It has been just over three months since we merged Apple Leisure Group and The Mark Travel Corporation, two companies you have trusted to provide incredible vacation experiences for your clients. Now more than ever, we continue to be dedicated to you, our travel agency partners. As you now know, this creates more expansion in Mexico and the Caribbean, and is allowing us to provide more products for our clients and distributions like AMResorts as well as additional nonstop charter flights. This enables even greater investment in forward thinking solutions: such as improved technology, product development, engagement and cutting edge customer experience and distribution solutions. We are committed to effectively communicating with you every step of the way. Please check back often for updates.
A Check In With...
Top executives give their perspectives as the merger integration progresses.
A Check In With Sara Keough - Vice President, Travel Agent Engagement:
"These last few months have been a whirlwind of excitement, and I feel so grateful to be a part of it. My entire 18 year career at Mark Travel, travel agents have been asking for AMResorts. It is so great that we now have it on our lineup. On the flip side, working against Apple and TI has not been easy, but agents have always told me how much better our technology is. What a wonderful advancement it is that Apple and TI will both be fully functional on VAX to make it easier for agents!
As we look to the future, we are really diving in and looking at how we can make travel agents more productive and more profitable. I can certainly tell you that agents are a top priority, and we have some great things coming. Be sure to take a look at our very first One ALG offers for great savings on Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations and Travel Impressions. We had a lot of fun putting this together using our leverage to get you great rates to close more sales.
Be sure to check back here often for information and updates.
Thanks so much for your support!"
A Check In With Barbie Groves - Vice President, Corporate Sales:
"What an adventure! I really feel that through this merger, all of us at TMTC are part of re-writing travel industry history. Looking across the ALG brands at the product, tools, technology, people and personalities involved - as ‘one’ we are truly unstoppable. In the day to day, all the moving parts, the questions to be asked and the decisions to be made could be overwhelming – but the LME culture and the way we operate have enabled us all to forge ahead with a clear vision of the future, and the milestones that need to be reached to get there. If I was the competition right now, I would be shaking in my boots. The fun has only just begun!"
A Check In With Shawn Gulyas - Vice President, Human Resources:
"The time is now! Every week I see people from across the combined company come up with best practices that will serve the travel agent community. The excitement over the focus on “joining forces” and creating the best business development team to work with our travel agents across the country has been contagious. I look forward to sharing some of that energy when I get to interact with you at the 2018 Summit in Mexico."
A Check In With Andrea Risch - Vice President, Solutions Integration:
"We have so much to be grateful for! First we are fortunate to be part of a newly formed travel company that has many of the most agent-friendly vacation brands offering a portfolio of popular resorts which provide amazing customer experiences. Also, we can be proud of our easy-to-use agent shopping experience via VAX VacationAccess which will soon be the home to all of our vacation brands. We are truly enjoying the opportunity to meet and interact with so many new industry colleagues and teammates. But most of all, we appreciate the warm response and continued support we have received from you, our travel agent friends. Thank you so much for bearing with us through this transformation as we look toward what’s to come. This is a fun and exciting time to embrace change and be a part of a bigger and better future for all of us. We are so grateful for you!"
A Check In With Lynn Torrent - Executive Vice President, ALG & President, Vacations:
"What an exciting time for all of us!
Our teams are all working hard to bring together “the best of the best” in order to continue to provide you with great products, tools and resources, to help you do your jobs even better! We believe our “one stop shopping” experience will continue to provide you with tools and technology to grow your businesses. We remain committed to continually investing in and improving these tools.
It is also exciting and energizing for our passionate and committed teams to come together with a common purpose, and at the same time, get to know each other as people.
Our future is bright, and I am thankful and humbled to be a part of it."
A Check In With Ron Jacobs - Chief Integration Officer:
"What an exciting time for our Company! One of our core values is to embrace change and for travel agents, our mutual customers, suppliers and team members; this is the biggest change that I have experienced in my 19 years with TMTC. I look forward to the insight provided by the key people within each of the companies so that we can develop a larger organization capable of succeeding in an ever changing travel marketplace. I am excited to see how this merger will better serve the travel agent community; giving travel agents a one-stop-shopping experience with the best tools and services. I invite you to embrace the change with us and be part of our future growth."
A Check In With Jacki Marks - Executive Vice President, Trade Sales & Engagement:
"I am excited and maybe a little tired, but only because we are all working so hard, wanting to bring more clarity to agents on what all our brands will be able to offer them in the near future. While we don’t have an official mantra for this merger, I see it as “Bigger and Better and More than Ever”. Travel is getting more complicated for agents – technology, products, policies and compensation. We have a unique opportunity to simplify that by bringing all brands to VAX, taking the best of what the companies do to create a common platform of offerings, and ultimately providing compensation and rewards for agencies that are booking across all of our companies. Change is never an easy thing, but it is necessary to get to our bigger future. The people the agents love in every company are coming together, and there is incredible energy in how they are working as one team. We can’t wait to be able to share more with all the agents we love soon!"
End of September - Travel Impressions is coming to VAX! If you are already registered to sell one Apple Leisure Group brand, you are registered to sell all Apple Leisure Group brands and do not need to register again. If you are not registered, learn how to get started here.
8/17/18 - Our first One ALG Sale ran through August 31st! To celebrate our new kinship, Travel Impressions, Apple Vacations, and Funjet Vacations came together to provide your clients with savings of up to $300 per booking and added values made possible by the strength of our relationships … and commitment to you.
8/10/18 - Jacki Marks, EVP Trade Sales & Engagement, Vacations shares several exciting updates. View the updates here.
7/20/18 - Worldstar (overseen by Amstar DMC) is now serving as the official Destination Management Company (DMC) for The Mark Travel Corporation in Hawaii. View the Frequently Asked Questions for additional details.
7/9/18 - Amstar DMC is serving as the official Destination Management Company (DMC) for The Mark Travel Corporation in Puerto Vallarta, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo/Huatulco.
6/21/18 - Amstar DMC is now serving as the official Destination Management Company (DMC) for The Mark Travel Corporation in Los Cabos and Jamaica.
6/20/18 - Funjet Vacations is now offering 2018 charter or value flights from Pittsburgh (PIT) and Philadelphia (PHL) as a benefit of the merger integration. Plus, nonstop charter flights have been added for 2018 departures from Cincinnati (CVG) to Cancun/Riviera Maya and Punta Cana.
6/13/18 - All 52 AMResorts are now available to book via Funjet Vacations, United Vacations®, and Southwest Vacations®.
6/13/18 - Amstar DMC is now serving as the official Destination Management Company (DMC) for The Mark Travel Corporation. We appreciate the warm welcome as operations roll out today, June 13th, in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel. Click here to view Amstar’s welcome to you.
5/17/18 - In Gratitude: Lomas Travel
Travel Agents Respond to the Merger: