August 3rd, 2018 – Time is flying by because it’s time to announce our new Partner of the Month! This August, we’re excited to have Excite Holidays as Travel Planners International’s (TPI) Partner of the Month. For the next four weeks, our TPI agents will have Excite Holidays front and center as we’ll highlight them on all our agent-facing channels. They’ll be featured in places like our agent-only portal, email signatures, and a private Facebook Live broadcasted to over 2,000 agents. Why Them?Here at TPI, we’re always looking for the next big thing (or in this case, supplier) that will aide our agents in closing the sale or just simplifying their life. Excite Holidays, an Australian-based tour company, definitely fit the bill. Thanks to their expansive inventory, friendly customer service, and the ability to set your own commission, they instantly became a Preferred Supplier with us once they hit the U.S. market. “After a successful launch into the U.S. in late 2017, we are thrilled with how agents have embraced our booking platform,” said Samantha Davies, Director of Sales North America, Excite Holidays. “We’ve proudly partnered with TPI since day one and look forward to continuing to support an incredible network of passionate and dedicated agents.” While there were a few months of getting used to an Australian tour company – believe us, there isa difference – Excite Holidays soon became a fan-favorite. Since they became a Preferred Supplier in late 2017, our TPI agents have made over $139,700 in sales for the tour company. “I love working with Excite Holidays because of the attention they pay to agents [like myself] in helping them get what they need for their customers,” said Kevin Ackerman, TPI agent and owner of Foreign Local Travel. “They have an incredible array of options to make any trip a unique experience.” Marisabel Marty, Business Development Manager at TPI, echoes Ackerman’s opinion. “[Excite Holidays] provides one-on-one trainings to the agents and goes above and beyond to assist agents in providing an excellent experience to their clients,” said Marty. “Plus, they have an expansive inventory. You’ll find tours and shore excursions you won’t see elsewhere.” Good on ya, mates!
REAL MADRID LEGEND Alfredo Di Stéfano has died.Rescuers battled for nearly 20 minutes to revive the 88-year-old, one of the greatest footballers in history, after his heart and breathing stopped on Saturday while he was eating with his family near Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.The Argentina-born forward was taken in a serious condition to the Gregorio Maranon hospital which later said he was in a coma, had been sedated and was breathing with the help of a machine.In a medical report issued on Sunday, the hospital said he remained in its coronary unit in “a serious but stable condition”. However, he passed away earlier today.“Alfredo Di Stefano has passed away this Monday,” said the Spanish Football Federation in a statement.Di Stéfano had been hospitalised seven times for similar episodes, and underwent emergency quadruple heart by-pass surgery after suffering a major heart attack in 2005.He is one of Real Madrid’s most celebrated players, having represented the club for 11 seasons between 1953 and 1964, winning five European Cups. He now holds the title of honorary club president. (Left to right): Real Madrid’s Canario, Dominguez, Marquitos and Di Stefano hold the European Cup in 1960. Source: SMG/Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano was born in Buenos Aires and began his professional career with hometown club River Plate in 1945 before leaving for Colombian outfit Millonarios four years later after the Argentine league ground to a halt following a pay strike. Source: Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano won the Colombian title in his first season before adding the 1951 and 1952 titles to his list of honours but it was his individual displays that attracted the attention of a host of big-name European suitors.It was ultimately Real Madrid who won the race for Di Stefano’s signature after a long, complicated transfer wrangle with bitter rivals Barcelona. Di Stefano with Diego Maradona. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano immediately flourished in the Spanish capital as he helped Real Madrid end a 21-year wait for the league title in his first season before collecting a further seven league crowns during his time at the club.However, it was on the European stage that Di Stéfano truly cemented his status as one of the game’s greats, helping Real win the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960, a record that stands to this day.- © AFP, 2014What are Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup?Ireland’s Reid joins Premier League new boys Burnley