Lucky Number Eight

Viking River Cruises opens up opportunities

By: Marissa Tinloy

In celebration of 2008 and one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture, Viking River Cruises is offering eight “windows of opportunity” for travel agents and their clients.

The first of these incentives, The Window on China Sweepstakes, awards eight lucky agents with tour cruises for two on the Imperial Jewels of China. For every 2008 China booking made between Jan. 7 and April 30, agents earn one opportunity to win. With each additional booking, agents earn more chances.

In addition to a balcony stateroom on the Yangtze river cruise, the package also includes intra-China air, sightseeing, transfers and hotel accommodations at Shangri-La and Sofitel locations in Shanghai, Beijing and Xian.

One Grand Prize winner will also win two roundtrip business class flights from either Los Angeles or San Francisco to China.

On Viking’s list of eight, agents will also enjoy the second and third “windows,” which offer even more opportunities for travel and incentive. Viking is now awarding agents with a $100 bonus commission for each new China booking made between Jan. 7 and April 30, and the 2008 China Reduced Rate Agent Travel program offers discount travel opportunities for China booking agents. Applications can be obtained by calling 888-505-7984.

Numbers four and five on Viking’s lucky list give agents the opportunity to pass the significant savings on to their clients. For international, all-inclusive roundtrip air to China, agents can save clients up to $2,150 per couple. For clients with air miles, agents can save up to $1,000 per couple on certain China tour cruise bookings. For both discount programs, reservations must be made between Jan. 7 and March 31.

The last three windows of opportunity with Viking River Cruises include the Dynamic China Group Program, which provides group discounts, amenities and TC incentives for every nine paid guests; and the Preferred Agent Program and China Cruise Specialist Training. Sign-up for these service-oriented programs is available on Viking River’s Web site and provide agents with the opportunity to be well informed and up to date on all the latest in China river cruising.