December Holiday Closing 2015

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Based upon surveys of our clients for Holiday closings…..

Dynamic’s offices will be closing:

  • 12:00-noon-Thursday, December 24
  • all day Friday, December 25

We will resume our regular business hours on Monday, December 28th.

Dynamic will also be closing:

  • 12:00-noon-Thursday, December 31
  • all day Friday, January 1st.

We will resume our regular business hours on Monday, January 4th.

For emergency assistance contact our after-hours number located on your invoice or on Dynamic’s Website.

Please inform your travelers of Dynamic’s closing.

We wish you a safe and fun holiday.

Dynamic Corporate Travel Solutions

Thanksgiving Holiday Closing 2015

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In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Dynamic’s offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.

We will resume our regular business hours on Monday, November 30th.

Please inform your travelers of our holiday closing.

For emergency assistance contact our after-hours number located on your invoice or on Dynamic’s Website.

We wish you a safe and fun holiday.

Dynamic Corporate Travel Solutions

Dynamic’s Client Appreciation Weekend 2015

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Dynamic’s 2015 Travel Forum Client Appreciation weekend was held on a perfect fall weekend, amidst the spectacular Rocky Mountains, at the stunning One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge. The condos are gorgeous (oh those views!), the resort actually has its own private movie theater and bowling alley, and get this- free Starbucks coffee in the rooms! Here I admit to a minor oddity; I actually took pictures of the soap in the bathroom, and sent the pics to my daughter back at home- that was some impressive soap!

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Dynamic’s unique networking event was kicked off on Friday evening with hors d’oeuvres, drinks galore, and a welcome gift, “the selfie stick”. We were then shuttled into the quaint and historic town of Breckenridge where we participated in the fun, educational and grandly hilarious “Gambling with Ghost” networking event – for those of you who participated in the “catch a ghost” game or “human pong… you know EXACTLY what I am talking about!

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I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in all my life!

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Many thanks go to our partners in crime Jamie and Gail at Breckenridge Ghost Tours for regaling us with the haunted tale of the Breckenridge of old.

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More snacks, drinks, laughter and cheers ensued as we explored charming Breckenridge pubs, and more ghostly residences before being shuttled back to the resort for prizes ranging from pocket projectors to pebble watches. The evening ended with a friendly nightcap and desserts in Rocksann Boardman’s 5th floor condo.

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At brunch the following morning we were treated to an absolute smorgasbord of eggs benedict, parfait, cook-to-order omelets, sausages, bacon, pastries, and of course, the obligatory mimosas. Meanwhile James Brugner of deem showed us exactly how their cutting-edge expense management tools are the way of the future, and Sarah Franzese of Vail Resorts introduced us to some of their absolutely exquisite properties. Seriously folks, check out the property they have in Montego Bay, Jamaica (and of course then contact Linda Talboy for your luxury winter escape (720 200 4127, LindaT@be-dyanmic.net). Lastly, our very own Rocksann (of Dynamic) showed us how to achieve balance (and some hot yoga poses) amidst the relentless, sometimes crazy world of business travel by streamlining and educating your travelers with Dynamic’s ongoing webinars and in-house trainings, TSA and Global Entry Enrollments. We were also introduced to two revolutionary new Dynamic developments; hotel reminders and digitized pre-approvals (as we want to make your job easier!).

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Many thanks go to our attendees this year, which made the weekend amazingly rewarding. It is always wonderful seeing so many new faces, and as always was fabulous catching up with old friends again! Meanwhile, here are some photos of the weekend to make you all smile.

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Thank you to our Dynamic clients for another wonderful year of partnerships and success!

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Labor Day Holiday Closing

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ATTENTION:

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Dynamic’s offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th

We will resume our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8th.

For emergency assistance contact our after-hours number located on your invoice or on Dynamic’s Website.

Please inform your travelers of Dynamic’s closing.

We wish you a safe and fun holiday.

Dynamic Corporate Travel Solutions

Buyer Beware! Frontier Airlines Recently Changed Cancellation Policies

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Buyer Beware! 

Frontier recently changed cancellation policies.  Change penalty now $99.  Economy unused tickets only good for 90 days.

See below for Frontier verbiage and details.

VOLUNTARY TICKET CANCELLATION

After 24 hours have passed from the time of ticket purchase or for tickets purchased less than 7 days (168 hours) before the scheduled departure time, rules for canceling a ticket depend upon the fare purchased, and refunds will not be given for Economy tickets. These tickets may be canceled using the My Trips link on FlyFrontier.com or through our Reservations Department at 801-401-9000.

  • Classic Plus fares are fully refundable and may be cancelled at any time before flight departure without a penalty. The value of the ticket or unused portion will be retained for 1 year from the date of issue in the form of an electronic credit that has no cash or refund value and may only be applied to a single subsequent ticket on a Frontier flight for the same passenger as the original ticket, or if requested by the passenger, a refund for the unused portion of the ticket will be provided.
  • Economy fares may be cancelled any time prior to flight departure. The value of the ticket or unused portion, less a fee of $99 (plus $10 if such cancellation is done via Frontier’s Reservations Center) will be retained for 90 days from the date of cancellation of the ticket in the form of an electronic credit that has no cash or refund value and may only be applied to a single subsequent ticket on a Frontier flight for the same passenger as the original ticket scheduled and must be booked within 90 days of the ticket being cancelled. Any optional services purchased (such as bags or seat assignments) are only refundable for cancellations made to reservations booked within the past 24 hours if such reservations were made one week or more prior to your flight’s departure.

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Why Use a Travel Management Company?

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Travel is the second largest controllable expense for most companies.

Many companies have fewer resources to dedicate to travel management. Dynamic can effectively advise companies on how to best leverage your budget and which travel options will suit your needs.

Companies can benefit from our relationship with suppliers and take advantage of our ability to negotiate lower fares and rates. For instance, negotiated hotel deals can save companies money if the company can guarantee a minimum number of hotel nights per year. If your volume is not sufficient to achieve preferred rates, Dynamic can offer special fares and rates based on our programs.

Dynamic offers a customized service that includes online travel reservation software which searches for the lowest available fare and is aligned to your specified requirements. Companies can then choose to book via a tailored online portal or via experienced business travel advisors on the telephone. This can also be particularly useful when travelers are short on time and need a personalized one-stop-shop where they can book all their travel and be presented with creative ways to manage their travel expenditure.

Dynamic ensures that all travel is properly tracked so that travel managers can easily pull up reports and statistics on how their employees travel, to verify it is in line with the company’s travel policy. We can also assist in writing of your policy.

The access to expert travel consultants’ advice and 24/7 global support offered by Dynamic is invaluable when booking a complex trip.

It is sometimes believed that companies can find the best fares on the internet, using low-cost airlines and last minute deals. While occasionally true, it is important that companies do not jump on the lowest adver-tised fare because, depending on their requirements; restrictions and hidden charges prevent these fares from translating into the cheapest option. Travelers may need to amend their plans at the last minute and low-cost airlines will always charge a hefty premium for making these changes. It is important to remember that low cost airlines do not always offer the lowest fares as scheduled carriers also offer very competitive prices.

Ultimately, your employee’s time and efforts are best spent on planning a training seminar, an important presentation, or closing a major sale.

*Agents are the only unbiased professionals who can sort through nearly 100,000 daily changes in air-fares alone.

Consider this scenario: your car breaks down – what do you do? The majority of individuals would enlist the help of a professional mechanic. You could take a course and learn how to fix your own vehicle. With your knowledge, you could diagnose the trouble with your car, purchase the parts required to remedy the problem, and take the time to restore your vehicle to order. You COULD do this but would you?

The previous scenario isn’t so different from planning your business trip. You could take the time to scour numerous travel sights to find the cheapest airfare and hotel accommodations that will also provide you with the amenities such as Wi-Fi and conference areas that you require. You could struggle to remember which rewards programs you belong to and crunch numbers to make sure that you are within your budget. You could research the requirements for international travel and plan your own travel insurance. In the end, however, is it really worth your valuable time and effort, to invest so much time in an area that you are not an expert?

For a complimentary consultative review of your current travel program Click here, to complete a short survey. Dynamic will provide answers on how to best streamline your travel, monitor your travel and SAVE!

Contact Karen Flynn for your corporate travel needs

720 200 4125, KarenF@be-dynamic.net

Sorry Rockies, Club Med Does Ski Better!

Great Promo – Almost Too Good to be True  – but we have confirmed it!

Contact Linda today!

720 200 4127, LindaT@be-dynamic.net

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*Sample price is per person, based on a 7-night stay in double occupancy in a Club category room on select weeks at Chamonix, France. Prices on other dates, room categories and/or at other resorts may vary. Blackout dates apply, including holidays and other dates. Offer requires a 7-night minimum stay. Available at select resorts. Does not include airfare. Valid for new individual bookings only for select travel dates from 11/22/2015 through 4/17/2016 and must be booked by 9/22/2015. Offer is subject to capacity control and may increase at any time. General Conditions: Blackout dates apply, including holidays and other dates. Club Med Membership fees of $60 per adult and $30 per child are additional. Other restrictions apply including brochure terms and cancellation/change fees. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. CST#: 2020955-50.

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A Dynamic History- from The Dynamic Times, vol 10

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Throughout the past three years, Dynamic has provided information filled newsletters regarding trends in the industry, tools we utilize to support a comprehensive travel program and ideas for your company to use in managing travel and savings .

In this edition of the Dynamic Times, I would like to take a step back to the beginning as you may not know how (in this world of mega agencies) Dynamic came about.

In 2003 the three founding partners worked together at a large regional agency whose owner wanted to retire. The agency was acquired by a mega agency and the formers’ clients were none-to-happy with the service.

2003 Dynamic was born.

2015 Dynamic is now:

$28 million in sales

Three divisions

Dynamic Corporate Travel Solutions-Full corporate Services

Dynamic Diversions-Vacation and Leisure Travel

Dynamic Meeting & Events-Incentive, Group and Corporate Meetings

Full Service Agency with agent experience at minimum 20 years

Technology-taken to the extreme with our Travel Dashboard “AirPortal 360”. Travelers and manages alike can administer unused tickets, profile management, duty of care for your em-ployees, live itinerary database and the list continues.

Strategic Partnerships includes:

Deem & Concur, offering not one but two of the nations leading online booking tools which can also include expense tool.

Virtuoso, the travel industry’s leading luxury network, spanning over 26 countries, excellent for your C level travelers.

BCD Travel, the third largest agency in the world brings you a global/local travel

management company reaching 105 countries with global reporting.

Account Management live and in-person. While Dynamic embraces email and it’s conven-ience, our Dynamic culture believes that technology does NOT replace people. Our account managers are here to maximize vendor negotiations, provide complimentary training sessions ( if people understand the tool, they will use it) and advise on travel policy development to name a few.

Contact Karen Flynn for your corporate travel needs.

KarenF@Be-Dynamic.net 720-200-4125 http://www.Be-Dynamic.net

Northern Thailand- A Tale of Two Elephant Sanctuaries

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When I set out on this journey, I wrote a list of the “experiences” I wanted to have, one of them being to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary and to learn about the plight of the Asia Elephant, and what better place to gain this experience than in Northern Thailand. Elephants are one of the animals that have always fascinated me, the way they express emotion similar to humans, the bonds they form with people, and their gracefulness, even though they are mammoth.

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Tale One – Burm & Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES)

I had read about a sanctuary just outside of Chiang Mai, called Burm & Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES), where you volunteer to work with the elephants and can rest assured all the money you pay goes straight to running the program. Burm & Emily, the young couple that started BEES, have set up camp in Burm’s local village. The sanctuary itself was a respite not only for the elephants but for me as well. Upon arrival you are greeted by a host of animals, dogs, cats, and even an owl, that have also been rescued and live at the sanctuary. You instantly become family with these animals, the other “volunteers” as you are considered at BEES, and Burm, Emily, and their staff of one, Shin.

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The set-up is traditionally Thai, with raised bamboo huts as the volunteers’ rooms, outside toilets, and no hot water. I will say that after trekking for hours through the Thai heat, a cool shower is most welcome, however the pipes also sit in the searing sun and warm the water up, making for a very welcome and pleasant shower. Burm cooks each meal, while Emily passionately tells you stories about the animals, how the sanctuary works and runs, and how she met Burm and as an Australian, decided to make Thailand her home.

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Each day at BEES there is a set itinerary that of course involves the elephants. There is trekking through the hills, following the elephants trails one day, meeting and learning about the Mahouts, which are the caregivers of the elephants, getting elephant “snacks” of tamarind and sea salt, cut up pumpkins, and other vegetables ready, and feeding and bathing the elephants daily. While this seems arduous, it was rather relaxing and very pleasant as you do all tasks with the other volunteers and BEES staff and there is no strict schedule to follow.

The elephants at BEES have been working elephants and are older or have suffered abuse from their owners or caregivers over many years. Emily and Burm rent the elephants as they are unable to outright buy them due to the cost, however the owners still expect to make money for the elephants, so rent is paid in order to keep them safe and work on the rehabilitation process. They have a no ride policy at BEES as they believe that the baskets that carry people are damaging and have contributed to their lack of well-being over the years of abuse and neglect. At BEES you will interact with the elephants up close and personal, learning about these amazing creatures, and certainly get caught in Emily and Burm’s passion and dedication to their sanctuary. Not only was it a sanctuary for the elephants, it turned out to be one for me too.

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Between my two elephant sanctuary tales, I stayed one night at the luxurious Anantara Chiang Mai, located on the Ping River. Though I absolutely loved my time at BEES, checking into my room, with its own entryway, King size bed, sunken tub, and private patio, I’m reminded of how lucky I am and how nice it will be sleep in an air conditioned room, with all the comforts of this 5 star hotel.

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The following day, I caught a bus to Chiang Rai, in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos intersect at the Mekong River. The Golden Triangle has a sinister and infamous past for being the largest producing region of Opium in the world from the 1950s until the early 21st century when Afghanistan took over the dubious title. Now it’s more known as a cultural center for trekking and learning about the local tribes, as well as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

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Tale 2: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

The resort, sitting atop the lush jungle and Mekong River boasts 3 restaurants, a world class spa, sunset treks to dinner atop a hill overlooking the entire valley, a baby elephant camp, and a vast number of activities to choose from as part of your package, including the Spiced Spoons cooking classes, Mahout training and elephant trek, and tours of the region including Myanmar and Laos. You could spend at least a week and be busy each day with a different activity.

Anatara Golden Triangle Spice & Spoons

I was happily upgraded to a Three County View suite, with views of the jungle, Mekong River, Myanmar, and Laos just below. Each room, whether you choose the Three Country View Room, Anantara Suite, or Three Country Suite have balconies, and either twin or king beds, along with traditional Thai silk and teakwood furnishings.

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I decided to try out my hand at the Mahout Elephant training and trek for the following morning and then booked in for the spa in case my ride was a bit hard on the body. I awoke in the morning, dressed in Mahout pants that were given to me upon my arrival, and headed out to meet up with my two guides.

I was the only person taking the Mahout Training that day, but they can take up to 8 people as the Elephant Camp houses 8 working elephants and 23 non- working elephants. Similar to BEES these elephants have suffered mistreatment and abuse and are evaluated upon arrival to determine their condition and if they are able to work or not. At the Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort they believe in educating the Mahouts and owners that there is a way to treat the elephants with care while, giving the elephants’ good working conditions and still be profitable. At the camp they have a school for the Mahouts’ children, the wives sell their crafts, and they are paid a good wage.

For the elephants that have been deemed unworkable, they wander the jungle freely under the watchful eyes of their Mahouts. For the eight working elephants, they are given breaks after two hours of work before being cleared to work again.

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During my Mahout training, I learned how to get on and off the elephant on my own, steer, stop, and prod my elephant forward. It was rather easy once you got the hang of it. After you learn the commands you then take your elephant for a trek down to the river for a bath. The Mahout and trainers are walking along side you all the way to make sure all works as planned. You do get in the water with your elephant and help bathe her while you too get quite the bath.

After your dual bath, your elephant treks you back to the front of the hotel, where you’ll practice your dismount once again and say goodbye to your elephant knowing you’ve helped contribute to the wellbeing of the elephants and the Mahouts’ families.

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That evening was my spa treatment to recuperate from my elephant ride (or so I told myself), 90 minutes of pure, relaxing bliss. You will be pampered and luxuriate in this top rated spa and leave with a renewed sense of calm.

Reluctantly, I checked out early the following morning to bus back to Chiang Mai for a flight to Luang Prabang, Laos.

While the philosophies of each of these sanctuaries is different, their end goal to protect and care for the elephants is the same. Each of my experiences was unique and special in its own way. BEES offering an interactive, rustic, authentic experience while the Anantara Golden Triangle offered education of the elephants, the locals traditions, culture, as well as amazing luxury. In the end, it was about the elephants for me, and I am happy to affirm that my goal to work with elephants and learn about them was not only met, it was exceeded beyond all my dreams.

by Letitia Boardman

Looking to travel and explore beyond the ordinary?

contact leisure agent extraordinaire Linda Talboy

at 720 200 4127, LindaT@be-dynamic.net

Travel Dashboard Updates

On the night of Sunday, July 12th Dynamic will be releasing a significant update to AirPortal®.

Functionality remains the same. The look and feel to the page has been updated.

This update will include an improved menu system to help with navigating the AirPortal® website.

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