Just Got Back – Japan

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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.

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Just Got Back – Maine

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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.

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Know the ingredients of Altour’s Strategic Meeting Management?

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Strategic Meetings Management in simple terms is program that will help your company organize various Business meetings and events. Strategic meetings comprise of many minute details that are being overlooked by us. We, The Altour will help you take care of that minute details and other unimportant tasks so that you can accomplish your meeting successfully.

Our services of strategic meetings management include the following:
Venue Sourcing

  • Budget Management
  • Event Websites
  • Social Media Integrations
  • Online Registration
  • Fee Collection
  • Housing and Travel Management
  • Air integration
  • Custom Reports
  • Dashboard Reports
  • Contact Member Management
  • Mobile Apps

Data and Reporting

  • Custom Data reports for Procurement
  • Dashboards for Executive Review
  • Target cost-savings and avoidance
  • Housing Management
  • Travel Management/integrated with Housing Management
  • Full conference reporting, from breakout sessions to attendance to waitlists, to name badges, we provide whatever you need
  • Quarterly and year end reports
  • Story overviews
  • Real-time reporting links

Technology and Mobility Solutions

  • Budget Management
  • Event websites
  • Social Media Integrations
  • Online registration
  • Custom Reporting
  • Badges and Barcodes
  • Email Campaigns
  • API integration
  • KBUG

Give us a chance to be part of your team and we promise to never let you down.

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Why is Strategic Meeting management perfected field of Altour Travels?

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Meetings and Incentives mean large business groups that arrange meetings and business meets in advance for a certain purpose (merger, takeover, separation, investment, etc). The Altour travel is one of the largest travel management companies for more than 25 years, specializing in various service of Strategic meetings management. We believe in building just one solution that provides sourcing, budgeting, registration and full-service event management.

There are 3 types of Strategic Meetings Management services provided by us:

Venue sourcing, which includes:

  • Budget Management
  • Online Registration
  • Custom Reports
  • Contact Member Management
  • Mobile Apps and much more

Data and Reporting, which includes:

  • Custom Data reports for Procurement
  • Full conference reporting, from breakout sessions to attendance, to waitlists, to name badges, we provide whatever you need
  • Quarterly and year end reports
  • Story overviews

Technology and Mobility solutions, which include:

  • Event websites

  • Social Media Integrations

  • Badges and Barcodes

  • Email Campaigns

We always try to bring something new to our clients and customers to take care of their reputation and luxury. We have 57 offices including Travel Companies NYC and Los Angeles Travel Agency, with more than 1300 Business Travel Agents to help you with your trip design. From pick up to drop, Altour arranges all kinds of trips from leisure to corporate to entertainment. We are ranked amongst Top Corporate Travel Agencies in the USA.

We leverage this advantage to secure travel components to exceed your expectations and impact your bottom line. Following are the services provided by Altour in tie up with suppliers and airlines:

  • Negotiated supplier discounts

  • Customized reporting solutions

  • Extensive non-refundable ticket tracking

  • Personalized consultative services

  • Travel policy compliance

We are Altour travels – Solution to all your travel problems.

Just Got Back: New Zealand

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Carolyn Gorski, Corporate & Leisure Travel Agent

Where did you Just Get Back from? New Zealand – South Island

When were you in New Zealand? November 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience: New Zealand is a country filled with breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and warm communities. It is also a place with more sheep than people! There is an outlet for every kind of traveler- adventure, fishing, cruises, hiking, foodies, and of course the wine!

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: Excited & joyous but at the same time concerned & nervous. The day we landed was the morning after the earthquake struck in the South Island.  The following day, we were supposed to drive through Kaikoura, the epicenter of the quake. Trent, from The Exclusive Travel Group, saved the day by re-coordinating our schedule to completely bypass the areas that were affected by the quake.

 Where did you stay?

The Scenic Hotel – Auckland

Hotel Montreal – Christchurch

The Classic Villa – Christchurch

Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown

Dock Bay Lodge – Te Anau

Real Journeys Overnight Cruise – Doubtful Sound

The Spire – Queenstown

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

The Scenic Hotel has a small kitchen, which is best suited for long stay travelers.

Hotel Montreal is great for couples and families- on a nice day you can play croquet on their greenery.

The Classic Villa is a boutique hotel with a warm feel as if you are a local- best suited for couples.

Eichardt’s has a friendly & sophisticated atmosphere with a great location for the outdoorsy travelers.

Dock Bay Lodge is perfect for more relaxed travelers and people making their way to Milford or Doubtful Sound. They prefer a quiet atmosphere with no young children.

Real Journeys Overnight Cruise is an amazing cruise that caters to couples, multi-generational families, and independent travelers. Amazing buffet dinner!

The Spire is a sister property to Eichardt’s, but a bit more modern.  Also- wonderful tub!

 Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip:  Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. We kayaked, saw fur seals, cruised with dolphins, sipped water from a waterfall, and had a moment of silence with nature listening to the birds & rushing waters. It was truly a magical place that everyone should experience.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? I think spring is perfect because you get to experience both cold/rainy weather as well as sunny beautiful days. There is snow on the tops of the glaciers and the flowers are also blooming.

It truly is a sight to see!

Anything else to add? I feel as though this trip has given me a wealth of knowledge about New Zealand. I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to learn more about the country by experiencing it firsthand.The Exclusive Travel Group did an outstanding job putting everything together!

*If you plan on driving around (they drive on the left side of the road) keep calm, always think left, and make sure to give way on the roundabouts!

If you’re interested in traveling to New Zealand, contact Altour – Top Corporate Travel Agencies at Carolyn.Gorski@altour.com or (310)597-4506.

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What is so special about Altour Works?

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The Altour travel is one of the largest travel management companies since many years. We always try to bring something new to our clients and customers to take care of their reputation and luxury. It has 57 offices with more than 1300 professionals to help you with your trip design. From pick up to drop, Altour arranges all kinds of trips from leisure to corporate to entertainment. We are ranked amongst Top Corporate Travel Agencies in the USA. We leverage this advantage to secure travel components to exceed your expectations and impact your bottom line. Following are the services provided by Altour in tie up with suppliers and airlines:

  • Negotiated supplier discounts
  • Customized reporting solutions
  • Extensive non-refundable ticket tracking
  • Personalized consultative services
  • Travel policy compliance
  • Budget management consultation
  • ALTOUR24 emergency support

We provide various services in Reservation:

  1. Altour Agent– From utilizing reservation centers to on-site agents, ALTOUR provides professional as well as courteous service to your travelers, including Japanese language capabilities through ALTOUR Japan.
  2. Altour Booking – ALTOUR supports various booking tools to customized your site, build your travel policies, create and execute an implementation plan, including communication campaigns, and traveler with travel arranger training to ensure the highest satisfaction and adoption rates.
  3. Altour VIP – ALTOUR is a professional Business Travel agent that recognizes the need for heightened attention for your VIP’s. We are able to meet their unique requirements with the unique approach. We have got you covered 24*7*365.
  4. Altour Fare – Our proprietary fare-checking tool provides customers with the satisfaction of knowing they have access to the best fares (domestic and international) available. Our system also provides automatic access to supplier websites to secure promotional or other non-GDS rates, ensuring your travelers will make the most of their travel budget.
  5. ALTOUR Quality – ALTOUR is working for you all the time to improve quality more and more. Our automated quality control system validates the completeness and accuracy of every reservation so your employees can travel, worry-free.
    Now, you know what’s so special about Altour.

Now, you know what’s so special about Altour.

Just Got Back: New Zealand

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Mark Dorenfast, Corporate & Leisure Travel Agent

 Where did you Just Get Back from? The North Island of New Zealand

 When were you in New Zealand? November 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience:The North Island of New Zealand greatly exceeded my (already inflated) expectations. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined with more activities and places to see than time would allow for.

I felt so welcomed everywhere I went that each place was like visiting close family.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: After a 12 hour flight, I wanted to hit the ground running and go Go GO! As soon as I settled in for a morning coffee and fresh croissant overlooking the sunny, turquoise waters on Waiheke Island, that urgency all went away, and I immediately began to relax.

Where did you stay? I was constantly on the move and spent nights in Waiheke, Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, and Taupo.

Each accommodation was completely unique and totally immersed in its surroundings.

Delamore Lodge is inviting and chic, sitting on a bluff overlooking the ocean and neighboring vineyards.

The Sofitel Auckland is great for the sophisticated traveler in an amazing location in the Marina surrounded by fantastic dining options.

At Wildwood Lodge, you’ll fall as much in love with the natural wonders of Rotorua as you will with Cath and Simon, the owners.

The rooms at Solitaire Lodge have gorgeous views of the lake where you can boat, fish, kayak, and hike.

You can get lost in the woods for hours at Treetops (as I did) running into deer and goats before enjoying an exquisite dining experience.

Acacia Cliffs nestled above the enormous Lake Taupo is the perfect place to base yourself for days of water activities and heli-hiking.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel/resort? This type of trip would be wonderful for honeymooners, couples on a long holiday, and small groups of family or friends.  Many of the accommodations are very small (4-7 rooms) and not appropriate for young children unless renting the entire property.

Tempt us, Name the most special place you discovered on this trip: I spent just over 24 hours on Waiheke Island, but I could have stayed all summer. There is a brand new winery and restaurant, Tantalus, that is just gorgeous.  Onetangi Beach is an excellent spot for an afternoon picnic and swim, or simply a place to be inspired by the beauty of nature.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? Summer is obviously the most popular time to travel, but the period between seasons has great weather and significantly smaller crowds (October-November and May-June). Remember, US Winter is New Zealand Summer.

Anything else to add? The great part of planning a trip with this much movement and activity is working with expertise of the team at Exclusive Travel Group. Based in New Zealand, they have their finger on the pulse of the best places to stay and what’s most worth your time to see. They configured a seamless itinerary based around my interests and made this visit to the North Island a trip of a lifetime.

If you’re interested in traveling to New Zealand, contact Mark at Mark.Dorenfast@altour.com or (310)571-6077

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Call Altour Travel Agent for Meeting & Conferences

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When you are traveling for meetings, you do require the travels which are leisurely and comfortable. You already have to prepare for meetings and conferences, and on that, you have to worry about facilities and services.

On that, if you are Host Company, then god forbid, you have to take care of every single detail. Plus, you are supposed to arrange everything from invites to arrange for travel to taking care of guests and sending them back. Also, you have currency problem, as in you don’t have enough cash to pay even if you are to pay from company’s account.

Confused…Tensed…Irritated!!!

No worries. Altour Travels specializes in Corporate Travel Incentives. We provide various meeting and incentives services that will ease all your worries and tension. We understand it is very necessary for you to maintain class and decorum to have a good reputation and high market value.

Thus, we have following services for you:

  • Full-Service Meeting /Event Management: We not only arrange for hotel rooms and services we also provide budget management, creative marketing, awards, etc.
  • Meeting Technology: The various services provided by Altour are Email marketing campaign, Apps, Social media registration, Fee collection, etc.
  • Group Air Travel: We provide group travel for agents and registers. We also assist in arrival/departure list and round the clock support.
  • On-Site Management: Our staff is fully trained for On-Site management with uniform and detailed operation outline.
  • Entertainment & Speakers:
  • Suggest, negotiate, contract
  • Ryder management and negotiation
  • Experience staff for on-site management of contract requirements
  • Marketing & Creative: Our marketing and creative services include branding, video, and photography, copywriting, graphic design, etc.

The problem of currency exchange, The Altour understands your problem of poor exchange rates and cash flow. Thus, we provide Currency Exchange Los Angeles and Currency Exchange Minneapolis for fasts services with competitive rates. We also provide American Express Gift cards – perfect gift for travel.

Come to The Altour and we promise you won’t be let down and you could proudly represent your company we promise that.

Incentive trip to NOLA planned by ALTOUR Meetings & Incentives

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We received a wonderful account of a recent incentive trip to NOLA planned by ALTOUR Meetings Management. It includes a special “thank you” to the team so we just had to share it with you!

We arrived to hurricane cocktails in the private check-in area and kicked off the program with a parade featuring a brass band, stilt walkers & big heads which marched the group to a Welcome Dinner complete with voodoo & a Tarot reader.

Day 2 included a business meeting, time at the spa, a Creole lunch, and an airboat tour complete with alligators of all sizes! We had dinner at the famous Bourbon House, hopped on Mini-Coaches, and landed at Frenchman Street for an evening of jazz at The Maison.

The following days, our group enjoyed a Segway Tour of the French Quarter, a visit to a restored historic home, and a hands-on cooking class that turned into a rather competitive event! How did we fit it all in?

Kudos to everyone on the team! It truly takes a team effort. Thank you all!

15 Benefits you will receive if you are associated with Altour

The Altour international is one of the largest independently owned travel management companies in the USA. Founded in 1991, situates in NY, USA, Altour has approximately 5K employees with 50+ offices worldwide. One of the highlighted and interesting features of Altour is Incentive travel awards.

Why are Altour’s incentive awards best? Well, the reasons are as follows:

1. Destinations that amaze
2. Experiential itineraries
3. Average employee experience level 13+ years
4. A Sourcing Team who know the destinations
5. Dedicated Account Team
6. Incentive campaigns that recognize and reward
7. Budget Management
8. Merchandise & Custom Room Gifts
9. Experienced On-site staff
10. Custom built web registration sites
11. Gifts that are tailored to the event
12. Custom logo apparel
13. On-site experiences with merchandise fittings
14. The latest technology awards
15. Destination gifts from local artisans

We have a team, that will provide you with various ideas for awards and we are also open to suggestions from you.

Thus, ALTOUR is ranked among the largest travel agencies in the UK by Buying Business Travel. The Los Angeles Business Journal ranks ALTOUR as the #1 travel agency in Los Angeles County. Consistently named to the “CMI 25” listing, Altour is one of the largest and most influential meetings management companies by MeetingsNet.

If you are in need of luxury or comfort, associate with Altour and be amazed at what we have to offer you.