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Resort Newsletter Dated July 25, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I'm writing today at the end of a European vacation that took me to London, Tenerife, Madrid and Monte Carlo.

Despite the strong dollar, travel to Europe from America is off somewhat this year, due primarily to the fear of terrorism. It's understandable that some people are afraid to travel after a terrorist attack, but I'm not one of them.

Travel is a right and a privilege that none of us should be denied. There's an immense and incredible world out there, calling out to be explored, and only so much time in which to see it.

Anyone who has vacationed internationally knows that travel, above all other things, builds bridges between countries, cultures, religions, races and individuals. Everyone at Vacations To Go feels blessed to be part of such an amazing industry, and it is an honor to be trusted to annually help more than 700,000 customers see the best that the world has to offer.

If the number of Americans in Europe this summer is a little lower than usual, I certainly couldn't tell it from the packed streets, cafes and tourist attractions everywhere I went.

I stood in line for an hour to enter Westminster Abbey in London, one of my favorite places, and I shudder to think how long the queue might have been if it hadn't been raining.

I took the enjoyable, self-guided audio tour there, as I did at the Tower of London, another of my favorites, and stopped afterward for a pint at the colorful Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub.

Madrid was equally busy, with bustling squares and streets and vibrant nightlife on rooftop bars. Outdoor cafes were packed starting at 10 p.m., not coincidentally about the time the 100-degree heat of the summer day begins to wane. Bring on the tapas and ice-cold sangria!

On Tenerife, largest of the Canary Islands, I floated just offshore with a dozen pilot whales (there year-round) and a stray humpback whale, usually seen in February in those waters. I hiked through and around the spectacular, sheer cliffs of Los Gigantes, which rise from the sea to a height of 2,600 feet, took a helicopter tour of the island and rode a cable car to the top of El Teide, a 12,000-foot active volcano.

Tenerife's breathtaking natural beauty is on display just far enough off the beaten path to allow tourists to escape the crowds, even in summer.

I then flew to Nice and was shuttled to nearby Monte Carlo. A couple of days later, I heard the horrific news that someone had driven a truck into a crowd of children, women and men along the oceanfront in Nice.

Initial suspicions were quickly confirmed when it became clear that the crime was the act of another jihadist lunatic. The target was not just the good people on the Promenade des Anglais, or the people of Nice, or the people of France, but people who live free from tyranny, anywhere on Earth.

At least 84 killed, more than 100 injured, a mile-long trail of carnage and cruelty.

I resolved then to visit the Promenade to pay my respects, and here I am.

Today, along the Cote d'Azur, sunlight glistens off the water and a lone swimmer back strokes against the tide. Families spread their blankets on the rocky beach and children play at the water's edge.

But only a few steps away, on the pedestrian promenade, a memorial has sprouted and the city publicly grieves. People speak in hushed tones or not at all, hugging, crying, consoling.

Scattered amid thousands of flower bouquets and handwritten cards, there is a heart-wrenching display of ownerless toys and tiny stuffed animals. Candles flicker for those whose lights have been extinguished.

We will never know what all those children might have done with their lives, the songs they might have sung, the books they might have written, the light they might have brought to the darkness. All of that potential was swept away by the pointless act of a misguided coward.

The memorial has spread across the wide boulevard to the park, where it continues to grow at a rapid rate. The outpouring of love and goodwill from people of all nationalities is touching and inspiring.

This is a tribute to those who lost their lives and to those who lost loved ones, to be sure, but it also seems to me to be a tribute to what is good in the world.

A prayer for Nice is a prayer for the world.

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO



To see photos of the Nice memorials, please click here.
 


Here are this week's Top Tropical Resort Deals, our favorite picks during the next 90 days at the world's most popular destinations. To obtain air-inclusive quotes from US and Canadian gateways, simply click on any FastDeal # below, select your airport city and click "Search Hotels & Flights." All prices are based on double occupancy.

Top 30 Resort Deals

1) $50 per person, per night for 7 nights at Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10211

2) $58 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, FastDeal #R10162

3) $75 per person, per night for 4 nights at Iberostar Playa Mita, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, FastDeal #R10300

4) $81 per person, per night for 4 nights at Ocean Blue & Sand, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10302

5) $83 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hotel Riu Lupita, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10032

6) $85 per person, per night for 7 nights at Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10293

7) $93 per person, per night for 7 nights at Gran Caribe Resort, a 3.5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10269

8) $93 per person, per night for 7 nights at Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10271

9) $94 per person, per night for 7 nights at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10273

10) $103 per person, per night for 7 nights at Barcelo Langosta Beach, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, FastDeal #R10299

11) $103 per person, per night for 7 nights at Sunscape Cove Montego Bay, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10301

12) $104 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hotel Riu Santa Fe, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, FastDeal #R10270

13) $105 per person, per night for 4 nights at Oasis Cancun Lite, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10078

14) $110 per person, per night for 4 nights at Breezes Resort & Spa - Bahamas, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Nassau, Bahamas, FastDeal #R10274

15) $113 per person, per night for 7 nights at Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Tulum, Mexico, FastDeal #R10047

16) $113 per person, per night for 4 nights at AlSol Tiara Cap Cana, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10294

17) $114 per person, per night for 7 nights at Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, FastDeal #R10268

18) $121 per person, per night for 4 nights at Secrets Aura Cozumel, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, Mexico, FastDeal #R10297

19) $127 per person, per night for 7 nights at Paradisus Cancun, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10296

20) $132 per person, per night for 7 nights at Krystal Grand Punta Cancun, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10298

21) $134 per person, per night for 7 nights at Club Med Punta Cana, a 3.5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10230

22) $144 per person, per night for 7 nights at Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10292

23) $145 per person, per night for 7 nights at Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10275

24) $150 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, FastDeal #R10290

25) $154 per person, per night for 7 nights at Azul Sensatori Mexico, By Karisma, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10288

26) $184 per person, per night for 7 nights at Cozumel Palace, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, Mexico, FastDeal #R10285

27) $191 per person, per night for 7 nights at Renaissance Aruba Resort, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Oranjestad, Aruba, FastDeal #R10282

28) $195 per person, per night for 7 nights at Excellence Riviera Cancun, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10295

29) $211 per person, per night for 4 nights at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10289

30) $215 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hyatt Zilara Cancun, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10278

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Please email me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@resortvacationstogo.com and I will respond the same day.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go



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