Lotus Cruises dangles Apple products in agent incentive push

Lotus Cruises, which operates luxury ships on the Mekong River, has launched an incentive scheme for travel agents and tour operators, featuring the latest Apple products as rewards for bookings.

The Lotus Incentive Programme, which launched last month and runs until March 2020, gives agents and operators the chance to collect Lotus Coins every time they book a cabin on one of Lotus Cruises’ seven-night sailings. The coins can then be used to redeem a selection of Apple products, including the latest iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and iMacs.

Lotus Cruises pushes out an incentive program rewarding agents with Apple products for bookings

Lotus Cruises’ 34-cabin RV Mekong Navigator sails a seven-night itinerary from My Tho (for Ho Chi Minh City) to Kampong Cham (for Siem Reap), or vice versa, from October 2019 to April 2020, August 2020 to May 2021, and August 2021 onwards.

Lotus Cruises’ second ship, the 34-cabin RV Mekong Jewel, will launch in January 2020. Selected departures in 2020 and 2021 are currently bookable and applicable to the incentive offer.

Under the incentive scheme, agents and tour operators will earn two Lotus Coins for a passenger booking a Superior, Vista or Signature suite on either ship sailing the seven-night itinerary and three Lotus Coins for a passenger booking a Prestige or Grand suite.

Rewards range from iPhones to MacBooks with six Lotus Coins equating to an iPhone 8; eight Lotus Coins, an iPhone 11; and nine Lotus Coins, an iMac or a MacBook Air. The full list of rewards is available here.

To redeem their reward, agents and operators simply need to make the bookings and keep a record of the reference number for each booking. Once they have collected enough coins to redeem a reward prize, they can then complete an incentive form online, and choose their desired Apple product from the available range for the value of coins they have earned.

The Lotus Incentive Programme is valid from September 15, 2019 until March 15, 2020 and includes bookings on seven-night departures from 2019 right up to 2021. Lotus Coins cannot be exchanged for cash.

Prices for Lotus Cruises’ seven-night itinerary start from US$1,619 per person, based on two sharing. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation; full-board meals, including wine, beer and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, champagne welcome reception, wine pairing dinner, speciality coffee and fine tea selection, daily sundowner cocktails, spirits, water onboard and during excursions; personalised aluminium water bottle for excursions; Wi-Fi in-room and public areas; a variety of onboard cultural experiences and performances, including calligraphy and crew farewell performance; the services of an English-speaking crew, expert local guides and destination resource speakers and authentic excursions with visits to communities supported by a Lotus Cruises dedicated guide.

The sales price is commissionable by agents. This price is cruise-only. International flights, pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, etc, are additional.

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