Industry News 8-17-2007

The Disney Travel Company Unveils 2008 Packages

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The Disney Travel Company Unveils 2008 Packages

The Walt Disney Travel Company has unveiled its 2008 vacation packages for the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Key features include early entry into Disneyland Park in Southern California and new dining add-on options at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Travel agents booking Florida vacations can continue to offer clients great value with Disney’s Magic Your Way Package with rates starting as low as $1,600 for a family of four.

In California, Disney Dream Vacation packages are available at either Disney on-site hotels or at one of more than 40 conveniently located Anaheim-area Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor hotels. The packages include hotel accommodations and Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets, which allow guests to participate in the Early Entry program to experience the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage before the park opens to the general public. Guests can also join the Disney characters in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, an interactive experience with Disney characters. Early Entry is also available for Fantasyland.

Each Walt Disney Travel Company package includes a Downtown Disney District Fun Card that provides discounts to Downtown Disney stores. Value Season packages start at $269 per person based on double occupancy at a nearby Disney Good Neighbor hotel.

At the Walt Disney World Resort, the popular portfolio of Magic Your Way packages continues in 2008, and two new dining packages give travel agents up-selling opportunities when booking Walt Disney World vacations. The Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining is a new vacation option that gives clients an easy and affordable way to experience a wide variety of select restaurants and save as much as 30 percent on dining. The Wine and Dine Plan can be added to any meal- inclusive Magic Your Way package. This option offers a bottle of wine per room, per night, from a designated wine list at select restaurants at Disney Resort hotels and theme parks as well as merchandise locations. In other Walt Disney World Resort news, Disney-MGM Studios will be renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios, effective January 2008.

New Ensemble Preferred Suppliers

Ensemble Travel Group has added four new specialty and On Location partners. The new suppliers are Associated Foreign Exchange, a market leader in the field of worldwide payment services for companies, individuals and institutions conducting business internationally; My Pocket MD, a digital medical records company that produces computer-ready disks containing an individual’s key health information including physicians, medications, allergies, and medical history; Arabian Adventures, a destination and leisure management company specializing in customized itineraries and services in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar; and TFL Tours, a tour operator specializing in unique tours of the islands of Elba and Corsica. Ensemble works with nearly 20 specialty providers and 60 On Location partners, and is comprised of 1,000 professional travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada.


Conrad Announces New GDS Chain Code

The contemporary luxury hotel brand, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, is set to launch its own dedicated GDS Chain Code, “CN”. The new GDS code takes effect on Sept. 19, and from then on, all Conrad hotels and resorts worldwide will be available using the CN designation. The Conrad properties will no longer be visible under the “HH” code of the Hilton Family of Hotels, but will remain accessible under the “EH” (Every Hilton) code and via all existing reservation numbers. The Web addresses of and will not change and Conrad Hotels & Resorts will continue to provide the Conrad luxury services for which the brand is known.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts plans to continue growing its global portfolio. The brand currently has 17 luxury properties in leading urban and resort destinations. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will launch this December, and additional Conrad Hotels & Resorts are also under development in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The Bahamas and Koh Samui, Thailand.