Travel Leaders Group Partners with Royal Caribbean International on Special Offer to Spur Bahamas Cruise Travel

PR Newswire | September 26, 2019

Travel Leaders Group Partners with Royal Caribbean International on Special Offer to Spur Bahamas Cruise Travel
Travel Leaders Group and Royal Caribbean International have partnered to support travel to The Bahamas through an exclusive offer that provides consumers with up to $100 in onboard spending money on Royal Caribbean voyages that visit Nassau and/or Perfect Day at Coco-Cay in The Bahamas. The offer is combinable with most Royal Caribbean promotions and can only be booked through a travel advisor affiliated with Travel Leaders Network, Nexion Travel Group, Tzell Travel Group, Protravel International and ALTOUR, all units of Travel Leaders Group, the largest retail travel agency organization in North America.  The initiative is part of a larger "Travel Helps The Bahamas" campaign being conducted by Travel Leaders Group that includes fundraising for humanitarian aid and a broad effort to encourage travel to The Bahamas

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