HERNDON, VA – It’s called The Perfect Vacation Source.
And what it offers, the owners claim, is the option to travel to popular vacation spots across the globe, without busting the family budget.
The way to do that, the firm says, isn’t by booking a room at a luxury resort, or buying into a vacation ownership timeshare property. Instead, the firm lets members take advantage of a casualty of the housing market crash and national recession: excess condominium units that are empty, and unable to attract a buyer or long term renter.
“Unlike timeshare owners, Perfect Vacation Source members are not tied down to one location and they do not have to work around another vacationer’s schedule,’’ the firm noted in a recent press release. “Perfect Vacation Source members can even extend their price benefits to friends and family, without a surcharge.’’
Members of this vacation club and full service travel agency are also encouraged to invite guests to tag along with them, and provide them withh the advantage of paying discounted prices as well.
Each member family can enroll four additional adult relatives who are entitled to the same benefits, without also paying dues or membership fees.
“That’s a value the whole family can appreciate,’’ Perfect Vacation notes.
So what exactly is Perfect Vacation?
The firm based in Herndon, Virginia bills itself as a full service travel agency and discount travel club, offering a “revolutionary’’ way for people who want to travel by experiencing more, while spending less.
If that sounds difficult to accomplish at popular — and high priced — vacation destinations, Perfect Vacation insists they have a solution: get themselves into a unit located in a popular tourist area.
The concept is something of an alternative to what the timeshare industry offers, where people buy a week each year in a unit or villa at a specific resort. If they get tired of going to the same location, they can trade their unit with another timeshare club member, and spend a week at a different resort in an entirely new location.
Perfect Vacation, on the other hand, lets vacationers “buy” condo inventory up to a year in advance, at discounted prices, in condominiums located in popular vacation destinations.
“There are club resorts available all over the world,’’ the firm notes, “so Perfect Vacation Source members have the opportunity to create the perfect vacation anywhere. Vacationers can make memories in Mexico, canvas the Caribbean or relax in exotic locations they never dreamed possible.’’
To become a member of this travel agency program, families can contact the Perfect Vacation Source booking concierge service by calling 800-208-5503, or by logging on to www.perfectvacationsource.com. The booking agents can explain the program to prospective members, and walk them through the entire membership process.
Membership also enables guests to take advantage of exclusive discounts on hotel, cruises, and tour packages, the firm says.
The agency also offers to arrange transportation services, such as flight booking and rental car reservations, and to ensure that members receive priority pricing, they offer a 10 percent price point guarantee on identical bookings.
“Warm, tropical destinations are within reach for travelers on a budget,’’ the firm says. “Perfect Vacation Source members enjoy hundreds to thousands (of dollars) off retail, without sacrificing service or quality. The club savings enable members to travel much more often, and offers many families the chance to teach their children about other cultures by actually traveling the world.’’
Perfect Vacation Source is now promoting a vacation package in Barbados, which is hosting the 2012 Celtic Festival, a week-long event offering an array of Celtic musicians performing in the beauty of the Caribbean.
The festival, which runs from June 7-14, celebrates the links between this West Indian Caribbean island and Celtic nations in a musical extravaganza. Among those performing this year are the Peatbog Faeries, the Alan Kelly Gang, the Fiona Young Band, and the Celtic Fusion Dancers, a 25-member Canadian dance troupe.
The festival is also sponsoring Jeep Safari trips around the island, while on the night before the festival closes, chef Paul Wedgewood — owner of Wedgewood, an upscale Scottish restaurant — will serve a Celtic-inspired dinner.
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