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ItaliaRail Launches Real-Time Rail Booking Solution for Travel Advisors

WHY IT RATES: In addition to the chance to win a free Eurail Italy Pass, travel advisors can earn 3 percent commission on all rail purchases and a 10 percent commission on RailAid.—Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior WriterItaliaRail, the largest seller of Italian train tickets outside of Italy, has just announced the launch of its online retail travel booking platform for travel agents. MORE Car Rental & Rail This new, real-time rail booking solution with Impact Radius will allow retail agents to book, track and earn a commission on all rail ticket sales.Each agent will have their own dedicated tracking link and be provided with promotional assets that they can include on their web page. Agents’ clients can also book directly through this link and agents will start receiving commission instantly. Agents earn a 3 percent commission on all rail purchases and a 10 percent commission on RailAid.To encourage agents to start using the ItaliaRail booking solution, ItaliaRail is offering the chance to win a free Eurail Italy Pass. Agents who sign up and make their first rail booking by March 15 will be entered to win.Nigel Osborne, Vice President of Enterprise Sales said: "The ItaliaRail differentiation is that the new platform will allow travel advisors or their clients to book rail 24/7, with automated tracking for monthly commission payments, plus ItaliaRail has 24/7 English-speaking customer service."Sign up is simple. Visit ItaliaRail.com, then at the bottom, click on the partner to sign up and start earning. SOURCE: ItaliaRail press release. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Brightline Reports Substantial Ridership Growth to Begin 2020

WHY IT RATES: The growing company's Travel Agent Program provides 20 percent commission to registered travel agents.—Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior WriterBrightline has released ridership numbers for the month of January 2020, showing an increase of 56 percent compared to January 2019, and the third straight month of ridership growth compared to the same month the previous year. Since November 2019, Brightline has exceeded the monthly 100,000 ridership milestone and January 2020 marked an all-time high. Brightline kicked off 2020 with record ridership and connected the South Florida megaregion with 30,000-plus passenger trips over Super Bowl Week alone.To put this in perspective, it is equivalent to removing nearly 14,000 one-way car trips from our city’s streets and highways. This is a reduction in trips reduced over 600,000 vehicle traffic miles which otherwise would have consumed nearly 25,000 gallons of gas and emitted almost 500,000 pounds of CO2 into our air.“Since Brightline opened its station in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, our destination has enjoyed unparalleled accessibility—opening up more options for leisure and business travelers as well as residents throughout South Florida,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. “Recently, with Super Bowl LIV in our backyard, we also saw an influx of visitors from across the region who came to experience our Super Bowl Host Committee activities. We look forward to continuing the momentum during the MLB Spring Training season and the increasing number of conventions and meetings being held in The Palm Beaches throughout the year. The addition of Brightline’s forthcoming Boca Raton station also will reaffirm our southern gateway city’s status as a major corporate center, meetings and leisure destination.”The weekend of February 14, Brightline connected the marine industry and boating aficionados alike to the Miami Yacht Show and Miami Boat Show, many traveling from points north of South Florida—parking in West Palm Beach to take the train.Brightline’s Train-to-Port Package continues to gain popularity among guests and recently had a cruising couple book their third package in less than a year. The train’s Travel Agent Program provides a generous 20 percent commission to registered travel agents when booking reservations on Brightline. SOURCE: Brightline press release. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Amtrak Vacations Announces Upgrade and Save Sale

From February 26 to March 6, 2020, travelers will have the opportunity to take advantage of Amtrak Vacations’ Upgrade and Save Sale.During this time period, couples will save when upgrading to a Bedroom or Roomette accommodation. Guests who upgrade to a private Bedroom will save $300, while guests who upgrade to a private Roomette will save $200. Trending Now Travelers who book an Amtrak trip using the Upgrade and Save Sale can either choose any train vacation or allow Amtrak Vacations to build a custom itinerary. Some Amtrak Vacations’ most popular vacations include Rails to the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park Express and Grand Rail Experience. To see more itineraries and vacations, visit the Amtrak Vacations website.Amenities aboard an Amtrak private bedroom include two adult berths, an in-room sink and vanity as well as an enclosed toilet and shower. Private roomettes include an upper and lower berth and a restroom and shower located in the car.In addition to private sleeping accommodations, passengers who upgrade will enjoy all meals onboard the train, priority boarding, fresh linens and towels, and access to the train station private lounge where available. Let's block ads! (Why?)

World's Largest Car Rental Network Opens for Business in Oman

WHY IT RATES: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. continues to expand globally and introduced its three brands to Oman. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate The world’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., has extended its operations into Oman through a partnership with Oman-based Ayn Zain Global, part of Private Project Developments (PPD). This deal will bring Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands to the country. The partnership also involves Al Jomaih Auto Rental (Ajar), which is the master franchise holder for several countries in the region. PPD was founded in 1992 by Mr. Amer Hamed Al Suleimani and has grown into a business which spans a variety of industry sectors. PPD has expanded into the leisure and tourism sector and the provision of vehicle rental compliments that development.The business will operate at Muscat, Salalah and Duqm airports.This further extends Enterprise Holdings footprint in the region, adding to the operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan.Travelers using Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car services in Oman will qualify for a number of global customer programs. These include membership of Enterprise Plus and the Emerald Club from National Car Rental, both of which offer rewards-based on the level of usage.Michail Mavrovitis, Enterprise franchising operations assistant vice president said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of operations in Oman through this partnership with Ayn Zain Global, a well-respected and important business in the country.“Oman is a fast-developing market for both business and leisure travelers from many parts of the world who want to be able to rent a vehicle from a large, innovative, global organization with a reputation for excellent service and customer care.“We want to be where our customers need us, and to deliver a consistent experience wherever they travel. Our aim is to enable people to access mobility where they live, where they work and wherever they travel across the world.”Ammar Al Suleimani executive director of Ayn Zain Global LLC said: “Ayn Zain Global LLC is proud to partner with Ajar and Enterprise Holdings in representing the three largest global car rental service brands.“Our highly experienced and customer service-oriented management team, which is complemented by a readily prepped, high quality, contemporary and reliable fleet of vehicles, is focused on ensuring that all of our clients experience complete satisfaction, each and every time they visit our rental offices.“We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and reward their loyalty with the highest standards of personal service which include hassle-free travel solutions, tailored specifically to each of our clients unique set of requirements.“At Ayn Zain Global we are committed to putting our customers’ needs first and as a result they will all enjoy a safe and rewarding motoring experience in Oman.”Sheikh Ibrahim M. Aljomaih, chief executive officer and chairman vice president of AJAR said: “We have adopted an ambitious plan and successfully established Enterprise Holdings franchises in the rapidly growing Gulf and Middle East markets, heavily investing in building the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands as the premier customer driven rental car option for business travelers, tourists and residents throughout the region.“We are delighted to partner with the Ayn Zayn Company, adding Oman to the already impressive roster of countries served by Enterprise Holdings. Our Omani partners will benefit everyone, and we welcome them to the team.” For more information, visit https://www.enterpriseholdings.com/en/index.html.SOURCE: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. press release. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Advising Clients on the True Costs of Ride Hailing Vs. Renting a Car

Upon arrival at the airport, your clients may choose to grab a transfer to their hotel by ride hailing. All they are thinking about is getting to their destination to finally get their long-awaited vacation started.There are other options available, though, and as a travel agent, you can advise your clients on other means of transportation—such as renting a car with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During the planning process, transportation might not be the first topic that comes to mind. Your clients are usually more interested in choosing their hotels and deciding which excursions they will do during the trip.However, it’s important to talk about all aspects of the vacation while planning, and this includes getting transfers in place.Although grabbing a quick ride at the start of the trip versus taking the time to acquire a rental car may seem like a convenient and less expensive option, there are many benefits for your clients who choose to go the route of renting a car.For example, they may not think about it right away, but in addition to the trip from the airport to the hotel, how many other rides will they be needing throughout the vacation? Probably more than one, and the price for ride after ride can easily add up.Also, families with more than three or four people may need to opt for a larger vehicle which can also end up driving the price up quite a bit. This is on top of tipping the driver at the end of each ride. PHOTO: Family renting an Enterprise car for vacation. (photo via Enterprise Holdings) In addition to price, rides are not always available when your clients need them. Having a car parked nearby provides them the freedom to come and go as they please throughout the duration of their trip.So even though ride hailing might be quicker for the airport transfer, renting a car can save your clients time in the long run. And with a variety of vehicles available, everyone is able to find the perfect fit.Spare your clients the frustration and help them get a car rental set up for their next vacation itinerary, and don’t forget to log your bookings so you can enjoy all the benefits the Cash-In Club has to offer. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Earns Top Honors at 2020 Travvy Awards

The 2020 edition of the Travvy Awards was a huge success and one of the night’s biggest winners was Enterprise Holdings and its brands.The car rental giant dominated this year’s award ceremony by walking away with four gold statuettes and one silver, once again cementing Enterprise’s place as one of the biggest names in the travel industry. Trending Now At this year’s award ceremony in New York City’s Gotham Hall, Enterprise walked out with the top prize in the Luxury/Exotic Fleet car rental, Domestic, Best Car Rental Website and Overall categories.The company also earned silver in the International car rental category, finishing the night as the biggest winner in the car rental categories.“The hard work of our employees and their commitment to developing strong relationships with our travel partners is the No. 1 reason Enterprise Holdings’ brands are acknowledged and highlighted for success,” Enterprise Holdings Senior Vice President Don Moore said. “We strive for excellence, and always aim to deliver the best service, value and technology to our customers, so it is an honor to have our travel partners recognize those efforts.”Enterprise followed up its Travvy success last year by repeating its victories in each category.The award ceremony has become an important part of the industry thanks in part to the winners being selected by travel advisors and agents. In total, over 290 Travvy statuettes were handed out to the winning destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, tour operators and car rental companies that delivered the highest quality experiences.Check out the full list of 2020 Travvy Awards winners. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Amtrak Offers Valentine’s Day Buy One, Get One Free Sale

To show the power of love, Amtrak announced Thursday it would offer a Valentine’s Day Buy One, Get One Free Sale.The rail company’s Valentine’s Day deal, which runs through February 17, gives travelers the chance to purchase one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, with no blackout dates To receive the discounted tickets, passengers must use the code V214 at checkout or through Amtrak’s official website. Amtrak officials said the free ticket would make for an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one in the traveler’s life.Forget chocolates and flowers, give the gift of travel, as two passengers can travel together for as low as $29.The discount is valid for travel across Amtrak’s national network including most long-distance routes. The deal is also eligible on Acela, Adirondack, Carolinian/Piedmont, Cascades, Downeaster, Downstate Illinois Services, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Heartland Flyer, Maple Leaf, Michigan Services, Missouri River Runner, Northeast Regional, San Joaquins, Valley Flyer, Vermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service.In addition to low prices and a wide variety of route choices, Amtrak also offers one of the most generous luggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags.The rail company also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times, the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, ample legroom and no middle seat. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Uber Approved to Restart Autonomous Vehicle Testing in California

Uber received approval from California officials to restart testing the company’s self-driving vehicles.According to BBC.com, Uber Technologies Inc. was issued a permit by the California Department of Motor Vehicles that will once again allow the company to conduct tests on its autonomous fleet of cars, as long as they have a backup driver. The decision comes nearly two years after one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, putting the project on hold until further research could be done to avoid similar accidents.Uber Advanced Technologies, the company’s self-driving unit, said it “does not have immediate plans to engage in autonomous driving in the state,” and officials would notify regulatory stakeholders when the plans were developed and released.The death in Arizona caused by the autonomous vehicle has forced Uber to take a more conservative approach to self-driving vehicles, but California officials felt the company did enough to prove it deserved another chance.In December, Uber revealed a safety report that indicated the company received 3,045 reports of sexual assault during rides in the United States in 2018.The cases included 235 reported incidents of rape, an increase from 229 the previous year, while instances of attempted rape decreased from 307 reports in 2017 to 280 in 2018. Let's block ads! (Why?)

5 Canadian Cities to Explore

Enterprise Rent-A-Car boasts more than 7,600 locations worldwide, giving travelers plenty of options when crossing borders. Canada is one such example of the award-winning car rental company's global presence.Whether you've got your sights set on a road trip, a weekend getaway or a dash across town, Enterprise has you covered from coast to coast. Here are five Canadian cities you can see more of in 2020 with the help of a reliable rental car. Halifax, Nova ScotiaFrom the airport to the train station, Halifax is home to plenty of easy-to-find Enterprise locations, so exploring this exceptional port city has never been simpler. While you won't require a set of wheels to navigate the scenic Halifax Waterfront, a rental car will free you up to see more in less time and even allows you to venture out to nearby hotspots like Prince Edward Island.Montreal, QuebecEnterprise offers more than two dozen convenient locations throughout Montreal and securing a car rental from one ensures that you'll see more of this beautiful city without blowing your budget or precious time on ride-hailing services. Zip from the Montreal Botanical Garden to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in no time or head out of town to see more of Quebec.Calgary, AlbertaWhether you're flying into Calgary International Airport or renting from one of Enterprise's 15-plus neighborhood locations, exploring "Cowtown" is a breeze. This cosmopolitan city in Alberta features a handful of can't-miss sites like the Peace Bridge, The Bow skyscraper and the Calgary Tower as well as numerous parks and museums. With access to your own ride, you'll be able to explore farther outside of town were more attractions like Calaway Park and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame await. PHOTO: Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta. (photo via jewhyte/iStock/Getty Images Plus) Toronto, OntarioWith more than 35 Enterprise locations, there's no excuse to be without a ride in Toronto. Located just miles from the U.S.-Canada border, Ontario's capital features tons to see and do, including the iconic CN Tower and St. Lawrence Market in addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame and the scenic Toronto Waterfront along Lake Ontario.Vancouver, British ColumbiaEnterprise also has you covered out West in Vancouver where it offers a slew of locations, including North Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby, among others. Having access to a rental car will free you up to explore more of this coveted region, from the sites and sounds of downtown to the relaxing parks and beaches farther out along the Strait of Georgia. Contact your travel agent or visit Enterprise.com for more information. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Nonstop Amsterdam-London Train Due to Start Service

A nonstop train from Amsterdam to London is due to start service at the end of April, according to the Dutch rail company NS. One-way tickets start at 40 euros ($44).A train from London to Amsterdam already exists, but passengers looking to travel in the other direction must change trains and go through passport formalities in Brussels. This new route allows passengers to go through passport checks in Amsterdam before boarding the train. NS president-director Roger van Boxtel believes that the new service will new service will improve transport ties between the Netherlands and Britain despite the U.K.'s departure from the European Union.“Brexit or not, from April 30 London is getting closer,” he said in a statement.Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Water Cora van Nieuwenhuizen says that the train will be a viable alternative to traveling by airplane. “The direct connection makes the train journey to London easier and in particular quicker,” she said.The train will take approximately four hours to travel from Amsterdam Central Station to St. Pancras in London. A direct service from the port city of Rotterdam to London will begin May 18. Let's block ads! (Why?)