Reduce flight cancellation costs – and ease traveler anxiety!

altour_la_office

Flight disruptions are bad for business.  They cost your company thousands, or even millions, of dollars in replacement tickets, hotels and taxis.  You incur the extra expense — and get to deal with unhappy travelers! The impact to your company’s bottom-line is even larger when you factor in the cost of cancelled meetings, wasted time, and unproductive employees.
ALTOUR can now change all that.  We are offering a new tool to reduce costs for your company, keep you in control of policy, and allow employees to skip the line and rebook their cancelled flight in less than 30 seconds — on ANY airline, for FREE, with only THREE TAPS on their smartphone — all within your existing policy.

This first-of-its-kind tool is now available to all ALTOUR clients.  As a bonus, it also covers 4+ hour flight delays and missed connections.  Best of all, it is a turnkey solution for you that requires no set-up and is fully integrated with all ALTOUR reporting and Duty of Care tracking.

Contact us now to learn more, see a demo, get pricing — and start saving.

Content Source

Advertisements

Just Got Back – Turks and Caicos

Erica Neher – Leisure Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Turks and Caicos

When were you there?

July 2016

Where did you stay?

Como Parrot Cay

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

Parrot Cay is one of those places you need to experience to truly understand it. The entire island, like a blank canvas is yours to paint your adventures and most special moments.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

The warm sun and fresh sea breeze quickly melted away any stress. The innate beauty of the island left me in awe upon arrival and it led to one of the most memorable vacations I’ve had in recent years.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Parrot Cay is the ideal setting for anyone looking to relax, unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect. Whether it be solo travelers looking for healthful retreat, couples interested in the ultimate private island getaway, or families searching for quality time in the incredible beachfront villas or estates – Parrot Cay has something for everyone.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip.

The Spa – Como Shambhala Retreat offers soothing massages and tree lined views to relax and enjoy a warm cup of ginger tea out on the gardens.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Though Turks and Caicos is a year round destination, the ideal time to visit Parrot Cay would be November through July. The late Spring and Summer months are particularly nice as there are warm temperatures and no humidity.

Anything else to add?

As a solo traveler I was worried I would feel isolated on a private island, however it was incredibly easy to keep busy with activities. Whether it be reading a book on my terrace, spending a day at the beach, paddle boarding or getting spa treatments, there was always something to do.

 

SANCTUARY PC

Just Got Back – Switzerland

Matterhorn

Helen Brixey – Leisure Training Manager

 Where did you Just Get Back from?

Switzerland

Email / Telephone Number

Helen.Brixey@altour.com / 812.206.5128

When were you there?

December 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

There are few words that can describe what an amazing country Switzerland is. From the snowcapped mountains to the crystal clear lakes, Switzerland certainly has some of the most incredible scenery of any place I’ve visited. So beautiful that I could visit Switzerland every year for the rest of my life and still remain as awestruck as I was the first time.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Being my third trip to the alpine country in less than twelve months, I was thrilled to go back! A sense of safety is always present when visiting Switzerland as it is one of the safest countries in the world. Having spent so much time there in the past year, I also felt at home. I found the rush of excitement this time as strong as my first time last year. Stepping off the train in Lucerne and breathing the fresh, clean mountain air was completely invigorating.

Where did you stay?      

Luzern – The Palace Luzern

St. Moritz – Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Zermatt – The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel / resort?

Luzern – The Palace Luzern A perfect hotel for couples, singles and families. With its fantastic location on the shore of Lake Luzern, it’s a picturesque 15 minute stroll from the heart of the city, including the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, Mt Pilatus and the KKL; Lucerne’s Performing Art Center, as well as easy access to the many boats that ply the lake, taking the traveler even farther afield.

The perfect start to the day begins with a delicious breakfast in the beautifully appointed restaurant, Les Artistes. Featuring an extensive buffet, along with cooked to order items, guests can sip their morning coffee while taking in beautiful views over the lake and surrounding mountains.

Singles, couples and families will enjoy the easy access to the Verkehrshaus (The Swiss Museum of Transport) either via a leisurely 15 to 20 minute walk along the footpath on shore of the lake, or via the tram that stops right outside the front door of the hotel.

At the end of a busy day taking in all the beauty the city has to offer, there is no better place to relax than sitting in the hotel’s lake side terrace with a glass of wine followed by a steam and sauna in the beautifully appointed spa.

Continue Read…

Just Got Back – The Cotswolds

BURTON-ON-THE-WATER

Erica Neher – Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Cotswolds, UK

When were you there?

October 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

The Cotswolds is a hidden gem located in the English Countryside. The picturesque villages are filled with lovely people and exceptional food. Activities like visiting the Wildlife Park or hiring a classic car to drive through the towns will keep you busy throughout your entire stay. The Cotswolds deserves a place in everyone’s bucket list.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

My first thought upon arrival was “when can I move in?” The old village is incredibly charming, the people are warm and welcoming, it has a rich history and it is a luxury oozes through the walls of the old town homes.

Where did you stay?

Ellenborough Park Hotel, Prestbury UK. Located just outside Cheltenham, this is a boutique hotel set in a 15th century manor house with all of the modern amenities you expect to find in a luxury property.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Whether it be a romantic getaway to the countryside or a family reunion, this hotel can accommodate your needs.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip

The Cotswold Way is a 112 mile trail from Chipping Camden to the steps of the Bath Abbey. It can be explored on foot, horseback or car. Whether it is just one section or the entire trail, it goes through small villages, pubs and beautiful panoramas.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Spring through Fall is the best time to enjoy the outdoor activities, however a Manor House getaway is a great time to spend the Winter months.

Anything else to add?

Only a short train ride away from Paddington Station, The Cotswolds is a great option for a city escape to add for a trip to London. Staying between 3 and 10 nights would be ideal to take full advantage of what the region has to offer.

Content source

Just Got Back – Japan

japan

Erica Neher – Leisure Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Japan

When were you there?

March 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

The Japanese culture and rich history live on in perfect harmony with the modern, clean and efficient cities.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Though the flight is long, once I stepped out of the plane a feeling of euphoria rushed through my veins. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I was ready to hit the ground running and explore this wonderful country.

Where did you stay?

Park Hotel – Tokyo – 1 night

Mandarin Oriental – Tokyo – 4 nights

Ritz-Carlton – Kyoto – 3 nights

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Park Hotel Tokyo – The centric hotel is great for business and leisure travelers looking for a clean and reasonably priced hotel. The Tokyo Fish Market, one of the busiest markets in the world is just a mere 5 minute drive away.

Mandarin Oriental – Located in the posh shopping district of Ginza, the Mandarin Oriental is one of the best hotels in Tokyo. Its proximity to subway stations is perfect for travelers looking to wander around the city.

Ritz-Carlton Kyoto – A perfect mix between the Western and Japanese worlds, the Ritz is located on the banks of the Kamo River. Families, couples and business travelers looking to immerse themselves into the deep Japanese culture will enjoy this beautiful hotel.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip:

The Tsukiji Fish Market is not to be missed when in Tokyo. The largest tuna fish auction in the world is well worth the early morning call of 3 am.

Geishas roam the crooked streets of the Gion District lined with Ryokans, traditional Japanese guest houses. Kyoto’s shrines, temples and gardens all contribute to its cultural charm and are not to be missed. A hole in the wall ramen place always hits the spot after a long day of sightseeing. Miyoshi is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious sample of the local cuisine.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Early March through June are the best times to visit Japan. The incredible Cherry Blossom is one of nature’s most beautiful displays. Though it gets quite busy during “Sakura,” you might be able to miss the crowds by going in early spring and might even catch a Sumo match.

Anything else to add?

If exploring Asia is on your list, Japan is the perfect place to start. While some Asian cities can be intimidating for first timers, Tokyo and Kyoto are fairly easy to navigate. The people were helpful and warm and the cultural sights really captivate you to learn more.

Content source

 

Just Got Back – Maine

Cliff-House-Fire-Pit

Erica Neher – Leisure Staff

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Cape Neddick, Maine

When were you there?

October 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

I was really impressed with Maine’s landscapes, history and food. Even though New York City is not too far away, the culture is entirely different.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Flying into the Portland, Maine airport was surreal. Even though the flight from NYC was only about an hour, it seemed as though I was landing on the Irish coast. The drive up the east coast arriving at the Cliff House was absolutely stunning.

Where did you stay?

The Cliff House

With whom would you recommend staying at this resort?

The vast spaces the resort offers for meetings and events is the perfect place for a business retreat and beautiful weddings. The range of activities throughout the hotel and the pool overlooking the ocean is perfect for families.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip.

Jackie Too’s was a fantastic waterfront restaurant we discovered while walking around town. The scenery around the entire town seemed like it was out of a postcard. Overall though, Maine was the place that stole my heart. The people and the way of life are so thoughtful and genuine that I came back home with a different perspective. The Cliff House really embraced that Maine mentality by sourcing everything locally and taking great care of the guests.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

The Cliff House is able to create memorable experiences year round. Whether it be surfing and hitting up Nubb’s Lobster Shack in the summer, going for a hike during the fall foliage or snow-shoe stargazing in the dead of winter, the resort’s natural surroundings and welcoming décor make it a perfect destination year round. Though it is typically more popular during the summer time, I was there during the winter months and really had a great experience.

Anything else to add?

The Cliff House uses local ingredients in all spa products, which combined with the excellent treatment, make it one of the best I have experienced thus far.

Read More