Archive for December 2012

From our Family to Yours

Message from Sceptre president, Chris Accomando

Chris & Son

As a family-owned and operated business, Sceptre Tours is committed to making sure that no matter how much we may grow as an organization, you, our agent partners, will always be treated as family. That means knowing you by name, not account number. It means making sure you always know you’re important to us; that you can depend on us; and that you can trust us.

We’re honored by your continued support, and as such you can be confident we’ll continue to do everything we can to earn and maintain it in the coming year. During this season, as families gather to celebrate the holidays, I’d like to thank you, on behalf of the entire Sceptre family, for the privilege of being your partner. Although we may refer to you as our agent partners, be assured that you’re thought of as family.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy, and successful 2013.

Sceptre Tours Introduces Adare Manor Resort Collection

Collection of Golf, Group & FIT Vacations to World’s Leading Boutique Golf Resort

adare_manor_golf2DECEMBER 19, 2012 – ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – In celebration of Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort’s recent selection as the World’s Leading Boutique Golf Resort at the World Travel Awards 2012, Sceptre Tours today introduced The Adare Manor Resort Collection, a select mix of Golf, Group and Independent vacations.

According to Sceptre Tours’ president, Chris Accomando, “Adare Manor is a treasured partner of Sceptre Tours.  This is a resort that truly has something for everyone – couples, large or small groups, golfers and non-golfers alike; and its beauty and luxury are surpassed only by the attention to detail and exceptional service provided to every guest. As such, we are proud of our long association with Adare Manor and confidently offer a variety of vacations to our travel agent partners fully knowing this is a property that will delight their customers.”

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The Perks of Partners

Sceptre Tours places tremendous value on the relationships we’ve built with our travel agent partners and we’re committed to delivering happiness through quality products, competitive incentives and superior service. That said, we recognize that you may come across a travel operator offering a higher commission on a vacation comparable to one of ours. Don’t give it a second thought or risk sending your clients on a vacation that may not equal the quality you’ve come to expect from Sceptre. We’ll match any commission paid on comparable products.

If you have clients interested in visiting Britain, Italy or Ireland with a group of 10 or more, book their travel by January 15, 2013 and you’ll automatically qualify for a 15% commission but not just one commission. As part of the Sceptre Rewards Program, you’ll earn two commissions for each group you book between now and the January deadline. To qualify bookings must include air, a minimum 4-night stay and transportation, and is not applicable on Sceptre’s Irish Escape Tour.

The Sceptre Rewards Program pays

  • 5% on air and 10% on land for all FIT or Specialty bookings (chauffeur, golf)
  • 15% on land for all Escorted Tours.

For more information, contact your RSM.  Don’t know who your RSM is (trust us, you have one), click here to find out who they are.

“Through the Park, Jeeves” – Chauffeur Driven Tours

Chauffeur service allows one to relax in privacy while enjoying the scenery.

Sceptre Tours is proudly launching their new Modular Chauffeur Tours. No longer are self-drive tours the only cost effective way to do sightseeing. Now the massive costs associated with Chauffeur driven tours have been eliminated in this ALL NEW format!

With this new approach, your clients are no longer saddled with a driver for the entirety of their vacation. Now they can have the driver only when they will need him! Your clients will feel free to take walking tours through the city centers and be on their own schedule at a reasonable price.

Never again do you have to worry about the hassles of driving on the “wrong” side of the road, shifting your manual car with your left hand or finding those ever so elusive parking spaces!  Expert driver/guides will educate you about the rich Irish heritage as you sit back, relax, and soak in all the beautiful scenery.

To learn more about our Modular Chauffer tours, contact your RSM for more details.  Don’t know who your RSM is?  Click here to find the RSM for your region.

Travel by Rail

Rail travel in Italy offers exciting views

If you have clients who prefer independent travel to escorted tours, but are uneasy about navigating unfamiliar roads in a rental car, Sceptre’s Independent Travel By Rail vacations are the ideal solution.

Common in Italy and still fairly unique in Ireland, rail travel is a terrific way for vacationers to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites they might not see if traveling by car. For example, the rail between Dublin and Belfast (one of several vacations featured this winter) runs along the coast and provides spectacular views of the Mountains of Mourne.

Sceptre Rail Vacations in Italy begin in Rome and travelers have the option of pairing Rome with Florence, Venice or both. Sceptre’s Rail Vacations in Ireland begin in Dublin, and travelers have the option of pairing Dublin with Galway, Killarney, or Belfast. Indeed, customers may choose to pair all four cities by extending their vacation. Sceptre Tours rail packages have been developed to ensure your customers will enjoy easy access to the sights and cities of Ireland and Italy, with Yellow Jacket assistance in Dublin rail stations, and transfers to conveniently located hotels.

To learn more about Sceptre’s Independent Rail Vacations, click here.