Deep Discounts Hit Travel Industry Big Time

On  Land, Sea,  and Golf Course

And so it begins….
Deep discounts to lure money strapped travelers like $9 Golf promo at La Costa & Cool Specials in Santa Ynez 



La Costa Resort and Spa is offering  $9 golf fees from now through February 28, 2009, to in-house guests. FYI: green fees typically begin at $175 per person.


Room rates begin at $259 per night for a plaza room plus  $22 daily resort charge. The $9 golf fee includes green fees and cart rental. Reservations can be made at 1-800-854-5000 or at


Golf at La Costa

La Costa Resort and Spa has enjoyed an international reputation as the place for championship golf. It is the only resort in Southern California that boasts two 18-hole tournament-caliber courses on property, both designed by legendary golf architect Dick Wilson. Golfers who play La Costa’s courses walk in the footsteps of the greats – Nicklaus, Woods, Palmer, Trevino, Player, Miller and Crenshaw. Both North and South courses feature lush fairways, flawless greens and plenty of challenges, including large, high-lipped bunkers on many holes, expanses of water and sneaky streams with fast bent grass greens.  The North Course is 7,094 yards, par 72, with a slope of 141, while the South Course is 7,077 yards, par 72, with a slope of 140. Extensive practice facilities and an attractive club house complete the golf experience.


About La Costa Resort and Spa

Nestled among the  coastal foothills of Carlsbad, Calif., north of San Diego, La Costa Resort and Spa boasts the 43,000 square-foot Spa at La Costa, 552 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms and 76 deluxe one- and two-bedroom suites, a Clubhouse with a fitness center, two acclaimed restaurants – Legends and BlueFire Grill and two championship golf courses. The entire resort, linked by walkways and washed in color by lush vegetation and gardens, enjoys a village-like ambience. For more information on La Costa Resort and Spa, call (800) 854-5000 or visit


 Visitors to California’s Santa Ynez Valley Get 2 for 1 Savings
The Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA) has announced a new offer today rewarding winter visitors with “two-for-one” savings at a dozen area businesses. “Winter is one of the best times to visit the Santa Ynez Valley,” says SYVVA president Douglas Ziegler, owner of the Santa Ynez Inn, “Our weather is warmer, skies clearer and hills greener than most of the country—and we’re only two hours away from LA. People need a break. This ‘Double Your Pleasure’ promotion is a great excuse for a getaway.”

          To obtain a copy of the “Double Your Pleasure Santa Ynez Valley Savings Certificate,” go to and click on the icon to view and print the savings. “It’s incredible to get two guest rooms or two wine tastings or two food items for the price of only one,” says SYVVA Executive Director Mary Harris, “It’s easy to click and print out the PDF that describes all the savings offered and visitors can print out as many savings certificates as needed to use throughout their stay.”

          These SYVVA members are offering “Two-for-One” savings Sunday-Thursday through March 19, 2009. 




          RANCHO OSO GUEST RANCH & STABLES (Two nights in a cabin, covered wagon or full-service cabin for the price of one night—valid any night except February 13-15; subject to availability, reservations required); SANTA YNEZ INN (Two hotel nights for the price of one (subject to availability, not valid for existing reservations); SOLVANG INN & COTTAGES (Two nights for the price of one OR two rooms for the price of one (subject to availability, not valid for existing reservations).


          HADSTEN HOUSE RESTAURANT  Two desserts for the price of one dessert.

OLSEN’S DANISH VILLAGE BAKERY Two Danish pastries for the price of one pastry of equal or lesser value. RED VIKING RESTAURANT Two entrees for the price of one entrée of equal or lesser value.


          PERFORMANCE FITNESS SOLVANG Two All-Day Fitness Passes for the price of one pass—includes use of 17,000-sq ft premier fitness facility & group exercise classes.


          The Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association is a non-profit membership organization formed in 2001 to conduct marketing activities promoting tourism in the communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. For further information: contact Mary Harris, Executive Director at or call 805-686-0053; toll-free 1-800-742-2843 or

Silversea Cruises Sweetens the Pot

$1,000 shipboard credit ain’t hay

Silversea Cruises sweetens the pot with a $1,000 per suite “Onboard Spending Credit” promotion on select voyages in Alaska, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean this summer.  

The  limited time $500 per person (or maximum $1,000 per suite) Onboard Spending Credit offer is food on bookings  made on or before March 31, 2009.  The special promotion is available on the following:

ALASKA:   Silver Shadow cruises departing May 28 through September 12 (Voyages 3912 – 3923).

NORTHERN EUROPE:  Silver Cloud cruises departing May 30 through September 19 (Voyages 1911 – 1923).

MEDITERRANEAN:    Silver Wind cruises departing April 15 through June 26 (Voyages 2911 – 2920) and Silver Whisper cruises departing May 19 through June 20 (Voyages 4912 – 4916).

To take advantage of the Onboard Spending Credit offer, the guest or travel agent must request promotional code WWSBC500 at the time of booking. 
The promotional offer  allows guests to apply the Onboard Spending Credit toward their onboard purchases without limitations; this includes any spa treatments and shore excursions (none are excluded).  In addition, the offer can be combined with other available discount promotions, including Early Booking Incentive, Advance Payment Bonus, Silver Sailing, and Free Air programs.  

For example, the Onboard Spending Credit is available on Silver Wind’s May 14, 7-day Mediterranean cruise (#2915) sailing from Barcelona to Nice with calls in Valencia, Corsica, Livorno (overnight stay) and Antibes.  Promotional cruise fares start at $3,196 per person — a savings of 50% — plus free roundtrip economy air transportation is also available from select U.S. and Canadian gateway cities.

“This new summer promotion is designed to reward travelers with an extra perk that provides added value and flexibility,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “With the Onboard Spending Credit they have the freedom to apply the savings toward a rejuvenating spa treatment, a sumptuous gourmet dinner in our Relais & Châteaux Wine Restaurant or an enriching shore experience — the choice is theirs.”

The Onboard Spending Credit is being launched simultaneously with the introduction of new branding and other enhancements to the line’s shore excursions.  The changes have been created to emphasize the new flexibility, unique qualities and personalized service that characterize the tours.  Under the new umbrella name of “Silver Shore,” the optional tour programs include:

** Silver Shore Excursions — intimate and rewarding small-group touring.

** Silver Shore Collection — unique and exclusive in-depth explorations of local history and culture.

** Silver Shore Expedition — adventurous and educational tours for the active explorer.

** Silver Shore Concierge — during the cruise, the Tour Manager and, on many sailings,  the new Destination Specialist (a position created in conjunction with the upgraded Silver Shore programming) are available to assist with knowledgeable suggestions, personalized planning and hassle-free coordination of all private, independent touring, including sightseeing, sporting activities, and securing behind-the-scenes or after-hours access to exclusive designer shops, museums, cathedrals, and more.

Starting in the next few months, the Silver Shore Concierge service will also be available in advance of sailing.  The company will announce more details about this enhanced service at a later date.

** Silver Shore Privato — private car service that can be reserved on board or in advance of sailing via

Guests might choose to apply their Onboard Spending Credit toward a “Silver Shore Privato” tour of fascinating St. Petersburg.  They’ll spend the day exploring the city’s history, opulent palaces, and museums at their own pace, in a private, air-conditioned car with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. Or, in Alaska, they might use their credit toward an exhilarating “Silver Shore Collection” air adventure over the spectacular Misty Fjords by private aircraft, or use it to explore Juneau’s glacier-carved fjords at their own leisure aboard a private catamaran with personalized itinerary.  These are just a few of the exciting optional Silver Shore adventures that await guests this summer.