas brand has had in this destination, while also creating a stimulus to the local economy and offering new options to our discerning clients.”

Secrets Puerto Vallarta

Secrets Puerto Vallarta, which will be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will offer adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in a beautiful beachfront setting. Guests will be welcomed by elegantly-appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room services; multiple gourmet, a la carte restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages; endless day and evening activities, and full-service spa and fitness facilities.

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

With 331 oversized guest rooms and suites with ocean views and private terraces, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta caters to couples, friends and families. The resort offer amenities such as wireless internet access, flat screen TVs with surround sound systems, daily refreshed mini bars, 24-hour room and concierge services, multiple gourmet dining offerings and full-service spa and fitness facilities. The resort will foster a sense of understated luxury and comfort, and has received the Amber gemstone designation as a reflection of the inviting rich sands along Banderas Bay.

Is anyone as addicted as I am to mobile connectivity?

Hi…my name is Steve, and I’m a mobile addict. That’s the first step, right? Admitting you have a problem? Wait…is it really a problem?
In today’s day and age, being connected is easier and more convenient than ever. I honestly can’t leave the house without my iPhone; I’d probably feel less-stressed leaving my wallet or shoes at home. That’s because I just know that if I’m out without it, that will be the time I need to use it most. And I’m suffering with the lowly, one-year-old, nearly-antiquated iPhone 3GS – I can’t imagine my separation anxiety if I had the iPhone 4! (On a related note…I’m waiting until the world-ending iPhone 4 antenna issue is fixed before I upgrade).

Working from the beach...But there’s a method behind my madness. Having such connectivity allows me to stay in touch with my office, my clients, my suppliers, from wherever I am. I don’t need to be strapped to a desk – and more importantly, people don’t need to wait to get a hold of me. It’s near-instant response to problems, questions, concerns, etc. – and isn’t that a good thing?
Yes, I admit…it’s sometimes sad to be pecking away at the 3 inch keyboard during dinner, or at my son’s baseball game, or while horseback riding in the Costa Rican rainforest (tough job I have, I know), but if the ultimate result is a satisfied client, a fixed problem, a saved sale? In the long run it’s worth it…it’s about efficiency. (And to you Blackberry users out there…I dare you to book a client’s reservation from that browser…go iPhone, or go home…)
Today’s world isn’t the flourescent-lit cubicle, the 9 to 5 commute, the suit and tie, the endless conference calls. Today’s world is tweeting from the wifi-enabled Airbus 321 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico, typing up a letter from a beach bed overlooking the Caribbean, taking care of a client’s reservation from the mojito lounge…all of which I’ve done. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are your thoughts?
-S

Berwick Travel Launches Social Media Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Berwick Travel, a leading online travel agency specializing in all-inclusive packages to Mexico and the Caribbean, has announced a new social media program called “Berwick Connections” to enhance direct and timely communication between agency and travelers.

To launch the Berwick Connections campaign, a series of giveaways and incentives will be offered for online users on Berwick Travel’s core social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress blog. The agency will also offer unique content on these social media sites to further consumer awareness for the brands. “Social media gives us an excellent avenue to connect with our loyal clients,” said Steve Umstead, Director of Marketing for Berwick Travel. “These tools allow us to communicate as much as to listen, enable us to push time-sensitive promotions and news to our clients even faster, and engage in a public dialogue in near real-time.”

Berwick Travel has partnered with Karisma Hotels, a leading hotelier with the luxury brands El Dorado Resorts & Azul Hotels in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The launch will include a giveaway incentive of four free nights at Karisma’s flagship family resort, Azul Sensatori, valued at over $1,900, randomly given away to one follower of the social media platforms. The winner will also receive a 14 course wine-pairing dinner at Azul Sensatori’s exclusive Le Chique adults-only restaurant, a $190 value. Clients who join by July 31st can increase their chances by following multiple platforms, as well as uploading reviews, photos or videos of their stays to Berwick Travel’s Facebook page.

“We feel Karisma has one of the best grasps of the social media landscape in the industry, and is very active online with their followers,” says Umstead. “We’re happy to have them help us launch this new program, and support us as we go forward.”

“We value and respect the relationship and loyalty we have with Berwick Travel,” says Mandy Chomat, VP of Sales & Marketing for El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma.  “As one of our top GI Vacation Consultants with amazing knowledge of our unique product, Berwick Travel has been able to sell many unforgettable vacations to our beautiful resorts.  We are very proud of Berwick Travel’s initiative to launch marketing efforts in the social media space. Consumers that follow Berwick Travel will now be able to get exclusive offers, firsthand knowledge of the product and up to the minute information on deals, new hotels and destination information.”

The Berwick Connections launch runs throughout the month of July, and can be seen at www.berwicktravel.com/connections. More information on Berwick Travel can be found at berwicktravel.com, and Karisma information at karismahotels.com.