Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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Hotel guests Rate Free Wi-Fi at Top of Amenity List

This post updated August 16, 2016

David Wilkening of Travel Mole recently reported on a survey that proves what many have assumed for some time: free hotel Wi-Fi is at the top of the list when guests choose where they will stay.

Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, while 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels. Another 31 percent say they wish it would become a standard in all hotels. “Given the explosion of mobile use in the past few years, it is no surprise that travelers are requiring free and fast Wi-Fi,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for Hotels.com. He added: “Many guests never travel without their tablets, smartphones and laptops. It’s as intuitive as packing a toothbrush.”

Read the full article from Travel Mole here.

I have been working on my own “free Wi-Fi list”–remember, this is a continual work in progress that I hope to update frequently.

Cruises:

American Queen Steamboat:  complimentary free ship-wide Wi-Fi

General:

AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now Resorts) offer free Internet access to guests booked in a “Preferred Club” category.  Free public Wi-Fi in the lobby is available at some resorts.  With the Unlimited Connectivity App on your smart phone or mobile device, guests get free Wi-Fi and free calling while at their resort as part of Unlimited-Luxury® – no additional cost, no VIP upgrade and no Preferred Club room necessary.  Download each brand’s mobile app on your smartphone, tablet or mobile device and experience everything Unlimited Connectivity has to offer, without international roaming charges, fees, or service upgrades.  This app allows guests to:

  • Stay in Touch: create user profiles to keep in touch with other guests at resort
  • Stay Social: update your status on Facebook and Twitter
  • Room Phone To Go: register your room number to make and receive calls – just like having a portable room phone!
  • Vacay Your Way: explore the local attractions, get deals and book excursions

Excellence and Finest Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Palace Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Sandals Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all public areas, all rooms, unlimited devices
Riu Resorts:  free Wi-Fi in lobby
Hyatt Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all of its hotels and resorts worldwide

Cancun/Riviera Maya:

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya; free Wi-Fi
Ocean Maya Royale by H10: free Wi-Fi in lobby
Paradisus La Esmeralda: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus La Perla (adults only): free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Valentin Imperial Maya: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort

Jamaica:

Couples Resorts: free Wi-Fi access is available in rooms and most of the public areas of the resort, including the internet cafe, and the lobby.  Internet café is open 24 hours a day and has multiple desktop computers, internet access and printers.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, Montego Bay: free Wi-Fi in lobby

Melia Braco Village: free Wi-Fi

Riu Palace in Montego Bay: free in room Wi-Fi

Punta Cana:

Paradisus Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus Palma Real: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Riu Palace Bavaro, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi in villa category
Riu Palace Macao, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi resort wide

USA–Las Vegas:

Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur

USA–Miscellaneous

Super 8: free in-room high speed Internet access

The All New Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a training webinar on the all new Tropicana in Las Vegas.   This resort recently underwent $180 million in renovations, reviving one of the crown jewels of the Strip.  This legendary landmark is located on the famed “Four Corners” of the Las Vegas Strip and Tropicana, offering guests stunning views of the strip.  This is a great location, across the street from MGM Grand, New York New York, and the Excalibur. 

It may be best known for its legendary entertainment, but the Tropicana Resort and Casino also deserves a nod for its stunning and affordable accommodations.  The property features 1,658 well-appointed, best-in-class guest rooms and suites in its two towers and exterior garden rooms, including theme, Jacuzzi and super suites.  Resort amenities include an extravagant five acres of lush, tropical landscaping with pools, waterfalls, lagoons and even swim-up blackjack tables, a buzzy casino floor, and of course, amazing entertainment.

The historic property is currently transforming itself into a vibrant, South Beach, Miami themed escape.  The revitalized Tropicana Las Vegas will feature a fresh resort atmosphere, bright tropical colors, and a sizzling nightlife scene.  Renovations have included the redesign of every hotel room and suite, the casino, the world-famous pool area, several new restaurants, bars, a new poker room, a new race and sports book, and nightclub.

Here is a link to an E-Brochure

What’s new?

  • New top-of-the-line and ultra-plush Euro-Top Serta mattresses
  • New 42″ plasma flat panel HD TV
  • New 300 thread count linens
  • New iHome clock radio with universal docking station
  • New custom designed furnishings
  • New white plantation shutters
  • New electronic in-room safes
  • New sleek chaise lounges that will hold 17″ laptop
  • Full size iron and board
  • Individual climate controls
  • High speed wireless Internet
  • Newly designed pool area, Nikki Beach, with 4-acres of lush landscape, sleek loungers, luxurious cabanas, bottle service, swim-up blackjack, and sand volleyball

Update: December 2011 (source Travel Agent Central)

The Tropicana’s new $5 million Glow spa, a Mandara Spa, opened the first week of November.  It features two couples’ villas, treatment rooms, hair and nail salon, relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s lockers, fitness center, and a spa menu with over 50 treatments.

Also new is their club, the RPM Nightclub, which will open New Year’s Eve Weekend and from then on will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.  The nightclub will feature hot stars and top recording artists as well as a variety of DJs, dancers and specialty acts.   In addition to bottle service and three bars, the 16,500 square foot venue offers table games and roulette.