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Enter Summer Photo Contest For A Chance to Win $100

 BTI Travel, one of Central New York’s largest vacation and corporate travel agencies, is pleased to announce the introduction of its inaugural photo contest.  The contest is open to the public and doesn’t require the photo come from a trip booked by BTI Travel.  Photo must be from a vacation taken between June and August.  The winning contestant, selected by having his or her photo receive the most “likes” on Facebook, will receive $100 travel voucher to be used through BTI Travel.  Deadline to enter the contest is September 15.


“I am very excited about our contest,” says Lou Lemos, CEO of BTI Travel.  “This is a spectacular way for our clients and contestants to share their travel experiences and get a chance to win $100 credit they can apply toward their next vacation or weekend getaway.  I can’t wait to see the exciting and interesting places our contestants went this summer.”   


Entering the photo contest is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Post summer vacation photo and caption on BTI Travel’s Facebook page.
  2. Tell friends to like and share your picture.  Winner selected by which picture gets the most points.
  3. For additional points, ‘like’ BTI Travel’s Facebook page.


How To Get Points:

  • 1 point for posting photo
  • 1 point for every like
  • 2 points for every time it is shared
  • 3 points for ‘liking’ BTI Travel’s Facebook page.


Winner will be announced September 22 on Facebook.  Contestants’ photos must be taken from a trip that happened in June, July or August. 


For more information, email Josh Snyder at [email protected]To participate, like BTI Travel’s Facebook at BTI Travel and post your vacation photo.

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Get a Google Street View of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of The Seas.

On July, 7 Royal Caribbean International launched an innovative and first-of-its-kind approach to viewing cruise ships.   Royal Caribbean will utilize Google’s Street View technology onboard its newest ship Allure of The Seas.   


By utilizing Google’s technology, consumers will have an interactive experience allowing for a free exploration of its ship.


“Royal Caribbean has raised the bar for other cruise lines,” says Lou Lemos, owner of Syracuse-based BTI Travel.  “Before we were limited to photos, now we can virtually stroll through the ship’s decks and check out what makes Allure of The Seas unique.”


Vacationers will be able to access the technology, a first for the cruise industry at or via Google Search results, Google Maps and Google+ whether they’re using their computers, smartphones or tablets. 


Royal Caribbean’s’ Allure of The Seas is the world’s largest and most innovative ship.  The cruise ship includes A  Royal Promenade, a boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship, flanked by restaurants, boutiques and lounges; Central Park, an outdoor park longer than a football pitch complete with over 12,000 live plants and trees; the Boardwalk, featuring a hand-crafted carousel, two rock-climbing walls and the AquaTheater, a high-dive aquatic performance venue with the deepest pool at sea; Entertainment Place, with an elaborate theatre, night club, comedy club, jazz club and ice-skating rink, which offers professionally produced ice shows; the Pool and Sports Deck featuring a zip line, twin FlowRider surf simulators, full-size basketball/sports court, nine-hole minigolf course, 15 pools and whirlpools and 22 restaurants, and many, many more.


To get more information on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of The Seas or to book your next cruise vacation, contact BTI Travel at 315-472-7737.

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Great Countries to Visit: Chile


Between the Pacific Ocean and the base of the Andes, one of world’s great mountain ranges, Chile boasts some of the world’s most varied and dramatic landscapes.  Chile is now one of South America’s most modern and convenient travel destinations, with contemporary infrastructure and comforts, and an outstanding reputation for safety.   


Among Chilean specialty tours are those focusing on wine production, desert flora and fauna, fly-fishing, skiing, and river rafting and kayaking, and hiking through stunning Patagonian landscapes.






Santiago, like Chile in general, has enjoyed a renaissance of cultural, intellectual and especially commercial activity for more than two consecutive decades.  Downtown Santiago is still dotted with Spanish colonial buildings and old churches, as well as many sparkling new modern buildings. 


BTI Travel Agents’ Suggestions:

David:  Visit the Vina Concha y Toro vineyard.  The winery is a 45 minute drive from Santiago and is beautiful.  People from all across the country come to visit this Untitled177vineyard.


Nicole:  Check out Bellavista neighborhood.  This neighborhood remains the center of Santiago’s artistic and intellectual life, bustling with galleries, restaurants cafes and theaters. 


Lindsey:  Check out the Havana Salsa.  The exterior presents an appropriately ragged trompe L’oeil of the shabby façade of Cuba’s capital.  Visitors partake in a buffet dinner and then dance to canned music until 4 am.





the picturesque port city of Valparaiso, Chile, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its distinctively spontaneous hills’ neighborhoods and their vernacular architecture, including more than a dozen ascensores (funicular cable cars) that connect the port with its surrounding heights.


Santiaguinos have begun to rehabilitate many of Valparaiso’s historic houses and turn them into stylish hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants and cafes, so much so that the city now overshadows the traditional holiday destination of nearby Vina del Mar. It has also become a major cruise-ship destination; a sparkling new metro system connects Valparaiso to Vina.


BTI Travel Agents’ Suggestions:

David: La Sebastiana, one of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s many eclectically decorated homes, located high above the harbor.  Getting hear involves an uphill hike, but travelers are rewarded with spectacular views of the harbor.



Nicole: Museo a Cielo Abierto is a collection of 20 classic, colorful murals dotted through the city.  The Ascensor Espiritus Santo takes travelers from behind Plaza Victoria to the heart of this art.


Lindsey: Set in one of Valparaiso’s quaint antique houses, Puerto Escondido offers well made Chilean classics and a down-to-earth ambiance as well as food.

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