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Select Traveler Conference Planners Can Cruise to Mexico

SALEM, Ohio — Travel planners for bank clubs, alumni groups, chamber travel programs and other loyalty organizations are being invited on a cruise to Mexico in February as a special promotion by East Coast Touring Co. East Coast Touring, which has long specialized in group travel, is combining the cruise offer with attendance at the Select Traveler Conference.

Travel planners can enjoy a five-day, four-night cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and the three-day Select Traveler Conference, which is being held in Ontario, California, for $499. They will receive a complete refund if they book and operate a trip with East Coast Touring within the next year. The trip will be February 1–7, 2017, and is available only through East Coast Touring.

“We combined a great cruise to Mexico and a visit to Southern California in one special trip just for group travel planners, and they can basically go for free if they travel with us,” said Bob Buesing, president of East Coast Touring Co.

The trip includes a total of six nights’ lodging: four nights in balcony staterooms on the Carnival cruise and two nights at DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario California; all taxes, fees and on-board gratuities; all meals, entertainment and registration for the Select Traveler Conference. The trip also includes a visit to Catalina Island, California; Ensenada, Mexico; and a Carnival Fun Day at Sea Experience.

“This is exciting. Enjoy a cruise, Southern California and the Select Traveler Conference at the price of a lifetime,” said Teresa Burton of the Select Traveler Conference. “This will fill up fast, so if you want to go, you had better sign up now.”

The trip was Buesing’s idea. It was, he thought, a way to thank group travel planners for the efforts they make in the travel industry.

“Bob has always held an event for group travel planners the day before Select Traveler Conference, but this is bigger than ever,” Burton said.

If you are a travel leader for a loyalty program such as a bank club, alumni group, chamber program, or parks and recreation district and want to take this trip, contact Sharon at 800-943-0071 or