National Plan a Vacation Day: Acendas Dreams Part 1

31 Jan 2017

Whether a relaxing Caribbean cruise, lounging on a beachside hammock, taking an adventurous hike to an ancient citadel, a casual stroll through a riverside village or a luxurious tour of Europe’s capital cities, the talented Travel Advisors at Acendas are here to make your dream come true. With National Plan a Vacation day in mind, we surveyed some of our Acendas team members to find... View Article

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Special Web Event: On Line Alaska with Holland America Line

27 Jan 2017

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL WEB EVENT! Space is Limited – Register Today to Secure Your Spot Save the date!  Acendas Vacations and Holland America Line are Proud to Present “On Line Alaska” An interactive webinar hosted by a Holland America Line Alaska & Yukon Expert!  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7th at 7:00pm CST Please join us (from the comfort of your own home) for an inspiring,... View Article

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24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

25 Jan 2017

Celebrating 24 years when it kicks off March 1, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will jump-start spring with gardens of earthly delights plus new character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings. What to Expect at the Flower & Garden Festival The festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will open with an irresistible array of fresh surprises and new treats:... View Article

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Organizers set National Plan a Vacation Day for Jan. 31

24 Jan 2017

The numbers are staggering. According to GfK Market Research, in 2015, more than half of American workers (55 percent) left a combined 658 million vacation days unused. Since 2000, vacation days used have been declining. In 2015, workers took an average of 16.2 days off, compared to 20.3 days pre-2000. The impact has been well documented. Workers who do not take their vacations to recharge... View Article

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Agent Spotlight: Mary Franson

19 Jan 2017

Mary Franson has seen many changes during her 35 years as a travel advisor. There are more options, more experiences and more flexibility to see every corner of the globe — and she says that makes her job more exciting and fulfilling. Franson has a wealth and diversity of experience including the destinations of Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe.  If you are looking to experience... View Article

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Travelers Voting with their Feet

17 Jan 2017

As a tourist, I now had the power to go online and create a travel experience that I wanted. I could google to my heart’s delight and find options galore. I could even save a lot of money in bypassing the travel agent — at least I thought I could. If only it were that easy. What tourists quickly found was an overload of information... View Article

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Couple is Loyal to Royal

29 Dec 2016

It’s been said that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. When it comes to Royal Caribbean International, it was love at first sight for Lenny and Carol Hines of Kansas City when they set out on their maiden voyage in May of 1996. They were instantly smitten with Royal Caribbean —  and eight sailings later, they have stayed loyal to... View Article

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Be Resolute in Your Goal to Travel in 2017

29 Dec 2016

Why does it seem like our New Year’s resolutions are mostly punitive? Lose weight. Paint the house. Clean my closets. Save more money. Landscape the yard. I get it — the whole concept of “no pain, no gain.” Yes, I understand that we must make sacrifices. But, whatever happened to treating ourselves in a special way? Why don’t we resolve to engage in an activity... View Article

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Disney is Magical for Cheryl Waag

17 Dec 2016

There are Disney fanatics, then there is Cheryl Waag. Waag is a vacation consultant for Acendas Travel, specializing in Disney properties. In early December, she completed her 100th visit to a Disney destination or experience with a trip to Walt Disney World. Waag became a travel advisor in the mid-1980s, but her first touch with a Disney Destination came in 1977 at Walt Disney World... View Article

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Unique and Fun Hotels of Paris

06 Dec 2016

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris is famed for its romance, iconic architecture and centuries of artistic achievement. The cultural riches of Paris are overflowing, from the bohemian left bank galleries to the Louvre to the regal Jardin des Tuileries, artistic explorations abound. Paris today is still at the forefront of leading artistic and design movements and many of the city’s... View Article

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