Grand Velas Riviera Maya Hosts Classic Vacations 2011 Marketing Partners Event

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Megan Sterritt
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico (October 20, 2011) – Classic Vacations, a leading luxury travel wholesaler, will send its top producing 100 travel agencies of 2010 to AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico for its annual Marketing Partners Event, November 13-16, 2011. This year will be the first time the Marketing Partners Event is held in Mexico and at an all inclusive property.

“To show our support for a destination that consistently offers tremendous luxury value, exemplary customer service and exceptional personalized service, Classic Vacations chose Mexico, the Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Maya for its top owners and executive managers,” said Greg Bernd, Co-President of Classic Vacations.

Agency representatives and guests will enjoy four days of leisure, relaxation, luxurious pampering, and the opportunity to explore the many attractions of the Riviera Maya, as well experience Grand Velas Riviera Maya, whose restaurant was named a Food & Wine magazine Top 100 Best New Food & Beverage Experiences. The resort, a Leading Hotel of the World, is also a consistent winner of numerous awards for its design and spa. Classic will unveil its new package program features for 2012, specifically group travel programs that include arranging everything from contracting and insurance to group air and 24/7 customer services for your clients peace of mind. There is a dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process for groups of any size.

“Together with the Mexico Tourist Board and the Riviera Maya Tourist Board, we’re delighted to welcome Classic Vacations’ top 100 agencies to our ‘Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare’ resort,” said Fernando Garcia Rossette, Managing Director of Grand Velas Resorts. “We’re proud to have been selected for this highly prestigious event and to host many of the ‘who’s who’ in the travel industry.”

“As host destination, we feel much honored to receive the 100 top producing travel agents of our partner Classic Vacations. This is the best way for them to be able to note the excellence of service and infrastructure that the Riviera Maya offers, and allows us to show the natural beauty, culture, and warm and friendly hospitality of our people,” mentioned Dario Flota Ocampo, CEO of the Riviera Maya DMO.

For more information on Classic Vacations or Grand Velas Riviera Maya, visit www.classicvacations.com or www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.

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About Classic Vacations®:
Classic Vacations delivers superior customer satisfaction to luxury travel advisors and their clients. Classic offers a full line of luxury accommodations (including suites, villas, and residences), first class and private transportation options, and unique tours and excursions in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. Travel agents have always relied on Classic to help create exceptional travel experiences for their clients. For more information, visit https://www.classicvacations.com/travel-agent/login or call (800) 221-3949. CST: 2079429-20

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances-- premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Garden Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. The spa was named “Best Spa" in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.

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