Dear *|FIRSTNAME|*, This month's Insider brings the announcement of our new member in Greece and much more. 

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In this month's Insider you can meet our newest member in Greece, find out which hotel was named 'Hotel of the Year' in Northern Ireland, learn about exclusive experience options in Perugia, discover a brand new spa in Switzerland, review festive season options in Italy, and much more. Just see below!

Introducing Porto Zante: The Leading Villa Resort in Europe

We are beyond ecstatic to welcome Porto Zante Villas & Spa into our collection. Located in Zakynthos and a true ‘destination retreat’, Porto Zante attracts the world’s elite looking for privacy and the crème de la crème of modern luxury hospitality. A unique resort whose 1-4 bedroom villas sit directly on the beach, the resort is decorated with specially selected pieces of Armani Casa and has 2 restaurants, 2 bars, an award-winning private waterfront spa, a kids club and a state of the art gym. While Porto Zante is very secluded and allows for total privacy, there are many excursions, activities and experiences available from the property which you can review here. We strongly recommend taking a few moments to become entranced by the stunning video of Porto Zante linked above and of course let us know if you have any questions.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Named 'Hotel of the Year'

We're thrilled to share that The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast has been recognized as AA's Hotel of the Year for 2019-20 in Northern Ireland. "Thank you to our wonderful management, staff, directors and loyal customers for making this happen. The continuous investment in the Hotel and its people over the last number of years has been recognized by this award and motivates us to continue the journey of perfecting the guest experience at the Fitzwilliam Belfast," comments General Manager Cian Landers pictured left alongside DOSM Janine Gelston. The most recent enhancement to come of the £5 million invested in the property since 2016 is a spacious and beautifully appointed penthouse suite, pictured below.

Sina Brufani's Exclusive Experiencs in Perugia

An authentic culinary scene with rich traditions, more and more food-loving travelers are looking to Umbria to whet their appetite. This is why Sina Brufani located in the charming town of Perugia has partnered with the region's top culinary producers to offer your clients the food-based experiences they so crave.

For inquiries, contact

Truffle Hunting & the 'Tartufo Academy' Experience:

• Depart from the hotel and arrive at the Urbani Tartufi head office to meet the "Tartufaio" (truffle hunter)

• Summer, Winter or White truffle hunting in the woods with dogs and a short visit to the factory

• Tour of the 'Tartufo Academy' - observe the chef at work in the open kitchen

• Lunch with truffle menu

Arnaldo Caprai Private Tour & Wine Tasting:

Guided tour of the winery & tasting served with local products.

Customized Wine Labels:

Personalized wine labels available with a minimum purchase of 60 bottles (interested parties must notify the winery 5 days prior to their visit). 

Extra Experiences:

• Tasting of Sagrantino World

• Grape tasting

• Tour with a cellarer/vintner

New Spa at the Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano

With its sleek and luxurious design, the new lifestyle spa and pool at the Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano allows guests to find peace and tranquility among the Swiss alps. A panoramic, indoor pool overlooking the lake along with a large selection of massages and body treatments allows guests to immerse themselves in this unique wellness experience year round. The first hotel in Lugano to focus on providing a complete wellness program, JOIN OUR WEBINAR on Wednesday, October 23rd to learn more about the Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano and its sister property Hotel Splendide Royal Paris.

The Buzz About Borgo Pignano According to Forbes

"Borgo Pignano is a property that transmits a real sense of place and is committed to protecting, and promoting, the surrounding territory: it serves locally grown fruits and vegetables, hires mostly locals from nearby towns and outfits each room with organic lavender amenities (hand-crafted on-site). Nearly everything you see has been sourced at an antique market and has a story to tell, from the furniture and decorative works of art to structural elements like wrought-iron gates and doorways..." Read the full Forbes article here.

The Mall Luxury Outlets in Florence & Sanremo

Through October 27th at The Mall Luxury Outlets Florence, guests can enjoy watching some of the top Florentine master craftsmen and women at work with their 'Italian Maestro' series. On November 9th, those in the Sanremo area (30 minutes from Nice, France) can participate in 'The Mall Sanremo Golf Cup' for a chance to win prizes from the collection of Italian luxury brands available at The Mall Luxury Outlets Sanremo. Contact for more information & details.

Travel advisors, too, are encouraged to take part in The Mall's luxury shopping experience, so make sure to set up a complimentary transfer to the outlets when in Florence or Sanremo by contacting Rossella (restrictions apply). Experience first hand the advantages of 'MyLuxuryWallet', a collection of benefits you can pass along to your clients that includes additional discounts, priority line access and more (click each city for respective MyLuxuryWallet details: Florence & Sanremo).

TCI's Destination Knowledge Center: India

At TCI (our DMC who covers India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka), there is a dedicated team of people whose job is to travel the Indian subcontinent in search of new, authentic and compelling experiences for your clients. Making up what TCI calls their 'Destination Knowledge Center' or 'DKC', these people realize that locals know how to best unlock the 'soul' of a destination, which is why they are constantly meeting with locals to determine mutually beneficial experience opportunities. Beginning with a focus on India, see examples below of experiences crafted by the DKC and contact to book.

North India Experiences | South India in Style | Indigenous Northeast

Festive Openings for the Holidays

La Posta Vecchia Hotel will re-open its doors from December 30th to January 2nd to ring in the New Year. New Year’s Eve will be celebrated at the property's Cesar Restaurant with a gourmet menu created by chef Antonio Magliulo followed by live music, dancing, a midnight toast and fireworks over the water. La Posta Vecchia Hotel will close its doors on January 2nd for the remainder of the season, reopening on April 9th 2020. Contact for details.

Viesca Toscana will re-open exclusively for the holidays.
Christmas: Arriving on Dec. 24, stay 2 nights in a double bedroom suite from €430 per person. Welcome gift, Christmas lunch and 2 days of breakfast included.
New Year's Eve: Arriving on Dec. 30 or 31, stay 2 nights in a double bedroom suite from just €267 per person. Welcome gift, New Year's Eve dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 brunch included.
See villa options here or contact the team directly here.

Webinar Training Calendar

All sessions begin at 12 pm EST. Click on each date to register.

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