Pleasant Holidays continues to make travel easier for its
clients. The wholesaler has an-nounced an alliance with ekit, a
prepaid phone service offering a phonecard also covering mobile,
internet and e-mail services specifically designed for travelers.
The Pleasant Holidays Phonecard will begin appearing in travelers’
documentation packets immediately.
Founded in 1999, ekit has established itself as the world leader
in the provision of commu-nication services in the travel industry.
Its combined business-to-business partnerships reach over six
million customers world-wide.
Specifically designed for travelers, the Pleasant Holidays
Phonecard works from over 150 countries. It is pre-paid and loaded
with features such as voicemail (where family and friends can leave
messages for free), text messaging, e-mail, travel assistance, and
a secure online travel vault to store photocopies and details of
important travel documents.
“The Pleasant Holidays Phonecard is just one more way we’re
helping our valued guests feel completely comfortable, with one
less thing to worry about during their vacation experience,” noted
Tim Irwin, Pleasant Holidays president and CEO. “The Pleasant
Holidays Phonecard provides significant savings on customer call
costs while away from home, and allows the traveler to stay in
touch with family and friends.”
The Phonecard can be used with existing cell phones or any
land-line with touch-tone capabilities. Each Pleasant Holidays
Phonecard comes with a special account number and PIN, five free
minutes of talk-time and an additional $5 in bonus minutes if
recharged before the travelers’ departure. Details are featured at
Travelers can join ekit to try the free services it provides.
However, the full range of capabilities is available only to paid
members. Each Phonecard comes with a set of instructions and handy
tips on how to use the service.
In other Pleasant news, TheBigDay has selected the wholesaler as
its exclusive provider of honeymoon travel to Hawaii, Mexico, the
South Pacific and Asia.
The agreement involves honeymoon travel bookings made by phone
with TheBigDay’s in-house travel counselors, online honeymoon
travel bookings powered by the Pleasant Holi-days Online Partner
Link booking engine and honeymoon travel leads generated at
TheBigDay. These leads are dispatched to TheBigDay’s in-house
travel counselors and its 100-plus retail travel agent partners
“Our entire team at Pleasant Holidays is extremely impressed
with the many unique features and capabilities offered by TheBigDay
to those planning weddings and honeymoons,” Irwin remarked. “We’re
looking forward to working closely with TheBigDay management to
form a very productive and mutually beneficial relationship.”
In the same way that couples register for china and crystal,
they can register for all elements of their dream honeymoon at
TheBigDay. The site offers a selection of simple tools enabling
couples to create their own unique registry of honeymoon gifts they
would like to receive - airfare, accommodations, romantic dinners,
spa treatments, snorkeling excursions, sunset cruises and more.
Wedding guests can then visit the couple’s registry at TheBigDay
and purchase gifts from their “wish list.”
The average couple receives over $2,000 in gifts by
es-tablishing a honeymoon registry at TheBigDay. Those dollars can
then be applied toward the purchase of their honeymoon trip with
Pleasant Holidays or with any of TheBigDay’s other preferred travel
“We are very excited to have Pleasant Holidays as our strategic
partner because they are one of the premier providers of high-end
honeymoon travel,” commented Terry Beard, TheBigDay’s cofounder and
At Four Seasons Hualalai Re-sort, Hualalai Sports Club & Spa
has buffed up services with two new therapeutic body treatments.
Spa goers can indulge in the skin-rejuvenating Hualalai Macadamia
Nut Scrub, and the Green Tea and Ginger Wrap. The Big Island
facility has been named “Best Hotel Spa” by Travel + Leisure and
No. 1 Re-sort Spa by Conde Nast Traveler.